Kathryn Walker: details about the Emmy Award-winning actress and James Taylor’s ex-wife


Kathryn Walker is an American theater, television and film actress known for her roles in films such as DARYL, Beacon hill, Blow shotand Neighbors. She is also the award-winning actress who won an Emmy award for her outstanding performances as ‘First Lady’ Abigal Smith Adams in the PBS 13-episode epic miniseries. The Adam Chronicles.

Besides her acting career, Kathryn is also known as the ex-wife of the American singer-songwriter and guitarist James Taylor. Kathryn and her now ex-husband James separated in 1996 after ten years of marriage. Shortly after their divorce, her husband was in a relationship with his now-wife Caroline. Then what about Kathryn? Has the actress married again?

Let’s find out all about an American actress and James Taylor’s ex-wife, Kathryn Walker. Here we go!


How old is Kathryn Walker? Her early life and education

As of 2022, Kathryn is 79 years old. She was born on January 9, 1943, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA under the birth sign Capricorn. She spent most of her early days in her hometown and grew up alongside her sister Sally Walker and her parents until she moved to New York to study art.

Speaking of her education, Kathryn joined the class of 1964 at Wells College in Aurora, New York, becoming a member of honor society Phi Kappa and cum laude. She graduated from college with a Award in English. Furthermore, Walker enrolled at Harvard University to earn a master’s degree in Celtic Studies. Later, a Philadelphia native won a Fullbright Scholarship to the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts.

Besides, the former husband of a celebrity is American by her nationality and belongs to the white ethnicity.

Career: Kathryn Walker started as a professional in theater

After completing her studies at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts, Kathryn Walker returned to her home country, the United States. And Kathryn started working at Princeton’s McCarter Theater and became part of several plays, including her character in the most unusual play of the time”The night of the Tribades‘ was popular.

Kathryn Walker was also a theater performer
Kathryn Walker performing on stage

The play “The Night of the Tribades”, which was about lesbians, was written by the young Swedish writer Per Olov Enquist. And in this particular play, Kathryn played the role of the woman’s lover. She later worked with the Boston theater company.

During her involvement in theatre, the actress has appeared in various roles in plays from Willian Shakespeare to Neil Simon. After working in a theater company for some time, she then settled in New York City and continued her acting career in TV and movies.

Kathryn Walker is also a film and TV actress

After settling in New York City, Kathryn Walker began performing on the off-Broadway New York Stage in 1971 by performing in Snail. She then appeared on television in 1972 as Emily Rogers Hunter in the series Look for tomorrow. In the same year, Walker did two more TV projects called Look home, Angel and The house without a Christmas tree.

Subsequently, she acted in several TV series and TV movies such as All my children, At Far to go, The Adams Chronicles, Beacon hill, Private Sessions, and much more. Not only on TV, but side by side she also did movies on the big screen.

Her debut film Sheet came in 1973 in which she played the character of Maggie. Kathryn’s other big screen projects include Blow shot, Rich children, Neighbors, DARYL, Emma and Elvisand Mandy’s grandmother.

Her Broadway projects were equally popular

As mentioned earlier, after theater she started professionally as a Broadway performer. In 1971, Kathryn performed for the first time in Snail. After that, she appeared in other projects such as The good doctor, Mourning photos, kid champion, Private livesand Wild honey.

Kathryn was also a storyteller

From the year 2002, James Taylor’s ex-wife Kathryn Walker started working as a narrator in several TV miniseries. Her narrative work includes series like Border house, colonial house, Texas Ranch house, Novaa documentary Whole bloodand the TV series documentary Red Gold: The Epic Story of Blood.

Besides her acting career, she also developed as a novelist in the year 2008. She published her novel titled A stopover in Venice, a fictionalized account of her marriage to James Taylor.

Kathryn Walker was married to James Taylor for 10 years: their marriage in details

As mentioned earlier, Kathryn is the ex-wife of American singer-songwriter and guitarist James Taylor (alias James Vernon Taylor). The couple got married December 14, 1985 in the Cathedral of St. John the Divine in New York.

Kathryn Walker was married to American singer James Taylor
Kathryn Walker with husband James Taylor on her wedding day

At the time Kathryn married her husband James, he was addicted to heroin and his addiction was the reason James’ previous marriage to Caryl Simon broke up. And Kathryn entered the life of six-time Grammy Award winner James as his second wife. After learning about his addiction, Walker tried her best to take her husband with her from heroin addiction.

But as time passed, their relationship did not continue as before and they decided to separate in 1995. The couple legally separated in 1996, ten years after their marriage. After their divorce, her ex-husband Taylor entered into a relationship with the Boston Symphony Orchestra’s head of public relations named Caroline Smithvig and now the two are married to each other.

Kathryn Walker’s past love affairs

Before her marriage to a singer, Kathryn was in a relationship with an American comedy writer and co-founder of National Lampoon magazine Douglas Kennedy.

Sadly, Kathryn’s longtime companion Kenney passed away on August 27, 1980, at the age of 33.

Does Kathryn Walker have children?

Despite being married for 10 years, Kathryn has not given birth to a single child, either from her marriage to James or from a romantic affair.

But on the other hand, her ex-husband Taylor has four children. From his first marriage, he became the father of his children named Sarah Maria Taylor and Ben Taylor. He also welcomed twins Rufus and Henry Taylor from his marriage to Caroline Smedvig.

James Taylor’s ex-wife, Walker, was concerned about animal rights

Kathryn was not only an incredible artist, but also an animal rights advocate. In the 1990s, she was deeply involved in various animal welfare organizations. Walker even founded a charitable organization called The Dobbin Society, a retirement fund for carriage horses in New York City.

Kathryn Walker was also involved in charity.
Kathryn Walker, an actress

She also served on the board of Cleveland Amory’s Fund for Animals. With active involvement in these charitable organizations, a theater actress fought for animal rights and worked for them.

Where is Kathryn Walker now?

Since the release of her novel in 2008, there is no information about the Beacon hill actress in all media channels. At the beginning of her career, Walker lived in New York City, but lately there are no details about where the actress lives.