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Also Known As: Katherine Burton Died:
Born: September 10, 1957 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Switzerland Profession: actor

Biography CLOSE THE FULL BIOGRAPHY

Primarily a stage and television actress, Kate Burton managed to forge a career without constant comparisons to her late father, Richard Burton. She was perhaps best known to small screen viewers as Henry Winkler's liberal wife on the ill-fated sitcom "Monty" (Fox, 1994) and later, as a district attorney in a recurring role on the ABC series "The Practice" (1997).

Primarily a stage and television actress, Kate Burton managed to forge a career without constant comparisons to her late father, Richard Burton. She was perhaps best known to small screen viewers as Henry Winkler's liberal wife on the ill-fated sitcom "Monty" (Fox, 1994) and later, as a district attorney in a recurring role on the ABC series "The Practice" (1997).

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Barefoot (2014)
2.
 Liberal Arts (2012)
3.
 Puncture (2011)
4.
 Remember Me (2010)
5.
 127 Hours (2010)
6.
 Spooner (2009)
8.
 Max Payne (2008)
9.
 Quid Pro Quo (2008)
10.
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Milestones close milestones

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Moved to U.S. at age four; grew up in Manhattan
1969:
Made screen debut in small role in "Anne of a Thousand Days," starring her father Richard Burton
1982:
Made New York stage debut in "Present Laughter"
1983:
Played title role in off-Broadway production of "Alice in Wonderland"; recreated role for PBS version, which also featured her father
1983:
Made stage musical debut in "Doonesbury"
1984:
Co-starred with her father in the CBS miniseries "Ellis Island"
1986:
Had featured role in "Big Trouble in Little China"
1992:
Played the mother on NBC series "Home Fires"
1992:
Landed recurring role on NBC's "Law & Order"
1994:
Appeared as Henry Winkler's wife on short-lived Fox sitcom "Monty"
1996:
Starred in "Notes for My Daughter," an "ABC Afterschool Special"; won Daytime Emmy for performance
1997:
Had featured role in L.A. production of Tom Stoppard's "Arcadia"
1997:
Played recurring role of district attorney Susan Alexander on legal drama "The Practice" (ABC)
1997:
Returned to Broadway, succeeding Kate Nelligan in "An American Daughter"
1998:
Had supporting role in Woody Allen's "Celebrity"
1999:
Assumed leading role in the Broadway production of "The Beauty Queen of Lenane"
2000:
Reprised role in Irish staging of "The Beauty Queen of Lenane" in Waterford
2001:
Received rave reviews for her turn as "Hedda Gabler" on Broadway
2002:
Co-starred as Mrs. Kendal in the Brodway revival of "The Elephant Man," starring Billy Crudup
2002:
Cast opposite Diane Lane in Adrian Lyne's "Unfaithful"
2005:
Cast in HBO miniseries "Empire Falls," based on Richard Russo's novel
2005:
Appeared with Naomi Watts and Ryan Gosling in Marc Forster's "Stay"
2005:
Portrayed Meredith's (Ellen Pompeo) mother, an ex-surgeon who suffers from Alzheimer's Disease on ABC medical drama "Grey's Anatomy"; earned an Emmy nomination in 2006 and 2007 for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series
2005:
Starred in the revival of W. Somerset Maugham's "The Constant Wife"; earned a Tony nomination for her performance
2008:
Cast alongside Robert De Niro and Sean Penn in "What Just Happened"
2010:
Portrayed Aron Ralston's mother in Danny Boyle's feature adaptation of "127 Hours"
2012:
Played the Vice President on ABC's "Scandal"
2012:
Cast opposite writer and director Josh Radnor in romantic comedy "Liberal Arts"
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Education

Brown University: Providence , Rhode Island - 1979
School of Drama, Yale University: New Haven , Connecticut - 1982

Notes

"I chose very specifically to stay in the United States because I thought, 'It's going to be hard enough to be Richard Burton's daughter, but if I'm an American actress and I'm a woman, I'll have my own identity. . . . My childhood really was not that screwed up, actually. It was a very constant and consistent childhood, and I think that has served me, especially being in such a nutty business." --Kate Burton in LOS ANGELES TIMES, January 12, 1997.

Companions close complete companion listing

husband:
Michael Ritchie. Stage manager, theatrical producer. Married in June 1985; not to be confused with film director ("Downhill Racer", "Smile") of same name.

Family close complete family listing

father:
Richard Burton. Actor. Died in 1984.
mother:
Sybil Burton. Producer.
godmother:
Radie Harris. Columnist.
step-mother:
Elizabeth Taylor. Actor. Twice married to Richard Burton.
step-father:
Jordan Christopher.
sister:
Jessica Burton. Born c. 1959; autistic.
sister:
Maria Burton. Adopted by Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor.
half-sister:
Amy Christopher.
son:
Morgan Ritchie. Born c. 1988.
daughter:
Charlotte Ritchie. Born c. 1998.
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