Swoosie Kurtz

Swoosie Kurtz (/ˈswuːsi/ SWOO-see; born September 6, 1944)[1] is an American actress. She is an Emmy Award winner and a two-time Tony Award winner.

Kurtz made her Broadway debut in the 1975 revival of Ah, Wilderness. She has received five Tony Award nominations, winning for both Fifth of July (1981) and The House of Blue Leaves (1986); her other nominations were for Tartuffe (1988), Frozen (2004), and Heartbreak House (2007).

For her television work, she has received eight Emmy Award nominations, with one win for Carol and Company in 1990. Other television credits include the NBC drama Sisters (1991–1996), Huff (2004–2006), Pushing Daisies (2007–2009), and the hit CBS sitcom Mike & Molly (2010–2016). Her films include, Wildcats (1986), Dangerous Liaisons (1988), Stanley & Iris (1990), Citizen Ruth (1996), Liar Liar (1997) and Bubble Boy (2001).

Swoosie Kurtz
Swoosie Kurtz Shankbone 2009 Tribeca
Kurtz at the 2009 premiere of PoliWood
BornSeptember 6, 1944 (age 75)[1]
Alma mater
Years active1962–present
Parent(s)Frank Kurtz, Jr.
Margaret Rogers

Early life

Kurtz was born in Omaha, Nebraska, the only child of author Margaret "Margo" (née Rogers) and Air Force Colonel Frank Allen Kurtz, Jr., a much-decorated World War II American bomber pilot.[2][3][4] She got her first name "Swoosie" (which rhymes with Lucy, rather than woozy) from her father. It is derived from the sole surviving example of the early Boeing B-17D Flying Fortress bomber, named "The Swoose" or simply "Swoose"—half swan, half goose—which her father piloted, breaking all Pacific records[5] during World War II.[6] As a military brat, Kurtz moved frequently. Kurtz attended the University of Southern California where she majored in drama. She then attended the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art.


John Guare Swoosie Kurtz Shankbone 2009 Tribeca
John Guare and Kurtz at the 2009 Tribeca Film Festival.

Kurtz's first television appearance at age seventeen was on The Donna Reed Show 4th-season episode "The Golden Trap" (February, 1962). She also appeared on To Tell the Truth at eighteen, identifying her father from two impostors. She made her debut as a series regular on the daytime drama As The World Turns in 1971. Kurtz began her career in theater, making her Broadway debut in the 1975 revival of Ah, Wilderness!. She first gained wide recognition in 1978 for two theatrical productions, Uncommon Women and Others, the breakthrough play by Wendy Wasserstein in which she appeared in a 1977 workshop at the Eugene O'Neill Theater Center and then Off-Broadway, and the musical A History of the American Film for which she won a Drama Desk Award. Kurtz was soon awarded Broadway's "triple crown" (the Tony, Drama Desk, and Outer Critics Circle awards) for her portrayal of Gwen in Lanford Wilson's Fifth of July. She won a second Tony for her performance as Bananas in a 1986 revival of The House of Blue Leaves by John Guare. She starred as playwright Lillian Hellman in the 2002 Nora Ephron play Imaginary Friends.[7]

Cynthia Nixon John Hurt Swoosie Kurtz 2009 Tribeca
Cynthia Nixon, John Hurt and Kurtz at the premiere of An Englishman in New York.

In 1978, Kurtz was part of the ensemble cast of Mary Tyler Moore's short-lived variety series Mary, that also included David Letterman and Michael Keaton. In 1981, Kurtz began two seasons alongside Tony Randall in the sitcom Love, Sidney, in a role that earned her the first of her 10 Emmy Award nominations. In 1990, she won her first Emmy for a guest-starring role on Carol Burnett's comedy series Carol & Company.

From 1991 to 1996, Kurtz had her longest-running television role, starring as wealthy divorcee Alex Reed Halsey on the NBC drama Sisters, a role that earned her two more Emmy Award nominations. She also starred in the ABC television series Pushing Daisies as Lily Charles.

In recent years, Kurtz has guest-starred on the hit series ER and Lost and Desperate Housewives and has also had recurring roles as Valerie on the drama That's Life, as Judy's mother Helen on the sitcom Still Standing, as Madeleine Sullivan on the Showtime drama series Huff, and most recently as part of a lesbian married couple with Blythe Danner on the drama series Nurse Jackie. In 2010, Kurtz began starring on the CBS sitcom Mike & Molly as Joyce Flynn. Most recently, Kurtz has appeared in a recurring part as Matt LeBlanc's mother in the comedy series Man with a Plan.

Although her main focus has been television, Kurtz has starred in several major Hollywood films including the Agatha Christie drama Caribbean Mystery (1983), Dangerous Liaisons (1988), its remake Cruel Intentions (1999), as a lesbian activist in the acclaimed indie film Citizen Ruth (1996), and alongside Jim Carrey in Liar Liar (1997).

Personal life

From 1964 to 1970 Kurtz was romantically involved with Joshua White of the Joshua Light Show.[8] Kurtz has never been married.[9]



Year Title Role Notes
1977 Slap Shot Shirley Upton
1977 First Love Marsha
1978 Oliver's Story Gwen Simpson
1979 Walking Through the Fire Caria Television movie
1980 Marriage is Alive and Well Jane Tremont Television movie
1980 The Mating Season Roberta Television movie
1982 The World According to Garp The Hooker
1983 A Caribbean Mystery Ruth Walter
1984 Against All Odds Edie
1985 Guilty Conscience Jackie Willis Television movie
1985 A Time to Live Patricia Television movie
1986 Wildcats Verna McGrath
1986 True Stories Miss Rollings
1988 Baja Oklahoma Doris Steadman Television movie
Nominated—CableACE Award for Best Supporting Actress in a Movie or Miniseries
Nominated—Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress – Series, Miniseries or Television Film
1988 Vice Versa Lillian Brookmeyer / Turk
1988 Bright Lights, Big City Megan
1988 Dangerous Liaisons Madame de Volanges
1990 The Image Joanne Winstow-Darvish Television movie
Nominated—Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie
1990 Stanley & Iris Sharon
1990 A Shock to the System Leslie Marshall
1991 Walking the Dog N/A Short film
1991 Terror on Track 9 Marcia Hobbs Television movie
1993 The Positively True Adventures of the
Alleged Texas Cheerleader-Murdering Mom
Marla Harper Television movie
1993 And the Band Played On Mrs. Johnstone Television movie
Nominated—CableACE Award for Best Supporting Actress in a Movie or Miniseries
Nominated—Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie
1994 Reality Bites Charlane McGregor
1994 One Christmas Emily Television movie
1995 Betrayed: A Story of Three Women Joan Bixler Television movie
1996 Citizen Ruth Diane Siegler
1996 A Promise to Carolyn Kay Television movie
1996 Harvey Veta Simmons Television movie
1996 Storybook Queen Evilia
1997 Little Girls in Pretty Boxes Allison Bryant Television movie
1997 Liar Liar Dana Appleton
1998 My Own Country Hope Flanders Television movie
1998 Outside Ozona Rosalee
1999 Cruel Intentions Dr. Regina Greenbaum
1999 The White River Kid Mummy Weed
2001 Get Over It Beverly Landers
2001 Bubble Boy Mrs. Livingston
2001 The Wilde Girls Sierra Lambert Television movie
2002 The Rules of Attraction Mrs. Jared
2003 Duplex Jean aka Our House
2004 Sleep Easy, Hutch Rimes Binny Redwine
2005 True N/A Television movie
2005 Category 7: The End of the World Penny Hall Television movie
2005 Nadine in Date Land N/A Television movie
2007 Superman: Doomsday Martha Kent (voice)
2008 Living Proof Elizabeth Television movie
2009 An Englishman in New York Connie Clausen
2018 Overboard Grace


Year Title Role Notes
1962 The Donna Reed Show Mimi Episode: "The Golden Trap"
1971 As the World Turns Ellie Bradley [10] Unknown episodes
1976 Kojak Julie Di Nata Episode: "Black Thorn"
1978 Mary Skit characters Unknown episodes
1979 Uncommon Women and Others Rita Altabel Unknown episodes
1981–1983 Love, Sidney Laurie Morgan 44 episodes
Nominated—Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series (1982–83)
1987 American Playhouse Bananas Shaughnessy / Gwen Landis 2 episodes
1987 Trying Times Wanda Episode: "The Visit"
1990 Carol & Company Laurie Episode: "Reunion"
Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series
1995 Hope and Gloria Herself Episode: "How to Get an Ed in Business"
1995 The Magic School Bus Dorothy Ann's Mom Episode: "Out of This World"
1991–1996 Sisters Alex Reed Barker 127 episodes
Nominated—Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series (1993–94)
Nominated—Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series
1996 Party Girl Judy Burkhard 3 episodes
1997 Touched by an Angel Libby King Episode: "Charades"
1996–1997 Suddenly Susan Liz Miller Keane 3 episodes
1998 ER Tina Marie Chambliss Episode: "Suffer the Little Children"
Nominated—Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series
1998 More Tales of the City Betty Borg Ramsey 3 episodes
1999–2000 Love & Money Effie Conklin 13 episodes
2000 The Outer Limits Justice Kendall Woods Episode: "Final Appeal"
2001 The Fighting Fitzgeralds Unknown Episode: "When Irish Eyes Are Smilin'"
2001–2002 That's Life Valerie Wilkinson 4 episodes
2002 Street Time Victoria Van Kleek Episode: "The Truth Hurts... Bad"
2003 The Wild Thornberrys Michelle Naidell (voice) Episode: "The Wild Snob-berry"
2005 Lost Emily Annabeth Locke Episode: "Deus Ex Machina"
2005–2014 American Dad! Betty Smith / Marylin Thacker 6 episodes
2005 Still Standing Helen Michaels 2 episodes
2004–2006 Huff Madeleine Sullivan 8 episodes
Nominated—Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series (2005–06)
2007–2009 Pushing Daisies Lily Charles 15 episodes
2009 Desperate Housewives Jessie Episode: "The Story of Lucy and Jessie"
2009 Heroes Millie Houston 2 episodes
2009 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Judge Hilda Marsden Episode: "Crush"
2009 Rita Rocks Marilyn 7 episodes
2010 Chuck Laura Turner Episode: "Chuck Versus the Role Models"
2009–2011 Nurse Jackie Mrs. Scheinhorn 2 episodes
2010–2016 Mike & Molly Joyce Flynn 127 episodes
2016–2018 Grace and Frankie Janet 2 episodes
2017– Man with a Plan Beverly Burns 7 episodes
2018 The Dangerous Book for Boys Tiffany McKenna 6 episodes
2018 Lethal Weapon Ruthie 2 episodes

Theatre credits

Year Show Role Notes
1968 The Firebugs Ann Martinique Theatre
July 1, 1968 – July 7, 1968
1970 The Effect of Gamma Rays on Man-in-the-Moon Marigolds Janice Vickery Mercer Arts Center
April 07, 1970 – May 14, 1972
1975 Ah, Wilderness! Muriel McComber Circle in the Square Theatre
September 18, 1975 – November 23, 1975
1976 Children Jane Stage 73
October 20, 1976
1977 Uncommon Women and Others Rita Altabel Marymount Manhattan Theatre
November 17, 1977 – December 4, 1977
1977 Tartuffe Mariane Circle in the Square Theatre
September 25, 1977 – November 20, 1977
1978 A History of the American Film Bette ANTA Playhouse
March 30, 1978 – April 16, 1978
1979 Wine Untouched Unknown Harold Clurman Theater
June 18, 1979 – June 28, 1979
1980 Fifth of July Gwen Landis New Apollo Theatre
November 5, 1980 – January 24, 1982
1985 The Beach House Annie Circle Repertory Company
December 19, 1985 – February 2, 1986
1986 The House of Blue Leaves Bananas Shaughnessy Vivian Beaumont Theater
April 29, 1986 – March 15, 1987
1989 Love Letters Melissa Gardner (replacement) Edison Theatre
November 14, 1989 – November 19, 1989
1991 Lips Together, Teeth Apart Sally Truman New York City Center
May 28, 1991 – January 5, 1992
1999 The Mineola Twins Myrna/Myra Laura Pels Theatre
February 18, 1999 – May 30, 1999
1999 The Vagina Monologues Unknown Westside Theatre
October 03, 1999 – January 26, 2003
2002 The Guys Unknown The Flea Theater
January 17, 2002 – December 20, 2002
2002 Imaginary Friends Lillian Hellman Ethel Barrymore Theatre
December 12, 2002 – February 16, 2003
2003 Intrigue with Faye Woman Acorn Theater
June 11, 2003 – July 16, 2003
2004 Frozen Nancy Circle in the Square Theatre
May 4, 2004 – August 22, 2004
2006 Heartbreak House Hesione Hushabye American Airlines Theatre
October 11, 2006 – December 17, 2006

Awards and nominations

Year Awards Category Work Result
1978 Tony Awards Best Featured Actress in a Play Tartuffe Nominated
Drama Desk Awards Outstanding Featured Actress in a Play Uncommon Women and Others Nominated
Outstanding Featured Actress in a Musical A History of the American Film Won
1981 Tony Awards Best Featured Actress in a Play Fifth of July Won
Drama Desk Awards Outstanding Featured Actress in a Play Won
Outer Critics Circle Awards Outstanding Actress in a Play Won
1982 Emmy Awards (Primetime) Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series Love, Sidney Nominated
1983 Nominated
1986 Tony Awards Best Featured Actress in a Play The House of Blue Leaves Won
Drama Desk Awards Outstanding Actress in a Play Nominated
1990 Emmy Awards (Primetime) Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series Carol and Company Won
1993 Emmy Awards (Primetime) Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series Sisters Nominated
1994 Nominated
Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Limited Series or Movie And the Band Played On Nominated
1998 Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series ER Nominated
1999 Drama Desk Awards Outstanding Actress in a Play The Mineola Twins Nominated
Drama League Awards Distinguished Performance Nominated
Outer Critics Circle Awards Outstanding Actress in a Play Nominated
2004 Tony Awards Best Actress in a Play Frozen Nominated
Outer Critics Circle Awards Outstanding Actress in a Play Nominated
2005 Emmy Awards (Primetime) Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series Huff Nominated
2006 Nominated
2007 Tony Awards Best Actress in a Play Heartbreak House Nominated


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  2. ^ Swoosie Kurtz - Profile, Latest News and Related Articles
  3. ^ Swoosie Kurtz Biography (1944-)
  4. ^ The history of the Fowlers - Google Books
  5. ^ National Archives photo 342-FH-3A40681A-21320AC shows the B-17 crew that broke all records in the Pacific. Annotated photo available at Fold3 with crew list on the reverse side
  6. ^ "unknown title". Friends Journal. Vol. 31 no. 3. Dayton, Ohio: Air Force Museum Foundation. Fall 2008. p. 15.
  7. ^ Hernandez, Ernio. Jones, Kurtz, Groener Become Bway's Imaginary Friends, Nov. 25; Opens Dec. 12. Playbill. 20 July 2002 [1]
  8. ^ Kurtz, Swoosie; Rodgers, Joni (2014). Part Swan, Part Goose. pp. 89, 91–93, 100–103. ISBN 978-0-399-16850-5.
  9. ^ Camilleri, Ricky (April 29, 2014). "HuffPost Live". HuffPost Live. AOL. Retrieved January 10, 2015.
  10. ^ Poll, Julie (1996). As the World Turns: The Complete Family Scrapbook, Special 40th Anniversary Edition. General Publishing Group. p. 295.

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A Shock to the System (1990 film)

A Shock to the System is a 1990 American dark comedy crime thriller film directed by Jan Egleson and starring Michael Caine, Swoosie Kurtz, Elizabeth McGovern, and Peter Riegert. It is based on the 1984 novel A Shock to the System by British author Simon Brett.

A Time to Live

A Time to Live is a 1985 American made-for-television drama film directed by Rick Wallace and starring Liza Minnelli (in her television film debut), Jeffrey DeMunn, Swoosie Kurtz, Scott Schwartz and Corey Haim. It was broadcast on NBC on October 28, 1985.

The film is based on the 1982 book Intensive Care written by Mary-Lou Weisman which tells the true story of the Weismans' experience and struggle to raise their son Peter, who had muscular dystrophy. For her performance, Minnelli won a Golden Globe Award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television.

Baja Oklahoma

Baja Oklahoma is a 1988 American made-for-television comedy-drama film by HBO Original Film starring Lesley Ann Warren. Written by director Bobby Roth and novelist Dan Jenkins, based on Jenkins's 1982 novel with the same title, it included appearances by Peter Coyote, Swoosie Kurtz, and Julia Roberts. The title song was written by Jenkins and Willie Nelson, who appears as himself near the end of the film to sing it with Warren.

Dangerous Liaisons

Dangerous Liaisons is a 1988 American period romantic drama film directed by Stephen Frears, written by Christopher Hampton and based on his play Les liaisons dangereuses which was itself the adaptation of the 18th-century French novel of the same name by Pierre Choderlos de Laclos.

It stars Glenn Close, John Malkovich, Michelle Pfeiffer, Swoosie Kurtz, Mildred Natwick, Peter Capaldi, Keanu Reeves and Uma Thurman.

Dangerous Liaisons was released theatrically on December 16, 1988 by Warner Bros. It received generally positive reviews from critics with major praise drawn towards Close and Pfeiffer's performances, screenplay, production values and costumes. Although it was a moderate commercial success grossing $34.7 million against its $14 million budget, it was cited as a box office disappointment.

The film received seven nominations at the 61st Academy Awards, including for Best Picture and won three: Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Costume Design, and Best Production Design.

Elizabeth Hoffman (actress)

Elizabeth Hoffman (born February 8, 1927) is an American character actress. She is best known for her regular role as Beatrice Reed Ventnor, Swoosie Kurtz', Sela Ward's, Patricia Kalember's and Julianne Phillips' characters' mother, on the NBC drama series Sisters (1991–1996).

Guilty Conscience (film)

Guilty Conscience is a 1985 American TV movie, produced by Robert A. Papazian, written by Richard Levinson and William Link, directed by David Greene, starring Anthony Hopkins, Blythe Danner and Swoosie Kurtz. It premiered on April 2, 1985 on CBS. The film is a drama, but also a mystery, with many plot twists and turns.

Harvey (1996 film)

Harvey is a 1996 American made-for-television fantasy-comedy film and a remake of the 1950 classic film (starring James Stewart) based on Mary Chase's play of the same name. The television adaptation was directed by George Schaefer (his final film project) and starred Harry Anderson (as the eccentric Elwood P. Dowd), Leslie Nielsen, and Swoosie Kurtz. Though it was filmed in 1996, the film sat on the shelf until July 18, 1999, when it was finally broadcast by CBS, two years after Schaefer's death.

Living Proof (film)

Living Proof is a 2008 Lifetime Television film, directed by Dan Ireland, starring Harry Connick, Jr.

The film is based on the true life story of Dr. Dennis Slamon and the book HER-2: The Making of Herceptin, a Revolutionary Treatment for Breast Cancer by Robert Bazell. Vivienne Radkoff wrote the film script, and is also one of the film's executive producers. Renée Zellweger is another executive producer, together with Neil Meron and Craig Zadan.

Tammy Blanchard, Amanda Bynes, Jennifer Coolidge, Angie Harmon, John Benjamin Hickey, Regina King, Swoosie Kurtz, Paula Cale Lisbe, Amy Madigan, Bernadette Peters, and Trudie Styler are featured in the supporting cast.

The film premiered on October 18, 2008, for Lifetime's "Stop Breast Cancer for Life" public service and advocacy campaign, during the National Breast Cancer Awareness Month.A red carpet premiere evening screening took place in New York on September 24, 2008, with a reception following with Harry Connick, Jr. and Bernadette Peters performing. Subsequent screenings took place in Washington, D.C. (September 25), Los Angeles (October 7), and London (October 9).

Love, Sidney

Love, Sidney is an American sitcom which aired two seasons on NBC, from October 1981 to June 1983. It stars Tony Randall as Sidney Shorr (a single, closeted gay man), Swoosie Kurtz as Laurie Morgan (a single mother with whom he shares his home), and Kaleena Kiff as Patti Morgan (Laurie's young daughter). It was the first program on American television to feature a gay character as the central character, although his sexual orientation was carefully downplayed for most of the series' duration.

The series was based on a short story by Marilyn Cantor Baker, which was adapted as the TV movie Sidney Shorr: A Girl's Best Friend, which NBC aired a few weeks before the series premiered. It was produced by Warner Bros. Television.

One Christmas

One Christmas is a 1994 American made-for-television drama film starring Katharine Hepburn (in her final television role), Henry Winkler and Swoosie Kurtz. It is based on the 1983 short story "One Christmas" by Truman Capote about a young boy who reluctantly leaves his Alabama home to spend Christmas with his estranged father in New Orleans. The film originally premiered on NBC on December 19, 1994.

Overboard (2018 film)

Overboard is a 2018 American romantic comedy film directed by Rob Greenberg. The screenplay was written by Greenberg, Bob Fisher, and Leslie Dixon. The film stars Eugenio Derbez, Anna Faris, Eva Longoria, John Hannah, and Swoosie Kurtz. As in the 1987 film with the same title, Overboard, the premise is similar but with the roles reversed, where a struggling, working-class single mother convinces a rich playboy with amnesia that they are married.

Overboard was released in the United States on May 4, 2018, and grossed $91 million worldwide against a budget of $12 million. The film received unfavorable reviews from critics, who praised Faris's comedic performance but criticized the story as mediocre and failing to add anything new to the original.

Party Girl (TV series)

Party Girl is an American sitcom based on the 1995 film of the same name that aired briefly on Fox in September 1996 with Christine Taylor, Swoosie Kurtz, and John Cameron Mitchell.

Stan's Food Restaurant

"Stan's Food Restaurant" is the fourth episode of the seventh season of American Dad!. It aired on Fox on November 14, 2010. This episode — which focused on Stan's dream of opening his own restaurant — is the 100th broadcast episode of American Dad!, an accolade currently bestowed on 100 A.D. for production order. It was written by Brian Boyle and directed by Josue Cervantes.

This episode was met with generally positive reviews from television critics, with much of the praise stemming from the humor of the episode. It was viewed by 5.38 million homes during its original airing, and it acquired a 2.6 rating from the 18-49 demographic, according to the Nielson ratings. It features the guest performances of Curtis Armstrong, Alex Cuthbertson, Roberto Perlas Gomez, Swoosie Kurtz, Hayden Panettiere, and Don Tai Theerathada.

The Guys

The Guys is a play by Anne Nelson about the aftereffects of the collapse of the World Trade Center. In the play, Joan, an editor, helps Nick, an FDNY captain, prepare the eulogies for an unprecedented number of firefighters who died under his command that day. The play debuted off-Broadway at The Flea Theater on December 4, 2001, directed by Jim Simpson and starring Sigourney Weaver and Bill Murray.

Since 2001, The Guys has been presented in 48 US states and in the Czech Republic, Argentina, Japan, Italy and Poland. Tim Robbins and Susan Sarandon presented it at the Edinburgh Festival. It enjoyed a commemorative rerun at the Flea Theater in 2006 on the 5th anniversary of 9/11. In parts of the theatrical run the two roles were played by Anthony LaPaglia and Sigourney Weaver. They also star in a 2002 film adaptation, for which Weaver was nominated for a Golden Satellite Award for best performance by an actress. The play was published by Dramatists Play Service and Random House in 2002. The audible.com recorded version, which featured Bill Irwin and Swoosie Kurtz, won an Audie Award for best recorded play of the year.

The Image (1990 film)

The Image is a 1990 American drama film directed by Peter Werner and written by Brian Rehak. The film stars Albert Finney, John Mahoney, Kathy Baker, Swoosie Kurtz, Marsha Mason and Spalding Gray. The film premiered on HBO on January 27, 1990. It was nominated for two Primetime Emmy Awards, Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or a Special for Finney and Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or a Special for Kurtz.

The Mineola Twins

The Mineola Twins is a play by Paula Vogel with music by David Van Tieghem, which premiered Off-Broadway in 1999.

The Positively True Adventures of the Alleged Texas Cheerleader-Murdering Mom

The Positively True Adventures of the Alleged Texas Cheerleader-Murdering Mom is a 1993 comedy television film produced by and for HBO. It was directed by Michael Ritchie and starred Holly Hunter, Swoosie Kurtz and Beau Bridges.

It is based on the true story of Wanda Holloway, a woman who tried to put out a hit on one of her daughter's classmates (and the girl's mother) to advance her own daughter's middle school cheerleading career.

Holly Hunter won the Emmy Award for Best Actress in a TV Movie for playing Wanda Holloway and Beau Bridges won both the Emmy and the Golden Globe Awards for Supporting Actor in a TV Movie for his portrayal of Terry Harper, Holloway's brother-in-law whom she contacted to arrange the hit.

True Stories (film)

True Stories is a 1986 American musical satirical comedy film directed by David Byrne, who stars alongside John Goodman, Swoosie Kurtz, and Spalding Gray. The majority of the film's music is supplied by Talking Heads. A soundtrack album, titled Sounds from True Stories, featured songs by Byrne, Talking Heads, Terry Allen & The Panhandle Mystery Band, and others. Around the same time, Talking Heads released an album titled True Stories, composed of studio recordings of songs featured in the film.

True Stories was released by Warner Bros. in the United States, Canada, Italy, and Sweden in 1986, with limited release elsewhere the following year. Byrne was given much creative control over the motion picture's direction, largely due to the mainstream success of Talking Heads' 1984 concert film Stop Making Sense.

Wildcats (film)

Wildcats is a 1986 American sports comedy film directed by Michael Ritchie and starring Goldie Hawn, James Keach and Swoosie Kurtz. It is the film debut of Wesley Snipes, Kevin Reeder and Woody Harrelson.

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