Kathryn Walker

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Kathryn Walker
Born (1943-01-09) January 9, 1943 (age 78)
Occupation Actress
Spouse(s)
(m. 1985;div. 1995)
Partner(s) Douglas Kenney
(?–1980, his death)

Kathryn Walker (born January 9, 1943) is an American theater, television and film actress.

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Walker was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Wells College in Aurora, New York, and was a Fulbright Scholar in music and drama. [1]

In 2008, Walker published a novel, A Stopover in Venice (Knopf, ISBN   0-307-26706-7). [2]

Philadelphia-born Kathryn Walker's career began on the off-Broadway New York stage with her performance in "Slag" in 1971. On Broadway she appeared in "The Good Doctor" (1974), "A Touch of the Poet" (1977), "Private Lives" (1983) and "Wild Honey" (1986), among others. She also has been a sporadic presence on daytime drama, including 'Search for Tomorrow" and "Another World," and received an Emmy award for her outstanding performance as "First Lady" Abigal Adams in PBS' 13-part epic miniseries The Adams Chronicles (1976). On film she has played co-star or secondary femme roles in Blade (1973), Slap Shot (1977), Girlfriends (1978) and Rich Kids (1979), and played John Belushi's wife in the dark, oddball comedy Neighbors (1981). She was once married to singer James Taylor.

With the late William Alfred, she co-founded The Athens Street Company. In 1997, she was Rothschild Artist in Residence at Radcliffe College. Her six-part documentary series The Millennium Journal has been shown on the PBS cable channel, Metro Arts. Over the years, she has become a strong force outside of acting. She has helmed many of the 92nd Street Y's classical theater productions, directing and/or adapting such plays as Euripides' "Hekabe" (2004); Sophocles' "Elektra" (2002); Euripides' "Medea" (2001); "The Bacchae of Euripides" (2000); and her own adaptation of Fagles' "The Iliad" (2006). She lives in both New York City and Tesuque, New Mexico.

Personal life

Walker's relationship with writer Douglas Kenney lasted until his death in 1980 at the age of 33. She was married to singer James Taylor from 1985 to 1995.[ citation needed ]

Walker was portrayed in the film Burton & Taylor by Sarah Hadland, and by Emmy Rossum in the film A Futile and Stupid Gesture .


Filmography

Film

YearTitleRoleNotes
1973BladeMaggie
1977 Slap Shot Anita McCambridge
1978Mandy's GrandmotherSusanShort
1979 Rich Kids Madeline Philips
1981 Neighbors Enid Keese
1985 D.A.R.Y.L. Dr. Ellen Lamb
1993Emma and ElvisAlice Winchek

Television

YearTitleRoleNotes
1972 Search for Tomorrow Emily Rogers Hunter1 episode
1972 Look Homeward, Angel Helen GantTV film
1972 The House Without a Christmas Tree Miss ThompsonTV film
1973Rx for the DefenseHilda KempterTV film
1973The Thanksgiving TreasureMiss Peggy ThompsonTV film
1974 All My Children Eileen LittlejohnTV series
1975 Another World Barbara WeaverTV series
1975 Beacon Hill Fawn LassiterMain role
1976 Medical Center Dr. Talley"The Stranger"
1976 The Adams Chronicles Abigail Smith Adams TV miniseries
1978 The Winds of Kitty Hawk Katharine Wright TV film
1979 Too Far to Go MarionTV film
19793 by CheeverLouise Bentley"O Youth and Beauty!"
1980F.D.R.: The Last YearAnnaTV film
1981 A Whale for the Killing Dr. Linda McFarlandTV film
1981 Family Reunion Louisa KingTV film
1982 American Playhouse Lena Brock"Private Contentment"
1983 Special Bulletin Susan MylesTV film
1985 Private Sessions Claire BradenTV film
1986 Mrs. Delafield Wants to Marry SarahTV film
1988 The Murder of Mary Phagan Sally SlatonTV miniseries
1990 Against the Law Paulette Belinoff"The Women"
2000 Suddenly Susan Jenny"Girls Night Out"
2002 Frontier House NarratorTV miniseries
2004 Colonial House NarratorTV miniseries
2006 Texas Ranch House Additional narrationTV miniseries

Broadway

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