Kathy Baker (born on June 8, 1950) is an American character actress.
Baker was born in Midland, Texas to an American father and a French mother; she was raised a Quaker. Baker has appeared in numerous films and television shows including Edward Scissorhands, Picket Fences, The Cider House Rules and Cold Mountain. She began her career at San Francisco's Magic Theatre, performing in several of Sam Shepard's plays before getting her break in an off-Broadway production of Fool for Love opposite Ed Harris. Her next project is the 2006 remake of All the King's Men.
She earned a B.A. degree in French in 1977 from UC Berkeley.