Christine Baranski was born in Buffalo, New York, USA as Christine Jane Baranski, the Daughter of Virginia (Mazurowski) and Lucien Baranski. Her father edited a Polish-language newspaper. Her grandparents were theatre actors. She attended high school at the Villa Maria Motherhouse Complex and received her Bachelor's degree from Juilliard School in 1974. At age 19 in Juilliard, she was awarded $1000 for living expenses because she was "the most hard-working, economically needy student". But instead, she admits, she used the money to spend two months in Europe. Christine is an actress, known for Chicago (2002), Mamma Mia! (2008) and Into the Woods (2014). She was previously married to Matthew Cowles.