Edit ModuleShow Tags Edit ModuleShow Tags

Ten Minutes With Christine Baranski



Christine Baranski has won Tonys, Emmys, and now stars on CBS’s “The Good Wife,” but would like to be known as auction chair of the Housatonic Valley Association, a position held for 20 years by Diane von Furstenberg. “HVA does so much to protect our land and educate kids and adults about the beauty around us,” she says. The auction takes place November 21 at Washington’s town hall (hvatoday.org).

How does an event in a small town hall in northwest Connecticut get such an A-list of celebrities and auction items?
You have people living in this beautiful part of the world to get away from it all. And they want to see the natural beauty preserved and will do what they can. Oscar de la Renta is involved, Travel + Leisure editor Nancy Novogrod, French Culinary Institute founder Dorothy Hamilton, actress Julianna Margulies.

And on a fall Sunday afternoon—in a somewhat low-key event. Is there anything else like it?
There really isn’t. It’s a fun event. And it’s for everyone in the community. Barry Diller and Oscar with people from the community who care deeply about where they live. It’s right before Thanksgiving. People dress up, or come in their country-like clothes. I wear heels, because people think of me as a high-heels kind of person. This is bigger than all of us.

Fashion designer Diane von Furstenberg has put her stamp on the event. Is she a hard act to follow?
Oh, my God, yes. DVF is now a fashion empire and a driving personality. She has done her part, and I find it daunting, but she won’t go away, even though she is passing on the title.

What are the challenges to keep it going, to avoid it getting stale?
You always fear a donation burnout, but that hasn’t really happened. I’m not sure we’ll ever go back to the days of the Nineties. But people really look forward to it, and want it to get ever better. There are fabulous prizes and trips—safaris, Oscar’s place in the Dominican Republic, dinners.

Are you going to bid on anything?
Well, I’m a hard-working actress, you know, but I do have a hiatus so I might raise my paddle for a little trip.

How much of a difference does this auction make?
It makes a huge difference. It is crucial—HVA covers a huge area.

How much of your self is in the Diane Lockhart character on “The Good Wife”?
There is a lot of her in me. She is hard working and fought a long time to get where she is in life. I love that she is this liberal character. This is a really important, fabulous role. She is a terrific example of a very successful woman over 50. She’s not some horrible woman who’s just drinking and obsessing about clothes and men, which is what so many female characters are these days.

How did you end up in New Preston?
Well, my husband inherited his childhood home in Bethlehem, where he’s lived since 1949. He came here as a child with his brother and mother. We had our wedding party there, and just love it. Raised our kids there. We just moved to New Preston ten years ago—when a friend told me about a great house on Lake Waramaug.

Web Bonus! Check out an exclusive interview with Christine Baranski from "The Good Wife."

Add your comment:

Connect With Us

              

Edit ModuleShow Tags

Profiles

Your Guides to Leading Local Professionals

Edit ModuleShow Tags Edit ModuleShow Tags

July 2015

Bibliophiles will delight in the selection of over 100,000 books, CDs, DVDs, and records at the largest book sale in the region. All proceeds will go towards supporting the Pequot Library's 450...

Cost: Free

Where:
The Pequot Library
720 Pequot Avenue
Southport, CT  06890
View map »


Telephone: 203-259-0346
Website »

More information

Visit the Wisdom House in Litchfield for an extensive writing workshop with the International Women's Writing Guild. There are over 20 different workshops to choose from that...

Cost: Prices range depending on duration of workshop

Where:
Wisdom House
229 East Litchfield Road
Litchfield, CT  06759
View map »


Sponsor: The International Women's Writing Guild
Telephone: 917-720-6959
Website »

More information

The Addams Family Director/Choreographer FOSTER EVANS REESE Music Director DAN PORRI Show Times: Saturday, July 25, 2015 @ 8 PM Sunday, July 26, 2015 @ 2 PM Friday, July 31,...

Cost: $29.00

Where:
Warner Theatre
68 Main Street
Torrington, CT  06790
View map »


Sponsor: Torrington Savings Bank
Telephone: 860-489-7180
Contact Name: Warner Theatre
Website »

More information

This thought provoking drama by Pulitzer Prize winner Donald Margulies documents the relationship between a photojournalist and her foreign correspondent boyfriend after one of the two gets injured...

Cost: $23

Where:
New Milford Theatre Works
5 Brookside Avenue
New Milford, CT  06776
View map »


Telephone: 860-350-6863
Website »

More information

This story about everyone's favorite horrifically comedic family features Wednesday Addams bringing home Beau, a "sweet, smart young man from a respectable family." The unlikely...

Cost: $18-$29

Where:
Warner Theatre
68 Main Street
Torrington, CT  06790
View map »


Telephone: 860-489-7180
Website »

More information

Head on over the New Milford to visit the Elephant's Trunk Country Flea Market, one of the top flea markets in the country!  At Elephant's Trunk you can find anything from...

Cost: $2 for anyone over the age of 10

Where:
490 Danbury Road
New Milford, CT  06776
View map »


Telephone: (860) 350-7844
Website »

More information

2015 marks the 95th anniversary of the ratification of the 19th Amendment in the United States. To commemorate this landmark event that extended the right to vote to women, the Litchfield...

Cost: $5 adults, $3 students and seniors, age 14 under free

Where:
Litchfield History Museum
7 South Street
Litchfield, CT  06759
View map »


Sponsor: Litchfield Historical Society
Telephone: 860-567-4501
Contact Name: Megan Olver
Website »

More information

Show More...
Show Less...

Bibliophiles will delight in the selection of over 100,000 books, CDs, DVDs, and records at the largest book sale in the region. All proceeds will go towards supporting the Pequot Library's 450...

Cost: Free

Where:
The Pequot Library
720 Pequot Avenue
Southport, CT  06890
View map »


Telephone: 203-259-0346
Website »

More information

Visit the Wisdom House in Litchfield for an extensive writing workshop with the International Women's Writing Guild. There are over 20 different workshops to choose from that...

Cost: Prices range depending on duration of workshop

Where:
Wisdom House
229 East Litchfield Road
Litchfield, CT  06759
View map »


Sponsor: The International Women's Writing Guild
Telephone: 917-720-6959
Website »

More information

The Addams Family Director/Choreographer FOSTER EVANS REESE Music Director DAN PORRI Show Times: Saturday, July 25, 2015 @ 8 PM Sunday, July 26, 2015 @ 2 PM Friday, July 31,...

Cost: $29.00

Where:
Warner Theatre
68 Main Street
Torrington, CT  06790
View map »


Sponsor: Torrington Savings Bank
Telephone: 860-489-7180
Contact Name: Warner Theatre
Website »

More information

This thought provoking drama by Pulitzer Prize winner Donald Margulies documents the relationship between a photojournalist and her foreign correspondent boyfriend after one of the two gets injured...

Cost: $23

Where:
New Milford Theatre Works
5 Brookside Avenue
New Milford, CT  06776
View map »


Telephone: 860-350-6863
Website »

More information

This story about everyone's favorite horrifically comedic family features Wednesday Addams bringing home Beau, a "sweet, smart young man from a respectable family." The unlikely...

Cost: $18-$29

Where:
Warner Theatre
68 Main Street
Torrington, CT  06790
View map »


Telephone: 860-489-7180
Website »

More information

Emphemera:  Holding a Moment In Your Hand by Jean Linville, Ph.D. An interactive, eco-focused installation in partnership with nature that encourages the observer to rediscover the...

Cost: N/A

Where:
Wisdom House - Marie Louise Trichet Art Gallery
229 East Litchfield Rd
Litchfield, CT  06759
View map »


Sponsor: Wisdom House
Telephone: 860-567-03163
Contact Name: Bonnie
Website »

More information

Show More...
Show Less...

Bibliophiles will delight in the selection of over 100,000 books, CDs, DVDs, and records at the largest book sale in the region. All proceeds will go towards supporting the Pequot Library's 450...

Cost: Free

Where:
The Pequot Library
720 Pequot Avenue
Southport, CT  06890
View map »


Telephone: 203-259-0346
Website »

More information

Visit the Wisdom House in Litchfield for an extensive writing workshop with the International Women's Writing Guild. There are over 20 different workshops to choose from that...

Cost: Prices range depending on duration of workshop

Where:
Wisdom House
229 East Litchfield Road
Litchfield, CT  06759
View map »


Sponsor: The International Women's Writing Guild
Telephone: 917-720-6959
Website »

More information

The Addams Family Director/Choreographer FOSTER EVANS REESE Music Director DAN PORRI Show Times: Saturday, July 25, 2015 @ 8 PM Sunday, July 26, 2015 @ 2 PM Friday, July 31,...

Cost: $29.00

Where:
Warner Theatre
68 Main Street
Torrington, CT  06790
View map »


Sponsor: Torrington Savings Bank
Telephone: 860-489-7180
Contact Name: Warner Theatre
Website »

More information

This thought provoking drama by Pulitzer Prize winner Donald Margulies documents the relationship between a photojournalist and her foreign correspondent boyfriend after one of the two gets injured...

Cost: $23

Where:
New Milford Theatre Works
5 Brookside Avenue
New Milford, CT  06776
View map »


Telephone: 860-350-6863
Website »

More information

This story about everyone's favorite horrifically comedic family features Wednesday Addams bringing home Beau, a "sweet, smart young man from a respectable family." The unlikely...

Cost: $18-$29

Where:
Warner Theatre
68 Main Street
Torrington, CT  06790
View map »


Telephone: 860-489-7180
Website »

More information

2015 marks the 95th anniversary of the ratification of the 19th Amendment in the United States. To commemorate this landmark event that extended the right to vote to women, the Litchfield...

Cost: $5 adults, $3 students and seniors, age 14 under free

Where:
Litchfield History Museum
7 South Street
Litchfield, CT  06759
View map »


Sponsor: Litchfield Historical Society
Telephone: 860-567-4501
Contact Name: Megan Olver
Website »

More information

Emphemera:  Holding a Moment In Your Hand by Jean Linville, Ph.D. An interactive, eco-focused installation in partnership with nature that encourages the observer to rediscover the...

Cost: N/A

Where:
Wisdom House - Marie Louise Trichet Art Gallery
229 East Litchfield Rd
Litchfield, CT  06759
View map »


Sponsor: Wisdom House
Telephone: 860-567-03163
Contact Name: Bonnie
Website »

More information

Show More...
Show Less...

Visit the Wisdom House in Litchfield for an extensive writing workshop with the International Women's Writing Guild. There are over 20 different workshops to choose from that...

Cost: Prices range depending on duration of workshop

Where:
Wisdom House
229 East Litchfield Road
Litchfield, CT  06759
View map »


Sponsor: The International Women's Writing Guild
Telephone: 917-720-6959
Website »

More information

The Addams Family Director/Choreographer FOSTER EVANS REESE Music Director DAN PORRI Show Times: Saturday, July 25, 2015 @ 8 PM Sunday, July 26, 2015 @ 2 PM Friday, July 31,...

Cost: $29.00

Where:
Warner Theatre
68 Main Street
Torrington, CT  06790
View map »


Sponsor: Torrington Savings Bank
Telephone: 860-489-7180
Contact Name: Warner Theatre
Website »

More information

This thought provoking drama by Pulitzer Prize winner Donald Margulies documents the relationship between a photojournalist and her foreign correspondent boyfriend after one of the two gets injured...

Cost: $23

Where:
New Milford Theatre Works
5 Brookside Avenue
New Milford, CT  06776
View map »


Telephone: 860-350-6863
Website »

More information

This story about everyone's favorite horrifically comedic family features Wednesday Addams bringing home Beau, a "sweet, smart young man from a respectable family." The unlikely...

Cost: $18-$29

Where:
Warner Theatre
68 Main Street
Torrington, CT  06790
View map »


Telephone: 860-489-7180
Website »

More information

2015 marks the 95th anniversary of the ratification of the 19th Amendment in the United States. To commemorate this landmark event that extended the right to vote to women, the Litchfield...

Cost: $5 adults, $3 students and seniors, age 14 under free

Where:
Litchfield History Museum
7 South Street
Litchfield, CT  06759
View map »


Sponsor: Litchfield Historical Society
Telephone: 860-567-4501
Contact Name: Megan Olver
Website »

More information

Emphemera:  Holding a Moment In Your Hand by Jean Linville, Ph.D. An interactive, eco-focused installation in partnership with nature that encourages the observer to rediscover the...

Cost: N/A

Where:
Wisdom House - Marie Louise Trichet Art Gallery
229 East Litchfield Rd
Litchfield, CT  06759
View map »


Sponsor: Wisdom House
Telephone: 860-567-03163
Contact Name: Bonnie
Website »

More information

Show More...
Show Less...

Visit the Wisdom House in Litchfield for an extensive writing workshop with the International Women's Writing Guild. There are over 20 different workshops to choose from that...

Cost: Prices range depending on duration of workshop

Where:
Wisdom House
229 East Litchfield Road
Litchfield, CT  06759
View map »


Sponsor: The International Women's Writing Guild
Telephone: 917-720-6959
Website »

More information

The Addams Family Director/Choreographer FOSTER EVANS REESE Music Director DAN PORRI Show Times: Saturday, July 25, 2015 @ 8 PM Sunday, July 26, 2015 @ 2 PM Friday, July 31,...

Cost: $29.00

Where:
Warner Theatre
68 Main Street
Torrington, CT  06790
View map »


Sponsor: Torrington Savings Bank
Telephone: 860-489-7180
Contact Name: Warner Theatre
Website »

More information

This thought provoking drama by Pulitzer Prize winner Donald Margulies documents the relationship between a photojournalist and her foreign correspondent boyfriend after one of the two gets injured...

Cost: $23

Where:
New Milford Theatre Works
5 Brookside Avenue
New Milford, CT  06776
View map »


Telephone: 860-350-6863
Website »

More information

This story about everyone's favorite horrifically comedic family features Wednesday Addams bringing home Beau, a "sweet, smart young man from a respectable family." The unlikely...

Cost: $18-$29

Where:
Warner Theatre
68 Main Street
Torrington, CT  06790
View map »


Telephone: 860-489-7180
Website »

More information

2015 marks the 95th anniversary of the ratification of the 19th Amendment in the United States. To commemorate this landmark event that extended the right to vote to women, the Litchfield...

Cost: $5 adults, $3 students and seniors, age 14 under free

Where:
Litchfield History Museum
7 South Street
Litchfield, CT  06759
View map »


Sponsor: Litchfield Historical Society
Telephone: 860-567-4501
Contact Name: Megan Olver
Website »

More information

Emphemera:  Holding a Moment In Your Hand by Jean Linville, Ph.D. An interactive, eco-focused installation in partnership with nature that encourages the observer to rediscover the...

Cost: N/A

Where:
Wisdom House - Marie Louise Trichet Art Gallery
229 East Litchfield Rd
Litchfield, CT  06759
View map »


Sponsor: Wisdom House
Telephone: 860-567-03163
Contact Name: Bonnie
Website »

More information

Show More...
Show Less...

Visit the Wisdom House in Litchfield for an extensive writing workshop with the International Women's Writing Guild. There are over 20 different workshops to choose from that...

Cost: Prices range depending on duration of workshop

Where:
Wisdom House
229 East Litchfield Road
Litchfield, CT  06759
View map »


Sponsor: The International Women's Writing Guild
Telephone: 917-720-6959
Website »

More information

Children and their caregivers are invited to the Hotchkiss Library, Friday, July 31st from 4:30-5:30 pm for a Children's Book Signing.  The Hotchkiss Library is pleased to host eleven...

Cost: free for children and caregivers

Where:
Hotchkiss Library of Sharon
10 Upper Main Street
Sharon, CT  06069
View map »


Telephone: 860-364-5041
Contact Name: Emily Bartram
Website »

More information

The Addams Family Director/Choreographer FOSTER EVANS REESE Music Director DAN PORRI Show Times: Saturday, July 25, 2015 @ 8 PM Sunday, July 26, 2015 @ 2 PM Friday, July 31,...

Cost: $29.00

Where:
Warner Theatre
68 Main Street
Torrington, CT  06790
View map »


Sponsor: Torrington Savings Bank
Telephone: 860-489-7180
Contact Name: Warner Theatre
Website »

More information

This thought provoking drama by Pulitzer Prize winner Donald Margulies documents the relationship between a photojournalist and her foreign correspondent boyfriend after one of the two gets injured...

Cost: $23

Where:
New Milford Theatre Works
5 Brookside Avenue
New Milford, CT  06776
View map »


Telephone: 860-350-6863
Website »

More information

This story about everyone's favorite horrifically comedic family features Wednesday Addams bringing home Beau, a "sweet, smart young man from a respectable family." The unlikely...

Cost: $18-$29

Where:
Warner Theatre
68 Main Street
Torrington, CT  06790
View map »


Telephone: 860-489-7180
Website »

More information

2015 marks the 95th anniversary of the ratification of the 19th Amendment in the United States. To commemorate this landmark event that extended the right to vote to women, the Litchfield...

Cost: $5 adults, $3 students and seniors, age 14 under free

Where:
Litchfield History Museum
7 South Street
Litchfield, CT  06759
View map »


Sponsor: Litchfield Historical Society
Telephone: 860-567-4501
Contact Name: Megan Olver
Website »

More information

Emphemera:  Holding a Moment In Your Hand by Jean Linville, Ph.D. An interactive, eco-focused installation in partnership with nature that encourages the observer to rediscover the...

Cost: N/A

Where:
Wisdom House - Marie Louise Trichet Art Gallery
229 East Litchfield Rd
Litchfield, CT  06759
View map »


Sponsor: Wisdom House
Telephone: 860-567-03163
Contact Name: Bonnie
Website »

More information

Show More...
Show Less...

The Addams Family Director/Choreographer FOSTER EVANS REESE Music Director DAN PORRI Show Times: Saturday, July 25, 2015 @ 8 PM Sunday, July 26, 2015 @ 2 PM Friday, July 31,...

Cost: $29.00

Where:
Warner Theatre
68 Main Street
Torrington, CT  06790
View map »


Sponsor: Torrington Savings Bank
Telephone: 860-489-7180
Contact Name: Warner Theatre
Website »

More information

This thought provoking drama by Pulitzer Prize winner Donald Margulies documents the relationship between a photojournalist and her foreign correspondent boyfriend after one of the two gets injured...

Cost: $23

Where:
New Milford Theatre Works
5 Brookside Avenue
New Milford, CT  06776
View map »


Telephone: 860-350-6863
Website »

More information

This story about everyone's favorite horrifically comedic family features Wednesday Addams bringing home Beau, a "sweet, smart young man from a respectable family." The unlikely...

Cost: $18-$29

Where:
Warner Theatre
68 Main Street
Torrington, CT  06790
View map »


Telephone: 860-489-7180
Website »

More information

Come see exhibits of livestock, fruits, vegetables, flowers, home arts, and a horse show at the Annual Litchfield County 4-H Fair at Goshen Fairgrounds. The 4-H fair displays work by members of...

Cost: Free

Where:
Goshen Fairgrounds
116 Middle Street, Rte. 63
Goshen, CT
View map »


Website »

More information

2015 marks the 95th anniversary of the ratification of the 19th Amendment in the United States. To commemorate this landmark event that extended the right to vote to women, the Litchfield...

Cost: $5 adults, $3 students and seniors, age 14 under free

Where:
Litchfield History Museum
7 South Street
Litchfield, CT  06759
View map »


Sponsor: Litchfield Historical Society
Telephone: 860-567-4501
Contact Name: Megan Olver
Website »

More information

Show More...
Show Less...

Edit ModuleShow Tags Edit ModuleShow Tags

Archive »Related Content

Fashions of Downton Abbey

Kandie Carle discusses Edwardian clothing and customs

Small Town, Big Ideas

A conference of thought leaders lands in Kent

Laced Up

The Litchfield County women hikers - The Intrepids.

The Most Influential People of Litchfield County of 2015

Meet the Farmers

Working the land, living the life
Edit ModuleShow Tags