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Overview (3)

Born in Pasadena, California, USA
Birth NameKathleen Denise Quinlan
Height 5' 5" (1.65 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Kathleen Quinlan was born in Pasadena, California, the only child of Josephine (Zachry), a military-supply supervisor, and Robert Quinlan, a television sports director. She grew up in Mill Valley, Ca, and got her break in acting when George Lucas came to her high school to cast for his movie American Graffiti (1973). She followed up her one-line role four years later with Lifeguard (1976), and then several roles in the late 1970s and 1980s. Her breakthrough performance came in 1977, as Deborah in I Never Promised You a Rose Garden (1977). She was nominated for an Academy Award in 1995 for Apollo 13 (1995). She starred in the TV series Family Law (1999), but her contract stipulated that she could not work later than 6 pm, so she could be home with her husband Bruce Abbott, son Tyler Abbott (b. October 17, 1990), and stepson Dalton Abbott (b. October 4, 1989). She currently works in television and film.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: anon-14

Spouse (2)

Bruce Abbott (12 April 1994 - present) ( 1 child)
Warren Long (19 December 1987 - ?) ( divorced)

Trivia (7)

Listed as one of twelve "Promising New Actors of 1977" in John Willis' Screen World, Vol. 29.
Was a gymnast in high school.
Her leading role in I Never Promised You a Rose Garden (1977) was previously intended for Natalie Wood, who had unrealized plans to both produce and star in that film.
Graduate of Tamalpais High School in Mill Valley, California where she was an accomplished diver.
Has a son, Tyler Quinlan Abbott (born October 17, 1990), with Bruce Abbott.
Stepmother of Dalton Abbott.
Was considered for the role of "Clarice Starling" in The Silence of the Lambs (1991), but Jodie Foster, who went on to receive an Academy Award for her performance, was cast instead.

Personal Quotes (15)

I like to go to openings when I'm in it, or friends are in it.
There are not many roles where women are really active.
I didn't think I was an actor and fought it for a long time. Nobody paid for that but me.
At this point in my career, Apollo 13 is a million light years away.
My dream job has already happened.
In a world where there is so much sadness and so much to be afraid of, good things do happen to people. Romance is still something we can find even if we're not consciously looking for it.
I filmed underwater for two days in the open ocean with dolphins.
I am really a sea creature. Just a mammal that lost its fins.
I like to think of myself as kind of a sculptor, only I sculpt people.
It's just too egotistical to think that we are the only lifeform in the universe.
When not much is happening and there seems to be nothing you can do to change that, you do wonder. But I am an actor, like it or not. I stuck with it and took what was offered.
The heavy spacesuits are spectacular to look at but very hot. Putting one on was like going from chilly London winter weather to the Bahamas in just minutes.
Some of the newer folks in the industry, I'm not sure they are familiar with the term acting. They don't understand what it means to play a character rather than just be a personality.
My agent was ambitious for me. But going out and chasing it? No, I'd rather work in my vegetable garden or play with my kid. I guess I'm kind of boring.
Some people are born gardeners, some are politicians. I was an actor. It took a great deal of pain before I figured that out. I didn't relate to most of it.

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