Christine Lahti is an American actress best known for her role as Dr. Kathryn Austin in the television series Chicago Hope, appearing in 91 episodes from 1995-1999.
She is also known for her role as Grace McCallister in the television series Jack & Bobby, playing the role from 2004-2005.
Lahti, of Finnish descent, studied fine arts at Florida State University and received her bachelor's degree in drama from the University of Michigan, then toured Europe as part of a pantomime acting troupe.
She then headed to New York City, where she worked as a waitress and did commercials. Her breakthrough movie was ...And Justice for All (1979) with Al Pacino.
Since starring in a few blockbuster hits in the 1970s and early 1980s, Lahti has chosen to be primarily in movies she wants to act in, rather than take blockbuster roles, and she is adamant about spending time with her three children.
She has also chosen to focus on television, beginning with her role in the 1979 made-for-TV adaptation of The Executioner's Song. She appeared on Broadway in Wendy Wasserstein's seriocomic play, The Heidi Chronicles.
Lahti received an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actress for Swing Shift in 1984, and won an Academy Award for Best Short Film, Live Action for Lieberman in Love (1995), which she starred in and directed.
She won an Emmy and two Golden Globes for her role in Chicago Hope. When she won her Golden Globe in 1998, she was in the bathroom, which was highly publicized in the press.
She later made it a point to be good-humoured about the incident, usually poking fun at herself at other awards shows. Her character was later removed from Chicago Hope.
Lahti has been married to director Thomas Schlamme, a native of Texas, since 4 September 1983. The couple have three children.