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Born: June 8, 1950 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Midland, Texas, USA Profession: Cast ...


"'Jacknife' could have just been this buddy movie about a Vietnam vet coming back to find another one, but when you throw a woman into a movie, well, well, well. I loved 'Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown'. Movies should always have women in them to shake things up. Not just to tag along with the guys. Not this lover/wife/mother baloney. I mean all kinds of women.

"When I first saw the script for 'Clean and Sober' it looked like 'Flashdance' to me. The woman's part calls for a 'beautiful blonde' working in a steel mill. Twenty-five-years old. I auditioned anyway." --Kathy Baker quoted in The New York Times, March 5, 1989.

Baker on abandoning acting school in the early 1970s: "I was brought up in a very polite household and I didn't feel happy doing that violent, '70s kind of 'Oh, Calcutta' theater.

We were all told that we would have to be completely naked on stage, have blood thrown all over us. Genet came to visit us with a play, and in it a guy was naked, hanging from chains and everybody threw blood all over him. That's admirable. That's kamikaze acting, but I wasn't going to do it with Joe Blow or Fred Normal in acting class on a Thursday afternoon." --quoted in The New York Times, March 5, 1989.

Sam Shepard on Kathy Baker: "To me the main characteristic about her is that she'll sort of go right off the cliff for you. In 'Fool For Love', there was a lot of emotional territory that was scary. It was very volatile and physical, and she was up against an actor [Ed Harris] who was equally as unpredictable. The two of them wound up with all kinds of bruises on their bodies." --quoted in Premiere, April 1989.

"I do start dressing like the character. I can't go to the set wearing something that isn't similar to the character. I could never wear a pair of jeans to the set of 'Jacknife'. I don't think I wore a dress for six months while I was doing 'Clean and Sober.'" --Baker to Premiere, April 1989.

"People just want to watch her. She doesn't have that kind of classic beauty. She has something inside of her that makes men find her so sexy. When Kathy was getting the job of 'Clean and Sober', I remember the director telling me, 'She's concerned that she's not physically attractive enough.' And I thought, 'She doesn't have anything to worry about there.'"--co-star Michael Keaton on Kathy Baker, quoted in The New York Times, March 31, 1997.

Baker on the network's dismissal of the critically acclaimed "Picket Fences": "It was like no matter how many good report cards we brought home, Mommy and Daddy were still never happy." --quoted in ^The New York Times, March 31, 1997.

"I'm at the point im my career where life's too short, I want to work with people I enjoy hanging out with." --quoted in the New York Post, April 14, 1997.

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