Below is a compiled list of the most interesting facts about Kathleen Turner. Check it out!
Kathleen Turner was born June 19, 1954 in Springfield, Missouri, to Patsy (Magee) and Allen Richard Turner, a U.S. Foreign Service officer. She graduated from American School in London in 1972. After the death of her father, the Turner family moved back to the United States where Kathleen later enrolled at Missouri State University for two years, and earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC) in 1977. Kathleen made her film debut in Body Heat (1981), her role as the relentless Matty Waker brought her astronomical success, and is remembered as one of the sexiest roles in film history. After her initial success, Kathleen continued to flourish with performances in The Man with Two Brains (1983), Romancing the Stone (1984), The Jewel of the Nile (1985), Prizzi’s Honor (1985), Peggy Sue Got Married (1986), The War of the Roses (1989), and Serial Mom (1994).
Interesting Facts about Kathleen Turner
- Referenced by Jack Black in High Fidelity (2000). He says that his band’s name is very close to being called “Kathleen Turner Overdrive”.
- Member of the jury at the Cannes Film Festival in 2004. At the 1994 Cannes Film Festival, she presented Quentin Tarantino with the Palme d’Or for Pulp Fiction (1994).
- She discovered she had developed rheumatoid arthritis in 1992, but did not publicly disclose her illness until 1994, during filming for Serial Mom (1994) in Baltimore.
- Received a lifetime achievement award from the Savannah College of Art and Design at the Savannah Film Festival. [October 2004]
- Ex-sister-in-law of fashion designer Donna Karan.
- Spoke the voice (uncredited) of sexy Jessica Rabbit in the toon-noir Who Framed Roger Rabbit (1988).
- Has played Chandler Bing’s (Matthew Perry) cross-dressing father Charles Bing in three episodes of Friends (1994) in 2001. To this day, Matthew Perry still calls her “Dad”.
- She performed some of her own stunts in Romancing the Stone (1984), Undercover Blues (1993) and V.I. Warshawski (1991). Her nose was broken while filming V.I. Warshawski (1991).
- Education: Southwest Missouri State University (SMSU), Springfield, Missouri; transferred after two years University of Maryland, Baltimore County, Maryland; B.F.A., 1977. She was involved in SMSU’s Tent Theatre in the same summer as Tess Harper.
- Has been a long time member of the People For the American Way Foundation Board of Directors, and was previously on the Board of Directors of Planned Parenthood of America.
- Drama classmates at Missouri State University included John Goodman and Tess Harper.
- By her own admission, she turned down every role offered of a victimized, weak woman.
Personal Quotes by Kathleen Turner
I don’t believe in simply accumulating money, but I have the luxury to say that, because I have enough for all my needs.- Kathleen Turner
Get more women producers, writers, directors. Why should we expect men to do it for us? They can’t.- Kathleen Turner
There are still women who are not living their own lives, but living through their men or their children.- Kathleen Turner
I never feel more alive than when I’m on stage. On film you feel chopped up, you can be acting from the neck up, or the hand, there is a lot of close up.- Kathleen Turner
I never took to Hollywood.- Kathleen Turner