Kathleen Turner

Lowest Rated: 2% Baby Geniuses (1999)
Birthday: Jun 18, 1954
Birthplace: Springfield, Missouri, USA
Though she came to prominence in the 1980s, Kathleen Turner, with her blend of raw sexuality, beauty, intelligence, and drive, could give golden age-sirens like Lana Turner and Ava Gardner a run for their money. After years of working as a relative unknown in way-off-Broadway productions and in the television soap opera The Doctors, Turner burst onto the movie scene in a star-making blaze when she was cast as femme fatale Matty opposite William Hurt in Lawrence Kasdan's neo-noir thriller Body Heat (1981). She continued to wreak havoc on the opposite sex throughout the decade, appearing in a variety of popular movies that ranged from drama to lighthearted adventure to jet-black comedy. The daughter of a U.S. ambassador, Turner experienced a peripatetic upbringing in a fiercely competitive environment. Living in Canada, Cuba, Washington, D.C., Venezuela, and England, she learned to adjust to new situations at a very young age. She later claimed the experience molded her as an actress and taught her to constantly refashion herself to meet the needs of particular situations. Turner first became conscious of wanting to be an actress while living in England, where, during her weekly visits to the theater, she was thrilled by the work of Diana Rigg, Christopher Plummer, Angela Lansbury, and others. While attending high school, Turner enrolled in classes at London's Central School of Speech and Drama. She studied there until 1973, when her father's death forced her mother to move the family back to her hometown of Springfield, MO. It was there that Turner would take voice lessons at Southwest Missouri State University, where she later enrolled. Finding the campus devoid of the culture she craved, however, Turner transferred to the University of Maryland and in 1977 graduated with a degree in theater. Following graduation, she moved to New York and, in between waiting tables, found work in television commercials and obscure stage productions until deciding it was time to try Hollywood. Turner had just finished an unsuccessful audition when, fortuitously enough, she encountered the casting agent for Body Heat. Her subsequent portrayal of the murderous Matty proved to be her breakthrough and led to a series of widely varied starring roles. For her sophomore effort, she tried her hand at comedy with The Man With Two Brains (1983), in which she starred opposite Steve Martin. Again, as with her previous role, she played a woman who used her feminine wiles to manipulate a man. In the erotic Crimes of Passion (1984), she once more was cast as a woman using sex for manipulation, playing a fashion designer/hooker who gets involved with a street preacher. Understandably not wanting to get typecast by this point, Turner next played a dowdy author who finds herself caught up in an exciting South American adventure with dashing Michael Douglas and sleazy Danny De Vito in Romancing the Stone (1984). The film was a smash hit and Turner found herself a star. The following year, the trio reunited for the sequel, The Jewel of the Nile, and in 1989, they once again collaborated for The War of the Roses, Danny DeVito's grimly funny dissection of a messy divorce. Other high points of that period included Turner's performance as a beautiful but ruthless hit woman in Prizzi's Honor (1985) and her Oscar-nominated turn as a dissatisfied housewife who gets a second chance to alter her life in Francis Ford Coppola's moving Peggy Sue Got Married (1986). In 1988, Turner re-teamed with William Hurt for a supporting role in Kasdan's The Accidental Tourist (1988). That same year, she gave a devastatingly sexy performance as the voice of Jessica Rabbit in Who Framed Roger Rabbit? Unfortunately, despite these successes, Turner subsequently had a hard time finding quality roles, and her appearances during the early to mid-'90s were sporadic. One highlight of this period was her turn as the completely psychotic suburban housewife who goes on a killing spree in John Water

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Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

CREDIT
60% Another Kind of Wedding Barbara Haines 2018
No Score Yet Outliving Emily Actor 2015
30% Dumb and Dumber To Fraida Felcher 2014
48% The Perfect Family Eileen Cleary Executive Producer $0.2M 2012
No Score Yet Life Is a Banquet: The Rosalind Russell Story Actor 2009
62% Marley & Me Ms. Kornblut $143.1M 2008
77% The Lady in Question Is Charles Busch Actor 2006
74% Monster House Constance $73.7M 2006
No Score Yet Answering the Call: Ground Zero's Volunteers Narrator 2005
16% Beautiful Verna Chickle $2.9M 2000
20% Prince of Central Park Rebecca Cairn 2000
76% The Virgin Suicides Mrs. Lisbon 2000
2% Baby Geniuses ELena Kinder 1999
No Score Yet Love and Action in Chicago Middleman 1999
No Score Yet Dashiell Hammett: Detective, Writer Narrator 1999
No Score Yet Cinderella Claudette 1999
No Score Yet Legalese Brenda Whitass 1998
34% The Real Blonde Dee Dee Taylor 1998
25% A Simple Wish Claudia 1997
No Score Yet Stories from My Childhood Actor 1996
No Score Yet The Best of Roger Rabbit Actor 1996
15% Moonlight and Valentino Alberta Russell 1995
63% Serial Mom Beverly Sutphin 1994
42% Naked in New York Dana Coles 1994
33% Undercover Blues Jane Blue 1993
No Score Yet Trail Mix-Up Jessica Rabbit 1993
56% House of Cards Ruth Matthews 1992
No Score Yet We All Have Tales Narrator 1992
21% V.I. Warshawski Victoria 'V.I.' Warshawski 1991
No Score Yet Myrna Loy: So Nice to Come Home To Host 1991
No Score Yet Roller Coaster Rabbit Jessica Rabbit 1990
85% The War of the Roses Barbara Rose 1989
No Score Yet Tummy Trouble Jessica Rabbit 1989
75% Honey, I Shrunk the Kids Actor 1989
80% The Accidental Tourist Sarah Leary 1988
97% Who Framed Roger Rabbit Jessica 1988
55% Switching Channels Christy Colleran 1988
No Score Yet Giulia e Giulia (Julia and Julia) Julia 1988
100% Dear America: Letters Home from Vietnam Narrator 1987
85% Peggy Sue Got Married Peggy Sue 1986
50% The Jewel of the Nile Joan Wilder 1985
86% Prizzi's Honor Irene Walker 1985
36% Crimes of Passion Joanna Crane / China Blue 1984
No Score Yet A Breed Apart Stella Clayton 1984
86% Romancing the Stone Joan Wilder 1984
76% The Man with Two Brains Dolores Benedict 1983
97% Body Heat Matty Walker 1981
73% Conrack Kathy 1974

TV

CREDIT
No Score Yet Great Performances at the Met
2007-2018
Duchess of Krakenthorp
  • 2019
No Score Yet American Masters
2001
Narrator
  • 2017
70% Family Guy
1999
Voice
  • 2017
No Score Yet Masterclass
2010-2014
Appearing
  • 2013
No Score Yet The Talk
2010
Guest
  • 2012
57% Californication
2007-2014
Sue Collini
  • 2009
  • 2008
No Score Yet Law & Order
1990-2010
Rebecca Shane
  • 2006
75% Nip/Tuck
2003-2009
Cindy Plumb
  • 2006
No Score Yet The Daily Show With Jon Stewart
1999-2015
Guest
  • 2005
No Score Yet King of the Hill
1997-2010
Voice
  • 2000
85% The Simpsons
1989
Voice
  • 1994
No Score Yet Saturday Night Live
1975
Host Guest
  • 1989
  • 1985

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