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Also Known As: Becky Gelke Died:
Born: February 17, 1953 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Fort Knox, Kentucky, USA Profession:

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An accomplished character actress with a strong work ethic, Becky Ann Baker found plentiful opportunities on stage, screen and television, and regularly went back and forth between these mediums. Beginning with the Broadway production of "The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas" (1978-82), the Kentucky native graced a number of popular stage shows, including "Titanic" (1997-98) and "The Vagina Monologues" (1999-2003). It did not take long for Baker to develop a reputation as a dependable supporting player and she was cast in movies that ran the gamut from blockbusters like "Men in Black" (1997) and "Spider-Man 3" (2007) to such small scale indie projects as "Death of a President" (2006) and "Spinning Into Butter" (2009). Television work also figured prominently on Baker's résumé and after she entered her middle-aged years, the actress was a particular favorite of casting directors looking for suburban moms, a role she played with aplomb on the cult comedy series "Freaks and Geeks" (NBC, 1999-2000) as loveable Jean Weir. She later did effective variations on previous matriarchs for programs like "Smash" (NBC, 2012 - ) and the controversial "Girls" (HBO, 2012 - ), where Baker earned additional attention...

An accomplished character actress with a strong work ethic, Becky Ann Baker found plentiful opportunities on stage, screen and television, and regularly went back and forth between these mediums. Beginning with the Broadway production of "The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas" (1978-82), the Kentucky native graced a number of popular stage shows, including "Titanic" (1997-98) and "The Vagina Monologues" (1999-2003). It did not take long for Baker to develop a reputation as a dependable supporting player and she was cast in movies that ran the gamut from blockbusters like "Men in Black" (1997) and "Spider-Man 3" (2007) to such small scale indie projects as "Death of a President" (2006) and "Spinning Into Butter" (2009). Television work also figured prominently on Baker's résumé and after she entered her middle-aged years, the actress was a particular favorite of casting directors looking for suburban moms, a role she played with aplomb on the cult comedy series "Freaks and Geeks" (NBC, 1999-2000) as loveable Jean Weir. She later did effective variations on previous matriarchs for programs like "Smash" (NBC, 2012 - ) and the controversial "Girls" (HBO, 2012 - ), where Baker earned additional attention for the courage she displayed participating in one of the program's racy nude scenes. Never one to shy aware from a daring role or production, Baker possessed the sort of artistic fearlessness and diversity that helped make her stand out.

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 Table 19 (2017)
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 23 Blast (2014)
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 Discoverers, The (2013)
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 Hope Springs (2012)
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 Spider-Man 3 (2007)
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1985:
Made feature film debut in "The Protector," starring Jackie Chan
1988:
TV-movie debut, "In the Line of Duty: The F.B.I. Murders" (NBC)
1990:
Played a nurse in Adrian Lyne directed horror "Jacob's Ladder"
1995:
Appeared in Sydney Pollack's remake of "Sabrina" with Harrison Ford, Julia Ormond, and Greg Kinnear
1997:
Cast in the blockbuster "Men in Black"
1997:
Made Broadway debut in original production of "Titanic"
1999:
Played the sweet, soft-spoken mother to Linda Cardellini and John Francis Daley on NBC's "Freaks and Geeks"
2004:
Portrayed Sara Jane Moore, who attempted to assassinate Gerald Ford in 1975, in Broadway revival of "Assassins"
2005:
Appeared in the Steven Spielberg alien invasion movie "War of the Worlds"
2007:
Guest starred on three episodes of "All My Children" (ABC)
2007:
Landed minor role in "Spider-Man 3" as Mrs. Stacy
2012:
Guest starred on HBO's "Girls" as Hannah's (Lena Dunham) mother
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