Kathryn Walker

Kathryn Walker

Date Of BirthJanuary 9, 1943
Age81 years 3 months 15 days
Day of BirthSaturday
Place Of BirthPhiladelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
Zodiac SignCapricorn
Professions Actress , novelist , Writer

Personal Information
Residence Tesuque, New Mexico, United States
New York City, New York, United States
Religion Christianity
Language English
Star SignCapricorn
Nationality American
Ethnicity Caucasian
Complexion White
Body Features & Measurements
Height162 CM
5 Feet 4 Inches
Eye color Dark Brown
Hair color Dark Brown
Weight50 KG
110 lbs
Figure Type Hourglass
Body Type Slim
Education Qualifications
Education(College) Radcliffe College
Alma MaterHarvard University
Wells College (Aurora, New York)
Love, Romance, Marriage
Husband James Taylor (married in 1985, died in 1995)
Partner Douglas Kenney (they lived together from 1976 until his death in 1980)
Career Information
Debut (Movie) Blade (1973)
Years Active 1971-
Debut (TV) Search for Tomorrow
Debut(Broadway) The Good Doctor
Talent Agents Paul Martino (International CreativeManagement)
Sheila Robinson (International CreativeManagement)


Kathryn Walker is an American TV, Movie and Theater actress. She is a Primetime Emmy award winner. She is most known for her Theatre works. On-screen, she is known for playing- Anita McCambridge in Slap Shot(1977), Abigail Smith Adams in The Adams Chronicles(1976), Enid Keese in Neighbors(1981), Dr. Ellen Lamb in D.A.R.Y.L.(1985), Fawn Lassiter in Beacon Hill(1975).

Family- childhood

Kathryn Walker was born on 9th January 1943 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States


  • College: Kathryn attended 'Wells College' in Aurora, New York for her higher education.
    • Phi Beta Kappa (ΦΒΚ) Fraternity: She was in the 'Phi Beta Kappa' Fraternity at the Wells College (it is the oldest honor society for the liberal arts & sciences)
  • Radcliffe College:
    • Rothschild Artist in Residence: She stayed at Radcliffe College in the late 1990s as a residing artist.
  • University: She is an alumnus of 'Harvard University'.
    • Fulbright Scholar: She studied music and drama at the university as a scholar under Fulbright–Hays Program (named after Senator J. William Fulbright)

Marriage/ Relationship

Kathryn Walker & James Taylor

Kathryn married musician James Taylor on December 14, 1985, at the Cathedral of Saint John the Divine, New York.

It is believed that she helped him get away from heroin addiction.

Kathryn Walker Wedding to James Taylor

Image: Kathryn Walker Wedding to James Taylor

The couple divorced in 1996 after a decade's marriage. She was older to him by 5 years, the singer/ musician James termed their marriage as "intense".

James Taylor: James was born on 12th March 1948 in Boston, Massachusetts.  He is a five-time Grammy award-winning singer, songwriter, and musician. He was married to Carly Simon (1972 - 1983) before Kathryn and has two children (Ben Taylor & Sally Taylor) with her. He married Caroline Smedvig (married in 2001) after divorcing Kathryn and has two children ( Rufus Taylor and Henry Taylor) with her.

Douglas Kenney

Kathryn had been in a long time relationship with writer & actor Douglas Kenney. The had been in a relationship from 19th December 1946 until his death on August 27th in 1980.

He was suffering from a "substance abuse problem". He had died after falling from a cliff at Hanapepe Lookout, it was a 35-foot cliff, he had died on impact. His body was later found between rocks at the bottom.

He had written a bunch of thoughts on the back of a hotel receipt, no other note was found in his room as to why he committed suicide. On the note, he had scribbled his thoughts on why he loved Kathryn. (as revealed to Rolling Stone magazine by his friend Chevy Chase)

Animal House and Caddyshack are his seminal works, they remain popular even to this day among fans of the comedy genre.


A Stopover in Venice(2008)

Kathryn turned a Novelist at the age of 65 through her debut novel- A Stopover in Venice(2008). The Novel is about a young American woman touring Italy with her musician husband who decides to have an adventure of her own to avoid her lifeless marriage.

The book is believed to be based on her marriage to singer James Taylor, it is a fictionalized account of her own life.


  • The Athens Street Company: She co-founded the drama company with a friend and writer William Alfred
  • Narrator: She stopped acting before the 2000s, however, she has been narrating various shows since the 2000s. 'Frontier House', 'Texas Ranch House', 'Colonial House' are some of her projects
  • Theatre: She has been involved with theater work in one way or the other for a long time, she has directed, produced, managed numerous plays.



Movies List

Year Movie Character Comment
1992 Emma and Elvis Alice Winchek  
1987 Uncle Tom's Cabin Marie St. Claire TV Movie
1986 Mrs. Delafield Wants to Marry Sarah TV Movie
1985 D.A.R.Y.L. Dr. Ellen Lamb  
1985 Private Sessions Claire Braden TV Movie
1983 Special Bulletin Susan Myles TV Movie
1981 Neighbors Enid Keese  
1981 Family Reunion Louisa King TV Movie
1981 A Whale for the Killing Dr. Linda McFarland TV Movie
1980 F.D.R.: The Last Year Anna TV Movie
1979 Rich Kids Madeline Philips  
1979 Too Far to Go Marion TV Movie
1978 The Winds of Kitty Hawk Kate Wright TV Movie
1978 Girlfriends Carpel's Receptionist  
1977 Slap Shot Anita McCambridge  
1975 Valley Forge The General's Lady TV Movie
1973 Blade Maggie  
1973 The Thanksgiving Treasure Miss Peggy Thompson TV Movie
1973 Rx for the Defense Hilda Kempter TV Movie
1972 The House Without a Christmas Tree Miss Thompson TV Movie
1972 Look Homeward, Angel Helen Gant TV Movie
1972 Lights Out   TV Movie


TV series List

Year TV Series Character Comment
2006 Nova Narrator (voice) Episodes: "Dimming the Sun", "Wings of Madness"
2006 Texas Ranch House Narration (voice) 8 episodes
2004 Colonial House Narrator 5 Episodes
2002 Frontier House Narrator 6 episodes
2002 Frontline Narrator Episode: "Faith and Doubt at Ground Zero"
2000 Suddenly Susan Jenny Episode: "Girls Night Out"
1990 Against the Law Paulette Belinoff Episode: "The Women"
1988 The Murder of Mary Phagan Sally Slaton Season 1 Episodes: 1-2
1982 American Playhouse Lena Brock Episode: "Private Contentment"
1979 3 by Cheever Louise Bentley Episode: "O Youth and Beauty!"
1976 The Adams Chronicles Abigail Smith Adams 5 Episodes; Episodes: "Chapter 1,2,3,4,5"
1976 Medical Center Dr. Talley Episode: "The Stranger"
1975 Beacon Hill Fawn Lassiter 11 episodes
1975 Another World Barbara Weaver  
1972 Search for Tomorrow Emily Rogers Hunter  
1970 All My Children Eileen Littlejohn  


Short movies List

Year Short movie Character Comment
1979 Mandy's Grandmother Susan  


Other works

Year Work Character Comment
2011 Thoroughbred Narrator (voice) Documentary
2002 Red Gold: The Epic Story of Blood Narrator TV Mini-Series documentary


Theatre/ Stage

Kathryn Walker's career in acting actually began on the stage, she started acting on off-Broadway with Slag(1971) at the off-Broadway New York stage.

As of late, she has been involved with the theatre production at New York City's 92nd Street Y.

She has been involved with direction/ adaptation of plays such as- "Hekabe", "Elektra", "Medea", "The Bacchae of Euripides", "The Iliad" and others

Year Play Character Comment
2006 The Iliad  

Writer: Robert Fagles

Adaptation: Kathryn Walker

2004 Hekabe  

Writer: Euripides

2002 Elektra  


2001 Medea  


2000 The Bacchae of Euripides  


1986 Wild Honey Anna Petrovna

Writer: Michael Frayn

Story: Anton Chekhov

Location: Ahmanson Theatre in Los Angeles, California

Director: Christopher Morahan

co-star: Ian McKellen, Kim Cattrall, Kate Burton

1983 Private Lives Amanda Prynne

Director: Milton Katselas

Cast: John Cullum

1977 A Touch of the Poet Sara Melody

Story: Eugene O'Neill

Direction: José Quintero

1976 Rebel Women  


1976 The Night of the Tribades  


1974 Mourning Pictures  


1974 Kid Champion  


1973-74 The Good Doctor


Writer/ Lyrics: Neil Simon

Story: Anton Chekhov

Music: Peter Link

Producers: Emanuel Azenberg, Eugene V. Wolsk

Co-stars: Rene, Auberjonois Barnard,  Hughes,  Marsha Mason,  Christopher Plummer,  Frances Sternhagen

1973 Alpha Beta



1971 Slag


off-Broadway New York stage

1971 Sally




Facts & Trivia

  • Portrayal in popular culture: she has been portrayed in the movies Burton & Taylor & A Futile and Stupid Gesture by Sarah Hadland & Emmy Rossum respectively.
  • She had been in the interviewer around the 2000s.
  • The Millennium-Journal: A six-part documentary made by Kathryn Walker was aired on PBS cable channel, Metro Arts.
  • Long Ago and Far Away, a biographical account of James Taylor mentions Kathryn in it.
  • Hallmark hall of fame: She made it to the Hallmark hall of fame in 1975.
  • Meditations for Women Who Do Too Much: She has voiced the audiobook "Meditations for Women Who Do Too Much" of Anne Wilson Schaef
  • Residence: She lives at her homes in locations
    • New York City, New York, United States
    • Tesuque, New Mexico, United States


Year Won? Award Project Category Comments
1976 WON Primetime Emmy Awards The Adams Chronicles (1976) Outstanding Lead Actress for a Single Appearance in a Drama or Comedy Series for her portrayal of "Abigail Smith Adams" in the episode "John Adams, Lawyer"



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