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Friday, June 19, 2015

61 Groovy Things about Kathleen Turner on her birthday

Today I'm celebrating Kathleen Turner's 61st birthday by sharing a "few" groovy things about her life and career:

1. Mary Kathleen Turner was born on June 19, 1954, in Springfield, Missouri.

2. Several months after moving to New York City in 1977, she made her off-Broadway debut as the female lead in the play, Mister T, at Soho Repertory Theatre.

3. In 1977, she made her television debut as Nola Dancy Aldrich on the NBC daytime soap, The Doctors, and she played the role until 1979 when she moved to Los Angeles.

4. She made her Broadway debut in Albert Innaurato's play, Gemini, in 1978.

5. She received a Golden Globe nomination for New Star of the Year for her film debut in 1981's Body Heat - but the award went to Pia Zadora (Butterfly).

6. She starred opposite Steve Martin in the 1983 comedy, The Man with Two Brains.

7. She received a Golden Globe Award for Best Actress in a Motion Picture Musical or Comedy for 1984's Romancing the Stone.

8. She starred in the 1984 drama, A Breed Apart.

9. She starred opposite Anthony Perkins in the 1984 Ken Russell film, Crimes of Passion.

10. She was the host of Saturday Night Live on January 12, 1985.

11. She received her second consecutive Golden Globe Award for Best Actress in a Motion Picture Musical or Comedy for 1985's Prizzi's Honor.

12. She starred in the 1985 Romancing the Stone sequel, The Jewel of the Nile, with Michael Douglas and Danny DeVito.

13. She received her first Academy Award nomination for Best Actress (and a Golden Globe nomination) for her performance in the 1986 film, Peggy Sue Got Married.

14. She was immortalized in the 1986 song, "The Kiss of Kathleen Turner", by Austrian singer Falco.

15. She starred opposite Sting in the 1987 Italian drama, Julia and Julia.

16. She was a guest on Late Night with David Letterman on February 26, 1988.

17. She starred in the 1988 comedy, Switching Channels, with Burt Reynolds and Christopher Reeve.

18. She provided the speaking voice of Jessica Rabbit in the 1988 film, Who Framed Roger Rabbit.

19. She starred in the 1988 drama, The Accidental Tourist, with William Hurt and Geena Davis.

20. She starred opposite John Rubenstein in the off-Broadway production of the play, Love Letters, which opened on March 27, 1989.

21. She was the host of Saturday Night Live for a second time on October 21, 1989.

22. She was interviewed on The Barbara Walters Special on November 1, 1989.

23. She received a Golden Globe nomination for Best Actress in a Motion Picture Musical or Comedy for the 1989 film, The War of the Roses.

24. She received her first Tony Award nomination for Best Actress in a Play for her performance as Maggie in the 1990 Broadway revival of Cat on a Hot Tin Roof.

25. On April 1, 1990, she appeared on the American Theatre Wing's Working in the Theatre series with Kate Burton (Some Americans Abroad), Tyne Daly (Gypsy), Tom Hulce (A Few Good Men), Robert Morse (Tru) and Irene Worth (Sweet Bird Of Youth).

26. She broke her nose while filming 1991's V.I. Warshawski.

27. She was a guest on The Oprah Winfrey Show in August 1991.

28. She appeared in the 1993 romantic comedy, Naked in New York, with Eric Stoltz, Tony Curtis, Chris Noth and Jill Clayburgh.

29. She starred opposite Dennis Quaid in the 1993 comedy, Undercover Blues.

30. She starred opposite Tommy Lee Jones in the 1993 drama, House of Cards.

31. She provided the voice of Malibu Stacy's creator, Stacy Lovell, on The Simpsons on February 17, 1994.

32. She played suburban housewife and serial killer Beverly Sutphin in the 1994 John Waters film, Serial Mom.

33. She starred in the 1995 Broadway production of Indiscretions (Les Parents Terribles) with Jude Law, Cynthia Nixon, Roger Rees and Eileen Atkins.

34. She starred in the 1995 dramedy, Moonlight and Valentino, with Elizabeth Perkins, Gwyneth Paltrow and Whoopi Goldberg.

35. She played an evil witch in the 1997 film, A Simple Wish.

36. She played a talent agent in the 1998 film, The Real Blonde.

37. She played a TV tabloid talk show host in the TNT movie, Legalese, on October 4, 1998.

38. She appeared in the 1999 film, Love and Action in Chicago.

39. She appeared in Sofia Coppola's 1999 drama, The Virgin Suicides, with James Woods, Kirsten Dunst and Josh Hartnett.

40. She starred in the 1999 comedy, Baby Geniuses, with Christopher Lloyd, Kim Cattrall and Dom DeLuise.

41. She played the wicked stepmother in the 2000 British TV film, Cinderella.

42. She appeared in the 2000 film, Beautiful, with Minnie Driver.

43. She provided the voice of "Miz Liz" Strickland in three 2000 episodes of King of the Hill.

44. She moved to London in 2000 to star as Mrs. Robinson in a stage version of The Graduate, which transferred to Broadway in 2002 with Turner, Jason Biggs and Alicia Silverstone.

45. She played Tallulah Bankhead in a 2000-01 U.S. tour of the solo play, Tallulah.

46. She played Chandler Bing's gay drag queen father, Charles Bing (aka Helena Handbasket), in three 2001 episodes of Friends.

47. She received her second Tony Award nomination for Best Actress in a Play for her performance as Martha in a 2005 Broadway revival of Edward Albee's Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? The production transferred to London in 2006.

48. On September 26, 2005, she played "Imelda" in a benefit performance of the musical, On the Twentieth Century, with Marin Mazzie, Douglas Sills and Jo Anne Worley.

49. She played a phone sex operator in FX's Nip/Tuck on September 5, 2006.

50. She appeared in the 2008 film, Marley & Me.

51. She directed a 2008 off-Broadway production of Crimes of the Heart starring Sarah Paulson and Lily Rabe.

52. She collaborated with Gloria Feldt on the writing of her memoirs, Send Yourself Roses: Thoughts on My Life, Love, and Leading Roles, which was published in 2008.

53. She appeared in the 2009 off-Broadway production of Charles Busch's play, The Third Story.

54. In 2009, she appeared in 10 episodes of the Showtime series, Californication.

55. She appeared at the Brooklyn Museum on November 14, 2009, in Ask Me a Question, Any Question: In Conversation with Kathleen Turner.

56. She starred in a 2011 Broadway production of Matthew Lombardo’s drama, High.

57. She starred in the 2011 film, The Perfect Family, with Emily Deschanel and Jason Ritter.

58. In 2012, she played legendary liberal Texas columnist Molly Ivins in the play, Red Hot Patriot: The Kick-Ass Wit of Molly Ivins, at Arena Stage, in Washington, D.C. She performed the play again at Berkeley Repertory Theatre in December 2014.

59. In November/December 2012, she directed and starred in The Killing of Sister George at Long Wharf Theatre in Hartford, Connecticut.

60. In February 2014, she played the title role of Bertolt Brecht's Mother Courage and Her Children at Berkeley Repertory Theatre.

61. She appeared in the 2014 comedy, Dumb and Dumber To, with Jim Carrey and Jeff Daniels.


joel65913 said...

My mother watched The Doctors regularly so I've been aware of her pretty much since the beginning of her career. I remember we both saw the first TV commercials for Body Heat and said in unison "Look that's Nola from The Doctors!" She was a hellcat on that show. I've always been a fan, she's a feisty one. She hasn't let her illness stand in the way of her love of acting, I'm sure it's difficult at times but she's persevered.

Marc Harshbarger said...

Thanks for your KT comment, Joel!