Burton, Kate 1957–

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BURTON, Kate 1957–


Full name, Katherine Burton; born September 10, 1957, in Geneva, Switzerland; daughter of Richard (an actor) and Sybil (a producer; maiden name, Williams) Burton; married Michael Ritchie (a stage director), 1984; children: Morgan, Charlotte. Education: Brown University, B.A., 1979; Yale University, M.F.A., 1982. Politics: Democrat.


Agent—The Gersh Agency, 232 North Canon Dr., Beverly Hills, CA 90210.


Actress. Tony Administration Committee, member.

Awards, Honors:

Theatre World Award, 1983, for Present Laughter, Alice in Wonderland, and Winners; Daytime Emmy Award, outstanding performer in a children's special, 1996, for Notes for My Daughter; Joe. A. Callaway Award, Actors' Equity Foundation, 2001, Antoinette Perry Award nomination, best actress in a play, 2002, Outer Critics Circle Award nomination, all for Hedda Gabler; Antoinette Perry Award nomination, best featured actress in a play, 2002, for The Elephant Man.


Film Appearances:

(Uncredited) Serving maid, Anne of the Thousand Days (also known as Anne of a Thousand Days), Universal, 1969.

Joan "J. J." Caucus, Jr., Doonesbury: A Broadway Musical (also known as Doonesbury: A Musical Comedy and Doonesbury: A New Musical), 1983.

Margo Litzenberger, Big Trouble in Little China (also known as John Carpenter's "Big Trouble in Little China"), Twentieth Century–Fox, 1986.

Mrs. Burns, Life with Mikey (also known as Give Me a Break), Buena Vista, 1993.

Helen Blathwaite, August, Samuel Goldwyn Company, 1996.

Woman in bed, The First Wives Club, Paramount, 1996.

Looking for Richard (documentary), Twentieth Century–Fox, 1996.

Dorothy Franklin, The Ice Storm, Fox Searchlight Pictures, 1997.

Cheryl, Celebrity, Miramax, 1998.

Rest home sister, The Opportunists, First Look Pictures Releasing, 2000.

Tracy, Unfaithful (also known as Infidele and Untreu), Twentieth Century–Fox, 2002.

Carla Cronin, Swimfan (also known as Swimf@n and Tell Me You Love Me), Twentieth Century–Fox, 2002.

Martha, The Paper Mache Chase (short), 2003.

Sherry Baby, 2004.

Stay, Twentieth Century–Fox, 2005.

Marcia, Some Kind of Heaven, 2005.

Voice of Night, The Story of a Mother, 2006.

Television Appearances; Series:

Anne Kramer, Home Fires, NBC, 1992.

Fran Richardson, Monty, Fox, 1994.

Assistant district attorney Susan Alexander, The Practice, ABC, 1997, 2000, 2001, 2004.

Television Appearances; Miniseries:

Vanessa Ogden, Ellis Island, CBS, 1984.

Agatha Bradford, Evergreen, NBC, 1985.

Host, The Hanging Gale, Bravo, 1999.

Cindy Whiting, Empire Falls, HBO, 2005.

Television Appearances; Movies:

Ophelia, Uncle Tom's Cabin, Showtime, 1987.

Deborah, Love Matters, Showtime, 1993.

Katherine Donohue, Mistrial, HBO, 1996.

Sara Miller, Obsessed, Lifetime, 2002.

Connie Posey, The Diary of Ellen Rimbauer, ABC, 2003.

Television Appearances; Specials:

Alice, "Alice in Wonderland," Great Performances, PBS, 1983.

Agnes O'Neill, "Journey into Genius" (also known as "Eugene O'Neill: Journey into Genius"), American Playhouse, PBS, 1988.

"Richard Burton: In from the Cold," Great Performances, PBS, 1989.

Brenda Gardner, "Notes for My Daughter," ABC After-school Specials, ABC, 1995.

Voice, "Buckminster Fuller: Thinking Out Loud," American Masters, PBS, 1996.

Abigail, "Ellen Foster," Hallmark Hall of Fame, CBS, 1997.

Voice, Blood Money: Switzerland's Nazi Gold (documentary), Arts and Entertainment, 1997.

Richard Burton: Taylor–Made for Stardom (documentary), Arts and Entertainment, 2002.

Intimate Portrait: Jane Kaczmarek (documentary), Lifetime, 2002.

Narrator, The Incredible Human Body (documentary), PBS, 2002.

Herself, Intimate Portrait: Elizabeth Taylor (documentary), Lifetime, 2002.

Presenter, The 59th Annual Tony Awards, CBS, 2005.

Television Appearances; Pilots:

Assistant district attorney Susan Alexander, The Practice, ABC, 1997.

Television Appearances; Episodic:

Randy Lofficier, "If You Knew Sammy," Spenser: For Hire, ABC, 1987.

Randy Lofficier, "Play It Again, Sammy," Spenser: For Hire, ABC, 1988.

Sister Bettina, "Sisters of Mercy," Law and Order, NBC, 1991.

Susan Lowenberg Jones, "Keeping Up with the Joneses," Brooklyn Bridge, CBS, 1993.

Sheila Byrne, "My Brother's Keeper," 100 Centre Street, Arts and Entertainment, 2001.

Attorney Erica Gardner, "Armed Forces," Law & Order, NBC, 2001.

Stephanie Uffland, "The Pardoner's Tale," Law & Order: Criminal Intent, NBC, 2001.

Attorney Erica Gardner, "Darwinian," Law & Order, NBC, 2004.

Sarah Brainerd, "Slow News Day," The West Wing, NBC, 2004.

Erica Gardner, "Cut," Law & Order, NBC, 2004.

Dr. Sheri Jordan, "Silent Era," Judging Amy, CBS, 2005.

Dr. Ellis Grey, "A Hard Day's Night," Grey's Anatomy, ABC, 2005.

Dr. Ellis Grey, "No Man's Land," Grey's Anatomy, ABC, 2005.

Dr. Ellis Grey, "Shake Your Groove Thing," Grey's Anatomy, ABC, 2005.

Stage Appearances:

(New York debut) Daphne, Present Laughter, Circle in the Square, New York City, 1982.

Alice, Alice in Wonderland, Virginia Theatre, New York City, 1983.

May, Winners, Roundabout Theatre, New York City, 1983.

J. J., Doonesbury, Biltmore Theatre, New York City, 1983.

Eva, The Accrington Pals, Hudson Guild Theatre, New York City, 1984.

Pegeen, The Playboy of the Western World, Roundabout Theatre, 1985.

The Plough and the Stars, Roundabout Theatre, 1985.

Alexandra, On the Verge; or, The Geography of Yearning, Hartford Stage Company, Hartford, CT, 1985–86.

The Three Sisters, Hartman Theatre, Stamford, CT, 1985–86.

Sasha, Wild Honey, Virginia Theatre, 1986–87.

Isabella, Measure for Measure, Mitzi E. Newhouse Theatre, New York City, 1989.

Betty McNeil, Some Americans Abroad, Vivian Beaumont Theatre, New York City, 1990.

Alice, Aristocrats, Huntington Theatre Company, Boston, MA, 1990–91.

Julie, Jake's Woman, Neil Simon Theatre, New York City, 1992, then Center Theatre Group, James A. Doolittle Theatre, Los Angeles, CA, 1992–93.

Lauren, Grace, and Annie, London Suite, Union Square Theatre, New York City, 1995.

Sarah, Company, Criterion Theatre, Center Stage Right, New York City, 1995.

Arcadia, Los Angeles, CA, 1997.

Lyssa Dent Hughes, An American Daughter, Cort Theatre, New York City, 1997.

Mrs. Molly Burton, The Matchmaker, Adams Memorial Theater Main Stage, Williamstown, MA, 1998.

Agnes, Lake Hollywood, Signature Theatre Company, New York City, 1999.

Daisy Connolly, Give Me Your Answer, Do!, Gramercy Theatre, New York City, 1999–2000.

The Beauty Queen of Lenane, Walter Kerr Theatre, New York City, 1999, then Waterford, Ireland, 2000.

Title role, Hedda Gabler, Huntington Theatre Company, Boston, MA, 2000–2001, then Ambassador Theatre, New York City, 2001–2002.

Pinhead/Mrs. Kendal, The Elephant Man, Royale Theatre, New York City, 2002.

Anna, Boston Marriage, Joseph Papp Public Theatre, New York City, 2002.

Three Sisters, Playhouse Theatre, London, 2003.

The Water's Edge, Nikos Stage, Williamstown Theatre Festival, Williamstown, MA, 2004.

Constance Middleton, The Constant Wife, American Airlines Theatre, New York City, 2005.

The Rage of Achilles, 92nd Street Y, New York City, 2005.

Also appeared in Romeo and Juliet, Off–Broadway production.


Taped Readings:

Loves Music, Loves to Dance, 1991.

Patricia Cornwell's "All That Remains," HarperCollins, 1992.

Anne Lamott's "Crooked Little Heart," Random Audio, 1997.

Barbara Taylor Bradford's "The Triumph of Katie Byrne," BDD Audio, 2002.

Georgia Byng's Molly Moon's "Incredible Book of Hypnotism," Harper Children's Audio, 2003.

Patricia Cornwell's "Portrait of a Killer: Jack the Ripper," Putnam Berkley Audio, 2003.



People Weekly, October 15, 2001, p. 139.

Playbill, October 31, 2001, pp. 22, 24.

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