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Swoosie Kurtz Biography

Birth Place:
Omaha, Nebraska, United States
Profession
Actor

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

  • 2006Emmy-Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series: nominated
  • 2005Emmy-Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series: nominated
  • 1994Screen Actors Guild Awards-Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series: nominated
  • 1994Emmy-Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series: nominated
  • 1993Emmy-Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series: nominated
  • 1990Emmy-Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or Special: nominated
  • 1989Golden Globe-Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Series, Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television: nominated
  • 1983Emmy-Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series: nominated
  • 1982Emmy-Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series: nominated

Relationships

  • Frank Kurtz -- Father
  • Margo Kurtz -- Mother