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Kathleen Turner

Lowest Rated:   2% Baby Geniuses (1999)
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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 kil

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Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet Outliving Emily
  • Actor
2015
29% Dumb and Dumber To
  • Fraida Felcher
2014
48% The Perfect Family
  • Executive Producer
  • Eileen Cleary
2012
No Score Yet Life Is a Banquet: The Rosalind Russell Story
  • Actor
2009
63% Marley & Me
  • Ms. Kornblut
2008
77% The Lady in Question Is Charles Busch
  • Actor
2006
74% Monster House
  • Constance
2006
No Score Yet Answering the Call: Ground Zero's Volunteers
  • Narrator
2005
16% Beautiful
  • Verna Chickle
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 Cinderella
  • Claudette
1999
No Score Yet Dashiell Hammett: Detective, Writer
  • Narrator
1999
No Score Yet Legalese
  • Brenda Whitass
1998
32% 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
No Score Yet Stories From My Childhood #1
  • Actor
1996
15% Moonlight and Valentino
  • Alberta Russell
1995
No Score Yet Stories From My Childhood #3
  • Actor
1995
60% Serial Mom
  • Beverly Sutphin
1994
42% Naked in New York
  • Dana Coles
1994
35% Undercover Blues
  • Jane Blue
1993
No Score Yet Trail Mix-Up
  • Jessica Rabbit
1993
63% House of Cards
  • Ruth Matthews
1992
No Score Yet We All Have Tales
  • Narrator
1992
17% V.I. Warshawski
  • Victoria 'V.I.' Warshawski
1991
No Score Yet Myrna Loy: So Nice to Come Home To
  • Host
1991
No Score Yet Breed Apart
  • Actor
1991
No Score Yet Roller Coaster Rabbit
  • Jessica Rabbit
1990
82% The War of the Roses
  • Barbara Rose
1989
No Score Yet Tummy Trouble
  • Jessica Rabbit
1989
75% Honey, I Shrunk the Kids
  • Actor
1989
79% The Accidental Tourist
  • Sarah Leary
1988
97% Who Framed Roger Rabbit
  • Jessica
1988
56% 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
48% The Jewel of the Nile
  • Joan Wilder
1985
88% Prizzi's Honor
  • Irene Walker
1985
33% Crimes of Passion
  • Joanna Crane / China Blue
1984
No Score Yet A Breed Apart
  • Stella Clayton
1984
87% 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

RATING TITLE CREDIT
No Score Yet The Simpsons
1989
  • Voice
No Score Yet Masterclass
2010-2014
  • Appearing
No Score Yet American Masters
2001
  • Narrator
No Score Yet Law & Order
1990-2010
  • Rebecca Shane
No Score Yet The Daily Show With Jon Stewart
1999-2015
  • Guest
No Score Yet The Talk
2010
  • Guest
51% Californication
2007-2014
  • Sue Collini
No Score Yet Saturday Night Live
1975
  • Guest
79% Nip/Tuck
2003-2010
  • Cindy Plumb

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