Photo of Swoosie Kurtz Swoosie Kurtz

A respected character actress with an Emmy, two Tonys and countless other industry nominations to her credit, Swoosie Kurtz was born Sept. 6, 1944, in Omaha, Neb. Her unique name, which rhymes with "Lucy" (not with "woozy," as it's often mispronounced), was coined by her father, an Air Force colonel who drew his inspiration from a World War II bomber dubbed the "Swoose."

Kurtz studied acting at the University of Southern California and the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art before launching her career on Broadway. Steady work in movies and television followed, and she forged a reputation as a versatile actress who could tackle almost any role.

Mainstream audiences most often associate Kurtz with her five-year stint as a Waspy wife (and Ashley Judd's mother) on the TV series "Sisters." Kurtz also enjoyed a high-profile run as a one-eyed recluse on the acclaimed "Pushing Daisies."

Swoosie Kurtz in Against All Odds

Against All Odds

1984 R

Ex-football player Terry Brogan (Jeff Bridges) has been hired to track down Jessie Wyler (Rachel Ward), the mistress of sleazy Los Angeles nightclub owner Jake Wise (James Woods). It's not long, however, before Terry has traveled to Mexico and fallen in love with the elusive Jessie. Naturally, Jake sends his henchman to retrieve the couple, and Terry finds himself tangled in a web of murder and corruption.

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  • Swoosie Kurtz in Cruel Intentions Cruel Intentions
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  • Swoosie Kurtz in Reality Bites Reality Bites
  • Swoosie Kurtz in Bubble Boy Bubble Boy
  • Swoosie Kurtz in Duplex Duplex
  • Swoosie Kurtz in Superman Doomsday Superman Doomsday
  • Swoosie Kurtz in Wildcats Wildcats
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  • Swoosie Kurtz in Bright Lights, Big City Bright Lights, Big City
  • Swoosie Kurtz in Harvey Harvey
  • Swoosie Kurtz in Uncommon Women and Others Uncommon Women and Others
  • Swoosie Kurtz in Vice Versa Vice Versa
  • Swoosie Kurtz in The Image The Image
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  • Swoosie Kurtz in Citizen Ruth Citizen Ruth
  • Swoosie Kurtz in Category 7: The End of the World Category 7: The End of the World
  • Swoosie Kurtz in Nadine in Date Land Nadine in Date Land
  • Swoosie Kurtz in An Englishman in New York An Englishman in New York
  • Swoosie Kurtz in Mike & Molly Mike & Molly