Fast Facts

  • Father won an Olympic bronze medal for diving in 1932.
  • Named after "The Swoose," a plane that her father, a decorated Air Force Colonel, piloted during WWII.
  • Developed an interest in acting in high school after delivering a monologue performed by Bette Davis in the movie Dark Victory.
  • Television acting debut was playing Ellie Bradley on As the World Turns in 1971.
  • Awarded Broadway's "Triple Crown" (the Tony, Drama Desk and the Outer Critics Circle Award) for her role as Gwen in Lanford Wilson's The Fifth of July in 1981.
  • Appeared in both Dangerous Liaisons in 1988 and the remake Cruel Intentions in 1999.
  • Played the eye-patched, agoraphobic, ex-synchronized swimmer Lily Charles on the whimsical and critically acclaimed but short-lived Pushing Daisies.

Awards

  • 1998, Emmy — Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series: Nominee
  • 1981, Tony — Actress (Featured Role--Play): Winner
  • 1990, Emmy — Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series: Winner
  • 2007, Tony — Actress (Play): Nominee
  • 2006, Emmy — Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series: Nominee
  • 2005, Emmy — Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series: Nominee
  • 1993, Emmy — Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series: Nominee
  • 1983, Emmy — Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series: Nominee
  • 1994, Emmy — Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series: Nominee
  • 1986, Tony — Actress (Featured Role--Play): Winner
  • 1990, Emmy — Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or Special: Nominee
  • 2004, Tony — Actress (Play): Nominee
  • 1978, Tony — Actress (Featured Role--Play): Nominee
  • 1994, Emmy — Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or Special: Nominee
  • 1982, Emmy — Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series: Nominee
  • 1989, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Series, Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television: Nominee
  • 1994, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series: Nominee

Relationships

  • Margo Kurtz — Mother
  • Frank Kurtz — Father

College

  • University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA (BA in Drama, 1968); London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art, London, England

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  • Birth Place: Omaha, NE
  • Profession: Actor

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