Swoosie Kurtz

Swoosie Kurtz

Highest Rated: 100% And the Band Played On (1993)

Lowest Rated: 22% Wildcats (1986)

Birthday: Sep 06, 1944

Birthplace: Omaha, Nebraska, USA

The title of playwright Wendy Wasserstein's 1977 off-Broadway hit, "Uncommon Women and Others," accurately described the roles which brought original cast member Swoosie Kurtz several awards and universal renown as a character actress par excellence. In the years since she first caught theatergoers' attention with her quirky performance as a sex-obsessed Mount Holyoke graduate in Wasserstein's semi-autobiographical ensemble drama, Kurtz demonstrated her formidable range on stage, screen and television for decades to come. She made a memorable impression in a brief appearance as a world-weary prostitute in "The World According to Garp" (1982) before hitting the stage for a number of roles, including her Tony-winning performance in "The House of Blue Leaves" (1986). After several years bouncing around various mediums, Kurtz started making a name for herself as one of four "Sisters" (NBC, 1991-96) and in notable supporting roles in major features like "Liar Liar" (1997). Following rather thankless parts in "Bubble Boy" (2001) and "Rules of Attraction" (2002), she played a grieving mother confronting her daughter's killer in Broadway's "Frozen" (2004) before landing a regular series role as an ex-synchronized swimmer on "Pushing Daisies" (ABC, 2007-09) respectively. Even as she slummed by taking recurring roles in rather mediocre sitcoms like "Suddenly Susan" (NBC, 1996-2000) and "Still Standing"(CBS, 2002-06), Kurtz maintained her reputation as a critical darling and one of the finest character actresses working in the business.


Highest Rated Movies



24% 54% Overboard Grace (Character) $50.2M 2018
70% 72% An Englishman in New York Connie Clausen (Character) - 2009
No Score Yet 75% Living Proof Unknown (Character) - 2008
50% 56% Superman: Doomsday Unknown (Voice) - 2007
35% 40% Duplex Jean (Character) $9.7M 2003
43% 71% The Rules of Attraction Mrs .Jared (Character) $6.5M 2002
44% 51% Get Over It Beverly Landers (Character) $11.6M 2001
31% 48% Bubble Boy Mrs. Livingston (Character) $5M 2001
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Wilde Girls Sierra Lambert (Character) - 2001
No Score Yet No Score Yet Sleep Easy, Hutch Rimes Binny Redwine (Character) - 2000
55% 81% Cruel Intentions Dr. Regina Greenbaum (Character) $38.6M 1999
No Score Yet 17% The White River Kid Mummy Weed (Character) - 1999
25% 46% Outside Ozona Rosalee (Character) $7.4K 1998
No Score Yet 100% My Own Country Hope Flanders (Character) - 1998
No Score Yet 29% Harvey Veta Simmons (Character) - 1998
No Score Yet 27% Little Girls in Pretty Boxes Allison Bryant (Character) - 1997
82% 75% Liar Liar Dana Appleton (Character) $181.4M 1997
No Score Yet 92% A Promise to Carolyn Kay (Character) - 1996
81% 74% Citizen Ruth Diane (Character) $278.5K 1996
No Score Yet 43% Storybook Queen Evilia (Character) - 1995
No Score Yet No Score Yet Betrayed: A Story of Three Women Joan Bixler (Character) - 1995
66% 74% Reality Bites Charlane McGregor (Character) $20M 1994
No Score Yet 27% One Christmas Emily (Character) - 1994
100% 88% And the Band Played On Mrs. Johnstone (Character) - 1993
90% 49% The Positively True Adventures of the Alleged Texas Cheerleader-Murdering Mom Marla Harper (Character) - 1993
No Score Yet No Score Yet Terror on Track 9 Marcia Hobbs (Character) - 1992
77% 62% A Shock to the System Leslie Marshall (Character) $2M 1990
33% 48% Stanley & Iris Sharon (Character) $5.5M 1990
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Image Joanne Winstow-Darvish (Character) - 1990
No Score Yet 70% Baja Oklahoma Doris Steadman (Character) - 1988
60% 38% Bright Lights, Big City Megan (Character) $15.7M 1988
93% 83% Dangerous Liaisons Madame de Volanges (Character) $32.7M 1988
43% 41% Vice Versa Tina Brooks (Character) $12.2M 1988
78% 83% True Stories Miss Rollings (Character) $1.6M 1986
22% 49% Wildcats Verna McGrath (Character) $23.6M 1986
No Score Yet 44% Guilty Conscience Jackie Willis (Character) - 1985
70% 45% Against All Odds Edie (Character) - 1984
No Score Yet 60% A Caribbean Mystery Ruth Walter (Character) - 1983
No Score Yet No Score Yet Fifth of July Unknown (Character) - 1982
74% 79% The World According to Garp The Hooker (Character) - 1982
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Mating Season Roberta (Character) - 1980
No Score Yet No Score Yet Walking Through the Fire Caria (Character) - 1979
29% 25% Oliver's Story Gwen Simpson (Character) - 1978
No Score Yet 54% First Love Marsha (Character) - 1977
85% 89% Slap Shot Shirley Upton (Character) - 1977


21% 45% Call Me Kat Sheila (Character) 2021
No Score Yet 82% Man With a Plan Bev (Guest Star) 2017-2020
71% 78% The Dangerous Book for Boys Tiffany (Character) 2018
No Score Yet No Score Yet Home & Family Guest 2018
89% 76% Lethal Weapon Ruthie (Guest Star) 2018
88% 89% Grace and Frankie Janet (Guest Star) 2018 2016
No Score Yet 59% Mike & Molly Joyce Flynn (Character) 2010-2016
No Score Yet 91% American Dad Marylin Thacker (Guest Voice) 2012-2014 2010 2008 2006
No Score Yet No Score Yet Between the Lines With Barry Kibrick Guest 2014
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Queen Latifah Show Guest 2014
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Talk Guest 2013-2014 2011
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Better Show Guest 2014
No Score Yet No Score Yet Today Guest 2014 2008
81% 86% Nurse Jackie Mrs. Scheinhorn (Guest Star) 2011 2009
90% 91% Chuck Unknown (Guest Star) 2010
11% No Score Yet Hank Unknown (Guest Star) 2009
53% 66% Heroes Unknown (Guest Star) 2009
96% 96% Pushing Daisies Lily Charles (Character) 2007-2009
78% 88% Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Judge Hilda Marsden (Guest Star) 2009
72% 89% Desperate Housewives Unknown (Guest Star) 2009
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Morning Show With Mike & Juliet Guest 2008
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Bonnie Hunt Show Guest 2008
No Score Yet No Score Yet Category 7: The End of the World Penny Hall (Character) 2005
No Score Yet No Score Yet Still Standing Unknown (Guest Star) 2005
85% 91% Lost Emily Locke (Guest Star) 2005
No Score Yet No Score Yet That's Life Unknown (Guest Star) 2001
36% No Score Yet The Fighting Fitzgeralds Unknown (Guest Star) 2001
44% No Score Yet Love & Money Effie Conklin (Character) 1999-2000
No Score Yet No Score Yet Armistead Maupin's More Tales of the City Unknown (Character) 1998
No Score Yet 80% ER Tina Marie Chambliss (Guest Star) 1998
No Score Yet No Score Yet Touched by an Angel Unknown (Guest Star) 1997
No Score Yet No Score Yet Suddenly Susan Unknown (Guest Star) 1996-1997
No Score Yet No Score Yet Party Girl Unknown (Character) 1996
No Score Yet No Score Yet Sisters Alex Reed Halsey Barker (Character) 1991-1996
No Score Yet No Score Yet Hope & Gloria Unknown (Guest Star) 1995
No Score Yet No Score Yet Kojak Unknown (Guest Star) 1976


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