Christine Lahti | Biography

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  • Full Name Christine Ann Lahti
  • Nickname Christine Lahti
  • Birth Date Apr 04, 1950
  • Age 74 Years, 0 Months
  • Nationality American
  • Birthplace Birmingham, Michigan, USA
  • Occupation Chicago Hope Actress
  • Mother Elizabeth Margaret
  • Father Paul Theodore Lahti
  • Sister Linda Lahti
  • Brother Ted Lahti
  • Siblings Two
  • University University of Michigan
  • Education Bachelor's Degree in Drama
  • Relationship Status Married
  • Husband Thomas Schlamme
  • Wedding Date 1983-09-04
  • Height 5 Feet 10 Inches
  • Net Worth 2 Million Dollars
Chicago Hope Actress

Christine Lahti | Biography

Actress and Director

Christine Lahti is a veteran American actress. She is a two-time 'Academy Awards' nominee and won the 'Primetime Emmy Awards' in 1998 for her outstanding performance in Chicago Hope (1995-1999 TV series).

Who is Christine Lahti?

Christine Lahti is an award-winning television and film actress and director. She has primarily gained recognition as Kathryn Austin from the TV series Chicago Hope (1995-1999). Moreover, for her portrayal of Kathryn, she won the 1998 ‘Primetime Emmy Awards' for ‘Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series.’ 

Lahti was born Christine Ann Lahti in Birmingham, Michigan, the USA, on 4 April 1950. She took birth as the second-born child of her parents' three children. Unfortunately, both her siblings have passed away, and she is the only living child of her parents. 

In her 2018 memoir, ‘True Stories From An Unreliable Eyewitness,’ Lahti has mentioned both her deceased siblings. According to her, she had an older brother Ted and a younger sister Linda. Ted had a disease named Borderline Personality Disorder which made him suffer for many years and eventually killed him. On the other hand, her sister Linda died by committing suicide.

Growing up in Michigan, Lahti always wanted to appear on TV and in film. She talked about her childhood dream of becoming an actress in an interview with Brazen Woman in June 2016. She said,

“I was born wanting to be an actress. I never had any other dream, except maybe to be a translator for the UN, which lasted for about a semester in college. When I was little, I’d put on plays in the backyard with a sheet and a curtain, and I was entrepreneurial enough to charge 10 cents.”

In pursuit of her dream, Lahti first joined Florida State University and studied Fine Arts. After that, she joined the University of Michigan, from where she graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Drama. Lahti then moved to New York City in search of opportunities in the acting industry. However, things did not present themselves as she had expected.

Before finding fame in acting, Lahti waited tables at restaurants and also worked as a mime in Central Park. Finally, in 1978, she landed a small part in the TV movie Dr. Scorpion. It marked the beginning of her flourishing career as an actress.

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She Has 80 Acting Credits

Starting with a minor role in the TV movie Dr. Scorpion in 1978, Lahti went on to become a decorated actress with over 80 credits in TV series, TV movies, and feature films. Her list of most notable works as an actress includes Swing Shift (1984 Movie), Amerika (1987 TV series), No Place Like Home (1989 TV movie), Pie in the Sky (1995 Movie), Chicago Hope (1995-1999 TV series), The Blacklist (2015-2017 TV series), Evil (2019-2021 TV series), etc.

Lahti’s contribution to the acting industry has won her several prestigious awards. She is the winner of 12 different awards, including two 'Golden Globes' in 1990 and 1998, 'Lone Star Film and TV Awards' in 1998, 'Primetime Emmy' in 1998, etc. In addition, she was a nominee for the 'Academy Awards' in 1985 in the category of 'Best Actress in Supporting Role' for her movie Swing Shift.

Husband and Children

Lahti married her husband, Thomas Schlamme, on 4 September 1983. Schlamme is a famous American producer and director best known for his works in Mr. Sunshine (2011 TV series), The Americans (2013-2018 TV series), Doubt (2013 TV movie), Snowfall (2017-2022 TV series), etc.

As of 2022, Lahti and Schlamme have completed over 38 years of marriage. The pair regularly feature on one another’s social media handles. On 22 September 2021, she uploaded a picture with her husband on her Instagram handle @officialchristinelahti. Moreover, the caption on the post suggests they were both attending an Emmy Award event when the photo was taken.

Christine Lahti Husband
Christine Lahti and Her Husband Thomas Schlamme in th 2021 Emmys (Photo: Instagram)

Lahti is the mother to her three adult children, two sons, Wilson and Joseph, and a daughter named Emma. Wilson is her firstborn child, while Emma and Joseph were later born as twins.

Christine Lahti’s Net Worth in 2022

As per the data on CelebrityNetworth, Lahti’s 2022 net worth amounts to 2 million dollars. As a veteran actress, she has already spent around four and a half decades in Hollywood. She has also directed a handful of movies and TV series and has appeared as a guest in numerous TV shows. Thus, her long-running and successful career is her primary income source that has aided her massive wealth.

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