Christine Lahti Birthday: April 4, 1950 Birth Place: Birmingham, Michigan, USA Height: 5' 1"
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Unpredictable American actress Christine Lahti majored in drama at the University of Michigan, then toured Europe with a group of pantomimists. She studied with Uta Hagen 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 The Harvey Korman Show as Korman's daughter. The following year, she made her first film, ...And Justice for All. 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 Swing Shift (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 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.
Children with her husband Thomas Schlamme: sons Wilson and Joseph; one daughter Emma.
Christine was in the bathroom when she won her Golden Globe in 1998. Christine now makes light of this whenever presenting or receiving an award. In 1999, she purposely presented for the Golden Globes with a piece of toilet paper attached to her shoe.
Lahti is Finnish for bay or cove.
Played Harvey Korman's daughter on his 1978 short-lived television series, "The Harvey Korman Show" (1978).
During her early years in New York, Christine was a waitress and worked in Central Park as a mime.
Her ancestry in Finnish.
Protested alongside fellow actresses Sally Field & Jane Fonda, and playwright Eve Ensler urging the Mexican government to re-investigate the slayings of hundreds of women in Ciudad Juarez, on the Mexico-Texas border. (February 2004)
Has never done a nude scene or posed nude in her 25+ years in show business.
Traveled to Scotland with the Ann Arbor Mime Troupe.