Swoosie Kurtz Biography (1944-)

Born September 6, 1944, in Omaha, NE; daughter of Frank, Jr. (a U.S. Air Force colonel) and Margo (a writer; maiden name, Rogers) Kurtz. Addresses:Agent: William Morris Agency, 151 El Camino Dr., Beverly Hills, CA 90212.; Manager: Sterling/Winters Company, 10877 Wilshire Blvd., 15th floor, Los Angeles, CA 90024.; Publicist: Guttman Associates PR, 118 S. Beverly Dr., Suite 201, Beverly Hills, CA 90212.

Nationality
American
Gender
Female
Occupation
Actress
Birth Details
September 6, 1944
Omaha, Nebraska, United States

Famous Works

  • CREDITS
  • Film Appearances
  • Shirley, Slap Shot, Universal, 1977
  • Marsha, First Love, Paramount, 1977
  • Gwen Simpson, Oliver's Story, Paramount, 1978
  • Prostitute, The World According to Garp, Warner Bros., 1982
  • Edie, Against All Odds, Columbia, 1984
  • Miss Rollings ("the laziest woman in the world"), True Stories, Warner Bros., 1986
  • Verna, Wildcats (also known as First and Goal), Warner Bros., 1986
  • Megan, Bright Lights, Big City, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer/United Artists, 1988
  • Madame de Volanges, Dangerous Liaisons, Warner Bros., 1988
  • Tina, Vice Versa, Columbia, 1988
  • Leslie Marshall, A Shock to the System, Corsair, 1990
  • Sharon, Stanley and Iris, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer/United Artists, 1990
  • Walking the Dog, 1991
  • Charlane McGregor, Reality Bites, Universal, 1994
  • Queen Evilia, Storybook, Republic Pictures Home Video, 1995
  • Diane Sieglar, Citizen Ruth (also known as Meet Ruth Stoopes), Miramax, 1996
  • Dana Appleton, Liar Liar, Universal, 1997
  • Rosalee, Outside Ozona, Sony Pictures Entertainment, 1998
  • Dr. Regina Greenbaum, Cruel Intentions (also known as Sexual Provocation), Columbia, 1999
  • Mommy Weed, White River Kid (also known as White River), New City Releasing, 1999
  • Beverly Landers, Get Over It (also known as Get Over It!),Miramax, 2001
  • Mrs. Livingston, Bubble Boy, Buena Vista, 2001
  • Mrs. Mimi Jared, The Rules of Attraction (also know as Die Regeln des Spiels), 2002
  • Jean, Duplex, Miramax, 2003
  • Dr. Sandra Landry, Francis Hamper, 2004
  • Television Appearances
  • Series
  • Ellie Bradley, As the World Turns, CBS, 1971
  • Regular performer, Mary, CBS, 1978
  • Laurie Morgan, Love, Sidney, NBC, 1981-1983
  • Alexandra "Alex" Reed Halsey Barker, Sisters, NBC, 1991-1996
  • Judy Burkhard, Party Girl, Fox, 1996-1997
  • Effie Conklin, Love and Money, CBS, beginning 1999
  • Miniseries
  • Betty Borg Ramsey, More Tales of the City (also known as Armistead Maupin's More Tales of the City), Showtime, 1998
  • Movies
  • Caria, Walking through the Fire, CBS, 1979
  • Jane Tremont, Marriage Is Alive and Well, NBC, 1980
  • Roberta, The Mating Season, CBS, 1980
  • Ruth Walter, A Caribbean Mystery (also known as Agatha Christie's A Caribbean Mystery), CBS, 1983
  • Patricia, A Time to Live (also known as Intensive Care), NBC, 1985
  • Jackie Willis, Guilty Conscience, CBS, 1985
  • Doris Steadman, Baja Oklahoma, HBO, 1988
  • Joanne Winslow-Darvish, The Image, HBO, 1990
  • Marcia Hobbs, Terror on Track 9 (also known as Janek: The GrandCentral Murders), CBS, 1992
  • Mrs. Johnstone, And the Band Played On, HBO, 1993
  • Marla Harper, The Positively True Adventures of the Alleged Texas Cheerleader-Murdering Mom, HBO, 1993
  • Emily, One Christmas (also known as Truman Capote's One Christmas), NBC, 1994
  • Joan Bixler, Betrayed: A Story of Three Women, ABC, 1995
  • Kay Maggart Wilbanks, A Promise to Carolyn, CBS, 1996
  • Allison Bryant, Little Girls in Pretty Boxes, Lifetime, 1997
  • Hope Flanders, My Own Country, Showtime, 1998
  • Veta Simmons, Harvey, CBS, 1999
  • Sierra Lambert, The Wilde Girls, Showtime, 2001
  • Binny Redwine, Sleep Easy, Hutch Rimes, Showtime, 2001
  • Specials
  • Muriel, "Ah, Wilderness!," Theater in America, PBS, 1976
  • Rita Altabel, "Uncommon Women ... and Others," Theater in America,PBS, 1978
  • Gwen Landis (John's wife), Fifth of July, Showtime, 1982
  • Bananas Shaughnessy, "The House of Blue Leaves," American Playhouse, PBS, 1987
  • Night of 100 Stars III (also known as Night of One Hundred Stars), NBC, 1990
  • Narrator, Friends and Lovers, NBC, 1994
  • Host, Your Cheatin' Heart, Lifetime, 1997
  • Presenter, Broadway '97: Launching the Tonys, PBS, 1997
  • Broadway '98: Launching the Tony Awards, PBS, 1998
  • Outer Limits Farewell Tribute, Showtime, 2000
  • Herself, Intimate Portrait: Swoosie Kurtz, Lifetime, 2000
  • Awards Presentations
  • The 41st Annual Tony Awards, CBS, 1987
  • The 43rd Annual Tony Awards, CBS, 1989
  • Presenter, The 48th Annual Tony Awards, CBS, 1994
  • Presenter, The 46th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards, ABC, 1994
  • Presenter, The 16th Annual CableACE Awards, TNT, 1995
  • Presenter, Screen Actors Guild Awards, NBC, 1995
  • Presenter, Broadway '97: Launching the Tonys, PBS, 1997
  • Presenter, The 1998 Creative Arts Emmy Awards, 1998
  • Broadway '98: Launching the Tony Awards, PBS, 1998
  • Presenter, The 52nd Annual Tony Awards, CBS, 1998
  • Presenter, The 53rd Annual Tony Awards, CBS, 1999
  • Episodic
  • Herself, To Tell the Truth, 1962
  • Julie Di Nata, "Black Thorn," Kojak, CBS, 1976
  • Late Night with David Letterman, 1982, 1986, 1992
  • Wanda, "The Visit," Trying Times, PBS, 1987
  • Laurie, "Reunion," Carol and Company, NBC, 1990
  • The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson, 1991
  • Herself, "How to Get an Ed in Business," Hope & Gloria, NBC, 1995
  • Voice of D.A.'s mother and a woman from NASA, "Out of This World," TheMagic School Bus (animated), PBS, 1995
  • Liz Keane (Susan's mother), "Lie! Lie! My Darling," Suddenly Susan, NBC, 1996
  • Liz Keane (Susan's mother), "Family Affairs," Suddenly Susan, NBC,1997
  • Liz Keane (Susan's mother), "Next Stop, Heaven," Suddenly Susan, NBC, 1997
  • Touched by an Angel, CBS, 1997
  • Libby King, "Charades," Touched by an Angel, CBS, 1997
  • Tina Marie Chambliss, "Suffer the Little Children," ER (also knownas Emergency Room), NBC, 1998
  • Interviewee, "Tony Randall: Center Stage," Biography, Arts and Entertainment, 1999
  • Dr. Regina Greenbaum, "Cruel Intentions," Manchester Prep, 1999
  • Justice Kendall Woods, "Final Appeal: Parts 1 & 2," The Outer Limits, Showtime and syndicated, 2000
  • Mrs. Katherine Bartoli, "When Irish Eyes Are Smilin'," The Fighting Fitzgeralds, NBC, 2001
  • Valerie Wilkinson, "Boo!," That's Life, ABC, 2001
  • Valerie Wilkinson, "Plus One," That's Life, ABC, 2001
  • Valerie Wilkinson, "Idiots," That's Life, ABC, 2001
  • Victoria Van Kleek, "The Truth Hurts ... Bad," Street Time, Showtime, 2002
  • Voice of Michelle Maidell, "The Wild Snob-Berry," The Wild Thornberrys (animated), Nickelodeon, 2003
  • Also appeared as Valerie Wilkinson, "Gutterball," That's Life.
  • Stage Appearances
  • Charley's Aunt, Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, Cincinnati, OH,1966
  • The Skin of Our Teeth, Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, 1966
  • Sodom and Gomorrah, Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, 1966
  • The Firebugs, 1968
  • Janice Vickery, The Effect of Gamma Rays on Man-in-the-Moon Marigolds, Mercer Arts Theatre, 1970
  • Ruth, later Tillie, The Effect of Gamma Rays on Man-in-the-Moon Marigolds, New Theatre, New York City, 1971-1972
  • Muriel, Ah, Wilderness!, Circle in the Square Theatre, New York City, 1975
  • Children, 1976
  • Mariane, Tartuffe, Circle in the Square Theatre, 1977
  • Rita Altabel, Uncommon Women and Others, Phoenix Theatre Company,Marymount Manhattan Theatre, New York City, 1977
  • Bette, A History of the American Film, American National Theatre and Academy, New York City, 1978
  • Honey, Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, Long Wharf Theatre, New Haven, CT, 1980
  • Summer, Hudson Guild Theatre, New York City, 1980
  • Annie, Beach House, Long Wharf Theatre, 1980
  • Gwen Landis (John's wife), Fifth of July, New Apollo Theatre, NewYork City, 1980-1981
  • Michael Bennett's Scandal, 1985
  • Annie, Beach House, Circle Repertory Company, New York City, 1985
  • Bananas Shaughnessy, The House of Blue Leaves, Mitzi Newhouse Theatre, Lincoln Center, then Vivian Beaumont Theatre, Lincoln Center, both New York City, 1986, later Plymouth Theatre, New York City, 1986-1987
  • Hunting Cockroaches, Los Angeles, 1987
  • Love Letters, Promenade Theatre, then Edison Theatre, both New York City, 1989, then Canon Theatre, Los Angeles, 1990
  • Night of 100 Stars III (also known as Night of One Hundred Stars), Radio City Music Hall, New York City, 1990
  • Ouisa, Six Degrees of Separation, Mitzi Newhouse Theatre, LincolnCenter, then Vivian Beaumont Theatre, Lincoln Center, both 1990
  • Sally Truman, Lips Together, Teeth Apart, New York City, 1991
  • Myrna and Myra, The Mineola Twins, Roundabout Theatre Company, Laura Pets Theatre, New York City, 1999-2000
  • Ancestral Voices, Westport Country Playhouse, Westport, CT, 2000
  • The Vagina Monologues, Acorn Theatre, New York City, 2000
  • Lillian Hellman, Imaginary Friends, Old Globe Theater, San Diego,CA, 2002, then Ethel Barrymore Theatre, New York City, 2002-2003
  • Woman, Intrigue with Faye, Acorn Theatre, 2003
  • The Guys, New York Historical Society, New York City, 2003
  • Agnes Gooch, Auntie Mame, John Jay College Theater, New York City,2003
  • Jocasta, Oedipus the King, L.A. Theatre Works, Skirball Cultural Center, Los Angeles, 2003
  • Frozen, East Thirteenth Street Theatre, New York City, 2004
  • Also appeared in Enter a Free Man, Museum, and Wine Untouched.
  • RECORDINGS
  • Taped Readings
  • Six Degrees of Separation, L.A. Theatre Works, 2000

Further Reference

OTHER SOURCES

    Periodicals
    • Entertainment Weekly, April 9, 1993, p. 42; September 22, 1995, p.16
    • People Weekly, October 23, 1995, p. 126; September 16, 1996, p. 226
    • Time, December 23, 2002

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