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Overview (1)

Born in Detroit, Michigan, USA

Mini Bio (1)

Katt Shea was born in 1957 in Detroit, Michigan. She grew up in a quiet Detroit suburb and graduated from the University of Michigan with honors. Shea worked for a short spell as a teacher in the Detroit public school system. At age 19, Katt drove her Volkswagen to Hollywood, California. She did a fleeting stint as a model and briefly attended UCLA. Shea soon started acting in either small parts or more substantial co-starring roles in such movies as My Tutor (1983), Scarface (1983), Hollywood Hot Tubs (1984), Barbarian Queen (1985), and the superior slasher sequel Psycho III (1986), making an especially memorable appearance in the latter as one of Norman Bates' victims. Shea made her promising debut as both writer and director with the sexy and stylish thriller Stripped to Kill (1987). She also did the equally solid sequel. Katt's finest cinematic achievement to date was the extremely thoughtful and touching vampire horror gem Dance of the Damned (1989). The gritty drama Streets (1990) and the gripping thriller Poison Ivy (1992) were likewise excellent and impressive. Last Exit to Earth (1996) was an entertainingly cheesy sci-fi hoot while the belated and unnecessary sequel The Rage: Carrie 2 (1999) was regrettably lackluster. Katt Shea's last two pictures to date were a couple of made-for-TV affairs: the poignant and powerful teen drama Sharing the Secret (2000) was a terrific return to form while the humdrum stalker outing Sanctuary (2001) was another unfortunate misstep in Shea's rather uneven, but overall quite sturdy and enjoyable career.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: woodyanders

Spouse (1)

Andy Ruben (1979 - 1992) (divorced)

Trivia (5)

Honored with MoMa retrospective in 1994.
Briefly studied at UCLA.
Students of Katt Shea's acting classes include Eric Fellows (Days of our Lives).
Working as an acting coach/teacher where she helps guides beginners as well as the seasoned professional, including actor Erik Fellows (Days of our Lives). [May 2011]
Teaches an acting workshop in Santa Clarita Valley, California. [December 2008]

Personal Quotes (1)

I like every single film I've ever made -- I really do. Other people call them exploitation films, but to me what I was doing was never exploitative. I always had a strong point of view about my intention; it was never just to make money or to titillate or to horrify. I always had my purpose and I made those movies myself. I can't imagine sitting around and trying to piece together elements that I think other people want to see. That would be so boring!

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