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Overview (3)

Date of Birth 19 June 1954Springfield, Missouri, USA
Birth NameMary Kathleen Turner
Height 5' 8" (1.73 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Kathleen Turner was born June 19, 1954 in Springfield, Missouri to Patsy and Allen Richard Turner. She graduated from American School in London in 1972. After the death of her father, the Turner family moved back to the United States where Kathleen later enrolled at Missouri State University for two years, and earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC) in 1977. Kathleen made her film debut in Body Heat (1981), her role as the relentless Matty Waker brought her astronomical success, and is remembered as one of the sexiest roles in film history. After her initial success, Kathleen continued to flourish with performances in The Man with Two Brains (1983), Romancing the Stone (1984), The Jewel of the Nile (1985), Prizzi's Honor (1985), Peggy Sue Got Married (1986), The War of the Roses (1989), and Serial Mom (1994).

- IMDb Mini Biography By: tony.r.vario@gmail.com

Spouse (1)

Jay Weiss (4 August 1984 - 2007) (divorced) (1 child)

Trade Mark (1)

Seductive husky voice

Trivia (49)

Chosen by Empire magazine as one of the "100 Sexiest Stars" in film history (#73).
Education: Southwest Missouri State University (SMSU), Springfield, Missouri; transferred after two years University of Maryland, Baltimore County, Maryland; B.F.A., 1977. She was involved in SMSU's Tent Theatre in the same summer as Tess Harper.
Suffers from rheumatoid arthritis.
Was immortalized in the 1980s song, "The Kiss of Kathleen Turner," by techno-pop singer Falco.
She performed some of her own stunts in Romancing the Stone (1984), Undercover Blues (1993) and V.I. Warshawski (1991). Her nose was broken while filming V.I. Warshawski (1991).
Spoke the voice (uncredited) of sexy Jessica Rabbit in the toon-noir Who Framed Roger Rabbit (1988).
Was considered for the lead in Basic Instinct (1992).
Also attended the Central School of Speech and Drama in London.
Ex-sister-in-law of fashion designer Donna Karan.
Somewhat resembles Lauren Bacall (looks and voice).
Her father, Richard, was a foreign service diplomat who was imprisoned by the Japanese during WWII.
Upon meeting the legendary Lauren Bacall, to whom she has often been compared, she reportedly introduced herself by saying, "Hi, I'm the young you."
Gave birth to her only child at age 33, a daughter Rachel Ann Weiss (aka Rachel Weiss) on October 14, 1987. Child's father is her ex-husband, Jay Weiss.
Checked herself into Marworth in Waverly, Pennsylvania, for alcohol abuse. [December 1999]
Fluent in Spanish.
She received a lifetime achievement award from the Savannah College of Art and Design at the Savannah Film Festival in October 2004.
Was nominated for Broadway's 1990 Tony Award as Best Actress (Play) for portraying Maggie the Cat in a revival of Tennessee Williams' "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof."
Member of the jury at the Cannes Film Festival in 2004. At the 1994 Cannes Film Festival, she presented Quentin Tarantino with the Palme d'Or for Pulp Fiction (1994).
Was nominated for Broadway's 2005 Tony Award as Best Actress in a Play for portraying Martha in the 2005 revival of Edward Albee's "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?"
Has one eye that's blue and one eye that's hazel.
London Evening Standard Theatre Award 2006 for her performance in Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?.
Ranked #1 in Fotogramas magazine's "Favourite Foreign Actress." poll [1988].
Ranked #1 in Fotogramas magazine's "Favourite Foreign Actress." poll [1987].
Referenced by Jack Black in High Fidelity (2000). He says that his band's name is very close to being called "Kathleen Turner Overdrive".
She discovered she had developed rheumatoid arthritis in 1992, but did not publicly disclose her illness until 1994, during filming for Serial Mom (1994) in Baltimore.
Companion of David Guc [1977 - 1982].
Was raised in Canada, Cuba and England where her father was a diplomat.
Her former assistant was Polly Brown.
Former accomplished gymnast.
Referenced by Emma Suárez in Una casa en las afueras (1995).
Despite playing her mother in Peggy Sue Got Married (1986), Turner was just 9 years older than Helen Hunt.
Drama classmates at Missouri State University included John Goodman and Tess Harper.
As in 2012, she said the director she has learned the most from is Francis Ford Coppola.
By her own admission, she turned down every role offered of a victimized, weak woman.
In the early 1990s, as Rheumatoid Arthritis began impacting her acting career and her personal life in a significant way, she also began to see a decline in the number of acting roles she was being offered. When the diagnosis was finally made in 1992, she had already been suffering with "unbearable" pain for over one year. By that time, she could not easily turn her head, and was already having difficulty walking, and her doctors told her that she was most likely going to be needing a wheelchair to remain mobile. By the mid to late 1990s, the progression of the illness and the medications (steroids, among others) to treat the illness quickly began to change her appearance. All of this caused her once vibrant acting career to slow considerably. Due to newly available drugs and other treatments, her Rheumatoid Arthritis has been in remission since 2006.
Turned down the Demi Moore role in Ghost (1990), which became a big hit.
Has been a long time member of the People For the American Way Foundation Board of Directors, and was previously on the Board of Directors of Planned Parenthood of America.
Was 9 months pregnant with her daughter Rachel Weiss when she completed recording Who Framed Roger Rabbit (1988); she actually went into labor on the final day of recording.
Delivered her daughter Rachel Weiss via emergency Caesarean section after the midwife was concerned that her lungs hadn't developed properly.
Played Chandler Bing's (Matthew Perry) cross-dressing father Charles Bing in three episodes of Friends (1994) in 2001. To this day, Matthew Perry still calls her "Dad".
Turner became pregnant by her husband, Jay Weiss, in November 1985 shortly after filming on Peggy Sue Got Married (1986) was completed. However she went on to suffer a miscarriage in January 1986 during a flight to Italy, where she was to begin filming Julia and Julia (1987).
Appearing at the Apollo Theatre, London as "Martha" in "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?", opposite Bill Irwin as "George". [January 2006]
Release of her autobiography, "Send Yourself Roses: Thoughts on My Life, Love and Leading Roles" by Kathleen in collaboration with Gloria Feldt. [February 2008]
Washington, DC, appearing on _Hardball with Chris Matthews (1997)_ as "actor & activist" talking about women's rights, equal pay, birth control, etc., and the roles of the above in the 2012 Presidential Election. [October 2012]
Appearing on Broadway as Martha is "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?", opposite Bill Irwin as George. [April 2005]
New York, USA: 'High' --the stage drama she stars in where she plays a nun and addiction counselor, flopped on Broadway, but will go on a national tour, beginning in Boston in December. [September 2011]
Presiding the international jury of this 34th edition of the Ghent Film Festival. (Flanders, Belgium) [October 2007]
Hartford, Connecticut, preparing to direct and star in the stage version of "The Killing of Sister George," scheduled to play from November 28 through December 23, 2012. [October 2012]
Appeared along with Robert Vaughn for one week at NYC's 45 Bleeker Theatre in "The Exonerated", a true-life drama with a revolving cast. [March 2003]

Personal Quotes (11)

A woman my age is not supposed to be attractive or sexually appealing. I just get kinda tired of that.
I feel I get recognized for my voice more than for my face.
I know there are nights when I have that power, when I could put on something and walk in somewhere, and if there's a man there who doesn't look at me, it's because he's gay.
I learned years ago, I adore acting and I think it's the most alive I know how to be -- almost -- but I really want a good life. I've been married for 17 years -- I know, they call us the last couple. I have a 13-year-old daughter. I have a lovely home life with good friends who aren't in the business . . . and I have no desire to cost my whole life in pursuit of the career alone.
When I was 20, I had so many more insecurities and looked for approbation from everyone. But by the time I was 40 and now at 50, you wake up and think, "Fuck you, I don't have to prove myself any more", and that makes you sexy."
I often play women who are not essentially good or likable, and I often go through a stage where I hate them. And then I find the reasons why they are that way, and end up loving and defending them.
It's always been my first love, I never feel more alive than when I'm on stage. On film you feel chopped up, you can be acting from the neck up, or the hand, there is a lot of close up.
Then [when I was] about 40, the roles started slowing down. I started getting offers to play mothers and grandmothers. I'd say the cut-off point for leading ladies today is 35/40, whereas half the men in Hollywood get their start then. It's a terrible double standard.
I find the idea of today's icons being teenagers incredibly uninspiring. I think the Europeans have enough tradition and respect for the experience and body of work of an actress that they don't sell out to the new ones.
I'm not a naturalistic actor. I believe acting is a planned process of communication. I don't see anything naturalistic about it.
The studios are no longer creative institutions. Their job is to raise a great deal of money for their shareholders, to hedge their bets about risk. All this does not spell creativity. You might as well be talking real estate. Thank goodness for the independents. Except that distribution is still controlled by the studios. So they take the first week's profit and, after that, they don't give a damn. They take their money and they leave. It sucks.

Salary (1)

Body Heat (1981) $30,000

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