Kathleen Turner

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Kathleen Turner

Mary Kathleen Turner (born June 19, 1954 in Springfield , Missouri ) is an American actress .

life and career

The daughter of a diplomat, Turner grew up through college in Canada, Cuba, Washington , Venezuela, and England. While attending high school in London , she regularly attended theater performances and was so impressed by stage greats like Diana Rigg , Christopher Plummer and Angela Lansbury that she took acting classes at the Central School of Speech and Drama in London. After the death of their father, the family returned to the United States. Turner first attended Southwestern Missouri State University in Springfield and made her Bachelor of Fine Arts at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County in 1977 .

She moved to New York, worked as a waitress, and appeared in off-Broadway productions. In 1978 she was hired for the long-running soap opera The Doctors , but released after just one season. Her revealing screen debut in Lawrence Kasdan's film Hot Blood - Cold Blood was her breakthrough to film star in 1981; she was also nominated for a Golden Globe as best young actress. Her appearance, her distinctive smoky voice and the image gained through the film's success as a classic femme fatale promoted comparisons with Lauren Bacall .

Turner first cemented her status in Hollywood with comedic roles, partnering with Steve Martin in The Man with Two Brains (1982) and Michael Douglas in The Hunt for the Green Diamond (1984). Also in 1984, as a prostitute, she was again a seedy heroine in Ken Russell's China Blue by day and night . In John Huston's penultimate film, The Honor of the Prizzis (1985), she played a hardened killer couple with Jack Nicholson . With Michael Douglas she delivered in Danny DeVitos Der Rosenkrieg (1989) a murderous marriage argument. In Francis Ford Coppola's Peggy Sue Got Married (1986), marital problems with her partner ( Nicolas Cage ) were resolved through a journey through time. She received an Oscar nomination for her portrayal of a grown woman who suddenly finds herself transported back to her high school .

Turner was one of the most successful actresses in Hollywood in the 1980s through her portrayals of strong female characters . At this time, the pop singer Falco wrote the song "The Kiss of Kathleen Turner". However, her career has been increasingly limited by a severe form of rheumatoid arthritis and the physical impairments associated with the medication. The Sara Paretsky film version VI Warshawski - Detective in Silk Stockings (1991) with her in the title role went to the flop. Her last major film success so far was in 1993 in the lead role in John Waters black comedy Serial Mom . In 1999 she voluntarily went to rehab because of her alcohol addiction.

In recent years, Turner has appeared as a character actress in cinema and television roles, sometimes at longer intervals, and has also been particularly successful in stage roles. For roles on Broadway that Elizabeth Taylor had played in films, she received two Tony nominations: 1990 Cat on a Hot Tin Roof and 2005 for Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?

From 1984 to 2007 she was married to real estate agent Jay Weiss for the second time. In 1987 their daughter was born.

Filmography (selection)


German synchronization

Kathleen Turner was dubbed in Germany by Traudel Haas , Dagmar Heller , Judy Winter and Ingrid van Bergen .

Web links

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