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Christine Jane Baranski (born May 2, 1952) is an American stage, television and screen actress.

She portrays Leonard's mother, Beverly Hofstadter, in ten episodes of The Big Bang Theory; seven on set and three times Via video chat.

Christine studied at Juilliard, won two Tony Awards (Best Actress (Featured Role - Play): in 1984 for Tom Stoppard's "The Real Thing;" and in 1989 for "Rumors") and was nominated for 10 Emmys (One nomination for TBBT and won one for "Cybil".)  She appeared again in season 7 in October, 2013.

Personal life

Baranski was married to actor Matthew Cowles from October 1983 until his death on May 22, 2014. They have two daughters, Isabel (born 1984) and Lily (born 1987).[17] One of her daughters is a practicing attorney, attended law school, passed the New York bar exam, and was working for the Brooklyn district attorney during the run of The Good Wife.


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