Swoosie Kurtz

Swoosie Kurtz

Sep. 6th, 1944
Born in
Omaha, Nebraska, USA
5' 4

Swoosie Kurtz's Main TV Roles

Show Character(s)
Pushing Daisies TV Show
Pushing Daisies
Mike & Molly TV Show
Mike & Molly
Sisters TV Show
Love, Sidney TV Show
Love, Sidney
Category 7: End Of The World TV Show
Category 7: End Of The World
Love & Money TV Show
Love & Money
Party Girl TV Show
Party Girl
Trying Times TV Show
Trying Times

Main Movie Roles

2009 - An Englishman in New York
2003 - Duplex
2002 - The Rules of Attraction
2001 - Get Over It
2001 - Bubble Boy
1999 - The White River Kid
1999 - Cruel Intentions
1997 - Liar Liar
1996 - Citizen Ruth
1994 - Reality Bites
1990 - A Shock to the System
1988 - Dangerous Liaisons
1988 - Bright Lights, Big City
1988 - Vice Versa
1986 - True Stories
1986 - Wildcats
1984 - Against All Odds
1982 - The World According to Garp
1977 - Slap Shot

Guest TV Roles

Show Name
Characters Played
Ep Count
Madeleine Sullivan
Betty Smith (Voiced)
Valerie Wilkinson
Liz Miller Keane
Evelyn Funk
Mrs. Scheinhorn
Millie Houston
Helen Michaels
Dorothy Ann's Mom (Voiced)
Justice Kendall Woods
[Complete List]


Swoosie is the only child of author Margo and Air Force Colonel Frank Kurtz. Due to her father's job she moved 17 times during school, lived in eight different states. At the University of Southern California she majored in drama; later she attended the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art, collected Broadway's "triple crown" (the Tony, Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle awards) for her portrayal of Gwen in Lanford Wilson's "The Fifth of July". Since then she achieved more - has appeared in many TV shows and movies, got several Emmy and Golden Globe nominations and an Emmy for her guest-starring performance on Carol Burnett's comedy series "Carol & Company" (1990).

  • Played 'Terry O'Quinn' (qv)'s mother in an episode of _"Lost" (2004)_ (qv), being just 8 years older than him.
  • May 28, 1991: Starred in the first production of 'Terrence McNally' (qv)'s play "Lips Together, Teeth Apart" with 'Nathan Lane (I)' (qv), 'Christine Baranski' (qv) and 'Anthony Heald' (qv).
  • Her name "Swoosie" is derived from the airplane called the "Swoose" - half swan, half goose - which her father piloted in WW-II.
  • Appeared both in _Dangerous Liaisons (1988)_ (qv), and a remake, _Cruel Intentions (1999)_ (qv), in different roles.
  • Nominated for the 2007 Tony Award (New York City) for Actress in a Drama for "Heartbreak House".
  • In 1962, Swoosie and her father both appeared on the game show _"To Tell the Truth" (1956)_ (qv). Col. Kurtz was the contestant, and 18-year-old Swoosie came out at the end of the game to identify her father by handing him his uniform jacket.
  • Has twice won Broadway's Tony Award as Best Actress (Featured Role - Play): in 1981 for "The Fifth of July" and in 1986 for "The House of Blue Leaves." She was also nominated two other times: in 1978 as Best Actress (Featured Role - Play) for "Tartuffe," and in 2004 as Best Actress (Play) for "Frozen."
  • She was nominated for a 1975 Joseph Jefferson Award for Best Actress in a Principal Role for her performance in "The Philanthropist," at the Goodman Theatre in Chicago, Illinois.

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