Swoosie Kurtz

Swoosie is the only child of author Margo and Frank Kurtz. As her father was a colonel in the U.S. Air Force, she moved often during her school years, living in eight different states. At the University of Southern California she majored in drama; later she attended the London Academy of Music an...

Born on September 06, 1944

Omaha, Nebraska, USA

Height 1.63m / 5' 4"

Biography

Swoosie is the only child of author Margo and Frank Kurtz. As her father was a colonel in the U.S. Air Force, she moved often during her school years, living in eight different states. At the University of Southern California she majored in drama; later she attended the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art, collected Broadway's "triple crown" (the Tony, Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle awards) for her portrayal of Gwen in Lanford Wilson's "The Fifth of July". Since then she has appeared in many TV shows and movies, and received several Emmy and Golden Globe nominations and an Emmy for her guest-starring performance on Carol Burnett's comedy series Carol & Company (1990).Read More

Known For

Trivia

Her name "Swoosie" is derived from "Swoose" - half swan, half goose - which was the name of the B-17D bomber that her father piloted in World War II. This same aircraft (USAAC 40-3097) once carried future-president Lyndon Johnson back to Australia from Port Moresby, New Guinea, after he rode as a Navy observer on a B-26 raid on Lae. It is now owned by the National Air and Space Museum in Washington.

appearing in "Heartbreak House" for the Roundabout Theatre Company in New York City. [November 2006]

Is a registered Democrat.

Nominated for the 2007 Tony Award (New York City) for Actress in a Drama for "Heartbreak House".

She was nominated for a 1975 Joseph Jefferson Award for Best Actress in a Principal Role for her performance in "The Philanthropist", at the Goodman Theatre in Chicago, Illinois.

Played Terry O'Quinn's mother in the Lost (2004) episode, Lost: Deus Ex Machina (2005), being just 8 years older than him.

Appeared both in Dangerous Liaisons (1988), and a remake, Cruel Intentions (1999), in different roles.

Has twice won Broadway's Tony Award as Best Actress (Featured Role - Play): in 1981 for "The Fifth of July" and in 1986 for "The House of Blue Leaves." She was also nominated two other times: in 1978 as Best Actress (Featured Role - Play) for "Tartuffe," and in 2004 as Best Actress (Play) for "Frozen."

May 28, 1991: Starred in the first production of Terrence McNally's play "Lips Together, Teeth Apart" with Nathan Lane, Christine Baranski and Anthony Heald.

In 1962, Swoosie and her father both appeared on the game show To Tell the Truth (1956). Col. Kurtz was the contestant, and 18-year-old Swoosie came out at the end of the game to identify her father by handing him his uniform jacket.

Quotes

[on her name] "Change it to what - Tiffany? It's been an advantage. It's unforgettable. I'm the only one."

I try to tell myself I'm not schizophrenic. But when I'm not acting, I'm not alive. Everyday is just not heightened enough for me. I'm more focused, more interesting when I'm working.

Filmography

As the World Turns As the World Turns EllieBradley(1971)(unknownepisodes)
To Tell the Truth To Tell the Truth Herself(1episode,1962)
The Donna Reed Show The Donna Reed Show Mimi(1episode,1962)
The Doctors The Doctors StudentNurse(uncredited)(1episode,1969)
Kojak Kojak JulieDiNata(1episode,1976)
Slap Shot  Slap Shot  ShirleyUpton
Mary Mary Skitcharacters(unknownepisodes)
Oliver's Story  Oliver's Story  GwenSimpson
Entertainment Tonight Entertainment Tonight Herself(3episodes,2010-2016)
Love, Sidney Love, Sidney LaurieMorgan(44episodes,1981-1983)
Late Night with David Letterman Late Night with David Letterman Herself/...(4episodes,1982-1992)
The World According to Garp  The World According to Garp  TheHooker
A Caribbean Mystery  A Caribbean Mystery  RuthWalter
Against All Odds  Against All Odds  Edie
Guilty Conscience  Guilty Conscience  JackieWillis
Wildcats  Wildcats  VernaMcGrath
Bright Lights, Big City  Bright Lights, Big City  Megan
Dangerous Liaisons  Dangerous Liaisons  MadamedeVolanges
Vice Versa  Vice Versa  Tina
Carol & Company Carol & Company Laurie(1episode,1990)
The Image  The Image  JoanneWinstow-Darvish
A Shock to the System  A Shock to the System  LeslieMarshall
Stanley & Iris  Stanley & Iris  Sharon
Sisters Sisters AlexReed/...(127episodes,1991-1996)
Vicki! Vicki! Herself(2episodes,1993-1994)
Terror on Track 9  Terror on Track 9  MarciaHobbs
And the Band Played On  And the Band Played On  Mrs.Johnstone
The Positively True Adventures of the Alleged Texas Cheerleader-Murdering Mom  The Positively True Adventures of the Alleged Texas Cheerleader-Murdering Mom  MarlaHarper
ER ER TinaMarieChambliss(1episode,1998)
The Magic School Bus The Magic School Bus DorothyAnn'sMom/...(1episode,1995)
Touched by an Angel Touched by an Angel LibbyGlaser(1episode,1997)
The Outer Limits The Outer Limits JusticeKendallWoods(2episodes,2000)
Betrayed: A Story of Three Women  Betrayed: A Story of Three Women  JoanBixler
Party Girl Party Girl JudyBurkhard(3episodes,1996)
The Rosie O'Donnell Show The Rosie O'Donnell Show Herself(1episode,1996)
Suddenly Susan Suddenly Susan LizMillerKeane(3episodes,1996-1997)
Citizen Ruth  Citizen Ruth  DianeSiegler
Harvey  Harvey  VetaSimmons
A Promise to Carolyn  A Promise to Carolyn  Kay
Liar Liar  Liar Liar  DanaAppleton
Little Girls in Pretty Boxes  Little Girls in Pretty Boxes  AllisonBryant
Cruel Intentions  Cruel Intentions  Dr.Greenbaum
Great Performances Great Performances MurielMcComber/...(2episodes,1976-1979)
The Wild Thornberrys The Wild Thornberrys MichelleNaidell(1episode,2003)
Walking the Dog  Walking the Dog 
American Playhouse American Playhouse BananasShaughnessy/...(2episodes,1982-1987)
Trying Times Trying Times Wanda(1episode,1987)
Get Over It  Get Over It  BeverlyLanders
Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Law & Order: Special Victims Unit JudgeHildaMarsden(1episode,2009)
Love & Money Love & Money EffieConklin(13episodes,1999-2000)
That's Life That's Life ValerieWilkinson(4episodes,2001-2002)
Duplex  Duplex  Jean
The Fighting Fitzgeralds The Fighting Fitzgeralds (1episode,2001)
Street Time Street Time VictoriaVanKleek(1episode,2002)
Still Standing Still Standing HelenMichaels(2episodes,2005)
The 35th Annual Tony Awards  The 35th Annual Tony Awards  Herself-Winner:BestFeaturedActressinaPlay
The 41st Annual Tony Awards  The 41st Annual Tony Awards  Herself-Presenter:BestFeaturedActessinaPlay
The 50th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards  The 50th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards  Herself-Nominated:OutstandingGuestActressinaDramaSeries
The 48th Annual Tony Awards  The 48th Annual Tony Awards  Herself-Presenter:BestRevivalofaPlay
The 32nd Annual Tony Awards  The 32nd Annual Tony Awards  Herself-Nominee:BestFeaturedActressinaPlay
The More You Know The More You Know Herself
American Dad! American Dad! BettySmith/...(6episodes,2006-2014)
Tavis Smiley Tavis Smiley Herself(1episode,2007)
Huff Huff MadeleineSullivan(8episodes,2004-2006)
Desperate Housewives Desperate Housewives Jessie(1episode,2009)
Lost Lost EmilyLocke(1episode,2005)
The 58th Annual Tony Awards  The 58th Annual Tony Awards  Herself-Presenter:RegionalTheatreAward&Nominee:BestLeadingActressinaPlay
The 53rd Annual Tony Awards  The 53rd Annual Tony Awards  Herself-Presenter:BestFeaturedActressinaMusical
The 40th Annual Tony Awards  The 40th Annual Tony Awards  Herself-Winner:BestFeaturedActressinaPlay
The 43rd Annual Tony Awards  The 43rd Annual Tony Awards  Herself-Presenter:BestDirectionofaPlay
Omg! Insider Omg! Insider Herself(2episodes,2014)
Nadine in Date Land  Nadine in Date Land  Mrs.M
The 42nd Annual Primetime Emmy Awards  The 42nd Annual Primetime Emmy Awards  Herself-Winner:OutstandingGuestActressinComedySeries&Nominee:OutstandingSupportingActressinMiniseriesorSpecial
The 45th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards  The 45th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards  Herself-Nominee:OutstandingLeadActressinaDramaSeries
1st Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards  1st Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards 
Category 7: The End of the World  Category 7: The End of the World  PennyHall
How to Get an Ed in Business How to Get an Ed in Business SwoosieKurtz
All the King's Horses All the King's Horses MadeleineSullivan
Christmas Is Ruined Christmas Is Ruined MadeleineSullivan
Lipstick on Your Panties Lipstick on Your Panties MadeleineSullivan(uncredited)
Maps Don't Talk Maps Don't Talk MadeleineSullivan
Deus Ex Machina Deus Ex Machina EmilyLocke
Virgin Mary Virgin Mary JudyBurkhard
Some Tuesday in July Some Tuesday in July AlexReedHalsey
Taking a Gamble Taking a Gamble AlexReedBarker
Tangled Webs Tangled Webs AlexReed
The Best Intentions The Best Intentions AlexReed
The Truth Hurts... Bad The Truth Hurts... Bad VictoriaVanKleek
A Path Through the Snow A Path Through the Snow AlexReed
Heroes Heroes MillieHouston(2episodes,2009)
Failure Is Not a Factory-installed Option Failure Is Not a Factory-installed Option MarylinThacker(voice)
Intimate Portrait Intimate Portrait Herself(1episode)
True  True 
Pushing Daisies Pushing Daisies LilyCharles(22episodes,2007-2009)
Superman/Doomsday  Superman/Doomsday  MarthaKent(voice)
Chuck Chuck LauraTurner(1episode,2010)
Reunion Reunion Laurie
Leading Ladies Leading Ladies Herself
Pie-lette Pie-lette LilyCharles
The 16th Annual CableACE Awards  The 16th Annual CableACE Awards  Herself-Presenter
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    Swoosie Kurtz (/ ˌ s w uː s i ˈ k ɜːr t s /, SWOO-si; born September 6, 1944) is an American actress. She is an Emmy Award winner and two-time Tony Award winner.

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    Swoosie Kurtz (* 6. September 1944 in Omaha, Nebraska) ist eine US-amerikanische Schauspielerin

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    Swoosie Kurtz (Omaha, 6 settembre 1944) è un'attrice statunitense, vincitrice di un premio Emmy

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    Swoosie Kurtz en 2009 Données clés Naissance 6 septembre 1944 (72 ans) Omaha , Nebraska Nationalité États-Unis Profession Actrice modifier Swoosie Kurtz est une ...

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  • nl.wikipedia.org    Swoosie Kurtz - Wikipedia

    Swoosie Kurtz (Omaha, 6 september 1944) is een Amerikaans actrice. Zij werd in 1989 genomineerd voor een Golden Globe voor haar bijrol in de televisiefilm Baja Oklahoma.

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