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Kathleen Turner was born June 19, 1954, in Springfield, Mo. The University of Maryland grad's first taste of fame came with a regular role on the soap opera "The Doctors" in the late 1970s.

Turner's steamy debut performance in Body Heat (1981) made her one of the leading sex symbols of that decade. She capitalized on this with a 1987 Oscar nomination for Peggy Sue Got Married and by voicing the cartoon character Jessica Rabbit in Who Framed Roger Rabbit (1988). Turner's gymnast background has allowed her to do many of her own stunts, especially in Romancing the Stone, Jewel of the Nile and The War of the Roses.

Recently, she's also played Mrs. Robinson in the London production of the stage adaptation of The Graduate. Since the early '90s, her film appearances have been sporadic; notable among them were Serial Mom, Baby Geniuses and Sofia Coppola's The Virgin Suicides.

Kathleen Turner in The Jewel of the Nile

The Jewel of the Nile

1985 PG

In this sequel to Romancing the Stone, romance writer Joan Wilder (Kathleen Turner) has grown bored traveling the world with her boyfriend, Jack Colton (Michael Douglas), and accepted an invitation to journey to the Middle East with a sheik. Once there, Joan is abducted and imprisoned with a luckless spiritual leader. Now, Colton and his new partner, Ralph (Danny Devito), must come to Wilder's rescue.

  • Kathleen Turner in The Virgin Suicides The Virgin Suicides
  • Kathleen Turner in Body Heat Body Heat
  • Kathleen Turner in Serial Mom Serial Mom
  • Kathleen Turner in Romancing the Stone Romancing the Stone
  • Kathleen Turner in House of Cards House of Cards
  • Kathleen Turner in Monster House Monster House
  • Kathleen Turner in Dumb and Dumber To Dumb and Dumber To
  • Kathleen Turner in Peggy Sue Got Married Peggy Sue Got Married
  • Kathleen Turner in Who Framed Roger Rabbit Who Framed Roger Rabbit
  • Kathleen Turner in Marley & Me Marley & Me
  • Kathleen Turner in The Lady in Question Is Charles Busch The Lady in Question Is Charles Busch
  • Kathleen Turner in National Geographic: Creepy Creatures National Geographic: Creepy Creatures
  • Kathleen Turner in Naked in New York Naked in New York
  • Kathleen Turner in Stories from My Childhood Stories from My Childhood
  • Kathleen Turner in Baby Geniuses Baby Geniuses
  • Kathleen Turner in Answering the Call: Ground Zero Answering the Call: Ground Zero
  • Kathleen Turner in The Perfect Family The Perfect Family