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      Kate Capshaw

      Kate Capshaw

      Highest Rated: 79% Dreamscape (1984)

      Lowest Rated: 14% Windy City (1984)

      Birthday: Nov 3, 1953

      Birthplace: Fort Worth, Texas, USA

      Best known for playing Willie Scott in future husband Steven Spielberg's "Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom" (1984), actress Kate Capshaw also enjoyed leading roles in "Windy City" (1984), "SpaceCamp" (1986) and "The Love Letter" (1999). Born in Fort Worth, TX in 1953, Capshaw graduated from the University of Missouri with a Bachelor's in History Education and Master's in Special Education, and spent two years teaching children with learning disabilities before moving to New York to chase her acting dreams. She made her screen debut in 1981 with a six-week stint on long-running soap opera "The Edge of Night" (CBS, 1956-1984), and a year later shared top billing as elementary school teacher Katherine in romantic comedy "A Little Sex" (1982) and played law clerk Elaine Rogers in TV movie "Missing Children: A Mother's Story" (1982). Capshaw got her big break when she won the role of nightclub singer love interest Willie Scott in "Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom" (1984), the second installment of the adventure franchise directed by the man she would marry seven years later, Steven Spielberg. Following the box-office hit, Capshaw played Dudley Moore's wife in comedy "Best Defense" (1984), scientist Jane DeVries in sci-fi horror "Dreamscape" (1984), the one that got away in relationship drama "Windy City" (1984) and Richard Gere's assistant in political tale "Power" (1986). Capshaw then enjoyed leading lady status as NASA-trained astronaut Andie Bergstrom in space adventure "SpaceCamp" (1986) and reluctant secret agent Annie in TV movie "Her Secret Life" (1987), starred opposite Tom Conti in western "The Quick and the Dead" (1987) and played Joanna Gates in murder mystery "Internal Affairs" (1988). After showing up as nightclub hostess Joyce in Ridley Scott's action thriller "Black Rain" (1989), Capshaw played a bigamist's wife in film noir "Love at Large" (1990), widowed mother in western "My Heroes Have Always Been Cowboys" (1991) and schoolteacher in warring neighbor comedy "Next Door" (1994). She also landed her first recurring role when she was cast as private eye client Margo Cody in the crime drama spoof "Black Tie Affair" (NBC, 1993), played the partners of Warren Beatty and Sean Connery in "Love Affair" (1994) and "Just Cause" (1995), respectively, and starred opposite a young Tobey Maguire in the Oscar-nominated short "Duke of Groove" (1996). Capshaw then played Winona Ryder's mother in the adaptation of Whitney Otto's debut novel, "How to Make an American Quilt" (1996), an alcoholic widow in small town drama "A Secret Sin" (1997) and single mother in crime comedy "The Alarmist" (1997). She then took the leading role of middle-aged bookseller Helen MacFarquhar in "The Love Letter" (1999), a romantic comedy she also produced, and enjoyed a memorable role of a bisexual ad executive who goes on a date with Elle Macpherson's lawyer in all-female ensemble "A Girl Thing" (2001). But following a supporting role in coming-of-age "Due East" (2002), Capshaw decided to retire from the film industry.

      Highest rated movies

      Dreamscape
      Love at Large
      Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom
      How to Make an American Quilt
      The Alarmist
      Black Rain
      Power
      SpaceCamp

      Photos

      Kate Capshaw, Steven Spielberg at arrivals for BRIDGE OF SPIES Premiere at the 53rd New York Film Festival (NYFF), Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center, New York, NY October 4, 2015. Photo By: Derek Storm/Everett Collection Kate Capshaw, Steven Spielberg at arrivals for BRIDGE OF SPIES Premiere at the 53rd New York Film Festival (NYFF), Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center, New York, NY October 4, 2015. Photo By: Gregorio T. Binuya/Everett Collection Steven Spielberg at arrivals for Saturday Night Live SNL 40th Anniversary, Rockefeller Plaza, New York, NY February 15, 2015. Photo By: Gregorio T. Binuya/Everett Collection INDIANA JONES AND THE TEMPLE OF DOOM, Kate Capshaw, 1984 SPACECAMP, Kelly Preston, Tate Donovan, Kate Capshaw, Lea Thompson, Larry B. Scott, front: Joaquin Phoenix (as Leaf Phoenix), 1986 A LITTLE SEX, Tim Matheson (carrying child), Sharon Bamber (being carried), Kate Capshaw ((hand on elbow), 1982, © Universal INDIANA JONES & THE TEMPLE OF DOOM, Harrison Ford, Jonathan Ke Quan, Kate Capshaw, 1984 A LITTLE SEX, from left: Tim Matheson, Kate Capshaw, 1982. ©Universal Pictures BEST DEFENSE, from left: Kate Capshaw, Dudley Moore, 1984. ©Paramount Pictures A LITTLE SEX, from left: Tim Matheson, Kate Capshaw, 1982. ©Universal Pictures INDIANA JONES AND THE TEMPLE OF DOOM, left to right: Jonathan Ke Quan, Kate Capshaw, Harrison Ford (back), 1984. ©Paramount WINDY CITY, Kate Capshaw, 1984. ©Warner Bros. INDIANA JONES AND THE TEMPLE OF DOOM, Harrison Ford, Ke Huy Quan & Kate Capshaw, Mine car escape, 1984 INDIANA JONES AND THE TEMPLE OF DOOM, Maharaja's banquet, Raj Singh (ctr) Harrison Ford (left) 1984 LOVE AT LARGE, Kate Capshaw, Tom Berenger, 1990, (c) Orion LITTLE SEX, Kate Capshaw, Tim Matheson, 1982 DREAMSCAPE, Dennis Quaid, Kate Capshaw, 1984, TM and Copyright (c)20th Century Fox Film Corp. All rights reserved. INDIANA JONES AND THE TEMPLE OF DOOM, Kate Capshaw, 1984, (c) Paramount INDIANA JONES AND THE TEMPLE OF DOOM, Kate Capshaw, 1984, (c) Paramount HOW TO MAKE AN AMERICAN QUILT, Kate Capshaw, Winona Ryder, 1995

      Filmography

      Movies

      Credit
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Due East Becky Purdue (Character) - 2002
      No Score Yet 61% A Girl Thing Casey Montgomery (Character) - 2001
      33% 38% The Love Letter Helen (Character),
      Producer
      $8.3M 1999
      No Score Yet No Score Yet America's Victoria: Remembering Victoria Woodhull Victoria Woodhull (Voice) - 1998
      20% 46% The Locusts Mrs. Potts (Character) $31.9K 1997
      56% 14% The Alarmist Gale Ancona (Character) $61.7K 1997
      No Score Yet No Score Yet No Dogs Allowed Unknown (Character) - 1996
      63% 63% How to Make an American Quilt Sally (Character) $23.6M 1995
      26% 46% Just Cause Laurie Prentiss Armstrong (Character) $35.7M 1995
      No Score Yet 31% Next Door Karen Coler (Character) - 1994
      28% 68% Love Affair Lynn Weaver (Character) - 1994
      33% 81% My Heroes Have Always Been Cowboys Jolie (Character) $3.6M 1991
      78% 44% Love at Large Mrs. Ellen McGraw (Character) $708.6K 1990
      54% 55% Black Rain Joyce (Character) $44.9M 1989
      No Score Yet 65% The Quick and the Dead Susanna McKaskel (Character) - 1987
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Code Name: Dancer Annie (Character) - 1987
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Ti presento un'amica Brunetta (Character) - 1987
      50% 44% Power Sydnet Betterman (Character) $3.1M 1986
      46% 50% SpaceCamp Andie Burkstroom (Character) $9.1M 1986
      No Score Yet 13% Best Defense Laura Cooper (Character) - 1984
      79% 46% Dreamscape Jane DeVries (Character) - 1984
      77% 82% Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom Wilhelmina 'Willie' Scott (Character) - 1984
      14% 80% Windy City Emily Reubens (Character) - 1984
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Missing Children: A Mother's Story Elaine Rogers (Character) - 1982
      No Score Yet 35% A Little Sex Katherine (Character) - 1981