Blanche Baker

as Dr. Victoria Wise in the movie 12 Angry Men and Women

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Real name is Garfein, Blanche
Was born at 20 December 1956 (now is 61 years old) in New York City, New York, USA

Blanche Baker is an actress of stage, screen and television. BornBlanche Garfein in New York, her mother is actress Carroll Baker (whowon a Best Actress Oscar nomination for Baby Doll (1956) severalmonths after baby Blanche arrived. Her father is stage director'Jack Garfein' , who later went on to direct movies and teachacting. After attending Wellesley College, she took her mother's surname andmade her television debut in the miniseries "Holocaust" (1978) ,for which she won an Emmy Award.

Baker made her movie debut in The Seduction of Joe Tynan (1979) , an A-List productionfeaturing 'Alan Alda' at the height of his popularity and another"Holocaust" co-star at the start of her career, 'Meryl Streep' . She then appeared as the Holy Mother in the TV movie Mary and Joseph: A Story of Faith (1979) (TV) . Then came "Lolita. "In 1980-81, the 24-year-old Baker originated the role of the preteen"nymphet" loved by a pedophile in Albee's stage adaption of Nabokov'sclassic novel. The show was picketed during out-of-town tryouts and inNew York by feminists outraged by the show's depiction of pedophilia.

More importantly, the show was pilloried by outraged critics in itsout-of-town tryouts, giving "Lolita" a bad word of mouth. After 31 previews, the troubled production opened on Broadway on March19, 1981 and closed after only 12 performances. She never appeared on Broadway again, despite critics calling herperformance "breathtaking" and "beguiling. "Blanche Baker has continued to work steadily in television and on thesilver screen but has never again approached the heights she did in herearly twenties. .

There is some small facts about Blanche Baker:
  • Daughter of actress 'Carroll Baker' and director 'Jack Garfein'
  • Studied at Wellesley College from 1974 - 1976.
  • Brother Herschel is a classical music composer.
  • Has 2 sons: Zane Van Dusen and James Magill
  • Daughters: 'Dara Van Dusen' and 'Wynn Van Dusen' (aka Wynnie).
  • At the WPA Theatre on March 28, 1987 Blanche played Shelby in the original stage production of Steel Magnolias.
  • In episode 207 of HGTV's "Save My Bath" (2006) , Blanche and her daughter, 'Wynn Van Dusen' (aka Wynnie), had their pink, industrial bath updated to 1920s Hollywood glam.
  • Stepdaughter of 'Donald Burton' .
  • Was considered for the part of Maerose Prizzi in Prizzi's Honor (1985) .
  • Was considered for the part of Nancy Thompson in A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984) .
  • She studied drama at HB Studios in Greenwich Village in New York City.
  • Blanche Baker won an Emmy for Outstanding Single Performance by a Supporting Actress in a Comedy or Drama Series for "Holocaust" (1978) . Her father 'Jack Garfein' was a real-life Holocaust survivor who had been interned in Auschwitz.
  • (November 2005) Went back to work as an actress and is starring in the independent film Jersey Justice (2014) , currently shooting in Pennsylvania.
  • (March 2002) Began exhibiting sculptures in 1996 under her married name of Blanche Van Dusen, and continues to sculpt.
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There is the list of movies, where Blanche Baker was taked part:
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1 12 Angry Men and Women movie 12 Angry Men and Women 2016 as Dr. Victoria Wise
2 Mary and Joseph: A Story of Faith movie Mary and Joseph: A Story of Faith 1979 as Mary
3 The Awakening of Candra movie The Awakening of Candra 1983 as Candra Torres
4 The Day the Bubble Burst movie The Day the Bubble Burst 1982 as Jolan Slezsak
5 The Making of The Girl Next Door movie The Making of The Girl Next Door 2007 as Herself
6 The Tragedy of Romeo and Juliet movie The Tragedy of Romeo and Juliet 1982 as Juliet
7 Clarissa Explains It All movie Clarissa Explains It All 1991 as Chelsea Chipley
8 In the Heat of the Night movie In the Heat of the Night 1988 as Jenny Sawyer
9 Underdogs movie Underdogs 2006 as Marie
10 3rd of July movie 3rd of July 2008 as Mrs. Shaw
11 An Affirmative Act movie An Affirmative Act 2010 as Lori Belmont
12 Bum Rap movie Bum Rap 1988 as Lisa DuSoir
13 Chasing Yesterday movie Chasing Yesterday 2015 as Linda
14 Classless movie Classless 2013 as Principal Saunders
15 Cold Feet movie Cold Feet 1983 as Leslie Christo
16 Curiosity Killed the Cat movie Curiosity Killed the Cat 2012 as Gayle
17 Dead Funny movie Dead Funny 1994 as Barbara
18 Deep in the Darkness movie Deep in the Darkness 2014 as Zellis
19 Embassy movie Embassy 1985 as Megan Hillyer
20 French Postcards movie French Postcards 1979 as Laura
21 Gay Positive movie Gay Positive 2014 as Herself
22 Hell Grace movie Hell Grace 2011 as Mother
23 Hypothermia movie Hypothermia 2010 as Helen
24 Jackrabbit Sky movie Jackrabbit Sky 2009 as Evelyn Boden
25 Jersey Justice movie Jersey Justice 2014 as Polly O'Bannon
26 Lady Peacock movie Lady Peacock 2014 as Angie
27 Livin Large! movie Livin Large! 1991 as Kate Penndragin
28 Nobodys Child movie Nobodys Child 1986 as Shari
29 Pure Life movie Pure Life 2011 as Donna Raymond
30 Raw Deal movie Raw Deal 1986 as Amy Kaminsky
31 Ruth Madoff Occupies Wall Street movie Ruth Madoff Occupies Wall Street 2012 as Ruth Madoff
32 Scallywag movie Scallywag 2013 as Mom
33 Science Fair (Or: Migratory Patterns & the Flight of the March Brown Mayfly) movie Science Fair (Or: Migratory Patterns & the Flight of the March Brown Mayfly) 2009 as Mom
34 Shakedown movie Shakedown 1988 as Gail Feinberger
35 Sixteen Candles movie Sixteen Candles 1984 as Ginny Baker
36 Stranger Than Fiction: The Making of Truth movie Stranger Than Fiction: The Making of Truth 2014 as Herself
37 Summer of Ivy movie Summer of Ivy 2016 as Aura
38 Taking Chance movie Taking Chance 2009 as Chris Phelps
39 The 30th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards movie The 30th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards 1978 as Herself - Winner: Outstanding Single Performance by a Supporting Actress in a Comedy or Drama Series
40 The Coffee Klash movie The Coffee Klash 2012 as Gayle
There is the list of some articles of Blanche Baker:
  • "The Philadelphia Inquirer" (USA), 30 October 2005, by: Michael Klein, "INQlings"
  • "The Intelligencer, Doylestown, PA" (USA), 23 October 2005, by: Pamela Batzel, "Double Feature"
  • "People Weekly" (USA), 4 March 2002, pg. 65-66, "Her Bronze Mettle"
There is the list of some quotes of Blanche Baker:
  • I did feel that I was in my mother's shadow and that I was always trying to prove myself. I think the truth is, it's you on the stage, it's you on the screen, in the end. There are more children of famous people that you haven't heard of...or they're in rehab and you've heard of them. So, it's a hard thing to overcome when you have a famous parent. And I think I was troubled by that. It was one of the reasons I needed to step back and come back now with this renewed appreciation. Forcing myself to start over again, which is a challenge and has been really interesting. I've been very fortunate, but I think that plays a part in it.
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