The Info List - Kathleen Chalfant

Kathleen Ann Chalfant (née Bishop; born January 14, 1945) is an American actress.


1 Life and career 2 Personal life 3 Social justice and political activism 4 Filmography

4.1 Film 4.2 Television

5 References 6 External links

Life and career[edit] Chalfant was born Kathleen Ann Bishop[1][2] in San Francisco, California, and was raised in her parents' boarding house in Oakland. Her father, William Bishop, was an officer in the Coast Guard. She studied acting in New York with Wynn Handman, who was a protégé of Sanford Meisner[3] and with Alessandro Fersen
Alessandro Fersen
in Rome.[4] Chalfant worked as a Production Coordinator at Playwrights Horizons
Playwrights Horizons
in the mid-1970s, beginning with Demons: A Possession by Robert Karmon.[5] She made her Off-Broadway acting debut in Cowboy Pictures in June 1974.[6] She has since appeared in over three dozen Off-Broadway productions. In 2015, she appeared in the Women's Project Theater production of Dear Elizabeth by Sarah Ruhl[7] and as Rose Kennedy in the Nora's Playhouse production of Rose by Laurence Leamer.[8] Chalfant was nominated for the 1993 Tony Award
Tony Award
as Best Actress (Featured Role - Play) in Tony Kushner's Angels in America: Millennium Approaches. She earned the Outer Circle Critics, Drama Desk, Obie and Lucille Lortel
Lucille Lortel
awards for her performance as Vivian Bearing in Margaret Edson's Pulitzer Prize-winning play Wit in 1998; she shaved her head for the role.[9] During her work with Wit, she incorporated her experiences dealing with terminal cancer of her half-brother, Alan Palmer, who died in 1998.[10] For her 2003 performance in Alan Bennett's Talking Heads,[11] Chalfant won a second Obie award. In 2009, Chalfant performed in The People Speak, a documentary feature film[12] utilizing dramatic and musical performances of the letters, diaries, and speeches of everyday Americans, based on historian Howard Zinn's A People's History of the United States. Chalfant has played recurring roles in a number of television series including House of Cards, Law & Order, Rescue Me, and The Guardian. Her roles in feature films have included Isn't It Delicious and Kinsey. Chalfant currently plays Margaret Butler in The Affair on Showtime. Personal life[edit] In 1966, Chalfant married Henry Chalfant, a photographer and documentary filmmaker. They have a son, David Chalfant, who was the bass player for the folk-rock band, The Nields, and a daughter, Andromache, a set designer in New York. Social justice and political activism[edit] Chalfant has spoken widely about the role of art and artists in advocating for civil rights and social justice issues,[13] and "theater as a platform for social change."[14] She has been hosted by the Center for Constitutional Rights, as part of the Guantanamo Lawyers Panel[15] and was among a group of artists endorsing a cultural boycott of Israel to advocate for Palestinian rights. The group noted the precedent of cultural boycott in apartheid-era South Africa.[16] Filmography[edit] Film[edit]

Year Title Role Notes

1987 Five Corners Mrs. Fitzgerald

1989 Miss Firecracker Miss Lily

1990 Tales from the Darkside: The Movie Dean Segment: "Lot 249"

1991 Dangerous Music Therapist Short

1991 Out of the Rain Ruth

1992 Bob Roberts Constance Roberts

1996 MURDER and murder Mildred

1998 Last Days of Disco, TheThe Last Days of Disco Zenia

1998 Side Streets Nanda

1999 QM, I Think I Call Her QM Dr. Ruth Fielding Short

2000 Company Man Mother Quimp

2000 Woman Found Dead in Elevator Woman Short

2002 Book of Kings Nina Short

2004 Kinsey Barbara Merkle

2007 First Born Mrs. Kasperian

2007 Perfect Stranger Elizabeth Clayton

2007 The Last New Yorker Mimi

2008 Second Guessing Grandma Jean Short

2009 Duplicity Pam Frailes

2012 Lillian Lillian Manning Short

2013 Isn't It Delicious Joan Weldon

2013 Bath, TheThe Bath Liz Short

2013 Dream of Flying, AA Dream of Flying Old Woman Short

2016 They Shall Not Perish: The Story of Near East Relief Mabel Elliot Documentary

2017 Class Rank Editor in Chief

2017 In the Studio Ilene Post-production

2017 Before/During/After Olga Post-production


Year Title Role Notes

1991 American Playhouse Mrs. Hauser "The Hollow Boy"

1992 L.A. Law Marlene Branson "Zo Long"

1994 All My Children Rae Ella 1 episode

1997 Spin City Mother Superior "Hot in the City"

1997–00 Prince Street

TV series

1999 Storm of the Century Joanna Stanhope TV miniseries

2000 Beat, TheThe Beat Mrs. Waclawek "Someone to Watch Over Me"

2000 Law & Order: Special
Victims Unit Mrs. Nash "Noncompliance"

2001 Law & Order: Criminal Intent Priscilla Van Acker "Smothered"

2001–09 Law & Order Lisa Cutler "Phobia", "Shrunk", "Illegitimate"

2001–04 Guardian, TheThe Guardian Laurie Solt Main role

2002 Benjamin Franklin Silence Dogood TV miniseries documentary

2002 Death in the Family, AA Death in the Family Aunt Hannah TV film

2005 Lackawanna Blues Mrs. Carmichael TV film

2006 Book of Daniel, TheThe Book of Daniel Catherine Webster Regular role

2007 Law & Order: Criminal Intent Bessie Holland "Bombshell"

2007 Law & Order: Special
Victims Unit Judge Cutress "Haystack"

2009 Rescue Me Sean's Ma Recurring role

2009 Georgia O'Keeffe Mrs. Stieglitz TV film

2009 Mercy Mrs. Borghouse "Can We Get That Drink Now?"

2012 NYC 22 Ginny Williams "Pilot"

2013 Elementary Mrs. Clennon "An Unnatural Arrangement"

2013 Muhammad Ali's Greatest Fight Ethel Harlan TV film

2013–16 House of Cards Margaret Tilden Recurring role

2014 Americans, TheThe Americans Aunt Helen "The Walk-In"

2014 Good Medicine Coco LaRue "Raj"

2014 Forever Gloria Carlyle "The Art of Murder"

2014–15 Strain, TheThe Strain Abraham's Grandmother "Runaways", "BK, NY"

2014–15 Law & Order: Special
Victims Unit President Roberts "Pornstar's Requiem", "Devastating Story"

2014–present Affair, TheThe Affair Margaret Butler Recurring role

2015–16 Madam Secretary Dean Ward "The Ninth Circle", "Unity Node", "Render Safe"

2017 Doubt Margaret Brennan 5 episodes


^ Search: Kathleen Bishop at familytreelegends.com; accessed April 3, 2014. ^ California Birth Records info.; accessed April 3, 2014. ^ Ryzik, Melena (May 20, 2007). "Nearly 60 Years and Counting, Working on the Art of Theater". Retrieved 24 April 2016.  ^ Sturner, Lynda (24 March 2000). "Brit Wit". TheaterMania. Retrieved 24 April 2016.  ^ "Demons: A Possession". Internet Off-Broadway Database. Lucille Lortel Foundation. Retrieved 24 April 2016.  ^ "Cowboy Pictures". Internet Off-Broadway Database. Lucille Lortel Foundation. Retrieved 24 April 2016.  ^ Dear Elizabeth lortel.org, accessed December 18, 2015 ^ Lloyd Webber, Imogen (14 September 2015). " Kathleen Chalfant Will Headline Laurence Leamer's Rose Off-Broadway". Broadway.com. Retrieved 24 April 2016.  ^ Vincent Canby (October 18, 1998). "Battered and Broken, So That She May Rise". The New York Times. Retrieved 2008-04-05.  ^ Robin Pogrebin (October 20, 1998). "A Brother's Death Helps Bring a Performance to Life". The New York Times. Retrieved 2008-04-05.  ^ Ben Brantley (April 7, 2003). "Life a Bit of a Mess? Just Carry On, Dear". The New York Times. Retrieved 2008-04-05.  ^ "The People Speak". howardzinn.org. Retrieved 24 April 2016.  ^ Steketee, Martha Wade (4 April 2013). "Kathleen Chalfant: Practicing 'Political Performance'". Urban Excavations. Retrieved 24 April 2016.  ^ " Kathleen Chalfant to Join Playwrights Panel on January 31". Aspen Institute. 29 January 2015. Retrieved 24 April 2016.  ^ "Guantanamo Lawyers Panel with CCR's Gitanjali Gutierrez and actress Kathleen Chalfant". Center for Constitutional Rights. 30 August 2011. Retrieved 24 April 2016.  ^ Norton, Ben (24 November 2015). "'Amplify your voice for justice': Roger Waters and prominent artists call for boycott of Israel in new video". Salon.com. Retrieved 24 April 2016. 

External links[edit]

Kathleen Chalfant at the Internet Broadway Database
Internet Broadway Database
Kathleen Chalfant Off-Broadway credits lortel.org; accessed April 24, 2016. Kathleen Chalfant on IMDb

Awards for Kathleen Chalfant

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Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Actress
in a Play

Ellen Burstyn
Ellen Burstyn
(1975) Rosemary Harris
Rosemary Harris
(1976) Irene Worth
Irene Worth
(1977) Jessica Tandy
Jessica Tandy
(1978) Constance Cummings
Constance Cummings
/ Carole Shelley
Carole Shelley
(1979) Pat Carroll (1980) Joan Copeland
Joan Copeland
(1981) Zoe Caldwell (1982) Jessica Tandy
Jessica Tandy
(1983) Joan Allen
Joan Allen
(1984) Rosemary Harris
Rosemary Harris
(1985) Lily Tomlin
Lily Tomlin
(1986) Linda Lavin
Linda Lavin
(1987) Stockard Channing
Stockard Channing
(1988) Pauline Collins
Pauline Collins
(1989) Geraldine James (1990) Mercedes Ruehl
Mercedes Ruehl
(1991) Laura Esterman (1992) Jane Alexander
Jane Alexander
(1993) Myra Carter (1994) Cherry Jones
Cherry Jones
(1995) Zoe Caldwell (1996) Janet McTeer
Janet McTeer
(1997) Cherry Jones
Cherry Jones
(1998) Kathleen Chalfant (1999) Eileen Heckart (2000) Mary-Louise Parker
Mary-Louise Parker
(2001) Lindsay Duncan
Lindsay Duncan
(2002) Vanessa Redgrave
Vanessa Redgrave
(2003) Viola Davis
Viola Davis
/ Phylicia Rashad
Phylicia Rashad
(2004) Cherry Jones
Cherry Jones
(2005) Lois Smith
Lois Smith
(2006) Eve Best
Eve Best
(2007) Deanna Dunagan (2008) Janet McTeer
Janet McTeer
(2009) Jan Maxwell
Jan Maxwell
(2010) Frances McDormand
Frances McDormand
(2011) Tracie Bennett (2012) Cicely Tyson
Cicely Tyson
(2013) Audra McDonald
Audra McDonald
(2014) Helen Mirren
Helen Mirren
(2015) Jessica Lange
Jessica Lange
(2016) Laura Linney
Laura Linney

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Drama League's Distinguished Performance Award

Katharine Cornell
Katharine Cornell
(1935) Helen Hayes
Helen Hayes
(1936) Maurice Evans (1937) Cedric Hardwicke
Cedric Hardwicke
(1938) Raymond Massey
Raymond Massey
(1939) Paul Muni
Paul Muni
(1940) Paul Lukas
Paul Lukas
(1941) Judith Evelyn
Judith Evelyn
(1942) Alfred Lunt
Alfred Lunt
(1943) Lynn Fontanne
Lynn Fontanne
(1944) Mady Christians
Mady Christians
(1945) Louis Calhern
Louis Calhern
(1946) Ingrid Bergman
Ingrid Bergman
(1947) Judith Anderson
Judith Anderson
(1948) Robert Morley
Robert Morley
(1949) Grace George
Grace George
(1950) Claude Rains
Claude Rains
(1951) Julie Harris (1952) Shirley Booth
Shirley Booth
(1953) Josephine Hull (1954) Viveca Lindfors
Viveca Lindfors
(1955) David Wayne
David Wayne
(1956) Eli Wallach
Eli Wallach
(1957) Ralph Bellamy
Ralph Bellamy
(1958) Cyril Ritchard
Cyril Ritchard
(1959) Jessica Tandy
Jessica Tandy
(1960) Hume Cronyn
Hume Cronyn
(1961) Paul Scofield
Paul Scofield
(1962) Charles Boyer
Charles Boyer
(1963) Alec Guinness
Alec Guinness
(1964) John Gielgud
John Gielgud
(1965) Richard Kiley
Richard Kiley
(1966) Rosemary Harris
Rosemary Harris
(1967) Zoe Caldwell (1968) Alec McCowen
Alec McCowen
(1969) James Stewart
James Stewart
(1970) Anthony Quayle
Anthony Quayle
(1971) Eileen Atkins / Claire Bloom
Claire Bloom
(1972) Alan Bates
Alan Bates
(1973) Christopher Plummer
Christopher Plummer
(1974) John Wood (1975) Eva Le Gallienne
Eva Le Gallienne
(1976) Tom Courtenay
Tom Courtenay
(1977) Frank Langella
Frank Langella
(1978) Frances Sternhagen
Frances Sternhagen
(1979) Roy Scheider
Roy Scheider
(1980) Ian McKellen
Ian McKellen
(1981) Milo O'Shea
Milo O'Shea
(1982) Edward Herrmann
Edward Herrmann
/ Kate Nelligan (1983) Jeremy Irons
Jeremy Irons
(1984) Derek Jacobi
Derek Jacobi
(1985) Bernadette Peters
Bernadette Peters
(1986) James Earl Jones
James Earl Jones
(1987) John Lithgow
John Lithgow
(1988) Pauline Collins
Pauline Collins
(1989) Robert Morse
Robert Morse
(1990) Stockard Channing
Stockard Channing
(1991) Glenn Close
Glenn Close
(1992) Stephen Rea
Stephen Rea
(1993) Sam Waterston
Sam Waterston
(1994) Cherry Jones
Cherry Jones
(1995) Uta Hagen
Uta Hagen
(1996) Charles Durning
Charles Durning
/ Bebe Neuwirth
Bebe Neuwirth
(1997) Brian Stokes Mitchell
Brian Stokes Mitchell
(1998) Kathleen Chalfant (1999) Eileen Heckart (2000) Mary-Louise Parker
Mary-Louise Parker
/ Gary Sinise
Gary Sinise
(2001) Liam Neeson
Liam Neeson
(2002) Harvey Fierstein
Harvey Fierstein
(2003) Hugh Jackman
Hugh Jackman
(2004) Norbert Leo Butz
Norbert Leo Butz
(2005) Christine Ebersole
Christine Ebersole
(2006) Liev Schreiber
Liev Schreiber
(2007) Patti LuPone
Patti LuPone
(2008) Geoffrey Rush
Geoffrey Rush
(2009) Alfred Molina
Alfred Molina
(2010) Mark Rylance
Mark Rylance
(2011) Audra McDonald
Audra McDonald
(2012) Nathan Lane
Nathan Lane
(2013) Neil Patrick Harris
Neil Patrick Harris
(2014) Chita Rivera
Chita Rivera
(2015) Lin-Manuel Miranda
Lin-Manuel Miranda
(2016) Ben Platt (2017)

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