Guinevere Turner

Screenwriter, Actor, Producer
Described by critic J Hoberman as looking like a 1940s film star dressed as a Little Rascal, the delightful Guinevere Turner made her acting, screenwriting and producing debut with Rose Troche's indie "Go Fish" (1994) ... Read more »
Born: 05/22/1968 in Boston, Massachusetts, USA

Filmography

Actor (23)

Crazy Bitches 2013 (Movie)

Belinda (Actor)

Who's Afraid of Vagina Wolf? 2012 (Movie)

(Actor)

The Nine Lives of Chloe King 2011 (Tv Show)

Actor

The L Word 2004 - 2005, 2009 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Owls 2009 (Movie)

Iris (Actor)

Even Scarier Movie Moments 2006 - 2007 (TV Show)

Actor

Itty Bitty Titty Committee 2007 (Movie)

Marcy the Reporter (Actor)

The Safety of Objects 2003 (Movie)

of Tani (Voice)

Stray Dogs 2001 (Movie)

Darla Carter (Actor)

The Fluffer 2001 (Movie)

Video Store Clerk (Actor)

American Psycho 2000 (Movie)

Elizabeth (Actor)

Treasure Island 2000 (Movie)

Evelyn (Actor)

Dogma 1999 (Movie)

Bus Station Attendant (Actor)

Dante's View 1998 (Movie)

(Actor)

Preaching to the Perverted 1998 (Movie)

Tanya Cheex (Actor)

Chasing Amy 1997 (Movie)

Singer (Actor)

Kiss Me Guido 1997 (Movie)

Indignant Lesbian on Roof (Actor)

Latin Boys Go to Hell 1997 (Movie)

Sombra (Actor)

The Watermelon Woman 1997 (Movie)

Diana (Actor)

Go Fish 1994 (Movie)

Max (Actor)

Indie Sex: Censored (TV Show)

Actor

Indie Sex: Extremes (TV Show)

Actor

Indie Sex: Teens (TV Show)

Actor
Writer (5)

Breaking the Girls 2012 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Bloodrayne 2006 (Movie)

(adaptation) (Screenplay)

The Notorious Bettie Page 2006 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

American Psycho 2000 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Go Fish 1994 (Movie)

(Screenplay)
Producer (2)

The Notorious Bettie Page 2006 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Go Fish 1994 (Movie)

(Producer)

Biography

Described by critic J Hoberman as looking like a 1940s film star dressed as a Little Rascal, the delightful Guinevere Turner made her acting, screenwriting and producing debut with Rose Troche's indie "Go Fish" (1994). Centering on Chicago's Wicker Park lesbian community, "Go Fish" marked an expansion within the "New Queer Cinema" movement to girl-oriented themes. Turner starred as the confident if lovelorn Max, a hip, verbally attuned "Generation X" lesbian who ends up in the arms of a gay veterinarian, and her script, stronger in its ripe, knowing ripostes then in its simple yet meandering girl-meets-girl plot, revealed urban lesbian life in an almost documentary fashion. Initially shot on weekends in 1991 and 1992, the project ground to a halt when funds ran out, but a call to Christine Vachon helped secure completion money from Islet. Vachon and Tom Kalin were stabilizing influences as executive producers, and the no-budget, black-and-white feature, which was the first film at that year's Sundance Film Festival to land a distributor, found a crossover audience in limited release.

Relationships

K D Lang Actor

Companion
Linked romantically in the press, though Turner has offered "We're just friends" and "No comment" to reporters' queries

EDUCATION

Sarah Lawrence College

Bronxville , New York

Milestones

2006

With director Mary Harron, co-wrote the screenplay, "The Notorious Bettie Page" (HBO)

2004

Appeared in and directed episodes of Showtime's "The L Word"

2003

wrote, directed and co-starred in the short, "Hummer"

2001

Wrote and directed the short, "Spare Me"

2001

Starred in the independent film "Stray Dogs"

2000

With director Mary Harron, co-wrote screenplay of "American Psycho", based on the novel by Bret Easton Ellis; had a small role in film; premiered at the Sundance Film Festival

1999

Made cameo appearance as a bus station attendant in Smith's "Dogma"

1998

Acted in Scott King's "Treasure Island"; premiered at the 1999 Sundance Film Festival

1997

Had small role as a singer in Kevin Smith's "Chasing Amy"

1997

Starred as American dominatrix Tonya Cheex disciplining unruly Londoners in "Preaching to the Perverted"

1997

Portrayed character identified as indignant lesbian in Tony Vitale's "Kiss Me, Guido"

1996

Appeared in Cheryl Dunye's "The Watermelon Woman" as Dunye's lesbian lover

1994

Screenwriting, acting and producing debut, "Go Fish"; premiered at the Sundance Film Festival

Grew up traveling the country as part of a religious cult; when family eventually left the cult, resumed normal schooling

First collaboration with Mary Harron, co-wrote script for a biopic of 1950s pin-up model Bettie Page; HBO at one time planned to fund with Turner in lead role; still in development as of January 2000

Settled in Chicago where she met Rose Troche, director and co-screenwriter of "Go Fish"

Bonus Trivia

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About her role as a dominatrix in "Preaching to the Perverted": "I looked like a cartoon character in it. Every day it was two-and-a-half hours of makeup, false eyelashes, wigs, rubber corsets . . . Every dress-up fantasy I ever had was satisfied." --Guinevere Turner quoted in INTERVIEW, February 1997

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On her drunken encounter with fiftysomething cabbie Cookie DeJesus, captured on camera: "I'm so glad I made the cut for HBO's 'The Best of the Taxixcab Confessions'. I can't tell you how many more people recognize me from 'Taxicab' than they do from 'Go Fish'."No one ever believes me when I say this, but I have never, before or since that night, tried to pick up a total stranger. I just wish I could show you what she looked like to me at 4am--sassy, sexy, buff and about my age." --Turner to Cathay Che in TIME OUT NEW YORK, March 6-13, 1997

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About whether she was the inspiration for Kevin Smith's "Chasing Amy": "At Sundance, everyone kept asking Kevin and Scott [Mosher, the film's producer] if the story was inspired by me, and I was asked by a reporter if the film was based on my life. Those guys are my friends, and to the extent that I may be their only lesbian friend, maybe knowing me gave them the idea for the movie. But is it my life story? Please, please, please don't say that! How scary--absolutely no way!" --Turner in TIME OUT NEW YORK, March 6-13, 1997

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