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      Swoosie Kurtz

      Swoosie Kurtz

      Highest Rated: 100% And the Band Played On (1993)

      Lowest Rated: 24% Overboard (2018)

      Birthday: Sep 6, 1944

      Birthplace: Omaha, Nebraska, USA

      The title of playwright Wendy Wasserstein's 1977 off-Broadway hit, "Uncommon Women and Others," accurately described the roles which brought original cast member Swoosie Kurtz several awards and universal renown as a character actress par excellence. In the years since she first caught theatergoers' attention with her quirky performance as a sex-obsessed Mount Holyoke graduate in Wasserstein's semi-autobiographical ensemble drama, Kurtz demonstrated her formidable range on stage, screen and television for decades to come. She made a memorable impression in a brief appearance as a world-weary prostitute in "The World According to Garp" (1982) before hitting the stage for a number of roles, including her Tony-winning performance in "The House of Blue Leaves" (1986). After several years bouncing around various mediums, Kurtz started making a name for herself as one of four "Sisters" (NBC, 1991-96) and in notable supporting roles in major features like "Liar Liar" (1997). Following rather thankless parts in "Bubble Boy" (2001) and "Rules of Attraction" (2002), she played a grieving mother confronting her daughter's killer in Broadway's "Frozen" (2004) before landing a regular series role as an ex-synchronized swimmer on "Pushing Daisies" (ABC, 2007-09) respectively. Even as she slummed by taking recurring roles in rather mediocre sitcoms like "Suddenly Susan" (NBC, 1996-2000) and "Still Standing"(CBS, 2002-06), Kurtz maintained her reputation as a critical darling and one of the finest character actresses working in the business.

      Highest rated movies

      And the Band Played On
      Dangerous Liaisons
      The Positively True Adventures of the Alleged Texas Cheerleader-Murdering Mom
      Slap Shot Liar Liar
      Citizen Ruth
      True Stories
      The World According to Garp


      CRUEL INTENTIONS, Swoosie Kurtz, 1999, (c) Columbia GUILTY CONSCIENCE, Blythe Danner, Anthony Hopkins, Swoosie Kurtz, 1985 Mike and Molly, Swoosie Kurtz (L), Katy Mixon (R), 09/20/2010, ©CBS BUBBLE BOY, Jake Gyllenhaal & Swoosie Kurtz. 2001 BUBBLE BOY, Swoosie Kurtz, 2001 Mike and Molly, Melissa McCarthy (L), Swoosie Kurtz (R), 09/20/2010, ©CBS BUBBLE BOY, Jake Gyllenhaal, Swoozie Kurtz, 2001 A SHOCK TO THE SYSTEM, Michael Caine, Swoozie Kurtz, 1990. ©Corsair Pictures THE WORLD ACCORDING TO GARP, Swoosie Kurtz, Robin Williams, Glenn Close, 1982, (c) Warner Brothers CRUEL INTENTIONS, Swoosie Kurtz, Ryan Phillippe, 1999, ©Columbia Pictures DANGEROUS LIAISONS, Swoosie Kurtz, 1988. Warner Bros./. DANGEROUS LIAISONS, Michelle Pfeiffer, Swoosie Kurtz, Mildred Natwick, John Malkovich, 1988. Warner Bros./. LIAR LIAR, Eric Pierpont, Swoosie Kurtz, 1997, (c)MCA Universal GET OVER IT, Swoosie Kurtz, Ed Begley Jr., 2001. ©Dimension Films Mike and Molly, from left: Louis Mustillo, Swoosie Kurtz, Katy Mixon, Margo Martindale, 09/20/2010, ©CBS Mike and Molly, from left: Louis Mustillo, Swoosie Kurtz, Katy Mixon, Margo Martindale, 09/20/2010, ©CBS BRIGHT LIGHTS, BIG CITY, Swoosie Kurtz, Michael J. Fox, 1988. (c) United Artists. CIITZEN RUTH, Kelly Preston, Laura Dern, Swoozie Kurtz, 1996 TRUE STORIES, Swoosie Kurtz, 1986 WILDCATS, Brandy Gold, Goldie Hawn, Swoozie Kurtz, 1986, (c) Warner Brothers



      24% 54% Overboard Grace (Character) $50.2M 2018
      70% 71% An Englishman in New York Connie Clausen (Character) - 2009
      No Score Yet 75% Living Proof Unknown (Character) - 2008
      57% 57% Superman: Doomsday Unknown (Voice) - 2007
      35% 40% Duplex Jean (Character) $9.7M 2003
      44% 71% The Rules of Attraction Mrs .Jared (Character) $6.5M 2002
      31% 48% Bubble Boy Mrs. Livingston (Character) $5.0M 2001
      43% 51% Get Over It Beverly Landers (Character) $11.6M 2001
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Wilde Girls Sierra Lambert (Character) - 2001
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Sleep Easy, Hutch Rimes Binny Redwine (Character) - 2000
      54% 80% Cruel Intentions Dr. Regina Greenbaum (Character) $38.6M 1999
      No Score Yet 17% The White River Kid Mummy Weed (Character) - 1999
      No Score Yet 100% My Own Country Hope Flanders (Character) - 1998
      No Score Yet 33% Harvey Veta Simmons (Character) - 1998
      25% 43% Outside Ozona Rosalee (Character) $7.4K 1998
      83% 75% Liar Liar Dana Appleton (Character) $181.4M 1997
      No Score Yet 27% Little Girls in Pretty Boxes Allison Bryant (Character) - 1997
      81% 73% Citizen Ruth Diane (Character) $278.5K 1996
      No Score Yet 92% A Promise to Carolyn Kay (Character) - 1996
      No Score Yet 43% Storybook Queen Evilia (Character) - 1995
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Betrayed: A Story of Three Women Joan Bixler (Character) - 1995
      No Score Yet 27% One Christmas Emily (Character) - 1994
      63% 74% Reality Bites Charlane McGregor (Character) $20.0M 1994
      100% 88% And the Band Played On Mrs. Johnstone (Character) - 1993
      91% 49% The Positively True Adventures of the Alleged Texas Cheerleader-Murdering Mom Marla Harper (Character) - 1993
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Terror on Track 9 Marcia Hobbs (Character) - 1992
      29% 49% Stanley & Iris Sharon (Character) $5.5M 1990
      No Score Yet 60% The Image Joanne Winstow-Darvish (Character) - 1990
      70% 62% A Shock to the System Leslie Marshall (Character) $2.0M 1990
      60% 38% Bright Lights, Big City Megan (Character) $15.7M 1988
      94% 83% Dangerous Liaisons Madame de Volanges (Character) $32.7M 1988
      50% 41% Vice Versa Tina Brooks (Character) $12.2M 1988
      No Score Yet 70% Baja Oklahoma Doris Steadman (Character) - 1988
      79% 83% True Stories Miss Rollings (Character) $1.6M 1986
      26% 50% Wildcats Verna McGrath (Character) $23.6M 1986
      No Score Yet 41% Guilty Conscience Jackie Willis (Character) - 1985
      64% 45% Against All Odds Edie (Character) - 1984
      No Score Yet 55% A Caribbean Mystery Ruth Walter (Character) - 1983
      71% 78% The World According to Garp The Hooker (Character) - 1982
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Fifth of July Unknown (Character) - 1982
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Mating Season Roberta (Character) - 1980
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Walking Through the Fire Caria (Character) - 1979
      25% 24% Oliver's Story Gwen Simpson (Character) - 1978
      No Score Yet 57% First Love Marsha (Character) - 1977
      85% 89% Slap Shot Shirley Upton (Character) - 1977


      No Score Yet 54% Call Me Kat Sheila (Character) 2021-2023
      82% 60% Bless the Harts Mee-Maw Edwards (Guest Voice) 2021
      No Score Yet 83% Man With a Plan Bev (Guest Star) 2017-2020
      71% 80% The Dangerous Book for Boys Tiffany (Character) 2018
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Home & Family Guest 2018
      89% 76% Lethal Weapon Ruthie (Guest Star) 2018
      90% 87% Grace and Frankie Janet (Guest Star) 2016 2018
      No Score Yet 63% Mike & Molly Joyce Flynn (Character) 2010-2016
      No Score Yet 91% American Dad! Marylin Thacker (Guest Voice) 2006 2008 2010 2012-2014
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Talk Guest 2011 2013-2014
      81% 88% Nurse Jackie Mrs. Scheinhorn (Guest Star) 2009 2011
      90% 91% Chuck Unknown (Guest Star) 2010
      11% No Score Yet Hank Unknown (Guest Star) 2009
      52% 65% Heroes Unknown (Guest Star) 2009
      96% 95% Pushing Daisies Lily Charles (Character) 2007-2009
      78% 80% Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Judge Hilda Marsden (Guest Star) 2009
      72% 88% Desperate Housewives Unknown (Guest Star) 2009
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Bonnie Hunt Show Guest 2008
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Category 7: The End of the World Penny Hall (Character) 2005
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Still Standing Unknown (Guest Star) 2005
      86% 90% Lost Emily Locke (Guest Star) 2005
      83% No Score Yet That's Life Unknown (Guest Star) 2001
      36% No Score Yet The Fighting Fitzgeralds Unknown (Guest Star) 2001
      44% No Score Yet Love & Money Effie Conklin (Character) 1999-2000
      78% No Score Yet Armistead Maupin's More Tales of the City Unknown (Character) 1998
      No Score Yet 85% ER Tina Marie Chambliss (Guest Star) 1998
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Touched by an Angel Unknown (Guest Star) 1997
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Suddenly Susan Unknown (Guest Star) 1996-1997
      11% No Score Yet Party Girl Unknown (Character) 1996
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Sisters Alex Reed Halsey Barker (Character) 1991-1996
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Hope & Gloria Unknown (Guest Star) 1995
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Kojak Julie Di Nata (Guest Star) 1976