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Overview (3)

Born in Springfield, Missouri, USA
Birth NameMary Kathleen Turner
Height 5' 7¾" (1.72 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Kathleen Turner was born June 19, 1954 in Springfield, Missouri, to Patsy (Magee) and Allen Richard Turner, a U.S. Foreign Service officer. 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

Family (3)

Spouse Jay Weiss (4 August 1984 - December 2007)  (divorced)  (1 child)
Children Rachel Ann Weiss
Parents Magee, Patsy
Turner, Allen Richard

Trade Mark (1)

Seductive husky voice

Trivia (46)

Chosen by Empire magazine as one of the "100 Sexiest Stars" in film history (#73) (1995).
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).
Lobbied hard for the lead role in 9½ Weeks (1986) but lost out to Kim Basinger.
Attended the Central School of Speech and Drama in London, England.
Ex-sister-in-law of fashion designer Donna Karan.
Somewhat resembles Lauren Bacall (looks and voice).
Her father, Allen Richard Turner (B. August 18, 1919-D. June 4, 1972), was a career Foreign Service diplomat who was imprisoned in China by the Japanese during World War II. He died in Hempstead, England of coronary thrombosis and his body was brought home to Springfield, Missouri.
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 Ann Weiss) on October 14, 1987. Child's father is her ex-husband, Jay Weiss.
On December 3, 1999, she checked herself into Marworth in Waverly, Pennsylvania, for alcohol abuse.
Speaks Spanish fluently.
Received a lifetime achievement award from the Savannah College of Art and Design at the Savannah Film Festival. [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?".
Was awarded the 2006 London Evening Standard Theatre Award for her performance in "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?".
Ranked #1 in Fotogramas magazine's "Favourite Foreign Actress" poll in 1987 and 1988.
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.
Companions with 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.
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 Ann 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 Ann Weiss via emergency Caesarean section after the midwife was concerned that her lungs had not developed properly.
Has 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).
Presiding the international jury of this 34th edition of the Ghent Film Festival (Flanders, Belgium). [October 2007]
Turner named Guess Who's Coming to Dinner (1967) as her favorite film in an American Film Institute poll.
(October 9-23, 2014) Presided over the 50th Chicago International Film Festival's International Feature Competition Jury. She also received a tribute.
Is one of 20 actresses who did not receive an Oscar nomination for their Best Actress in a Comedy/Musical Golden Globe-winning performance; hers being for Romancing the Stone (1984) and Prizzi's Honor (1985). The others, in chronological order, are: June Allyson for Too Young to Kiss (1951), Ethel Merman for Call Me Madam (1953), Jean Simmons for Guys and Dolls (1955), Taina Elg and Kay Kendall for Les Girls (1957), Marilyn Monroe for Some Like It Hot (1959), Rosalind Russell for A Majority of One (1961) and Gypsy (1962), Patty Duke for Me, Natalie (1969), Twiggy for The Boy Friend (1971), Raquel Welch for The Three Musketeers (1973), Barbra Streisand for A Star Is Born (1976), Bernadette Peters for Pennies from Heaven (1981), Miranda Richardson for Enchanted April (1991), Jamie Lee Curtis for True Lies (1994), Nicole Kidman for To Die For (1995), Madonna for Evita (1996), Renée Zellweger for Nurse Betty (2000), Sally Hawkins for Happy-Go-Lucky (2008), and Amy Adams for Big Eyes (2014).
Her mother, Patsy (Magee) Turner, passed away on February 13th, 2015, aged 91.
Returned to work three months after giving birth to her daughter Rachel Ann Weiss to begin filming The Accidental Tourist (1988).
Has one sister and two brothers.
Born at 7:40 PM (CST).

Personal Quotes (36)

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 anymore", 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.
[on what was her most embarrassing moment] When I met Gregory Peck and he said, "You have a lovely voice." And I replied, "Oh, so do you, sir!" What an idiot. It was my first Oscars, so I was very young.
[on what is the most important lesson life has taught her] That you are not the center of the world.
I do not have a great deal of belief in the so-called method. Yes, you run into actors who have to have their quiet time, you must not speak to them as they're preparing or they want to be called by their character's name not their own since that jars them out of their reality. And you go, "Okay fine, whatever you need. Just stay out of my way.".
[on her divorce] I don't think there is a simple explanation. I don't think there ever is. I think we became too difficult for each other because our lives were going different ways. He wanted to be part of the public world less and less. He was tired of the publicity, and the travel, and being, as he would call it, "Mr. Turner".
[on Rheumatoid arthritis] The day I was told, I went from the hospital to kindergarten for a meeting with my daughter's teacher and looked at these little chairs and started crying because I knew there was no way I would be able to get into that chair.
[on her looks] You know, I was so naive. Still am. When I arrived in L.A., Michael Douglas, Warren Beatty, Jack Nicholson, they would all call me up. And I thought: how nice, they are looking after me. It was only later I found out it was a competition to see who could get the new girl.
[on the differences between the West End and Broadway] On Broadway, the star gets an automatic standing ovation. In the West End, they don't. I swear this is true, or if it isn't, Dustin Hoffman won't kill me. But he was here (in the West End) in "The Merchant of Venice" when Laurence Olivier passed away, and at the end he said: "It is my sad duty to inform you that Lord Olivier has died." And the audience rose to their feet. And as Dustin was going off, he muttered: "You have to die, you have to fucking die.".
[on Hollywood (1995)] We need women producers, writers and executives. Otherwise, it is like expecting male senators to write legislation for us. Hollywood in general is at least 10 to 15 years behind the times. We just last year made a big fuss over Tom Hanks playing gay.
[on the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences] I would encourage more young people to join, because the average age now is over 60. Not to sound sour grapes, but I think there is a lot of politics involved. They like a classic with the hottest young actors who can barely speak English. Oooh, didn't I sound like an old lady then?
[on Danny DeVito] He provides a sickness, the tastelessness, that dark underside. It's like being groped all day long - being somewhat short, he gets to casually drape his arm around parts of your anatomy that no one usually would.
[on Robert Zemeckis] I remember terrible arguments doing Romancing. He's a film-school grad, fascinated by cameras and effects. I never felt that he knew what I was having to do to adjust my acting to some of his damn cameras - sometimes he puts you in ridiculous postures. I'd say, 'This is not helping me! This is not the way I like to work, thank you!
[on Jack Nicholson] There's this thing when you're the new girl in town in L.A., right? And they all have to take you out for dinner and make sure they get a shot at you. I'm an old-fashioned Midwestern girl, so this doesn't work well for me. Once we got that straight we were friends.
[on the Oscars] They just don't vote for comedies, do they? I think I need a good crying scene.
[on Francis Ford Coppola] I'm really about the only lead woman he's worked with. He's shy, but we worked out well. I said, 'You give me a martini at the end of the day and everything will be fine.
[on Lawrence Kasdan] I find his sense of humor is rather low, but he thinks I'm stuffy.
[on Steve Martin] Steve just wasn't somebody you want to grab a beer with after work. I don't know why he's so contained, but when the camera's rolling, he's a genius.
Being a sex symbol has to do with an attitude, not looks. Sexuality is not just looks; it's a sense you have of yourself. I think most men think it's all looks; most women know otherwise.
No, I don't look like I did 30 years ago. Get over it.
I sign more Jessica Rabbit photos than mine, almost. I'm not kidding. Isn't that crazy?
We have no National Theater support in this country. However, we have some wonderful regional theaters. Face it, in New York on Broadway we don't really create much work or new talent, it comes into Broadway after it's been elsewhere. The regional theaters are what we need, so every year (or two years at most), I work at a regional theater. It makes a difference.
[on Serial Mom (1994)] I walked into a storm of resistance, from agents, friends, actors, everyone. "You're an A-movie actress and he's a B-movie director!" I said, "He's made films that have touched and moved people all over the world!"
[on Serial Mom (1994)] They never got it. I was sitting in this screening with one of the heads of the studio. He turned to me and said, "It's a comedy?!" And I [thought], "Oh, we're in so much trouble."
[on Elizabeth Taylor] For a while I felt like half my life was making her wrongs right. Cat on a Hot Tin Roof - you ever listen to her voice? It's awful. She has a bad voice, badly used.
[on The Doctors (1963)] I was doing a scene where I was giving birth, after a four-month pregnancy of course, and I had researched the process and learned Lamaze breathing and everything. After the first take the director, who was a man of course, came up and said, "You're doing great, I can really feel what you're going through. But can you just be a little more . . . um-mm . . . attractive?"
There's a fine line between just being really good at what I do and wanting others to like how well I'm doing it.

Salary (2)

Body Heat (1981) $30,000
Peggy Sue Got Married (1986) $2,000,000

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