The Gilded Age cast is stacked with big names and everyone has a different story to tell, but which one was the most memorable? This list ranks all of Christine Baranski’s roles from her career.
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Christine Baranski, a television legend, has portrayed a number of memorable roles. (Photo courtesy of CBS)
This month, Christine Baranski returns to our screens with her trademark panache as ‘old money’ matriarch Agnes van Rhijn in Julian Fellowes’ sumptuous new historical drama The Gilded Age, which airs on Sky Atlantic.
With a prominent part in this series, the 69-year-old actress has put another feather to her cap, but it’s just one of many occasions the actress has dazzled on our screens – as seen by her record thirteen Emmy nominations (one win).
The Julliard-trained actress is also at ease on the Broadway stage, where she spent the most of her career prior to Cybill’s arrival on the scene in 1995.
Baranski, a Tony Award winner, has played with Sir Mark Rylance in productions such as Sweeney Todd, Tom Stoppard’s The Real Thing, and Follies.
She also played Mary Sunshine in Chicago (2002) and Martha May Whovier in Jim Carrey’s How the Grinch Stole Christmas — not to mention the 2014 cinematic adaption of Stephen Sondheim’s Into the Woods.
But how and where would we rank her final roles? Continue reading to discover out…
Tanya Chesham-Leigh in Mamma Mia! and Mamma Mia! : The Musical We’re at it again.
What a sense of style. There is a lot of glitz. (Universal/Jonathan Prime photo)
In these two enormously famous movie musicals, Baranski looked to be having a blast in her roles as Tanya, Donna’s closest friend and former bandmate, and Julia Walters as Rosie.
The actress got to flirt wildly with a performance of Does Your Mother Know? and advise Donna’s daughter Sophie (Amanda Seyfried) in Angel Eyes, in addition to providing fantastic backing to several of Abba’s best songs in both the 2008 original film and its 2018 sequel.
All while appearing stunning as a rich three-time divorcee with naturally flawless hair.
4. In the Gilded Age, Agnes van Rhijn
Agnes Baranski, the matriarch of the Baranski family, is not to be trifled with. (Photo courtesy of HBO/Alison Cohen Rosa)
Agnes van Rhijn, an apparent American analogue to Dame Maggie Smith’s waspish Dowager Countess of Grantham in Downton Abbey, is a lady accustomed to being followed, with all the privileges her miserable marriage granted her years before.
Baranski is wise in not imitating Dame Maggie, instead choosing for a quieter but more direct delivery of her ideas and cutting comments. She’s astute and aware of it, and the character provides enough of fodder for a second season if the show is renewed.
3. The Big Bang Theory’s Dr. Beverly Hofstadter
With her brief appearance, the actress made a big impression. (Photo courtesy of Warner/Channel 4)
Despite only appearing in 16 episodes over the course of ten years on The Big Bang Theory, Baranski was a surprise as Dr. Beverly Hofstadter, Leonard’s (Johnny Galecki) chilly and overbearing mother.
The doctor endeared herself to fans with her clumsy efforts to meet Leonard’s girlfriend Penny (Kaley Cuoco) and be more maternal with her kid, as well as her connection with Leonard’s smart but egotistical buddy Sheldon (Jim Parsons).
The fact that she was cast after previously working with writer Chuck Lorre and earning four Emmy nominations for this role speaks for itself…
2. Cybill’s Maryann
Baranski became a TV sensation because to Cybill (Picture: CBS)
Baranski was past 40 when she played main protagonist Cybill Shepherd’s hard-drinking best friend Maryann in this iconic US comedy in the 1990s, and it was this part that gave her a household figure.
Chuck Lorre was also her first professional encounter with him.
After years of rumors that the two didn’t get along while shooting the program – for which Baranski won an Emmy and Shepherd didn’t – the former recently said there were ‘problems,’ adding, ‘But I like to take the higher ground and say, look, that show offered me so much.’
‘I had no problems dealing with her. It was tough politically, but I wish her well.’
The Good Wife and The Good Fight star Diane Lockhart.
Diane, Queen of the Universe! (Picture: CBS)
Diane Lockhart, everyone’s favorite liberal lawyer, has been allowed to play the character twice, leading a spin-off, and it would be difficult to position her anywhere other than first.
From 2009 through 2016, Baranski was a key part in Julianna Margulies’ The Good Wife. She then had her chance to shine on her own when Diane was pulled out of retirement and back into litigation after a financial scandal for The Good Fight.
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The Good Fight’s transfer to CBS All Access after five seasons and a sixth renewal has enabled the program to take more chances as it plays with stranger storylines and remarkably up-to-date references in a world where Trump, false news, and a global epidemic have sparked political interest.
This is Baranski at her best: a frank, moral, and intelligent figure with a fantastic clothing sense.
The Gilded Age premieres on Sky Atlantic on Tuesday, January 25 at 9 p.m. and is also available on the NOW streaming service.
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