Kathleen Turner Biography (1954-)

Full name, Mary Kathleen Turner; born June 19, 1954, in Springfield, MO; daughter of Richard (a U.S. foreign service officer and a schoolteacher); marriedJay Weiss (a real estate developer), 1984; children: Rachel Ann. Addresses: Agent: International Creative Management, 8942 Wilshire Blvd., BeverlyHills, CA 90211.; Publicist: Publicist Rogers & Cowan PR, 1888 Century Park East, Suite 500, Los Angeles, CA 90067.

Nationality
American
Gender
Female
Occupation
Actress, producer, director
Birth Details
June 19, 1954
Springfield, Missouri, United States

Famous Works

  • CREDITS
  • Film Appearances
  • (Film debut) Matty Walker, Body Heat, Warner Bros., 1981
  • Dolores Benedict, The Man with Two Brains, Warner Bros., 1983
  • Joan Wilder, Romancing the Stone, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1984
  • Joanna Crane/China Blue, Crimes of Passion (also known as ChinaBlue), New World, 1984
  • Stella Clayton, A Breed Apart, Orion, 1984
  • Irene Walker, Prizzi's Honor, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1985
  • Joan Wilder, The Jewel of the Nile, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1985
  • Title role, Peggy Sue Got Married, TriStar, 1986
  • Voice, GoBots: Battle of the Rock Lords (also known as GoBots:War of the Rock Lords), 1986
  • Julia, Julia and Julia (also known as Giulia e Giulia), Cinecom, 1988
  • Christy Colleran, Switching Channels, TriStar, 1988
  • (Uncredited) Voice of Jessica Rabbit, Who Framed Roger Rabbit, Buena Vista, 1988
  • Sarah Leary, The Accidental Tourist, Warner Bros., 1988
  • Barbara Rose, The War of the Roses, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1989
  • Voice of Jessica Rabbit, Tummy Trouble, 1989
  • Voice of Jessica Rabbit, Rollercoaster Rabbit, 1990
  • Victoria V. I." Warshawski (title role), V. I. Warshawski, Buena Vista, 1991
  • Ruth Matthews, House of Cards, 1992
  • Voice, A Day at a Time, 1992
  • Voice of Jessica Rabbit, Trail Mix-Up, Buena Vista, 1993
  • Jane Blue, Undercover Blues (also known as Cloak and Diaper), Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, 1993
  • Dana Coles, Naked in New York, Fine Line, 1994
  • Beverly Stuphin, Serial Mom, Savoy, 1994
  • Alberta Russell, Moonlight and Valentino, Gramercy, 1995
  • Voice of Jessica Rabbit, The Best of Roger Rabbit (also known as Disney and Steven Spielberg present The Best of Roger Rabbit), 1996
  • Dee Dee Taylor, The Real Blonde, Paramount, 1997
  • Voice of Mom, Disney's Bad Baby (also known as Bad Baby), Buena Vista, 1997
  • Claudia, A Simple Wish (also known as The Fairy Godmother),Universal, 1997
  • Mrs. Lisbon, The Virgin Suicides (also known as Sophia Coppola's the Virgin Suicides), 1999
  • Dr. Elena Kinder, Baby Geniuses, Sony Pictures Entertainment, 1999
  • Middleman, Love and Action in Chicago, 1999
  • Rebecca Cairn, Prince of Central Park, 2000
  • Verna Chickle, Beautiful, Destination Films, 2000
  • Television Appearances
  • Series
  • Nola Dancy Aldrich, The Doctors, NBC, 1978-1979
  • The Story of Hollywood (also known as Talking Pictures), TBS, 1988
  • Narrator, American Cinema, 1995
  • Movies
  • Voice of 1st Lieutenant Lynda Van Devanter, Dear America: Letters Homefrom Vietnam (also known as Dear America), 1987
  • Fanny Connelyn, Friends at Last, CBS, 1995
  • Brenda Whitlass, Legalese, 1998
  • Claudette, Cinderella, 2000
  • Specials
  • An American Portrait, CBS, 1985
  • Roger Rabbit and the Secrets of Toontown (also known as Roger Rabbit: In Search of Toontown), CBS, 1988
  • The Kennedy Center Honors: A Celebration of the Performing Arts, CBS, 1988
  • The Barbara Walters Special, ABC, 1989
  • The Siskel and Ebert Special, CBS, 1990
  • Night of 100 Stars III, NBC, 1990
  • American Tribute to Vaclav Havel and a Celebration of Democracy in Czechoslovakia, PBS, 1990
  • Host and narrator, Myrna Loy: So Nice to Come Home To, TNT, 1990
  • Narrator, "Three Dances by Martha Graham," Dance in America (alsoknown as Great Performances), PBS, 1992
  • Narrator, "Rumpelstiltskin," We All Have Tales, Showtime, 1992
  • Great Performances, PBS, 1993
  • John Barry's Moviola, PBS, 1993
  • The American Film Institute Salute to Jack Nicholson, CBS, 1994
  • Nurse, "Leslie's Folly," Directed By, Showtime, 1994
  • All-Star 25th Birthday: Stars and Street Forever! (also known as Sesame Street's All-Star 25th Birthday: Stars and Street Forever!), 1994
  • Narrator, "The Star," American Cinema, PBS, 1995
  • Host and narrator, "The Hidden City of Petra," Ancient Mysteries,Arts and Entertainment, 1995
  • Host, "The Odyssey of Troy," Ancient Mysteries, Arts and Entertainment, 1995
  • Narrator and host, "Pompeii: Buried Alive," Ancient Mysteries, Arts and Entertainment, 1995
  • Host and narrator, "Camelot," Ancient Mysteries, Arts and Entertainment, 1995
  • The Good, the Bad and the Beautiful (also known as Popcorn Venus), TBS, 1996
  • Narrator, Love in the Ancient World, Arts and Entertainment, 1997
  • Narrator, Castles of the Sea, The Learning Channel, 1997
  • Voice, "The Last Petal" and "The Snow Queen," Mikhail Baryshnikov's Stories from My Childhood (animated), PBS, 1997
  • (Uncredited) An Audience with Elton John, 1997
  • Narrator, The Science of Sex, The Learning Channel, 1998
  • Interviewee, In Bad Taste: The John Waters Story (documentary), Independent Film Channel, 1999
  • Narrator, Dashiell Hammett. Detective. Writer (documentary), PBS,1999
  • Interviewee, TV's Most Memorable Weddings, NBC, 2003
  • Awards Presentations
  • The 41st Annual Tony Awards, CBS, 1987
  • The 42nd Annual Tony Awards, CBS, 1988
  • Host, The 44th Annual Tony Awards, CBS, 1990
  • Presenter, The 64th Annual Academy Awards Presentation, ABC, 1992
  • Presenter, The 49th Annual Tony Awards, 1995
  • Episodic
  • The Odd Couple, ABC, 1972
  • Host, Saturday Night Live, NBC, 1985, 1989
  • ABC News Nightline, ABC, 1989
  • Voice of Stacy Lavelle, "Lisa vs. Malibu Stacy," The Simpsons (animated), Fox, 1994
  • The snow queen, "The Last Petal," Stories from My Childhood (alsoknown as Mikhail Baryshnikov's Stories from My Childhood), PBS, 1998
  • Voice of Miss Liz Strickland, "Rodeo Days," King of the Hill (animated), Fox, 2000
  • Voice of Miss Liz Strickland, "Hanky Panky: Part 1," King of the Hill (animated), Fox, 2000
  • Charles Bing, "The One with Chandler's Dad," Friends, NBC, 2001
  • Charles Bing, "The One with Monica and Chandler's Wedding: Parts 1 &2," Friends, NBC, 2001
  • Television Work
  • Specials
  • Director, "Leslie's Follies," Directed By, Showtime, 1994
  • Movies
  • Producer, Friends at Last, CBS, 1995
  • Stage Appearances
  • Mr. T, Soho Repertory Theatre, New York City, 1977
  • Judith Hastings, Gemini, Little Theatre, New York City, 1984
  • Camille, Long Wharf Theatre, New Haven, CT, 1987
  • Love Letters, Promenade Theatre, New York City, 1989
  • Maggie, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, Eugene O'Neill Theatre, New York City, 1990
  • Yvonne, Indiscretions (Les parents terribles), Ethel Barrymore Theatre, New York City, 1995
  • Mrs. Robinson, The Graduate, Gielgud Theatre, London, 2000, then Plymouth Theatre, New York City, 2002
  • Nothing Like a Dame, St. James Theatre, New York City, 2002
  • Appeared as Titania, A Midsummer Night's Dream, Arena Stage, Washington, DC; and as Nina, The Seagull, Manitoba Theatre Center, Winnipeg, Canada; also appeared in a Canadian production of The Seagull; in Travesties; Letter to the World.
  • Major Tours
  • Title role, Tallulah, U.S. cities, 2001
  • Radio Appearances
  • Made radio show appearances on radio shows on the BBC, 1992 and 1993.
  • RECORDINGS
  • Music Videos
  • Appeared in "When the Going Gets Tough, the Tough Get Going" by Billy Ocean.

Further Reference

OTHER SOURCES

    Periodicals
    • American Film, November, 1984
    • Film Comment, September/October, 1981; April, 1985
    • Harper's Bazaar, April, 1995, p. 93
    • Interview, August, 1995, p. 66
    • New York Times, January 5, 1986; March 18, 1990, p. H5
    • People Weekly, December 24, 1984; April 25, 1994, p. 112
    • Premiere, August, 1991, p. 70

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