Saturday, August 14, 2010

Cast Spotlight - Kate Burton

Kate Burton was born in Geneva, Switzerland, the daughter of famed actor Richard Burton and producer Sybil Williams Burton. When she was young, her parents divorced and she moved with her mother to New York City. She spent the school year with her mother in NYC where she attended the United Nations School. In the summers, she would spend time with her father on sets or taking trips. After graduating from high school, she wanted to be a diplomat and attended Brown University studying history and Russian. She earned a bachelor degree in Russian Studies and European History. After spending a summer with a friend, who was a drama student, Kate decided that she wanted to try acting. She applied and was accepted into the Yale University School of Drama. She was cast in her first Broadway production, Noel Coward’s Present Laughter upon her graduation in 1982. Directed by George C. Scott, she was a success.

She followed that role with other Broadway fare, including the roles of JJ in Doonesbury, Lyssa Dent Huges in An American Daughter and Maureen Folan in The Beauty Queen of Leenane. In 2002, she was nominated for two Tony Awards for two roles that she played that year. She was nominated for Best Actress for her portrayal of the title role in Henrik Ibsen’s play Hedda Gabler and for Best Featured Actress in a Play for her role of Pinhead/Mrs. Kendal in The Elephant Man. Only four other actors have ever been nominated for two Tonys in the same year.

Kate has performed in other theater roles including in Chekov’s The Three Sisters (2003) at London’s Playhouse Theater, Helen in the Off-Broadway production of The Water’s Edge (2006), the Adult Woman in the Broadway production of Spring Awakenings (2007), the Ranevskaya in the The Cherry Orchard (2006) at Boston’s Huntington Theater and as Constance Middleton in Somerset Maughham’s The Constant’s Wife for which she was nominated for another Tony Award for Best Leading Actress.

Kate has also doen a wide variety of work for both the large and small screen. She had appeared in such films as The First Wive’s Club(1996), Swimfan(2002), Stay(2005), and Max Payne (2008).

Her most noticable roles, though, have been for Television. In addtion to guest starring in TV series such as Law and Order: Criminal Intent, Judging Amy, Numb3rs, Medium and The Good Wife, she has had re-occuring roles as ADA Susan Alexander in The Practice, Rose in Rescue Me and Ellis Grey in Grey’s Anatomy and Erica Gardner in Law and Order.



WhyIstheRumAlwaysGone said...

Thanks for doing the research, it's very interesting - I must admit I did not know anything about her at all!

kat said...

:)! She was such a great choice for this role.

Jen said...

I loved her she was great in this movie.

WhyIstheRumAlwaysGone said...

Yes, she was wonderful. She was kind of maternal to Tyler, like a surrogate mother. They have few scenes together but you can feel their mutual respect and affection. I keep wishing we could have seen just a bit more of Tyler and Janine together.

LTavares2010 said...

Kate is so classy, so talented and beautiful lady. She brings to Janine all the confidence, sensibility, sense, strong presence, and tranquility that the she needed in order to handle with these two hardheaded men of her life: Charles and Tyler. I love Kate and her Janine!!

jessegirl said...

I love Janine. Yes, Kat, thanks for doing this research. Interesting life. Yes, LTavares, Kate does seem classy, Tyler and Janine's relationship was beautiful.

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