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Born: May 15, 1963 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Klamath Falls, Oregon, USA Profession: actor

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This classically attractive stage-trained performer has spent a significant portion of her film and TV career playing "bad girls" and other women of rather questionable virtue. Bakke began acting as a teen in local productions in her native Portland, OR before making the move to Los Angeles to attend the American Academy of Dramatic Arts. After more stage work, Bakke entered films inauspiciously with a supporting role in the teen sex sequel "Hardbodies 2" (1986). This set the stage for her early feature career as she appeared a series of low-budget genre quickies geared toward video and cable. The reasonable spoof "Hot Shots! Part Deux" (1993) represented a breakthrough of sorts as Bakke played an initially sympathetic romantic interest of Charlie Sheen. The ho-hum actioner "Gunmen" (1994) found her supporting Christopher Lambert and Mario Van Peebles. Bakke was a likeable party girl in "Tales From the Crypt Presents Demon Knight" (1995) and barely registered amid the violent goings-on of "Under Siege 2: Dark Territory" (1995).Bakke has fared better in TV with episodic guest shots and TV-movies. She had a brief stint as a regular on the Western "Ned Blessing: The Story of My Life and Times" (CBS,...

This classically attractive stage-trained performer has spent a significant portion of her film and TV career playing "bad girls" and other women of rather questionable virtue. Bakke began acting as a teen in local productions in her native Portland, OR before making the move to Los Angeles to attend the American Academy of Dramatic Arts. After more stage work, Bakke entered films inauspiciously with a supporting role in the teen sex sequel "Hardbodies 2" (1986). This set the stage for her early feature career as she appeared a series of low-budget genre quickies geared toward video and cable. The reasonable spoof "Hot Shots! Part Deux" (1993) represented a breakthrough of sorts as Bakke played an initially sympathetic romantic interest of Charlie Sheen. The ho-hum actioner "Gunmen" (1994) found her supporting Christopher Lambert and Mario Van Peebles. Bakke was a likeable party girl in "Tales From the Crypt Presents Demon Knight" (1995) and barely registered amid the violent goings-on of "Under Siege 2: Dark Territory" (1995).

Bakke has fared better in TV with episodic guest shots and TV-movies. She had a brief stint as a regular on the Western "Ned Blessing: The Story of My Life and Times" (CBS, 1993) playing a beautiful "sportin' gal" called The Wren. Bakke's next assignment, the supernatural drama "American Gothic" (CBS, 1995), was at least a critical hit. She was well cast as Selena Coombs, perky school marm by day/slinky temptress by night and close confidant of a sinister sheriff. After a highly touted turn as Lana Turner in a pivotal scene in the noirish "L.A. Confidential" (1997), Bakke returned to series work as the mother of a teenager who becomes an undercover cop in the 1999 Fox drama "Ryan Caulfield: Year One".

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Quickie, The (2001) Jane
3.
 Fixer, The (1998) C J
4.
 Trucks (1997) Hope
5.
 L.A. Confidential (1997) Lana Turner
6.
 Shelter (1997) Helena
8.
9.
 Star Quest (1995) Zinovitz
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Raised in Portland, Oregon
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Began her acting career at age 15 in a Portland stage production of "Years Ago" playing the young Ruth Gordon
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Performed in several more local theater productions
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Moved to Los Angeles to study acting at the American Academy of the Dramatic Arts
1986:
Feature debut, "Hardbodies 2"
1988:
TV-movie debut, "A Father's Homecoming"
1993:
First notable mainstream Hollywood credit, "Hot Shots! Part Deux"
1993:
Debut as a series regular, played The Wren, a beautiful "sportin' gal" on the short-lived CBS Western "Ned Blessing: The Story of My Life and Times"
1995:
Cast as a regular on "American Gothic", a highly touted CBS supernatural drama
1997:
Played Lana Turner in the highly-praised film "L.A. Confidential"
1999:
Returned to series TV as the mother of a teenage undercover cop in the Fox drama "Ryan Caulfield: Year One"
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Education

American Academy of Dramatic Arts: Los Angeles , California -

Notes

Various pieces of publicity proclaim Bakke's expertise at several dialects including French, British, Southern, Russian and New York.

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