Thanks to her very long career and appearances in more than 50 films and television series, Christine Lahti is undoubtedly one of the best-known faces in Hollywood. The actress, who has gone ahead to add director to her title list, is known for her roles as Kate Austin in Chicago Hope (1995-1999) and Doris McGarrett in Hawaii Five-O (2012-2016). Read on to find out more about the family and career of the eight-time Golden Globe nominee.
Christine Lahti Bio (Age)
On the 4th of April, 1950, in Birmingham, Michigan, Elizabeth (nee Tabar) and Paul Theodore Lahti welcomed their daughter, Christine Ann Lahti, to the world. Her mother was a homemaker and nurse while her father was a surgeon. The pair, who had a total of six children, were Lutherans and also Finnish immigrants to the United States.
Details about Lahti’s childhood are not known as it is not clear what town she was raised in and where she received her early education. It is, however, known that she attended Florida State University and studied Fine Arts before going to the University of Michigan where she was in the Delta Gamma sorority and received her bachelor’s degree in Drama.
In 1973, after graduating from university, Christine Lahti moved to New York to launch her career. She began by first continuing to hone her craft at the HB Studio as she found work as a waitress and appeared in commercials in order to make ends meet. By 1979, she was able to land her breakthrough in the movie …And Justice for All (1979) which starred Al Pacino.
Other notable appearances in which she made around this time include Ladies and Gentlemen, The Fabulous Stains (1981), The Executioner’s Song (1982), Swing Shift (1984), Amerika (1987), and Running on Empty (1988) with Judd Hirsh. She also starred in Wendy Wasserstein’s Broadway play, The Heidi Chronicles.
By the 1990s, Christine Lahti had begun directing. After having appeared in Funny About Love (1990) and The Doctor (1991), she won an Academy Award for Best Short Film, Live Action for Lieberman in Love (1995), which she starred and directed. Two years after that, she took home a Primetime Emmy Award and a Golden Globe Award for her role as Dr. Kathryn Austin in Chicago Hope (1995-1999).
In the 2000s, she notably appeared in Jack & Bobby (2004-2005), where her performance earned her a Golden Globe nominations for Best Actress. After having seemingly taken an almost two-decade break from taking stage acting roles, Lahti joined the Tony Award-winning play God of Carnage in 2009. Two years later, she appeared alongside Morgan Freeman in the Broadway debut of Dustin Lance Black’s play, 8. In recent times, she has appeared in shows like Hawaii Five-O (2012-2016), The Blacklist (2015-2017), and The Good Fight (2017-2018).
Family – Husband, Daughter
Unlike many of her counterparts in Hollywood, Christine Lahti has enjoyed a long and happy marriage that has lasted for over thirty years. The actress is married to television director and producer Thomas Schlamme, who was elected president of the Directors Guild of America in 2017. He is known for his work on The West Wing, Parenthood, and Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip.
While it is not clear how and when exactly Schlamme and Lahti met each other or began dating, the two exchanged marital vows on the 4th of September, 1983. Together, they share a home in the Los Angeles area where they live with their children; daughter Emma, and sons Joseph, and Wilson Lahti Schlamme.
The couple’s daughter, Emma, who was born on the 3rd of August, 1993, has followed in her mother’s footsteps to have a career in front of the camera. Some of the shows in which she has appeared in include Hawaii Five-0 (2010) and Snowfall (2017).
Christine Lahti is not the tallest female you will find in Hollywood, however, she does have an impressive height of 5 feet 10 inches (178 cm), which is about six inches more than the height of the average American woman. She is further said to weigh about 58 kg (128 lbs) while her body measurements are Bra Size: 12C, Waist Size: 61 cm (24 in), and Hip Size: 91 cm (36 in).
Christine Lahti’s Net Worth
From an almost four-decade-long career in the film industry as an actor, film director, and voice actor, Christine Lahti has surely been able to make bank. The Academy Award-winning actress, according to verified sources has a net worth of $2 million.