In 2008, Turner wrote of her many accomplishments and life experiences in her autobiography titled Send Yourself Roses: Thoughts on my Life, Love, and Leading Roles. The book, co-authored by Gloria Feldt, secured a position on The New York Times Best-Seller List.
Turner's extensive film credits also include the critically acclaimed The Virgin Suicides directed by Sofia Coppola, The Man with Two Brains with Steve Martin, Jewel of the Nile with Michael Douglas, Crimes of Passion, The Accidental Tourist, V.I. Warshawski, John Waters' Serial Mom, Naked in New York and Moonlight and Valentino. It is also impossible to forget Turner's standout performance as the sultry voice of Jessica Rabbit in Who Framed Roger Rabbit?
In addition to her thriving film career, Turner frequently returns to live theater. In 2008 she directed the Roundabout Theatre Company's off Broadway production of the Pulitzer Prize winning play Crimes of the Heart. In 2007, she received London's coveted Evening Standard and London Critics Circle awards and a Laurence Olivier Award nomination for the West End production of Edward Albee's modern classic Who's Afraid Of Virginia Woolf? having been nominated for the 2005 Tony Award for Best Actress during the play's acclaimed run on Broadway. In the fall of 2000, Turner broke box-office records starring in the stage version of the classic film The Graduate in London's West End, playing the role of Mrs. Robinson. In 2002 she took The Graduate to Broadway.
In 1998, she made her British stage debut at the Chichester Festival Theater, which was founded by Sir Laurence Olivier. Recently, Turner worked with Michael Lessac, who directed Turner as Tallulah Bankhead in Sandra Ryan Heyward's one-woman show Tallulah, which she toured in across the U.S.
Turner starred on Broadway in Jean Cocteau's Indiscretions. Other stage works include her portrayal of Maggie the Cat, in the 1989 Broadway revival of Tennessee Williams Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, the Broadway production of Gemini, and Camille at the Long Wharf Theater in New Haven, Connecticut. Turner also starred in Travesties, The Seagull, Toyer, and A Midsummer's Night Dream at the prestigious Arena Stage in Washington D.C.
Turner is an ambassador for Planned Parenthood and also sits on the boards for City Meals on Wheels, People for the American Way, Childhelp and the Ms. Foundation. She speaks across the country on behalf of these various causes.
Turner is a Missouri native, but was raised in Canada, Cuba and England, where her father was a diplomat.
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Kathleen Turner Facts
|Birth Name||Mary Kathleen Turner|
|Birthday||June 19, 1954 (63)|
|Birthplace||Springfield, Missouri, USA|
|Height||5' 10" (1m78) How tall is Kathleen Turner compared to you?|
|Awards||1986 Golden Globe Awards: Best Actress in a Motion Picture - Comedy or Musical (for Prizzi's Honor)|
|1985 Golden Globe Awards: Best Actress in a Motion Picture - Comedy or Musical (for Romancing the Stone)|
|Prince of Central Park|
|Romancing the Stone|
|Dumb And Dumber To|
|The Virgin Suicides|
|Who Framed Roger Rabbit: 25th Anniversary Edition|
|The Jewel Of The Nile|
|Family Favorites: 10-Movie Collection|
|The Accidental Tourist|