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Swoosie Kurtz

Highest Rated:   100% And the Band Played On (1993)
Lowest Rated:   23% Overboard (2018)
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Birthplace:   Omaha, Nebraska, USA
Whether on stage, screen, or television, award-winning supporting, character, and occasional leading actress Swoosie Kurtz has the rare gift of stealing almost every scene in which she appears. The daughter of a U.S. Air Force colonel, she was named after her father's WWII plane, which in turn was named after a popular Kay Kyser song. Following college, Kurtz studied drama in London and gained early experience during the late '60s, appearing in regional theater back in the States. In New York, Kurtz won an Obie for an off-Broadway production of The Effects of Gamma Rays on Man-in-the-Moon-Marigolds. Her success in this part led to a stage career that resulted in her winning such major New York theater awards as a Tony and a Drama Desk award. Kurtz made her Hollywood debut in the TV soap As the World Turns, playing Ellie Bradley, in 1971. She did not make her feature-film debut until she landed a role in the box-office flop First Love (1977). She next appeared in Slapshot (1977) and then in another stinker, Oliver's Story (1978). In 1982, Kurtz had her first real success in films playing a prostitute in the critically acclaimed adaptation of John Iriving's The World According to Garp. Through the 1980s, Kurtz appeared in major films in ventures ranging from Against All Odds (1984) to Dangerous Liaisons (1989) and on television in films like A Caribbean Mystery (1983) and The Image (1989). Kurtz has also had success in television series such as the short-lived Love, Sydney (1981), for which she won an Emmy, and a starring role in the long-running Sisters(1991-1996), playing eldest sibling Alex Reed Halsey. Notable movie appearances from the '90s include a turn as a crusading lesbian in Citizen Ruth (aka Meet Ruth Stoops) (1996) and a small but fun part as an exasperated lawyer taking on a crazy Jim Carrey in Liar Liar (1997). Frequently alternating between television and film in the years to follow, Kurtz would build an impressive body of work with memorable roles in such television mini-series as More Tales from the City (1998) and films including Cruel Intentions (1999) and Get Over It (2001). Her turn as a paranoid overprotective mother in Bubble Boy (2001) found Kurtz utilizing her comic talents to maximum effect, and after returning to the small screen for that same year's The Wilde Girls, the talented actress joined the cast of Roger Avary's satirical teen drama The Rules of the Game (2002). She appeared in the black comedy Duplex, then found success on the small screen with roles on Huff and Lost, finally being cast in a major role in Bryan Fuller's cult favorite Pushing Daisies.

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Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
No Score Yet Un mar de enredos
  • Grace
2018
23% Overboard
  • Grace
2018
70% An Englishman in New York
  • Connie Clausen
2009
No Score Yet Living Proof
  • Elizabeth Aldridge
2008
50% Superman: Doomsday
  • Jonathan and Martha Kent
2007
No Score Yet Nadine in Date Land
  • Mrs. M
2005
No Score Yet Category 7: The End of the World
  • Penny Hall
2005
No Score Yet Sleep Easy, Hutch Rimes
  • Actor
2004
35% Duplex
  • Jean
2003
43% The Rules of Attraction
  • Mrs. Jared
$6.5M 2002
31% Bubble Boy
  • Mrs. Livingston
2001
43% Get Over It
  • Beverly Landers
$11.3M 2001
No Score Yet The Wilde Girls
  • Sierra Lambert
2001
No Score Yet Sleep Easy, Hutch Rimes
  • Binny
2000
No Score Yet The White River Kid
  • Mommy Weed
1999
No Score Yet Harvey
  • Veta
1999
25% Outside Ozona
  • Rosalee
1999
55% Cruel Intentions
  • Dr. Greenbaum
1999
No Score Yet My Own Country
  • Hope Flanders
1998
82% Liar Liar
  • Dana Appleton
1997
No Score Yet Little Girls in Pretty Boxes
  • Allison Bryant
1997
81% Citizen Ruth
  • Diane Sieglar
1996
No Score Yet A Promise to Carolyn
  • Kay Wilbanks
1996
No Score Yet Storybook
  • Queen Evilia
1995
No Score Yet Betrayed: A Story of Three Women
  • Joan Bixler
1995
No Score Yet One Christmas
  • Emily Yarbrough
1994
100% And the Band Played On
  • Mrs. Johnstone
1993
64% Reality Bites
  • Charlane McGregor
1993
90% The Positively True Adventures of the Alleged Texas Cheerleader-Murdering Mom
  • Marla
1993
68% A Shock to the System
  • Leslie Marshall
1990
33% Stanley & Iris
  • Sharon
1990
No Score Yet The Image
  • Joanne Winstow-Darvish
1990
60% Bright Lights, Big City
  • Megan
1988
50% Vice Versa
  • Tina Brooks
1988
93% Dangerous Liaisons
  • Madame De Volanges
1988
No Score Yet Baja Oklahoma
  • Doris Steadman
1987
79% True Stories
  • Miss Rollings
1986
26% Wildcats
  • Verna McGrath
1986
No Score Yet A Time to Live
  • Patricia
1985
No Score Yet Guilty Conscience
  • Jackie Willis
1985
64% Against All Odds
  • Edie
1984
No Score Yet A Caribbean Mystery
  • Ruth Walter
1983
74% The World According to Garp
  • Hooker
1982
No Score Yet Fifth of July
  • Gwen Landis, John's wife
1982
No Score Yet Marriage Is Alive and Well
  • Actor
1980
No Score Yet Uncommon Women... and Others
  • Actor
1979
29% Oliver's Story
  • Gwen Simpson
1978
No Score Yet First Love
  • Marsha
1977
85% Slap Shot
  • Shirley
1977

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
20% Call Me Kat
2021
  • Sheila
  • 2021
No Score Yet Man With a Plan
2016-2020
  • Bev Bev Burns Beverly
  • 2020
  • 2019
  • 2018
  • 2017
  • 2016
71% The Dangerous Book for Boys
2018
  • Tiffany
  • 2018
89% Lethal Weapon
2016-2019
  • Ruthie
  • 2018
  • 2017
No Score Yet Mike & Molly
2010-2016
  • Joyce Flynn
  • 2016
  • 2015
  • 2014
  • 2013
  • 2012
  • 2011
  • 2010
No Score Yet The Talk
2010
  • Guest
  • 2014
  • 2013
  • 2011
No Score Yet American Dad (target for inaccurate feed data)
2005
  • Voice
  • 2014
  • 2013
  • 2012
  • 2009
  • 2008
  • 2007
  • 2006
  • 2005
81% Nurse Jackie
2009-2015
  • Mrs. Scheinhorn
  • 2011
  • 2009
90% Chuck
2007-2012
  • Laura Turner
  • 2010
72% Desperate Housewives
2004-2012
  • Jessie
  • 2009
11% Hank
2009
  • Mrs. Funk
  • 2009
78% Law & Order: Special Victims Unit
1999
  • Judge Hilda Marsden
  • 2009
36% Rita Rocks
2008-2009
  • Marilyn
  • 2009
  • 2008
53% Heroes
2006-2010
  • Millie
  • 2009
  • 2007
96% Pushing Daisies
2007-2009
  • Lily Charles Lily
  • 2009
  • 2008
  • 2007
No Score Yet The Bonnie Hunt Show
2008-2010
  • Guest
  • 2008
67% Huff
2006
  • Guest
  • Madeline Madeleine Sullivan
  • 2006
  • 2005
  • 2004
85% Lost
2004-2010
  • Emily
  • 2005
No Score Yet Still Standing
2002-2006
  • Helen
  • 2005
No Score Yet The Wild Thornberrys
1998-2004
  • Voice
  • 2003
36% The Fighting Fitzgeralds
2001
  • Mrs. Bartoli
  • 2001
83% That's Life
2000-2002
  • Valerie Wilkinson
  • 2001
  • 2000
No Score Yet The Outer Limits
1995-2002
  • Woods
  • 2000
44% Love & Money
1999-2000
  • Effie Conklin
  • 2000
  • 1999
No Score Yet ER
1994-2009
  • Tina Marie Chambliss
  • 1998
  • 1996
No Score Yet Suddenly Susan
1996-2000
  • Liz Keane Liz
  • 1998
  • 1997
  • 1996
No Score Yet Touched by an Angel
1994-2003
  • Libby Glaser
  • 1997
No Score Yet Sisters
1991-1996
  • Alex Alex Reed Halsey Barker Alex Reed Halsey Barker (Barkowitz)
  • 1996
  • 1995
  • 1994
  • 1993
  • 1992
  • 1991
No Score Yet American Playhouse
1982-1996
  • Bananas
  • 1982
No Score Yet Kojak
1973-1978
  • Julie
  • 1976
11% Party Girl
1996
  • Judy

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