Swoosie Kurtz

Actor
The title of playwright Wendy Wasserstein's 1977 off-Broadway hit, "Uncommon Women and Others," accurately described the roles which brought original cast member Swoosie Kurtz several awards and universal renown as a ... Read more »
Born: 09/05/1944 in Omaha, Nebraska, USA

Filmography

Actor (97)

Mike and Molly 2010 - 2015 (TV Show)

Actor

As the World Turns 1955 - 2010 (TV Show)

Actor

Chuck 2010 (Tv Show)

Actor

An Englishman In New York 2009 (Movie)

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Hank 2009 (Tv Show)

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Heroes 2009 (Tv Show)

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Hope & Gloria 1990 - 1997, 2008 - 2009 (Tv Show)

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Law & Order: Special Victims Unit 2009 (Tv Show)

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Nurse Jackie 2009 (Tv Show)

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Pushing Daisies 2007 - 2009 (TV Show)

Actor

Rita Rocks 2009 (Tv Show)

Actor

Sisters 1990 - 1996, 2008 - 2009 (Tv Show)

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Suddenly Susan 1990 - 1998, 2001 - 2002, 2008 - 2009 (Tv Show)

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That's Life 1990 - 1997, 2001 - 2002, 2008 - 2009 (Tv Show)

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The Bonnie Hunt Show 1991 - 1995, 2008 - 2009 (Tv Show)

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Touched By an Angel 1990 - 1998, 2001 - 2002, 2008 - 2009 (Tv Show)

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Category 7: The End of the World 2005 - 2006 (TV Show)

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Huff 2005 - 2006 (Tv Show)

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Lost 2005 (Tv Show)

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Still Standing 2005 (Tv Show)

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Duplex 2003 (Movie)

Jean (Actor)

Sleep Easy, Hutch Rimes 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

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Street Time 2002 (Tv Show)

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The Outer Limits 1994 - 2002 (TV Show)

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The Rules of Attraction 2002 (Movie)

Mrs. Jared (Actor)

Get Over It 2001 (Movie)

Beverly Landers (Actor)

Outer Limits Farewell Tribute 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

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The Bubble Boy 2001 (Movie)

Mrs Livingston (Actor)

The Fighting Fitzgeralds 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

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Love & Money 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

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1998 Creative Arts Emmy Awards 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

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Cruel Intentions 1999 (Movie)

Dr Greenbaum (Actor)

Harvey 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

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The 53rd Annual Tony Awards 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

The White River Kid 1999 (Movie)

Mummy Weed (Actor)

Tony Randall: Center Stage 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

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Armistead Maupin's More Tales of the City 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

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Broadway 98: Launching the Tony Awards 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

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ER 1998 (Tv Show)

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Outside Ozona 1998 (Movie)

Rosalee (Actor)

The 52nd Annual Tony Awards 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

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The Magic School Bus 1994 - 1998 (TV Show)

Voice

Broadway '97: Launching the Tonys 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

Liar Liar 1997 (Movie)

Dana Appleton (Actor)

Party Girl 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

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Your Cheatin' Heart 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

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Citizen Ruth 1996 (Movie)

Diane Sieglar (Actor)

46th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

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Screen Actors Guild Awards 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

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The 16th Annual CableACE Awards 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

Friends and Lovers 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Narrator

Reality Bites 1994 (Movie)

Charlane McGregor (Actor)

Storybook 1994 (Movie)

Queen Evilia (Actor)

The 48th Annual Tony Awards 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

A Shock to the System 1990 (Movie)

Leslie Marshall (Actor)

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

Actor

Stanley and Iris 1990 (Movie)

Sharon (Actor)

The Image 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

Walking the Dog 1990 (Movie)

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The 43rd Annual Tony Awards 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

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Bright Lights, Big City 1988 (Movie)

Megan (Actor)

Dangerous Liaisons 1988 (Movie)

Madame De Volanges (Actor)

The Visit 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

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Vice Versa 1988 (Movie)

Tina (Actor)

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

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The House of Blue Leaves 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Actor

True Stories 1986 (Movie)

Miss Rollings--the Laziest Woman in the World (Actor)

Wildcats 1986 (Movie)

Verna (Actor)

Against All Odds 1984 (Movie)

Edie (Actor)

Agatha Christie's "A Caribbean Mystery" 1983 - 1984 (TV Show)

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Love, Sidney 1981 - 1983 (TV Show)

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The World According to Garp 1982 (Movie)

Hooker (Actor)

The Mating Season 1980 - 1981 (TV Show)

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Mary 1978 - 1979 (TV Show)

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Oliver's Story 1978 (Movie)

Gwen Simpson (Actor)

Ah, Wilderness! 1976 - 1977 (TV Show)

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First Love 1977 (Movie)

Marsha (Actor)

Slap Shot 1977 (Movie)

Shirley (Actor)

A Promise to Carolyn (TV Show)

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A Time to Live (TV Show)

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And the Band Played On (TV Show)

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Baja Oklahoma (TV Show)

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Fifth of July (TV Show)

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Guilty Conscience (TV Show)

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Living Proof (TV Show)

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Marriage Is Alive and Well (TV Show)

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My Own Country (TV Show)

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Nadine in Date Land (TV Show)

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One Christmas (TV Show)

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Terror on Track 9 (TV Show)

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The Mating Season (Movie)

Roberta (Actor)

The Wilde Girls (TV Show)

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Uncommon Women and Others (TV Show)

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Walking Through the Fire (TV Show)

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Biography

The title of playwright Wendy Wasserstein's 1977 off-Broadway hit, "Uncommon Women and Others," accurately described the roles which brought original cast member Swoosie Kurtz several awards and universal renown as a character actress par excellence. In the years since she first caught theatergoers' attention with her quirky performance as a sex-obsessed Mount Holyoke graduate in Wasserstein's semi-autobiographical ensemble drama, Kurtz demonstrated her formidable range on stage, screen and television for decades to come. She made a memorable impression in a brief appearance as a world-weary prostitute in "The World According to Garp" (1982) before hitting the stage for a number of roles, including her Tony-winning performance in "The House of Blue Leaves" (1986). After several years bouncing around various mediums, Kurtz started making a name for herself as one of four "Sisters" (NBC, 1991-96) and in notable supporting roles in major features like "Liar Liar" (1997). Following rather thankless parts in "Bubble Boy" (2001) and "Rules of Attraction" (2002), she played a grieving mother confronting her daughter's killer in Broadway's "Frozen" (2004) before landing a regular series role as an ex-synchronized swimmer on "Pushing Daisies" (ABC, 2007-09) respectively. Even as she slummed by taking recurring roles in rather mediocre sitcoms like "Suddenly Susan" (NBC, 1996-2000) and "Still Standing"(CBS, 2002-06), Kurtz maintained her reputation as a critical darling and one of the finest character actresses working in the business.

Relationships

Frank Kurtz

Father
Won Olympic bronze medal in diving in 1932 retired colonel was won of the highest decorated American bomber pilots during WWII died in November 1996 at age 85

Margo Kurtz

Mother

EDUCATION

London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art

1964 - 1966

University of Southern California

Los Angeles , California 1962 - 1964

Milestones

2010

Cast in the CBS sitcom "Mike & Molly"

2007

Cast as Lily Charles in the ABC series "Pushing Daisies"

2006

Cast in a revival of "Heartbreak House"; earned a Tony Award nomination for Best Actress

2004

Starred in Doug Hughes's play "Frozen"; received a Tony nomination

2004

Cast as Madeleine Sullivan on the Showtime series "Huff"; received Emmy nominations in 2005 and 2006

2002

Appeared in "Rules of Attraction," based on the novel by Bret Easton Ellis

2001

Starred opposite Jake Gyllenhaal in the comedy "Bubble Boy"

1999

Co-starred in the CBS sitcom "Love & Money"

1999

Returned to the NY stage as star of Paula Vogel's "The Mineola Twins"

1999

Cast opposite Ryan Phillippe in "Cruel Intentions," a modern re-telling of Dangerous Liasons

1996

Cast in a recurring role as Brooke Shields' mother in "Suddenly Susan" (NBC)

1996

Cast as a librarian in the FOX series "Party Girl"

1991

Played wealthy divorcee Alex Reed Halsey on the NBC drama "Sisters"; earned Lead Actress Emmy nominations in 1993 and 1994

1981

Appeared as the female lead in the NBC series "Love, Sydney"

1978

Primetime series debut, part of the ensemble cast of the short lived variety series "Mary" (CBS)

1977

Film acting debut in "Slap Shot"

1976

TV movie debut in "Ah! Wilderness"

1970

TV acting debut in the CBS daytime drama "As the World Turns"

1966

Worked in regional theater

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