Kate Capshaw

Kate Capshaw

Highest Rated: 84% Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom (1984)

Lowest Rated: 14% Windy City (1984)

Birthday: Nov 3, 1953

Birthplace: Fort Worth, Texas, USA

Best known for playing Willie Scott in future husband Steven Spielberg's "Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom" (1984), actress Kate Capshaw also enjoyed leading roles in "Windy City" (1984), "SpaceCamp" (1986) and "The Love Letter" (1999). Born in Fort Worth, TX in 1953, Capshaw graduated from the University of Missouri with a Bachelor's in History Education and Master's in Special Education, and spent two years teaching children with learning disabilities before moving to New York to chase her acting dreams. She made her screen debut in 1981 with a six-week stint on long-running soap opera "The Edge of Night" (CBS, 1956-1984), and a year later shared top billing as elementary school teacher Katherine in romantic comedy "A Little Sex" (1982) and played law clerk Elaine Rogers in TV movie "Missing Children: A Mother's Story" (1982). Capshaw got her big break when she won the role of nightclub singer love interest Willie Scott in "Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom" (1984), the second installment of the adventure franchise directed by the man she would marry seven years later, Steven Spielberg. Following the box-office hit, Capshaw played Dudley Moore's wife in comedy "Best Defense" (1984), scientist Jane DeVries in sci-fi horror "Dreamscape" (1984), the one that got away in relationship drama "Windy City" (1984) and Richard Gere's assistant in political tale "Power" (1986). Capshaw then enjoyed leading lady status as NASA-trained astronaut Andie Bergstrom in space adventure "SpaceCamp" (1986) and reluctant secret agent Annie in TV movie "Her Secret Life" (1987), starred opposite Tom Conti in western "The Quick and the Dead" (1987) and played Joanna Gates in murder mystery "Internal Affairs" (1988). After showing up as nightclub hostess Joyce in Ridley Scott's action thriller "Black Rain" (1989), Capshaw played a bigamist's wife in film noir "Love at Large" (1990), widowed mother in western "My Heroes Have Always Been Cowboys" (1991) and schoolteacher in warring neighbor comedy "Next Door" (1994). She also landed her first recurring role when she was cast as private eye client Margo Cody in the crime drama spoof "Black Tie Affair" (NBC, 1993), played the partners of Warren Beatty and Sean Connery in "Love Affair" (1994) and "Just Cause" (1995), respectively, and starred opposite a young Tobey Maguire in the Oscar-nominated short "Duke of Groove" (1996). Capshaw then played Winona Ryder's mother in the adaptation of Whitney Otto's debut novel, "How to Make an American Quilt" (1996), an alcoholic widow in small town drama "A Secret Sin" (1997) and single mother in crime comedy "The Alarmist" (1997). She then took the leading role of middle-aged bookseller Helen MacFarquhar in "The Love Letter" (1999), a romantic comedy she also produced, and enjoyed a memorable role of a bisexual ad executive who goes on a date with Elle Macpherson's lawyer in all-female ensemble "A Girl Thing" (2001). But following a supporting role in coming-of-age "Due East" (2002), Capshaw decided to retire from the film industry.

Highest rated movies

Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom
Dreamscape
Love at Large
How to Make an American Quilt
The Alarmist
Black Rain
Power
SpaceCamp

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Filmography

Movies

Credit
No Score Yet No Score Yet Due East Becky Purdue (Character) - 2002
No Score Yet 61% A Girl Thing Casey Montgomery (Character) - 2001
33% 38% The Love Letter Helen (Character),
Producer
$8.3M 1999
No Score Yet No Score Yet America's Victoria: Remembering Victoria Woodhull Victoria Woodhull (Voice) - 1998
18% 45% The Locusts Mrs. Potts (Character) $31.9K 1997
56% 14% The Alarmist Gale Ancona (Character) $61.7K 1997
No Score Yet No Score Yet No Dogs Allowed Unknown (Character) - 1996
63% 63% How to Make an American Quilt Sally (Character) $23.6M 1995
26% 46% Just Cause Laurie Prentiss Armstrong (Character) $35.7M 1995
No Score Yet 31% Next Door Karen Coler (Character) - 1994
29% 68% Love Affair Lynn Weaver (Character) - 1994
33% 81% My Heroes Have Always Been Cowboys Jolie (Character) $3.6M 1991
75% 46% Love at Large Mrs. Ellen McGraw (Character) $708.6K 1990
50% 55% Black Rain Joyce (Character) $44.9M 1989
No Score Yet 65% The Quick and the Dead Susanna McKaskel (Character) - 1987
No Score Yet No Score Yet Code Name: Dancer Annie (Character) - 1987
50% 45% Power Sydnet Betterman (Character) $3.1M 1986
46% 50% SpaceCamp Andie Burkstroom (Character) $9.1M 1986
No Score Yet 13% Best Defense Laura Cooper (Character) - 1984
78% 46% Dreamscape Jane DeVries (Character) - 1984
84% 81% Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom Wilhelmina 'Willie' Scott (Character) - 1984
14% 89% Windy City Emily Reubens (Character) - 1984
No Score Yet No Score Yet Missing Children: A Mother's Story Elaine Rogers (Character) - 1982
No Score Yet 32% A Little Sex Katherine (Character) - 1981

TV

Credit
No Score Yet No Score Yet Internal Affairs Unknown (Character) 1988
No Score Yet No Score Yet Johnny Carson Guest 1984