Join or Sign In

Sign in to customize your TV listings

Continue with Facebook Continue with email

By joining TV Guide, you agree to our Terms of Use and acknowledge the data practices in our Privacy Policy.

Kathleen Quinlan Biography

Birth Name:
Kathleen Denise Quinlan
Birth Place:
Pasadena, California, United States

Fast Facts

  • Suffered from allergy-induced asthma when she was a child; outgrew the condition in her teen years and became an accomplished gymnast, scuba diver and surfer
  • Appeared uncredited in the 1972 drama One Is a Lonely Number, serving as a body double for star Trish Van Devere in a diving scene
  • First credited film role was a one-line part in the 1973 classic American Graffiti; she was chosen by director George Lucas during an audition at Tamalpais High School, where the movie's sock-hop scene was shot
  • Made her New York stage debut in 1979 in Thomas Babe's Taken in Marriage, for which she won a Theatre World Award
  • For her role on the CBS drama Family Law, her contract stipulated that her workday would end no later than 6pm so she could spend more time at home with her family


  • 1996Golden Globe-Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture: nominated
  • 1995Screen Actors Guild Awards-Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture: winner
  • 1995Oscar-Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role: nominated
  • 1978Golden Globe-Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Drama: nominated