Kathleen Turner

Actor, Waitress
A leading lady of 1980s cinema, Kathleen Turner earned comparisons to 1940s femme fatales like Barbara Stanwyck for sensuous, aggressive roles in "Body Heat" (1981), "Prizzi's Honor" (1985) and "The War of the Roses" ... Read more »
Born: 06/18/1954 in Springfield, Missouri, USA

Filmography

Actor (82)

Dumb and Dumber To 2014 (Movie)

Fraida (Actor)

The Perfect Family 2012 (Movie)

Eileen Cleary (Actor)

Californication 2009 (Tv Show)

Actor

Marley & Me 2008 (Movie)

Ms. Kornblut (Actor)

Law & Order 2006 (Tv Show)

Actor

Monster House 2006 (Movie)

Voice of Constance (Actor)

Nip/Tuck 2006 (Tv Show)

Actor

Answering the Call: Ground Zero's Volunteers 2005 (Movie)

Narrator (Actor)

Celebrity Charades 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

Actor

Sexiest Moments in Film 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Narrator

Women on Top: Hollywood and Power 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

TV's Most Memorable Weddings 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Actor

Cinderella 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

Friends 2001 (Tv Show)

Actor

Beautiful 2000 (Movie)

Verna Chickle (Actor)

King of the Hill 1999 - 2000 (Tv Show)

Voice

Prince of Central Park 2000 (Movie)

Rebecca Cairn (Actor)

The Virgin Suicides 2000 (Movie)

Mrs Lisbon (Actor)

Baby Geniuses 1999 (Movie)

Elena (Actor)

Love and Action in Chicago 1999 (Movie)

Middleman (Actor)

Castles of the Sea 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Narrator

Stories From My Childhood 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Voice

The Real Blonde 1998 (Movie)

Dee Dee Taylor (Actor)

The Science of Sex 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Narrator

A Simple Wish 1997 (Movie)

Claudia (Actor)

Love in the Ancient World 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Narrator

Camelot 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

Pompeii: Buried Alive 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

The Hidden City of Petra 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

American Cinema 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Narrator

Leslie's Folly 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

Moonlight and Valentino 1995 (Movie)

Alberta Russell (Actor)

The 49th Annual Tony Awards 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

The Odyssey of Troy 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

Naked in New York 1994 (Movie)

Dana Coles (Actor)

Serial Mom 1994 (Movie)

Mom--Beverly Sutphin (Actor)

The Simpsons 1994 (Tv Show)

Voice

House of Cards 1993 (Movie)

Ruth Matthews (Actor)

John Barry's Moviola 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

Three Dances by Martha Graham 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Narrator

Trail Mix-Up 1993 (Movie)

of Jessica Rabbit (Voice)

Undercover Blues 1993 (Movie)

Jane Blue (Actor)

Rumpelstiltskin 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Narrator

The 64th Annual Academy Awards 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

V.I. Warshawski 1991 (Movie)

V I "Vic" Warshawski (Actor)

Myrna Loy: So Nice to Come Home To 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

Night of 100 Stars III 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

Rollercoaster Rabbit 1990 (Movie)

of Jessica Rabbit (Voice)

The 44th Annual Tony Awards 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

The Barbara Walters Special (11/01/89) 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

The Siskel & Ebert Special 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

Roger Rabbit & the Secrets of Toontown 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor

The Story of Hollywood 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor

The War of the Roses 1989 (Movie)

Barbara Rose (Actor)

Tummy Trouble 1989 (Movie)

of Jessica Rabbit (Voice)

Dear America: Letters Homes From Vietnam 1988 (Movie)

Narration (Narrator)

Julia and Julia 1988 (Movie)

Julia (Actor)

Switching Channels 1988 (Movie)

Christy Colleran (Actor)

The 42nd Annual Tony Awards 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Actor

The Accidental Tourist 1988 (Movie)

Sarah Leary (Actor)

Who Framed Roger Rabbit 1988 (Movie)

of Jessica (Voice)

The 41st Annual Tony Awards 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Actor

A Breed Apart 1986 (Movie)

Stella Clayton (Actor)

Peggy Sue Got Married 1986 (Movie)

Peggy Sue Bodell (Actor)

Jewel of the Nile 1985 (Movie)

Joan Wilder (Actor)

Prizzi's Honor 1985 (Movie)

Irene Walker (Actor)

Crimes of Passion 1984 (Movie)

Joanna Crane (Actor)

Romancing the Stone 1984 (Movie)

Joan Wilder (Actor)

The Doctors 1962 - 1983 (TV Show)

Actor

The Man With Two Brains 1983 (Movie)

Dolores Benedict (Actor)

Body Heat 1981 (Movie)

Matty Walker (Actor)

Ancient Mysteries (TV Show)

Narrator

Friends at Last (TV Show)

Actor

Legalese (TV Show)

Actor
Producer (1)

The Perfect Family 2012 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Biography

A leading lady of 1980s cinema, Kathleen Turner earned comparisons to 1940s femme fatales like Barbara Stanwyck for sensuous, aggressive roles in "Body Heat" (1981), "Prizzi's Honor" (1985) and "The War of the Roses" (1989). When the smoky-voiced actress was not manipulating male characters with her on-screen sultry ways, she proved to be quite a comedienne, as well, volleying quips with Michael Douglas in the jungle adventure film "Romancing the Stone" (1984) and inhabiting an 18-year-old body in "Peggy Sue Got Married" (1986). She received a diagnosis of rheumatoid arthritis in the early 1990s, and that - along with the pained actress' heavy drinking and over-40 status - meant her screen appearances were reduced to character roles as moms and comic villains - something she still pulled off with panache. After acclaimed theatrical runs in "The Graduate" and "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf" on the New York and London stages, the fiery actress regained her esteemed reputation and settled into a comfortable real-life role as a supporting film player, theater director and acting teacher.

Relationships

David Guc Special Thanks

Companion
Together from 1977-1982

Allen Turner

Father
Raied in China Imprisoned by Japanese for four years during WWII Died of cancer c. 1971

Patsy Turner

Mother
Worked for the UN in China

Rachel Weiss Special Thanks

Daughter
Born Oct. 14, 1987; father, Jay Weiss; released an album in 2012 titled Dear Love

Jay Weiss

Husband
Married Aug. 4, 1984 Divorced in December 2007

EDUCATION

University of Maryland

College Park , Maryland 1977

Central School of Speech and Drama

London , England

Attended grade school in Cuba

Southwest Missouri State University

Springfield , Missouri 1972
Classmates included Tess Harper and John Goodman; transferred after two years

Attended middle school in Caracas, Venezuala

Milestones

2010

Cast in the role of Sister Jamison Connelly in Matthew Lombardo’s drama "High" at Hartford TheaterWorks; production transferred to Broadway in 2011

2009

Joined the cast of Showtime's "Californication" as Charlie Runkle's (Evan Handler) sexually hyperactive boss

2007

Stage-directing debut, "Crimes Of The Heart" at the Williamstown Theater Festival in Massachusetts; moved to off-Broadway in 2008

2006

Voiced a creepy-looking house in the animated feature "Monster House"

2005

Returned to Broadway to star as Martha in "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?"; earned a Tony nomination for her role

2000

Portrayed the stern and dowdy mother of five daughters in "The Virgin Suicides"; directed by Sofia Coppola

2000

Returned to London, making her West End debut as Mrs. Robinson in a stage version of "The Graduate"; reprised role in Broadway production in 2002

1999

Played the comic villain in "Baby Geniuses"

1998

Appeared as TV anchorwoman Brenda Whitlass in TNT's satirical "Legalese"

1997

Made London stage debut in "Our Betters"

1996

Had supporting role in "Moonlight Over Valentino"

1995

Co-starred in the Broadway production of "Indiscretions"; was only cast member of five not nominated for a Tony Award

1995

Made TV-movie debut in "Friends at Last" (CBS)

1994

Directorial debut with the 30-minute Showtime film "Leslie's Folly" (for the series "Directed By")

1994

Played the title role in John Waters' "Serial Mom"

1991

Portrayed the title role of private investigator "V.I. Warshawski"

1990

Returned to the Broadway stage as Maggie in "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof"; received a Best Actress Tony nomination; also hosted the annual telecast of the Tony Awards

1989

Third film with Douglas and DeVito, the black comedy "The War of the Roses"; helmed by DeVito

1988

Re-teamed with Hurt and Kasdan for "The Accidental Tourist"

1988

Provided the voice of Jessica Rabbit for the animated feature comedy, "Who Framed Roger Rabbit"; later voiced Jessica in the animated shorts "Tummy Trouble" (1989), "Rollercoaster Rabbit" (1990) and "Trail Mix-Up" (1993)

1987

Narrated the documentary compilation, "Dear America: Letters Home from Vietnam"

1987

Returned to the theater in title role of "Camille" at the Long Wharf Theater in New Haven, Connecticut

1986

Earned Best Actress Oscar nomination playing a middle-aged woman who finds herself reliving her teenage years in "Peggy Sue Got Married"; helmed by Francis Ford Coppola

1985

Played hit-woman to Jack Nicholson's hit-man in John Huston's "Prizzi's Honor"

1985

Re-teamed with Douglas and DeVito to reprise Joan Wilder in the sequel "The Jewel of the Nile"

1984

First role opposite Michael Douglas, "Romancing the Stone" as fiction writer Joan Wilder; also first film with Danny DeVito

1983

Portrayed a business woman turned prostitute in Ken Russell's "Crimes of Passion"

1982

Acted opposite Steve Martin in the comedy "The Man with Two Brains"

1981

Had breakthrough screen role as Matty Walker opposite William Hurt in her debut feature, Lawrence Kasdan's "Body Heat"

1978

Broadway debut in "Gemini"

1977

Moved to NYC; within a month landed an agent; within four months had a part in an Off-Broadway play, "Mr T"

1977

TV debut on the NBC soap opera "The Doctors" as Nola Dancy Aldrich, a poor girl who married well

After father's death, settled in Missouri with mother and siblings

Lived with her foreign-diplomat father and family in Canada, Cuba, Venezuela, England and Washington, DC before age of 17

Bonus Trivia

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"I average about seven stitches a film now. I do almost all my own stunts, and I love it, the thrill and the physicality. But I got scared doing the chandalier stunt in 'The War of the Roses,' I really did. I was surprised, and Michael [Douglas] said to me, 'Is this the first stunt since [the birth of daughter] Rachel?' And I said yeah. I was never scared before. I think before you have kids you really have this feeling that you'll never die, and then after you're so afraid that something might happen to the kid, I think in a way you realize you could die, too." - Kathleen Turner to Premiere, August 1991

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"The body of work that one has built, and I think mine is impressive, is not considered as important a factor as appearance. So I don't know if you lose the edge at 40, but you certainly don't gain weight for a character the way a man does." - Turner quoted in The New York Times, April 10, 1994

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"'Crimes of Passion,' which is one of the best films I've done, will live strongly in my resume, even though it didn't do well. If my ego was out of whack and I believed that I could carry anything off, that would be a stupid risk. But so far there's been no reason not to try anything." - Turner in Interview magazine, August 1995

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"I'm not a naturalistic actor. I believe acting is a planned process of communication. I don't see anything naturalistic about it." - Turner in USAToday, May 3, 1995

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In 1992, Turner was diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis.

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"I've been fighting rheumatod arthritis, and I'm winning. I was seriously crippled and taking all these medications and steroids for years. The FDA finally approved these new drugs that are targeted specifically for inflammation of the joints, and they're heaven because they don't have any side effects. Before, I had a lot of bloating, anger, depression. Steroids are really heavy-duty stuff, so it was pretty rough there for a few years. Now I'm almost pain-free." - Turner to People magazine, Feb. 14, 2000

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"I never wanted to be that accessible. I always felt, if they want me for a part they can either fly me over there of they can come here. At least that meant you actually stood a chance of getting the role rather than just being seen for the hell of it." - Turner on living in New York instead of California, quoted in Daily Telegraph, March 15, 2000

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"I made sure, in my early twenties, even before I was successful with 'Body Heat', that I would not date actors because I know how selfish we all are. During a shoot I always found a member of the crew was a better bet. I found lighting technicians were usually accessible. No, seriously, sometimes when I've finished acting for the day I'm so hyped up by it, I feel like I'm living through every part of my body, and then, when I was single, I would have a brief liason. That's how I dealt with it."She did find a husband [realtor Jay Weiss] who could be 'Mr. Turner' and deal with it and the Hollywood stuff: "He [Weiss] puts on his Mr Turner hat and smiles, and stays by my side, and says to me, 'Keep moving, keep moving,' and that's what I need because when I'm out being Kathleen Turner Hollywood Star I get mobbed." - Turner to the Daily Telegraph, March 15, 2000

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On the relationship between frequent co-star and friend Michael Douglas and Catherine Zeta-Jones: "They seem very happy, which is great because, frankly, I never saw him talk with his ex-wife, let alone laugh." - Turner to London's Evening Standard, March 8, 2000

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"She is formidable, she's scary. I wouldn't cross her. But she only explodes when needs be. She is an absolute craftsman. She works it to the bone. A week before we were to go on, she was still working through scenes again and again. I loved that about her. At that age, she still gives a f**k and really wants to nail it." - "The Graduate" co-star Matthew Rhys on Turner from The Sunday Independent, April 1, 2001

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