Kate Burton – Biography, Husband, Parents, Children, Other Facts

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American veteran actress Kate Burton is known to have come from an entertainment inclined family as both of her parents were into the film business – it is, therefore, no surprise that Kate took after her parents’ footsteps. The actress is also a bachelor’s degree holder in Russian Studies and European History, master’s degree holder in Drama, as well as an Honorary Doctorate degree holder.

Be it on stage or on-screen, Kate Burton has always given the perfect interpretation of her characters and this has earned her a spot among the elite actresses in the Hollywood industry. Let’s take you through all the details worth knowing about this multi-faceted actress. Read on!

Kate Burton Biography

Kate is a Swiss-American actress born on the 10th of September 1957, in Geneva, Switzerland. She comes from a well-known family in the filming industry as her father Richard Burton was a known actor while her mother Sybil Burton was a famous movie producer.

She studied at Brown University, where she graduated with a degree in Russian Studies and European in 1979. The actress later proceeded to obtain her master’s degree in 1982 from the Yale School of Drama and in 2007, another feather was added to her cap when Brown University gave her an Honorary Doctorate degree.

Career – Stage & Television

Kate Burton began her acting career with stage performances and her first remarkable role was in the play Present Laughter that was directed by George Scott. She was also seen in the play Doonesbury and in the stage rendition of Alice in Wonderland where she played the lead role of Alice. It is also worth knowing that her roles in these stage production bagged her Tony Award nominations. Her other stage works include The Cherry Orchard, The Constant Wife, Spring Awakening, and The Grand Manner, to name a few.

Coming to her film appearances, the talented actress made her debut movie appearance in 1969 film Anne of the Thousand Days, where she played the role of a maid and her father was also featured in the movie. She also played the role of Vanessa Ogden in Ellis Island, and appeared in other movies like Big Trouble in Little China, The Ice storm, Life with Mikey, The First Wives Club, and many others.

However, most of her notable works were in TV series and her initial appearance in a sitcom was in the series Great Performance where she was cast as Alice. She starred in other TV series including Evergreen as Agatha Bradford, Spenser: For Hire as Randy Lofficier, American Playhouse as Agnes Bolton O’Neill, and her role in the ABC television series Afterschool Special as Brenda Gardner earned her a Daytime Emmy award for her outstanding performance in the series.

Kate Burton has also made appearances as a guest actress in several other popular TV series like Madam Secretary, This Is Us Barbara, Modern Family, The Gifted and in the recent 2019 series Supergirl, she played the role of Isabel Nal in the episode Blood Memory.

Family: Parents, Husband, and Children

As mentioned earlier, Kate Burton is the daughter of the famous actor Richard Burton. her father is popular for his roles in Shakespearean plays, especially for the character of Hamlet. During his career days, Richard Burton was known to have won a plethora of awards including the Gloden Globes and towards the end of the ’60s, he was ranked as one of the highest paid in the industry. Her mother, Sybil Burton, on the other hand, was a director and an actress who also happens to be the founder of the renowned New York night club Arthur. Kate is also known to have a sister named Jessica who is two years younger. She was born in the year 1959.

Pertaining her husband and children, it is known that, Kate Burton unlike many celebrity couples who have series of failed marriages has managed to keep her marital life with Michael Ritchie on a smooth sail since 1985. Michael Ritchie who happens to be a Producer and Production Artistic Director is said to have met Kate three years before their marriage in New York City while on set. Coincidentally, he was the Artistic Director of the play she was to act and along the line, they started dating and it finally resulted in marriage.

We also know that their union is blessed with a son Morgan Ivor – who is also an actor born on May 14th, 1988, and a daughter, Charlotte Frances, who was born ten years later in 1998.


Other Facts About The Actress

  • Kate’s net worth has been pegged at $3 million.
  • The actress is known to have a notable blonde hair color.
  • Her religious ideology has been under review as some have it as Christianity while others say she is non-religious.
  • Although she is in her 60’s, Kate Burton has eye-catching blue colored eyes and a trim physique.

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