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Kathleen Turner

Turner as private eye V.I. Warshawski

Kathleen Turner (born June 19, 1954) is an American actress. Born Mary Kathleen Turner in Springfield, Missouri, the daughter of diplomat Richard Turner, she had lived in four foreign countries by the time she entered college. She has two brothers and a sister. She was a gymnast as a teenager. While attending high school in London, England, she also took classes at the London Central School of Speech and Drama. When her father died in 1973, the family moved back to Springfield.

She attended Southwest Missouri State University at Springfield for two years, then gained her Bachelor in Fine Arts degree from the University of Maryland in 1977.

Turner married realtor Jay Weiss in 1984, and has a daughter, Rachel Ann Weiss, born 1988. She was diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis in 1992.

She was nominated for an Oscar for best actress in 1987 in Peggy Sue Got Married. She received two Golden Globe awards, both for Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture, in Romancing the Stone (1984) and Prizzi's Honor (1985).

In addition to the television work listed below, she also has appeared as a guest on Friends, King of the Hill (voice), The Simpsons (voice), and Saturday Night Live, which she hosted twice.


As Voice of Jessica Rabbit