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Swoosie Kurtz

Biography

Emmy Award-winning actress who portrayed Alex in the favorite television drama series Sisters in 1991. Beginning this year 2010 she portrayed Joyce Flynn in the CBS sitcom Mike & Molly. She also performed a job in the series Pressing Daisies, which went from 2007 to 2009. She got thinking about acting after executing at a stage play in college. She was called following the Swoose aircraft, which her dad flew during Globe Battle II. Her parents are called Margaret and Frank Allen Kurtz Jr. She performed a job in the film Liar, Liar with Jim Carrey.

Quick Facts


Full Name Swoosie Kurtz
Date Of Birth September 6, 1944
Place Of Birth Omaha, NE
Height 1.63 m
Profession TV Actress
Education University of Southern California, London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art
Nationality American
Parents Frank Kurtz, Margo Rogers
Awards Tony Award for Best Featured Actress in a Play, Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actress - Comedy Series, Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Featured Actress in a Play, Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Featured Actress in a Musical, Obie Award for Performance, Obie Award for Best Performance, Outer Critics Circle Award for Best Actress
Nominations Tony Award for Best Lead Actress in a Play, Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series, Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series, Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series, Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Limited Series or a Movie, Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Actress in a Play, Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series, Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress in a Series, Miniseries, or Motion Picture Made for Television, Outer Critics Circle Award for Outstanding Actress in a Play, Lucille Lortel Award for Outstanding Lead Actress
Movies Dangerous Liaisons, Liar Liar, Cruel Intentions, Bubble Boy, Citizen Ruth, Reality Bites, The World According to Garp, The Rules of Attraction, Stanley & Iris, Against All Odds, Wildcats, Slap Shot, True Stories, Vice Versa, A Shock to the System, Get Over It, Duplex, Oliver's Story, And the Band Played On, Superman: Doomsday, Outside Ozona, The Positively True Adventures of the Alleged Texas Cheerleader-Murdering Mom, An Englishman in New York, One Christmas, Living Proof, The White River Kid, Nadine in Date Land, Sleep Easy, Hutch Rimes, First Love, Uncommon Women and Others, Guilty Conscience, A Time to Live, Harvey, The Image, Storybook, Baja Oklahoma, A Caribbean Mystery, Bright Lights, Big City, A Promise to Carolyn, The Wilde Girls, Terror on Track 9, Little Girls in Pretty Boxes, Betrayed: A Story of Three Women, The House of Blue Leaves, Play Nice, My Own Country, Walking Through the Fire, The Mating Season
TV Shows Mike & Molly, Pushing Daisies, ER, Category 7: The End of the World, Love & Money, Sisters, Love, Sidney, Mary, Party Girl, More Tales of the City
Star Sign Virgo

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#Fact
1She was awarded the 1987 Drama Logue Award for Outstanding Performance for "Hunting Cockroaches" at the Mark Taper Forum Theatre in Los Angeles, California.
2Currently starring on a television show with 'Janeane Garafalo'. [June 2005]
3appearing in "Heartbreak House" for the Roundabout Theatre Company in New York City. [November 2006]
4Is a registered Democrat.
5Nominated for the 2007 Tony Award (New York City) for Actress in a Drama for "Heartbreak House".
6She 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.
7Played Terry O'Quinn's mother in the Lost (2004) episode, Lost: Deus Ex Machina (2005), being just 8 years older than him.
8Appeared both in Dangerous Liaisons (1988), and a remake, Cruel Intentions (1999), in different roles.
9Has 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."
10May 28, 1991: Starred in the first production of Terrence McNally's play "Lips Together, Teeth Apart" with Nathan Lane, Christine Baranski and Anthony Heald.
11In 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.
12Her 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.


Actress

Actress

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Hank2009TV SeriesEvelyn Funk
Heroes2009TV SeriesMillie Houston
Law & Order: Special Victims Unit2009TV SeriesJudge Hilda Marsden
Desperate Housewives2009TV SeriesJessie
Pushing Daisies2007-2009TV SeriesLily Charles
An Englishman in New York2009Connie Clausen
Living Proof2008TV MovieElizabeth
Superman/Doomsday2007VideoMartha Kent (voice)
Huff2004-2006TV SeriesMadeleine Sullivan
Category 7: The End of the World2005TV MoviePenny Hall
Still Standing2005TV SeriesHelen Michaels
Nadine in Date Land2005TV MovieMrs. M
Lost2005TV SeriesEmily Locke
True2005TV Movie
Duplex2003Jean
The Wild Thornberrys2003TV SeriesMichelle Naidell
The Rules of Attraction2002Mrs. Jared
Street Time2002TV SeriesVictoria Van Kleek
That's Life2001-2002TV SeriesValerie Wilkinson
The Wilde Girls2001TV MovieSierra Lambert
Bubble Boy2001Mrs. Livingston
The Fighting Fitzgeralds2001TV Series
Get Over It2001Beverly Landers
Sleep Easy, Hutch Rimes2000Binny Redwine
The Outer Limits2000TV SeriesJustice Kendall Woods
Love & Money1999-2000TV SeriesEffie Conklin
The White River Kid1999Mummy Weed
Cruel Intentions1999Dr. Greenbaum
Outside Ozona1998Rosalee
Armistead Maupin's More Tales of the City1998TV Mini-SeriesBetty Ramsey
ER1998TV SeriesTina Marie Chambliss
My Own Country1998TV MovieHope Flanders
Touched by an Angel1997TV SeriesLibby Glaser
Suddenly Susan1996-1997TV SeriesLiz Miller Keane
Liar Liar1997Dana Appleton
Little Girls in Pretty Boxes1997TV MovieAllison Bryant
Party Girl1996TV SeriesJudy Burkhard
Storybook1996Queen Evilia
Sisters1991-1996TV SeriesAlex Reed Alex Reed Barker Alex Reed Halsey
A Promise to Carolyn1996TV MovieKay
Citizen Ruth1996Diane Siegler
Harvey1996TV MovieVeta Simmons
The Magic School Bus1995TV SeriesDorothy Ann's Mom / NASA Woman
Hope & Gloria1995TV SeriesSwoosie Kurtz
Betrayed: A Story of Three Women1995TV MovieJoan Bixler
One Christmas1994TV MovieEmily
Reality Bites1994Charlane McGregor
And the Band Played On1993TV MovieMrs. Johnstone
The Positively True Adventures of the Alleged Texas Cheerleader-Murdering Mom1993TV MovieMarla Harper
Terror on Track 91992TV MovieMarcia Hobbs
Walking the Dog1991Short
Carol & Company1990TV SeriesLaurie
A Shock to the System1990Leslie Marshall
Stanley & Iris1990Sharon
The Image1990TV MovieJoanne Winstow-Darvish
Dangerous Liaisons1988Madame de Volanges
Bright Lights, Big City1988Megan
Vice Versa1988Tina
Baja Oklahoma1988TV MovieDoris Steadman
Trying Times1987TV SeriesWanda
American Playhouse1982-1987TV SeriesBananas Shaughnessy / Gwen Landis
True Stories1986Miss Rollings
Wildcats1986Verna McGrath
Guilty Conscience1985TV MovieJackie Willis
A Time to Live1985TV MoviePatricia
Against All Odds1984Edie
A Caribbean Mystery1983TV MovieRuth Walter
Love, Sidney1981-1983TV SeriesLaurie Morgan
The World According to Garp1982The Hooker
The Mating Season1980TV MovieRoberta
Marriage Is Alive and Well1980TV MovieJane Tremont
Great Performances1976-1979TV SeriesRita Altabel / Muriel McComber
Walking Through the Fire1979TV MovieCaria
Oliver's Story1978Gwen Simpson
Mary1978TV SeriesSkit characters
First Love1977Marsha
Slap Shot1977Shirley Upton
Kojak1976TV SeriesJulie Di Nata
The Doctors1969TV SeriesStudent Nurse
The Donna Reed Show1962TV SeriesMimi
As the World Turns1956TV SeriesEllie Bradley (1971)
Furst Born2016TV Movie completedMargaret
Mike & Molly2010-2016TV SeriesJoyce Flynn
Grace and Frankie2016TV SeriesJanet
American Dad!2006-2014TV SeriesBetty Smith / Marylin Thacker
Nurse Jackie2009-2011TV SeriesMrs. Scheinhorn
Chuck2010TV SeriesLaura Turner
Rita Rocks2009TV SeriesMarilyn

Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Love, Sidney1981TV Series performer: "Friends Forever"

Thanks

Thanks

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Guys2002special thanks

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Entertainment Tonight2010-2016TV SeriesHerself
Home & Family2014-2015TV SeriesHerself / Herself - Guest
The Queen Latifah Show2014TV SeriesHerself
The Insider2014TV SeriesHerself
The Talk2011-2014TV SeriesHerself - Guest
Hope and Miracles: The Making of 'Living Proof'2009Video documentary shortHerself
The Bonnie Hunt Show2008TV SeriesHerself
Reinventando Hollywood2008TV Movie documentaryHerself
Tavis Smiley2007TV SeriesHerself
The 61st Annual Tony Awards2007TV SpecialHerself - Nominee: Best Leading Actress in a Play
Working in the Theatre1986-2006TV Series documentaryHerself
The 58th Annual Tony Awards2004TV SpecialHerself - Presenter: Regional Theatre Award & Nominee: Best Leading Actress in a Play
The 53rd Annual Tony Awards1999TV SpecialHerself - Presenter: Best Featured Actress in a Musical
The 50th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards1998TV SpecialHerself - Nominated: Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series
The 52nd Annual Tony Awards1998TV SpecialHerself - Presenter: Best Lighting Design & Best Scenic Design
The Annual Museum of Television and Radio Gala1997TV MovieHerself
The 51st Annual Tony Awards1997TV SpecialHerself - Presenter: Best Scenic Design
The Rosie O'Donnell Show1996TV SeriesHerself
The 3th Annual Women in Hollywood Awards1996TV SpecialHerself
1st Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards1995TV Special
The 46th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards1994TV SpecialHerself - Nominated: Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series, Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or a Special & Co-Presenter: Outstanding Writing in a Miniseries or a Special
The 48th Annual Tony Awards1994TV SpecialHerself - Presenter: Best Revival of a Play
Vicki!1993-1994TV SeriesHerself
The 5th Annual GLAAD Media Awards1994TV SpecialHerself
The 16th Annual CableACE Awards1994TV SpecialHerself - Presenter
Intimate Portrait1993TV Series documentaryHerself
The 45th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards1993TV SpecialHerself - Nominee: Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series
Late Night with David Letterman1982-1992TV SeriesHerself / Herself - Guest
One on One with John Tesh1991-1992TV SeriesHerself
The 44th Annual Writers Guild of America Awards1992TV SpecialHerself
The Chuck Woolery Show1991TV SeriesHerself
The 12th Annual CableACE Awards1991TV SpecialHerself
The 42nd Annual Primetime Emmy Awards1990TV SpecialHerself - Winner: Outstanding Guest Actress in Comedy Series & Nominee: Outstanding Supporting Actress in Miniseries or Special
Night of 100 Stars III1990TV MovieHerself
The More You Know1989TV SeriesHerself
The 43rd Annual Tony Awards1989TV SpecialHerself - Presenter: Best Direction of a Play
The 46th Annual Golden Globe Awards1989TV SpecialHerself
The 41st Annual Tony Awards1987TV SpecialHerself - Presenter: Best Featured Actess in a Play
The 40th Annual Tony Awards1986TV SpecialHerself - Winner: Best Featured Actress in a Play
The 35th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards1983TV SpecialHerself - Nominated: Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series
The 34th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards1982TV SpecialHerself - Nominated: Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series
The 36th Annual Tony Awards1982TV SpecialHerself - Presenter: American Theatre Wing
The 39th Annual Golden Globe Awards1982TV Special documentaryHerself - Presenter
The 35th Annual Tony Awards1981TV SpecialHerself - Winner: Best Featured Actress in a Play
The 32nd Annual Tony Awards1978TV SpecialHerself - Nominee: Best Featured Actress in a Play
To Tell the Truth1962TV SeriesHerself

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Entertainment Tonight2016TV SeriesHerself

Won awards

Won awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2006OFTA Television AwardOnline Film & Television AssociationBest Guest Actress in a Drama SeriesHuff (2004)
1990Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy SeriesCarol & Company (1990)

Nominated awards

Nominated awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2006Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Guest Actress in a Drama SeriesHuff (2004)
2005Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Guest Actress in a Drama SeriesHuff (2004)
1998Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Guest Actress in a Drama SeriesER (1994)
1998OFTA Television AwardOnline Film & Television AssociationBest Guest Actress in a Drama SeriesER (1994)
1995CableACECableACE AwardsSupporting Actress in a Movie or MiniseriesAnd the Band Played On (1993)
1995ActorScreen Actors Guild AwardsOutstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama SeriesSisters (1991)
1994Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Lead Actress in a Drama SeriesSisters (1991)
1994Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or a SpecialAnd the Band Played On (1993)
1993Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Lead Actress in a Drama SeriesSisters (1991)
1991CableACECableACE AwardsSupporting Actress in a Movie or MiniseriesThe Image (1990)
1990Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or a SpecialThe Image (1990)
1989Golden GlobeGolden Globes, USABest Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Series, Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for TelevisionBaja Oklahoma (1988)
1989ACECableACE AwardsSupporting Actress in a Movie or MiniseriesBaja Oklahoma (1988)
1983Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy SeriesLove, Sidney (1981)
1982Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy SeriesLove, Sidney (1981)


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#Quote
1I 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.
2[on her name] "Change it to what - Tiffany? It's been an advantage. It's unforgettable. I'm the only one."


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