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Also Known As: Blanche Garfein, Blanche Van Dusen Died:
Born: December 20, 1956 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: New York City, New York, USA Profession: actor, sculptor

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Baker first came to attention with an Emmy-winning supporting role in the miniseries "Holocaust" (1978). She has appeared regularly in films since her 1979 debut as Alan Alda's teenage daughter in "The Seduction of Joe Tynan." Among her more notable roles were as Molly Ringwald's self-involved older sister in "Sixteen Candles" (1984) and as the ruthless news station director in "Livin' Large" (1991). Baker made her Broadway debut in the title role of "Lolita" (1981) opposite Donald Sutherland. Daughter of actress Carroll Baker and director Jack Garfein.

Baker first came to attention with an Emmy-winning supporting role in the miniseries "Holocaust" (1978). She has appeared regularly in films since her 1979 debut as Alan Alda's teenage daughter in "The Seduction of Joe Tynan." Among her more notable roles were as Molly Ringwald's self-involved older sister in "Sixteen Candles" (1984) and as the ruthless news station director in "Livin' Large" (1991). Baker made her Broadway debut in the title role of "Lolita" (1981) opposite Donald Sutherland. Daughter of actress Carroll Baker and director Jack Garfein.

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CAST: (feature film)

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 Life Zone, The (2012)
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 Taking Chance (2009)
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 Dead Funny (1995) Barbara
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 Livin' Large (1991) Kate Penndragin
9.
 Handmaid's Tale, The (1990) Ofglen
10.
 Bum Rap (1988) Lisa Dusoir
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1984:
Cast as Molly Ringwald's older sister in "Sixteen Candles"
1979:
Film acting debut in "The Seduction of Joe Tynan"
1995:
Last film role (to date) "Dead Funny"
1983:
Played a real-life teenage bride who was kidnapped on her honeymoon in the CBS movie "The Awakening of Candra"
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Raised in NYC and L.A.
1981:
Broadway debut in title role of Edward Albee's stage adaptation of "Lolita"
1992:
Took classes in sculpting
1978:
TV debut in miniseries "Holocaust"; won Emmy Award
1996:
Began exhibiting her artwork using her married name, Blanche Van Dusen
1986:
Co-starred with Marlo Thomas in the CBS telefilm "Nobody's Child"
1991:
Had featured role in the comedy "Livin' Large"
1986:
Acted in "Raw Deal"
1988:
Appeared in "Shakedown" and "Bum Rap"
1979:
Had female lead in the ABC Christmas drama "Mary and Joseph: A Story of Faith"
1978:
Professional stage debut in "White Marriage" with Yale Repertory Company
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Education

Wellesley College: Wellesley, Massachusetts -

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husband:
Robert Bruce Van Dusen. Producer, director. Born c. 1953; married on October 1, 1983; separated; divorced in 2002.

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mother:
Carroll Baker. Actor. Separated from Baker's father in 1964.
father:
Jack Garfein. Director. Separated from Baker's mother in 1964.
step-father:
Donald Burton. Actor.
brother:
Herschel David Garfein. Composer. Born c. 1957.
son:
Zane Van Dusen. Born c. 1984.
daughter:
Dara Van Dusen. Born c. 1986.
daughter:
Wynnie Van Dusen. Born c. 1993.
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