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Actress Swoosie Kurtz, who recently released her first book, the memoir Part Swan, Part Goose, has been in the industry long enough to see a number of changes – notably that of the representation of gay and lesbian characters.
Swoosie Kurtz Talks 'Love, Sidney'
When Kurtz landed the part of Laurie Morgan in the TV adaption of Love, Sidney it was 1981. Her character, a single mother to a young daughter, lives with an amiable gay man named Sidney Shorr, who adores helping her look after her daughter Patti.
“We knew were doing something ground breaking, but I don't think we expected this kind of intense response,” Kurtz told Uinterview exclusively. “Before [Love, Sidney] even aired, we had done a few episodes and the affiliated started pulling out, and some of the advertisers started pulling out. Just hearing that there was a gay character was so astonishing.”
Sidney Shorr was played by Tony Randall, »
Swoosie Kurtz, the veteran actress of stage, film and television, known for her roles in Pushing Daisies, Sisters and Fifth of July, credits her parents for her amazing success in her new memoir Part Swan, Part Goose. “I realized after a certain point later in my life that I have been raised by two icons of the greatest generation,” Kurtz told uInterview exclusively. "My mother and me made very different choices in life, but they both worked equally well for both of us and who we were and are.”
Kurtz, born in 1944, is the only child of Frank and Margo Kurtz. Frank was both an Olympic diver and a decorated pilot in World War II. Her mother Margo was a writer and a homemaker. The couple named his daughter for his plane “The Swoose” — she is, apparently, the only person on the planet with the name. »
The messed-up machinations of bored, oversexed stepsiblings Kathryn Merteuil and Sebastian Valmont aren’t quite as shocking in 2014 as they were when Cruel Intentions was released on March 5, 1999. (Blame Gossip Girl, Pretty Little Liars, and a zillion other glitzy/scandalous imitators.)
That said, Cruel Intentions is still an enormously entertaining teen movie, even 15 years (gulp) after its initial release — thanks to an uncommonly sharp script, a killer soundtrack, and, most importantly, an impeccable cast, which featured future Oscar winners and future Sharknado stars alike. Well, one of each, but you get the picture. Whoever headed up this franchise had a »
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3 items from 2014
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