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Kyra Sedgwick



Born August 19th, 1965, actress Kyra Sedgwick was seemingly born into fame, as a cousin of '60s mod icon and muse of Andy Warhol Edie Sedgwick. While only 16 when she made her professional acting debut on the TV soap Another World in 1982, Kyra proved much more stable than her ill-fated predecessor, graduating from USC and going on to cultivate a successful acting career on the stage, screen, and television. With high cheekbones, piercing eyes, full lips, and a mane of striking blonde curls, the young actress had no problem landing the film and TV roles to sustain her life as a working actress, but her solid, pensive presence onscreen proved to be an even more useful asset than her looks. Landing at least two substantial parts a year, she built up a resumé over the next decade that included the title role in 1985's Cindy Eller: A Modern Fairy Tale and a part in the acclaimed 1987 TV movie Lemon Sky, where she met co-star and future husband Kevin Bacon. The two were married the following year and would have two children.



As the '90s approached, Sedgwick gained big-screen attention with a supporting role in Oliver Stone's Born on the Fourth of July (1989). In 1992, she notably had the chance to embrace her Jewish side -- as a person who'd openly spoken about her mixed ethnic identity -- with a role in Miss Rose White, starring as a Polish-born woman sent to New York as a child to escape the Holocaust, but who is forced to confront the Jewish heritage she's since denied when she finds that the sister she was separated from is still alive.



That same year, Sedgwick scored the "big break" part that she would long be remembered for when Cameron Crowe cast her as the female lead in his film Singles. A sweet and funny generational opus about life and love after college, the dramedy was filmed on location in Seattle in 1991, just as the grunge music movement was beginning to take off. In addition to supporting cast members like Matt Dillon and Bridget Fonda, the film featured artists like Eddie Vedder and Chris Cornell in minor roles as musicians. Sedgwick's placement in a movie that would prove to be so iconic for its time and place endeared her greatly to Gen-Xers, though she would lie low throughout the '90s and 2000s, frequently choosing smaller, independent projects.



In 2004, Sedgwick and husband Kevin Bacon undertook a joint project, The Woodsman, which Bacon also produced. Still more daunting for the spouses than the notoriously stressful task of working together, the film cast Bacon as a paroled pedophile, examining the character's recovery and the tentative relationship that he forms with a somewhat emotionally hardened fellow lumberyard worker, played by Sedgwick. While hardly blockbuster subject matter, the project was praised by critics, as was Sedgwick's intimate, minimalist performance.



It seemed clear that Sedgwick's interests as an actor lay outside the harshest glare of the Hollywood limelight, but in 2006 she managed to stumble into its illumination anyway, starring in the TNT drama The Closer. Playing a Southern-born police detective with an uncanny skill for extracting confessions, Sedgwick brought a multi-dimensional quality to the character of Brenda Johnson that made the series considerably more well-rounded than the other procedural crime shows that flooded prime time. The complex nature of the role earned her immense praise, as in a singe episode, Brenda could share the screen with her arrogant co-workers, her flirtatious beau, her beloved but nagging mother, and several criminal suspects that she might persuade to confess through any number of personal approaches. Audiences were awed at the genuineness with which Sedgwick was able to portray a character who is so frequently choosing her words and actions with careful precision, and the series was picked up for a second season in 2007. That same year, Sedgwick took home a Golden Globe for Best Actress in a T

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Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet Story of a Girl
  • Director
2017
95% The Edge of Seventeen
  • Mona
2016
40% Misconception
  • Actor
2016
79% Time Out Of Mind
  • Karen
2015
20% Big Sky
  • Dee
2015
79% Cop Car
  • Dispatch
2015
31% The Road Within
  • Dr. Mia Rose
2015
51% The Humbling
  • Louise Trenner
2015
4% Reach Me
  • Collette
2014
8% Chlorine
  • Georgie
2014
75% Kill Your Darlings
  • Lucien's Mother
2013
41% The Possession
  • Stephanie
2012
31% Man on a Ledge
  • Suzie Morales
2012
28% Gamer
  • Gina Parker Smith
2009
No Score Yet Justice League: The New Frontier
  • Lois Lane
2008
29% The Game Plan
  • Stella Peck
2007
17% Loverboy
  • Producer
  • Emily
2006
88% The Woodsman
  • Vickie
2004
No Score Yet Something the Lord Made
  • Mary Blalock
2004
No Score Yet Cavedweller
  • Delia
  • Producer
  • Executive Producer
2004
59% Secondhand Lions
  • Mae
2003
No Score Yet Behind the Red Door
  • Natalie
2003
No Score Yet Batman - Mystery of the Batwoman
  • Batwoman
2003
18% Just a Kiss
  • Halley
2002
No Score Yet Door to Door
  • Shelly Brady
2002
69% Personal Velocity: Three Portraits
  • Delia Shunt
2002
52% What's Cooking?
  • Rachel Seelig
2000
No Score Yet Labor Pains
  • Sarah Raymond
2000
No Score Yet Montana
  • Claire
1998
59% Critical Care
  • Felicia Potter
1997
50% Phenomenon
  • Lace Pennamin
1996
56% The Low Life
  • Bevan
1996
37% Something to Talk About
  • Emma Rae
1995
No Score Yet Losing Chase
  • Executive Producer
  • Producer
  • Elizabeth Cole
1995
50% Murder in the First
  • Blanche
1994
55% Heart and Souls
  • Julia
1993
No Score Yet Family Pictures
  • Nina
1993
80% Singles
  • Linda Powell
1992
No Score Yet Miss Rose White
  • Rose White
1992
No Score Yet Women & Men 2
  • Arlene Megeffin
1991
No Score Yet Pyrates
  • Sam
1991
No Score Yet Cindy Eller
  • Actor
1991
80% Mr. & Mrs. Bridge
  • Ruth Bridge
1990
No Score Yet Women & Men: Stories of Seduction
  • Arlene
1990
90% Born on the Fourth of July
  • Donna
1989
No Score Yet Lemon Sky
  • Carol
1988
20% Kansas
  • Prostitute Drifter
1988
No Score Yet The Man Who Broke 1,000 Chains
  • Lillian Salo
1987
20% Tai-Pan
  • Tess
1986
No Score Yet La Guerra y el Amor
  • Halina
1984
No Score Yet Montana, (Nothing Personal)
  • Actor

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT
No Score Yet Late Show With David Letterman
1993-2015
  • Guest
No Score Yet Ally McBeal
1997-2002
  • Helen/Helena Greene
57% Proof
2015
  • Executive Producer
  • Producer
No Score Yet CBS This Morning
2012
  • Guest
No Score Yet American Idol
2002-2016
  • Appearing
No Score Yet Finding Your Roots With Henry Louis Gates Jr.
2012
  • Appearing
No Score Yet Jimmy Kimmel Live
2003
  • Guest
No Score Yet The Tonight Show With Jay Leno
2014
  • Guest
No Score Yet The View
1997
  • Guest
No Score Yet The Late Late Show With James Corden
2015
  • Guest
No Score Yet Sesame Street
1969
  • Camouflage Carla
No Score Yet Sesame Street
2014
  • Camouflage Carla
27% Chelsea
2016
  • Guest
No Score Yet The Closer
2005-2012
  • Producer
  • Deputy Chief Brenda Johnson Dep. Chief Brenda Johnson
94% Brooklyn Nine-Nine
2013
  • Madeline Wuntch
No Score Yet American Experience
1988
  • Narrator
No Score Yet Conan
2010
  • Guest

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