Swoosie Kurtz

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Swoosie Kurtz

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9/6/1944, Omaha, Nebraska

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Swoosie Kurtz was born September 6, 1944 to author Margo Kurtz and Air Force Colonel Frank Kurtz. Her father named her Swoosie after the B-17D Flying Fortress airplane, "The Swoose." Kurtz first appeared on television in 1974 on To Tell The Truth with her father. She then switched…more

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    • In 1995, Swoosie was nominated for a SAG Award for "Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series" for Sisters.

    • Swoosie was criticized for her role in Bubble Boy, by a group of doctors and parents, along with the Immune Deficiency Foundation. Their stance was that the movie was no laughing matter, and was lead by Marcia Boyle, mother of a 23 year-old boy with primary immunodeficiency disorder. A boycott of the film has been called for, and a request to Disney has been made to pull it from distribution.

    • Swoosie was awarded 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.

    • Swoosie played Anthony Hopkins dissatisfied mistress in the 1985 CBS movie Guilty Conscience.

    • Swoosie earned an Emmy nomination for her guest starring role on the Showtime series Huff, in 2005.

    • Swoosie appeared in Rules of Attraction, based on the Bret Easton Ellis novel in 2002.

    • Swoosie played a prostitute whose services are acquired by Garp's mother (Glen Close) for him in The World According to Garp.

    • Swoosie returned to the New York stage in the lead of Paula Vogel's The Mineola Twins in 1999.

    • Swoosie appeared in Dangerous Liasons in 1988, and in the modern version Cruel Intentions as Dr. Regina Greenbaum opposite Ryan Phillipe in 1999.

    • Swoosie signed a development deal for television movies and series with Warner Bros. Studios in 1997.

    • Swoosie had a recurring role on the television sitcom Suddenly Susan in 1996, as mother to Brooke Shields' title character.

    • Swoosie stepped into Stockard Channing's role in 1990 in John Guare's stage production of Six Degrees of Separation.

    • Swoosie was nominated twice for Tony Awards that she did not win. The first was in 1978 for her role in Tartuffe, the second in 2004, for her role in Frozen.

    • Swoosie has been honored twice with a Tony Award as 'Best Actress'. Her first Tony was awarded in 1981 for her role in The Fifth of July. Her second Tony was awarded in 1986 for her role in The House of Blue Leaves.

    • Swoosie worked her way up to the big screen in 1977, her debut role was as a hockey groupie in George Hill's comedy Slap Shot.

    • Swoosie made her television movie debut in 1976 in Ah! Wilderness.

    • Swoosie made her first television appearance in 1971, acting in the CBS daytime drama As the World Turns.

    • Swoosie began her acting career in regional theater, moving up to substantial supporting roles, the first was Paul Zindel's Pulitzer Prize-winning play The Effects of Gamma-Rays on Man-in-the-Moon Marigolds in 1970.

    • Swoosie decided on going to college at the University of Southern California, and majored in drama. After choosing a career in entertainment, she later attended the London Academy of Music and Dance to hone her skills.

    • Swoosi'e name was taken from an airplane that her father piloted in WW-II, called the 'Swoose'. The word Swoose refers to a bird that is half swan and half goose.

    • Swoosie is the only child of author Margo and Air Force Colonel Frank Kurtz. She moved 17 times during her childhood, to 8 different states, due to her father's position with the military.

    • In 1962, Swoosie and her father both appeared on the game show To Tell The Truth. 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.

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