Kathleen Turner biography
Date of Birth: June 19, 1954
This native of Springfield, Missouri, virtually consumed the screen during her film debut in Body Heat . Turner provided both the body and the heat in this film as audiences first caught sight of her sizzling on a Florida beach as she's about to lure a more-than-willing William Hurt into her web of deceit. "You're not too smart -- are you?" She says to Hurt in that film when they first meet. "I like that in a man."
The sultry-voiced actress who got her start on daily TV's The Doctors and wowed Broadway with her performance as Maggie in Cat On a Hot Tin Roof , went on to display a comic flair alongside Steve Martin in The Man with Two Brains and Michael Douglas in Romancing the Stone and Jewel of the Nile.
" If you put the women I've played all together down the line," Turner says, "there will be characteristics in common that present what's important to me. They're strong, attractive, intelligent; they have a sense of humor."
Her sense of humor is something that has been tested in her later career as her kitten-with-a-whip personae began to wear thin and her landlord husband was convicted of building code violations that led to 87 deaths in a fire in a building he owned. Lately, Turner has showed up in various clubs singing with a blues band to mixed reviews.
Kathleen Turner Filmography