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.

Actress, producer, director
Birth Details
June 19, 1954
Springfield, Missouri, United States

Famous Works

  • 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.
  • Music Videos
  • Appeared in "When the Going Gets Tough, the Tough Get Going" by Billy Ocean.

Further Reference


    • 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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