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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 The World According to Garp

The World According to Garp

1982 R

Born the bastard son of an unconventional mother (Glenn Close), oddball writer T.S. Garp (Robin Williams) inhabits a strange universe filled with well-intentioned head cases, a feminist icon, a transsexual football player (brilliantly played by John Lithgow), fanatics and lovers. George Roy Hill (Slaughterhouse Five) directs this spirited adaptation of John Irving's best-selling novel, which proves both heartwarming and tragic.

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