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 to theatre, appearing in several Broadway productions and winning the triple crown of awards -- the Tony, the Drama Desk, and the Outer Critics Circle for her portrayal of Gwen in The Fifth of July in 1981. Kurtz also started television in 1981 in the sitcom Love, Sidney, where she earned her first Emmy nomination. Kurtz is most well-known for her role as Alexandra Reed on the NBC drama that ran in the 1990s and earned her two more Emmy nominations. Kurtz has mainly stuck to television and has only dabbled in big-screen movies, like 1997's Liar Liar with Jim Carrey. She currently stars as on the CBS sitcom Mike & Molly as Joyce Flynn, Molly's mother.