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Christine Lahti Biography

  • Profession: Actor
  • Born: Apr 4, 1950
  • Died: Jan 1, 0001

Unpredictable American actress Christine Lahti majored in drama at the University of Michigan, then toured Europe with a group of pantomimists. She studied with [[Performer~P29555~Uta Hagen~utahagen]] in New York, taking whatever stage work that came along (including her Obie award-winning performance in an Off-Broadway revival of Little Murders) before being steadily employed on TV. In 1978, Lahti was co-starred in [[Feature~V21655~The Harvey Korman Show~harvey]] as Korman's daughter. The following year, she made her first film, [[Feature~V26859~...And Justice for All~justiceforall]]. A scene stealer par excellence, Lahti often found her film roles reduced in the cutting room, usually at the behest of nervous stars. Her performance as Hazel Zenutti in [[Feature~V48169~Swing Shift~swingshift]] (1984) was severely pared down after previews, but that didn't prevent Lahti from being nominated for an Oscar. The endearingly off-balance nature of many of Lahti's screen characters is best summed up by her scene in [[Feature~V23396~Housekeeping~housekeeping]] (1987), in which she calmly carries on a conversation while her living room fills up with water. In 1995, Lahti joined the cast of the Emmy-Award-winning TV medical drama Chicago Hope, playing the part of heart-surgeon Dr. Kathryn Austin. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi