Kurtz, Swoosie 1944–

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KURTZ, Swoosie 1944


Born September 6, 1944, in Omaha, NE; daughter of Frank, Jr. (a U.S. Air Force colonel) and Margo (a writer; maiden name, Rogers) Kurtz. Education: Studied drama at University of Southern California, 196264; trained for the stage at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art, 196466.

Addresses: Agent William Morris Agency, 151 El Camino Dr., Beverly Hills, CA 90212. Manager Sterling/Winters Company, 10877 Wilshire Blvd., 15th floor, Los Angeles, CA 90024. Publicist Guttman Associates PR, 118 S. Beverly Dr., Suite 201, Beverly Hills, CA 90212.

Career: Actress.

Member: Actors' Equity Association, American Federation of Television and Radio Artists, Screen Actors Guild.

Awards, Honors: Antoinette Perry Award nomination, best actress in a featured role (dramatic), 1978, for Tartuffe; Obie Award and Drama Desk Award nomination, 1978, both for Uncommon Women and Others; Drama Desk Award, best featured actress in a musical, 1978, for A History of the American Film; Antoinette Perry Award, best actress in a featured role (dramatic), Outer Critics Circle Award, and Drama Desk Award, best featured actress in a play, 1981, all for Fifth of July; Emmy Award nominations, outstanding lead actress in a comedy series, 1982 and 1983, for Love, Sidney; Antoinette Perry Award, best actress in a featured role (dramatic) and Obie Award, both 1986, for The House of Blue Leaves; DramaLogue Award nomination, c. 1987, for Hunting Cockroaches; Golden Globe Award nomination, best performance by an actress in a supporting role in a series, miniseries, or motion picture made for television, 1989, for Baja Oklahoma; Emmy Award, outstanding guest actress in a comedy series, 1990, for Carol and Company; Emmy Award nomination, outstanding supporting actress in a miniseries or special, 1990, and CableACE Award nomination, both for The Image; Emmy Award nominations, outstanding lead actress in a drama series, 1993 and 1994, and Screen Actors Guild Award nomination, outstanding performance by a female actor in a drama series, 1995, all for Sisters; Emmy Award nomination, 1994, and CableACE Award nomination, both for And the Band Played On; Emmy Award nomination, outstanding guest actress in a drama series, 1998, for ER; Obie Award, 1999, for The Mineola Twins.


Film Appearances:

Shirley, Slap Shot, Universal, 1977.

Marsha, First Love, Paramount, 1977.

Gwen Simpson, Oliver's Story, Paramount, 1978.

Prostitute, The World According to Garp, Warner Bros., 1982.

Edie, Against All Odds, Columbia, 1984.

Miss Rollings ("the laziest woman in the world"), True Stories, Warner Bros., 1986.

Verna, Wildcats (also known as First and Goal ), Warner Bros., 1986.

Megan, Bright Lights, Big City, MetroGoldwynMayer/United Artists, 1988.

Madame de Volanges, Dangerous Liaisons, Warner Bros., 1988.

Tina, Vice Versa, Columbia, 1988.

Leslie Marshall, A Shock to the System, Corsair, 1990.

Sharon, Stanley and Iris, MetroGoldwynMayer/United Artists, 1990.

Walking the Dog, 1991.

Charlane McGregor, Reality Bites, Universal, 1994.

Queen Evilia, Storybook, Republic Pictures Home Video, 1995.

Diane Sieglar, Citizen Ruth (also known as Meet Ruth Stoopes ), Miramax, 1996.

Dana Appleton, Liar Liar, Universal, 1997.

Rosalee, Outside Ozona, Sony Pictures Entertainment, 1998.

Dr. Regina Greenbaum, Cruel Intentions (also known as Sexual Provocation ), Columbia, 1999.

Mommy Weed, White River Kid (also known as White River ), New City Releasing, 1999.

Beverly Landers, Get Over It (also known as Get Over It! ), Miramax, 2001.

Mrs. Livingston, Bubble Boy, Buena Vista, 2001.

Mrs. Mimi Jared, The Rules of Attraction (also know as Die Regeln des Spiels ), 2002.

Jean, Duplex, Miramax, 2003.

Dr. Sandra Landry, Francis Hamper, 2004.

Television Appearances; Series:

Ellie Bradley, As the World Turns, CBS, 1971.

Regular performer, Mary, CBS, 1978.

Laurie Morgan, Love, Sidney, NBC, 19811983.

Alexandra "Alex" Reed Halsey Barker, Sisters, NBC, 19911996.

Judy Burkhard, Party Girl, Fox, 19961997.

Effie Conklin, Love and Money, CBS, beginning 1999.

Television Appearances; Miniseries:

Betty Borg Ramsey, More Tales of the City (also known as Armistead Maupin's More Tales of the City ), Showtime, 1998.

Television Appearances; Movies:

Caria, Walking through the Fire, CBS, 1979.

Jane Tremont, Marriage Is Alive and Well, NBC, 1980.

Roberta, The Mating Season, CBS, 1980.

Ruth Walter, A Caribbean Mystery (also known as Agatha Christie's A Caribbean Mystery ), CBS, 1983.

Patricia, A Time to Live (also known as Intensive Care ), NBC, 1985.

Jackie Willis, Guilty Conscience, CBS, 1985.

Doris Steadman, Baja Oklahoma, HBO, 1988.

Joanne WinslowDarvish, The Image, HBO, 1990.

Marcia Hobbs, Terror on Track 9 (also known as Janek: The Grand Central Murders ), CBS, 1992.

Mrs. Johnstone, And the Band Played On, HBO, 1993.

Marla Harper, The Positively True Adventures of the Alleged Texas CheerleaderMurdering Mom, HBO, 1993.

Emily, One Christmas (also known as Truman Capote's One Christmas ), NBC, 1994.

Joan Bixler, Betrayed: A Story of Three Women, ABC, 1995.

Kay Maggart Wilbanks, A Promise to Carolyn, CBS, 1996.

Allison Bryant, Little Girls in Pretty Boxes, Lifetime, 1997.

Hope Flanders, My Own Country, Showtime, 1998.

Veta Simmons, Harvey, CBS, 1999.

Sierra Lambert, The Wilde Girls, Showtime, 2001.

Binny Redwine, Sleep Easy, Hutch Rimes, Showtime, 2001.

Television Appearances; Specials:

Muriel, "Ah, Wilderness!," Theater in America, PBS, 1976.

Rita Altabel, "Uncommon Women and Others," Theater in America, PBS, 1978.

Gwen Landis (John's wife), Fifth of July, Showtime, 1982.

Bananas Shaughnessy, "The House of Blue Leaves," American Playhouse, PBS, 1987.

Night of 100 Stars III (also known as Night of One Hundred Stars ), NBC, 1990.

Narrator, Friends and Lovers, NBC, 1994.

Host, Your Cheatin' Heart, Lifetime, 1997.

Presenter, Broadway '97: Launching the Tonys, PBS, 1997.

Broadway '98: Launching the Tony Awards, PBS, 1998.

Outer Limits Farewell Tribute, Showtime, 2000.

Herself, Intimate Portrait: Swoosie Kurtz, Lifetime, 2000.

Television Appearances; Awards Presentations:

The 41st Annual Tony Awards, CBS, 1987.

The 43rd Annual Tony Awards, CBS, 1989.

Presenter, The 48th Annual Tony Awards, CBS, 1994.

Presenter, The 46th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards, ABC, 1994.

Presenter, The 16th Annual CableACE Awards, TNT, 1995.

Presenter, Screen Actors Guild Awards, NBC, 1995.

Presenter, Broadway '97: Launching the Tonys, PBS, 1997.

Presenter, The 1998 Creative Arts Emmy Awards, 1998.

Broadway '98: Launching the Tony Awards, PBS, 1998.

Presenter, The 52nd Annual Tony Awards, CBS, 1998.

Presenter, The 53rd Annual Tony Awards, CBS, 1999.

Television Appearances; Episodic:

Herself, To Tell the Truth, 1962.

Julie Di Nata, "Black Thorn," Kojak, CBS, 1976.

Late Night with David Letterman, 1982, 1986, 1992.

Wanda, "The Visit," Trying Times, PBS, 1987.

Laurie, "Reunion," Carol and Company, NBC, 1990.

The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson, 1991.

Herself, "How to Get an Ed in Business," Hope & Gloria, NBC, 1995.

Voice of D.A.'s mother and a woman from NASA, "Out of This World," The Magic School Bus (animated), PBS, 1995.

Liz Keane (Susan's mother), "Lie! Lie! My Darling," Suddenly Susan, NBC, 1996.

Liz Keane (Susan's mother), "Family Affairs," Suddenly Susan, NBC, 1997.

Liz Keane (Susan's mother), "Next Stop, Heaven," Suddenly Susan, NBC, 1997.

Touched by an Angel, CBS, 1997.

Libby King, "Charades," Touched by an Angel, CBS, 1997.

Tina Marie Chambliss, "Suffer the Little Children," ER (also known as Emergency Room ), NBC, 1998.

Interviewee, "Tony Randall: Center Stage," Biography, Arts and Entertainment, 1999.

Dr. Regina Greenbaum, "Cruel Intentions," Manchester Prep, 1999.

Justice Kendall Woods, "Final Appeal: Parts 1 & 2," The Outer Limits, Showtime and syndicated, 2000.

Mrs. Katherine Bartoli, "When Irish Eyes Are Smilin'," The Fighting Fitzgeralds, NBC, 2001.

Valerie Wilkinson, "Boo!," That's Life, ABC, 2001.

Valerie Wilkinson, "Plus One," That's Life, ABC, 2001.

Valerie Wilkinson, "Idiots," That's Life, ABC, 2001.

Victoria Van Kleek, "The Truth Hurts Bad," Street Time, Showtime, 2002.

Voice of Michelle Maidell, "The Wild SnobBerry," The Wild Thornberrys (animated), Nickelodeon, 2003.

Also appeared as Valerie Wilkinson, "Gutterball," That's Life.

Stage Appearances:

Charley's Aunt, Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, Cincinnati, OH, 1966.

The Skin of Our Teeth, Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, 1966.

Sodom and Gomorrah, Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, 1966.

The Firebugs, 1968.

Janice Vickery, The Effect of Gamma Rays on Manin theMoon Marigolds, Mercer Arts Theatre, 1970.

Ruth, later Tillie, The Effect of Gamma Rays on Man intheMoon Marigolds, New Theatre, New York City, 19711972.

Muriel, Ah, Wilderness!, Circle in the Square Theatre, New York City, 1975.

Children, 1976.

Mariane, Tartuffe, Circle in the Square Theatre, 1977.

Rita Altabel, Uncommon Women and Others, Phoenix Theatre Company, Marymount Manhattan Theatre, New York City, 1977.

Bette, A History of the American Film, American National Theatre and Academy, New York City, 1978.

Honey, Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, Long Wharf Theatre, New Haven, CT, 1980.

Summer, Hudson Guild Theatre, New York City, 1980.

Annie, Beach House, Long Wharf Theatre, 1980.

Gwen Landis (John's wife), Fifth of July, New Apollo Theatre, New York City, 19801981.

Michael Bennett's Scandal, 1985.

Annie, Beach House, Circle Repertory Company, New York City, 1985.

Bananas Shaughnessy, The House of Blue Leaves, Mitzi Newhouse Theatre, Lincoln Center, then Vivian Beaumont Theatre, Lincoln Center, both New York City, 1986, later Plymouth Theatre, New York City, 19861987.

Hunting Cockroaches, Los Angeles, 1987.

Love Letters, Promenade Theatre, then Edison Theatre, both New York City, 1989, then Canon Theatre, Los Angeles, 1990.

Night of 100 Stars III (also known as Night of One Hundred Stars ), Radio City Music Hall, New York City, 1990.

Ouisa, Six Degrees of Separation, Mitzi Newhouse Theatre, Lincoln Center, then Vivian Beaumont Theatre, Lincoln Center, both 1990.

Sally Truman, Lips Together, Teeth Apart, New York City, 1991.

Myrna and Myra, The Mineola Twins, Roundabout Theatre Company, Laura Pets Theatre, New York City, 19992000.

Ancestral Voices, Westport Country Playhouse, West-port, CT, 2000.

The Vagina Monologues, Acorn Theatre, New York City, 2000.

Lillian Hellman, Imaginary Friends, Old Globe Theater, San Diego, CA, 2002, then Ethel Barrymore Theatre, New York City, 20022003.

Woman, Intrigue with Faye, Acorn Theatre, 2003.

The Guys, New York Historical Society, New York City, 2003.

Agnes Gooch, Auntie Mame, John Jay College Theater, New York City, 2003.

Jocasta, Oedipus the King, L.A. Theatre Works, Skirball Cultural Center, Los Angeles, 2003.

Frozen, East Thirteenth Street Theatre, New York City, 2004.

Also appeared in Enter a Free Man, Museum, and Wine Untouched.


Taped Readings:

Six Degrees of Separation, L.A. Theatre Works, 2000.



Entertainment Weekly, April 9, 1993, p. 42; September 22, 1995, p. 16.

People Weekly, October 23, 1995, p. 126; September 16, 1996, p. 226.

Time, December 23, 2002.