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Kathleen Turner

It was just over 40 years ago she was happily pursing her career off-Broadway and in American television soap when she landed the lead in the Hollywood hit. It was called Body Heat and the character she played, sexy and ruthless, made her a star.

She followed it up with other glamorous roles in films such as Prizzi's Honor, Romancing the Stone, and The War of the Roses. Then illness stopped her in her tracks. Rheumatoid arthritis brought constant pain and immobility.

She recovered with a great comeback playing the seductive role of Mrs. Robinson in the play The Graduate on London's West End. She appeared naked, a brave decision for a woman in her mid 40's. She quipped, "there is a definitive look for women, which is practically fleshless. Women aren't like that, so I thought I'd my little bit for us."

Let's discuss the American actress Kathleen Turner.

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by Anonymousreply 216June 26, 2023 1:14 AM

Look her in Body Heat. One of the best female performances in a movie.

by Anonymousreply 1January 22, 2023 1:35 AM

One of my very favorite film actors. I adore her. It’s a travesty that she doesn’t have an Oscar.

by Anonymousreply 2January 22, 2023 1:36 AM

Body Heat is a fabulous movie, it still holds up.

by Anonymousreply 3January 22, 2023 1:36 AM

I love her in Serial Mom too with Sam Waterston

by Anonymousreply 4January 22, 2023 1:36 AM

Very surprised at how she disappeared. She strikes me as someone with a wonderful "inner life" and I would love to read a book she writes (especially about her life)

by Anonymousreply 5January 22, 2023 1:37 AM

stunning and brave.

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by Anonymousreply 6January 22, 2023 1:38 AM

R5 She was bed ridden with a then incurable disease at the height of her career. When she finally returned, she was 10 years older and overweight. So tragic because she had no control over her age or weight

by Anonymousreply 7January 22, 2023 1:39 AM

You know I always loved her. I watched a master class on line with her and she was amazing. She really is tremendously talented.

by Anonymousreply 8January 22, 2023 1:39 AM

Imagine her career if she did not have rheumatoid arthritis

by Anonymousreply 9January 22, 2023 1:41 AM

I think Cherry Jones is a good actress but I was always heartbroken she won the Tony instead of Kathleen

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by Anonymousreply 11January 22, 2023 1:41 AM

She received a lot of deserved acclaim for Body Heat, Peggy Sue Got Married, and The War of the Roses, but my favorite performance of hers might be Romancing the Stone.

by Anonymousreply 12January 22, 2023 1:41 AM

R7- Exactly- she needs to write a book..

The audio book would be EPIC.

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by Anonymousreply 15January 22, 2023 1:43 AM

Add me to the chorus of posters who love her. I always look forward to seeing her in anything.

by Anonymousreply 16January 22, 2023 1:44 AM

R13 She did write a book. It is on Audible and she narrates it!

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by Anonymousreply 17January 22, 2023 1:45 AM

he seems cool

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by Anonymousreply 18January 22, 2023 1:47 AM
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by Anonymousreply 19January 22, 2023 1:48 AM

One of my all-time favorites. She could’ve been a movie queen in the Golden Age, but was wonderful in her own era.

My favorites are Peggy Sue, The Man with Two Brains, Body Heat, Romancing the Stone, and of course, Serial Mom.

Give her a streaming series.

by Anonymousreply 20January 22, 2023 1:50 AM

did friends predict how he'd end up?

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by Anonymousreply 21January 22, 2023 1:50 AM

Nothing to add but agreement. She hooked me in Body Heat and I have been on the line ever since.

by Anonymousreply 22January 22, 2023 1:52 AM

She was great in The Kominsky Method. If you haven't seen it, you should. It's a great show and she's great in it.

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by Anonymousreply 23January 22, 2023 1:55 AM

[quote]r5 Very surprised at how she disappeared.

I think she was a big boozer. That can derail your choices.

by Anonymousreply 24January 22, 2023 1:56 AM

I was lucky enough to see her onstage in The Graduate. Star quality like you wouldn't believe! You couldn't take her eyes off her.

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by Anonymousreply 26January 22, 2023 1:57 AM

Kathleen Turner on Desert Island Discs

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by Anonymousreply 27January 22, 2023 1:58 AM

She held her own in Body alongside an all star cast- William Hurt, Mickey Rourke, Ted Danson, John Amos, and Richard Crenna

by Anonymousreply 28January 22, 2023 2:02 AM

R17- Holy shit! 2008? I was 25!

Damn. No idea that she wrote a book. Cannot wait to check it out

by Anonymousreply 29January 22, 2023 2:03 AM

R28, what am I, chopped liver?

by Anonymousreply 30January 22, 2023 2:04 AM

Someone here gave a really lovely description on another thread as to why she should have won the Oscar in 1986 (I think it was a Siskel/Ebert review as well) about her very precise acting chooses in Peggy Sue Got Married- and it really resonated. (I always felt it should have been Sigourney's)..

by Anonymousreply 31January 22, 2023 2:06 AM

Marlee Martin was going to win no matter what.

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by Anonymousreply 33January 22, 2023 2:21 AM

Classic scene from Body Heat.

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by Anonymousreply 34January 22, 2023 2:50 AM

She was stunning.

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by Anonymousreply 35January 22, 2023 2:53 AM

R28, it’s easier to hold your own against John Amos when he does not appear in the film.

by Anonymousreply 36January 22, 2023 3:00 AM

I adore her. I went to New York City just to see her in Cat on a Hot Tin Roof.

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by Anonymousreply 37January 22, 2023 3:27 AM

I love this Interview cover of her.

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by Anonymousreply 38January 22, 2023 3:30 AM

I’ve always liked her on screen but she said this in a New York Magazine interview about a dozen years ago:

[quote]I actually think, after doing Cat on a Hot Tin Roof and then Virginia Woolf, that part of my mission in life is to correct Elizabeth Taylor’s performances.

What an unnecessary thing to say. Who does she think she is?

by Anonymousreply 39January 22, 2023 3:33 AM

It rubs the lotion.

by Anonymousreply 40January 22, 2023 3:34 AM

R28, you forgot Reva Shayne herself, Kim Zimmer!

by Anonymousreply 41January 22, 2023 4:06 AM

Notorious sot.

by Anonymousreply 42January 22, 2023 4:06 AM

Yes, she was a big time drunk for years, don't know if she still drinks. In her book she writes about it. She was day drinking in a restaurant during the run of Virginia Woolf in NY and passed out on the floor of the ladies' room. They had to cancel that night's show.

Big smoker too, as you can tell from her voice.

by Anonymousreply 43January 22, 2023 4:14 AM

R25 I like her but I thought she was terrible in The Graduate and I left during intermission.

by Anonymousreply 44January 22, 2023 4:22 AM

r43 There were far more entertaining stories of her... like the great many titties hanging out dressing room fights. Other women were her primary target in her mad cow rage. (Hence, her association with mostly sleazy male actors. . . ) She would have made a great prison dyke. . . except she only does hammy roles, thus she would only be able to do OINB.

think only Brett Butler & Yancy Butler (no relation except the alcoholism) had her beat in the semi functioning alcoholic department. Yancy for being a massive drunk yet did many of her own stunts. Though Brett topped it for miserable wretch in the prime of her career and flashing children.

by Anonymousreply 45January 22, 2023 4:36 AM

R36 I thought John Amos was William Hurt's friend and the town detective.

by Anonymousreply 46January 22, 2023 4:51 AM

Brett Butler was borderline psycho, no comparison to Kathleen.

by Anonymousreply 47January 22, 2023 5:00 AM

I wonder if these two ever get together for cocktails.

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by Anonymousreply 48January 22, 2023 6:30 AM

How the hell has nobody mentioned Crimes of Passion, the great Ken Russell fuck fest, and last film of vicious queen Anthony Perkins. It is crazy good insane fun.

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by Anonymousreply 49January 22, 2023 6:46 AM

I think the arthritis is a doge and that more than anything it was the booze that derailed her career and looks.

Still, she's superb and has tackled roles that would have flatten less gifted actresses. Kathleen has a rare talent, no doubt.

by Anonymousreply 50January 22, 2023 8:26 AM

Charles Busch must have stories to tell as they were in one of his plays together in 2009. I found a NYT article about them having to cancel performances because of her. February 19.

It may be tempting to imagine that Kathleen Turner is now wearing a knee brace and walking with a cane because of a backstage catfight with Charles Busch, the playwright, actor and fellow diva with whom Ms. Turner, right, is starring in MCC Theater’s production of “The Third Story.” But Ms. Turner, who suffers from rheumatoid arthritis, injured her knee while offstage at Tuesday night’s performance of the play, leading to the cancellation of shows Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. (The production does not have understudies.) It initially looked as if Ms. Turner might not be able to return, a senior member of the production’s management team said in an interview, and Mr. Busch — who already plays three characters in the play — had begun preparing to take over her lead role as well. But Ms. Turner plans to return, with knee brace and cane, at the Saturday matinee, a spokeswoman for the production said.

by Anonymousreply 51January 22, 2023 8:38 AM

My favorite performance of hers is in The Virgin Suicides

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by Anonymousreply 52January 22, 2023 8:43 AM

I got to see her in WAOVW and she was spectacular. I also saw her in The Graduate, but that was another story.

by Anonymousreply 53January 22, 2023 1:07 PM

I saw her on Broadway in Indiscretions with Jude Law, Cynthia Nixon, Eileen Atkins and Roger Rees. Her performance even overshadowed the sight of Jude Law emerging naked from a bathtub.

by Anonymousreply 54January 22, 2023 1:20 PM

R39, I think that line about Elizabeth Taylor was purely tongue in cheek. I can’t imagine she meant it seriously as she has never seemed arrogant or less than generous with other actors. I can see Bette Davis saying something like that in her day about Norma Shearer or Miriam Hopkins.

by Anonymousreply 55January 22, 2023 1:23 PM

Afternoons ... a time to share with Kathleen Turner.

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by Anonymousreply 56January 22, 2023 1:23 PM

I absolutely love her in Body Heat and love her in most of her movies, including War of the Roses and The Accidental Tourist.

However, and unlike r54, i was very disappointed on her turn as Martha in Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf. I was at the back and could hardly hear. The screaming parts were of course strangled by her husky voice but the acting in general was, surprising, subpar. She didn’t correct a thing.

by Anonymousreply 57January 22, 2023 1:24 PM

R12- There was a porno version of that called

Romancing The Bone 🦴

by Anonymousreply 58January 22, 2023 1:34 PM

R46, are you thinking of JA Preston?

Related: I thought Ted Danson’s look in Body Heat was hot as fuck.

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by Anonymousreply 59January 22, 2023 1:51 PM

[quote] Look her in Body Heat. One of the best female performances in a movie.

I preferred Andrea Martin in Prickley Heat.

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by Anonymousreply 60January 22, 2023 1:54 PM

Saw her one-woman show at the end of December. I was front row center and completely enthralled. She had some great tales to tell and she sang a few songs. Not too much of a retrospect...one that stands out is Dolly Partin ringing her up not too long ago to play "Old Bones" for her Netflix series.

Kathleen loves her cat so much that they travel together (I found this particularly adorable) and when she told Dolly about it, Dolly became ecstatic cause Bones had a one-eyed cat so she wanted to hire Kathleen's pussy, too! She then said that to make the cat look one-eyed they'd just drop a lil sugar water in its eye and Kathleen responded, "Oh no you won't."

The audience was mainly older aside from a younger couple seated next to me. It was funny cause the wife had brought along a 2 foot ceramic Roger Rabbit (which she cradled throughout the performance) to get signed and I had my China Blue poster with me. Afterwards we tried to get backstage but couldn't.

by Anonymousreply 61January 22, 2023 2:09 PM

That’s an awful lot of twee, r61

by Anonymousreply 62January 22, 2023 2:36 PM

Worked with her a couple of times, first in the mid-80s at the height of her movie stardom and then again in the early 2000s when she was recovering from a lot of demons. Both times she was totally professional, little if any vanity, considerate but a bit cold and humorless. Never saw her drink or even smoke. You'd think I'd have a lot to add to the discussion here but she never let me in.

I hope her career could take a big turn now as a respected character actress. Isn't she in a new film about to open?

by Anonymousreply 63January 22, 2023 3:06 PM

She seems like she has a great sense of humor.

by Anonymousreply 64January 22, 2023 4:17 PM

She's in the upcoming HBO miniseries on Nixon's White House plumbers.

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by Anonymousreply 65January 22, 2023 4:52 PM

She got her tits and bush out in The Graduate to get all the men to buy tickets

by Anonymousreply 66January 22, 2023 5:06 PM

[quote]I saw her on Broadway in Indiscretions with Jude Law, Cynthia Nixon, Eileen Atkins and Roger Rees. Her performance even overshadowed the sight of Jude Law emerging naked from a bathtub.

That was a wonderful production of a completely adequate play brought to life by the splendid, charismatic cast...except Cynthia Nixon who was absolutely terrible, as usual.

by Anonymousreply 67January 22, 2023 8:00 PM

She wouldn't let the wardrobe boy in? Did she bring her own costumes?

by Anonymousreply 68January 22, 2023 8:24 PM

I loved her in Indiscretions but what I mostly remember was Jude Law’s nude scene. He was a lovely young man.

by Anonymousreply 69January 22, 2023 8:26 PM

I can hear Kathleen bark to the Stage Manager: If that queen front row center or the girl with the ceramic Roger Rabbit want to see me, tell 'em I've gone home.

by Anonymousreply 70January 22, 2023 8:35 PM

[r70] that’s so funny and so true!

by Anonymousreply 71January 22, 2023 8:37 PM

Did Jude show his arse as well as cock?

by Anonymousreply 72January 22, 2023 8:50 PM

He did, r72, and he bleached all of his hair platinum blonde so the carpet matched the drapes.

by Anonymousreply 73January 22, 2023 9:49 PM

She should have won for Peggy Sue. The Marlee Matlin Oscar was a travesty.

by Anonymousreply 74January 22, 2023 10:05 PM

I knew people who worked backstage at Indescretions when it was on Broadway. She was barely on speaking terms with the rest of the cast by the end of the run. Eileen Atkins left the production early because of a medical diagnosis and wanted to return back to the UK for treatment. Word was that they despised each other and Atkins was at least grateful to not have to put up with her any longer. My friends backstage knew to stay as far away as possible from Ms. Turner as she tended be quite a cunt.

by Anonymousreply 75January 22, 2023 10:11 PM

I heard the same stuff, r75. I think that production was a real low point for Kathleen because she was just beginning to deal with her severe arthritis issues and probably not dealing so well.

by Anonymousreply 76January 22, 2023 10:31 PM

Rheumatoid arthritis is a painful disease and the steroid drugs used to treat it cause weight gain and mood swings. Prednisone is a steroid drug that I'm sure some of you have taken and that can make you really cranky.

by Anonymousreply 77January 22, 2023 10:33 PM

Yes r76, she has gone on record as saying ascending and descending that spiral staircase onstage each night was agony for her.

by Anonymousreply 78January 22, 2023 10:36 PM

She was great. Now she coasts like Faye but does better because she isn't a psycho cunt.

I think the bloat was/is a combo of medication and her compulsive drinking. Kathy is manic.

She has always reminded of Elizabeth Ashley with her talent and her many demons.

by Anonymousreply 79January 23, 2023 12:49 AM

Kathleen never seemed unstable, even with her illness and drinking problems.

by Anonymousreply 80January 23, 2023 1:20 AM

R55, she's an egomaniac. I've seen a few interviews and she comes off as arrogant and conceited. I think she's a fine actress and appeared in some great films, but that crack against Elizabeth Taylor was cruel and arrogant.

by Anonymousreply 81January 23, 2023 1:20 AM

R81 I took it as a joke. We are just reading the transcript, not seeing her facial expressions.

by Anonymousreply 82January 23, 2023 1:22 AM

I have always loved Kathleen Turner.

by Anonymousreply 83January 23, 2023 1:24 AM

[quote] Eileen Atkins left the production early because of a medical diagnosis and wanted to return back to the UK for treatment.

KT was going through the worst part of her illness during Indiscretions and was in excruciating pain. She'd ask her co-stars to be careful with physical contact with her because she hurt so much. But Eileen Atkins would purposely sit on her hand while Turner played dead and was unable to move. When Turner told Maggie Smith about this, Dame Maggie replied, "It wasn't you, dear."

by Anonymousreply 84January 23, 2023 1:26 AM

I loved her in "Whore".

I wish she'd do a sequel..."Fat Whore"!

by Anonymousreply 85January 23, 2023 1:27 AM

That was Theresa Russell.

by Anonymousreply 86January 23, 2023 1:29 AM

R84 what?

by Anonymousreply 87January 23, 2023 1:29 AM

I believe Maggie Smith was implying Eileen Atkins tortured everyone.

(It’s an unlikely thing for Smith to put out there, as she’s been close to Atkins for decades.)

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by Anonymousreply 88January 23, 2023 1:39 AM

Well, I think Eileen Atkins has always suffered from a nsty inferiority complex based on not being acknowledged in the same class as her castmates at r88, as well as Helen Mirren and Vanessa Redgrave. She was always an also-ran.

by Anonymousreply 89January 23, 2023 1:42 AM

R89 But she got the Upstairs money.

by Anonymousreply 90January 23, 2023 2:07 AM

I think she's quite overrated, as is Body Heat, which (like all neo-noir except David Lynch films) fails to understand what made initial 1940s/1950s noir movies so iconic and compensates for that by overdoing it with nudity and sex.

The only thing I really loved her in was Serial Mom.

by Anonymousreply 91January 23, 2023 2:21 AM

That's hilarious R85 and then R86's response. Oops!

by Anonymousreply 92January 23, 2023 2:25 AM

R91 There is little nudity or sex in Body Heat.

by Anonymousreply 93January 23, 2023 2:31 AM

R93, there’s a lot of sex in Body Heat!

by Anonymousreply 94January 23, 2023 2:33 AM

There's a very hot scene with a cop in Whore R93. Nudity too as I remember. Must watch it again.

by Anonymousreply 95January 23, 2023 2:34 AM

R94 Nope, it is very sexy, but no big penetration blowjob sex scenes. An ass shot.

by Anonymousreply 96January 23, 2023 2:35 AM

So when William Hurt goes into the men's room to get a paper towel to wipe her off (see the clip above, which ends before this question), there's a guy hanging in the men's room, smoking. Is he cruising? I always thought so and that this was a cool bit of boardwalk trivia to include. What say thee?

by Anonymousreply 97January 23, 2023 2:45 AM

r97 I always thought the same.

by Anonymousreply 98January 23, 2023 2:49 AM

She hosted the Tonys the year she was nominated for Cat and got progressively drunker as the show went on. At one point she tripped but recovered.

by Anonymousreply 99January 23, 2023 2:56 AM

Peggy Sue is such great movie. "You went off with that bimbo, Janet! "Who is Janet?"

by Anonymousreply 100January 23, 2023 3:09 AM

There’s a studly costar in Crimes of Passion. He was an athlete and I think it was his only acting role.

by Anonymousreply 101January 23, 2023 3:30 AM

John Laughlin, hot as fuck.

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by Anonymousreply 102January 23, 2023 3:47 AM

John Laughlin has a nice shirtless scene on an episode of Murder She Wrote.

by Anonymousreply 103January 23, 2023 4:44 AM

KT had a HUGE problem with vodka and cocaine. I was out partying with her one Saturday night during the run of COAHTR. She was drinking and drugging on the UWS until 4am, then was a gigantic mess at the matinee the next day. What she looks like now came from her extreme excesses.

by Anonymousreply 104January 23, 2023 5:17 AM

[quote]I heard the same stuff, [R75]. I think that production was a real low point for Kathleen because she was just beginning to deal with her severe arthritis issues and probably not dealing so well.

She was in that total disaster HIGH, written by Matthew Lombardo some years ago, Wardrobe Boy/r76. It closed the week it opened.

Horrible show, and she was a trainwreck.

by Anonymousreply 105January 23, 2023 7:00 AM

She and Burt Reynolds hated eachother on the set of Switching Channels and were still trashing eachother in interviews up until a few years ago.

by Anonymousreply 106January 23, 2023 3:28 PM

r89 Vanessa Redgrave, oh we so need another thread on her being the countess of cuntiness.. she was a straight up master of it until she became a stage mother.

by Anonymousreply 107January 23, 2023 3:39 PM

r79 she also liked heavy meals, loaded with carbs and protein but not the fitness plan to back it up. She wasn't the typical I'll just have a salad type nor the hollywood chew, evne the usual ana/mia types. Though she would periodically fast and there were rumours of her being into ribboning (swallowing moist gauze inch by inch until it can be pulled out the other side. it had a revival trend in the early 80s, but that may have only been tabloid fodder. Few were going to say she was popping pills to stay slim. She was never really thin for too long; big head, broad shoulders, big hips... but she seemed drawn to south asian woowoo alternatives back in the day)

by Anonymousreply 108January 23, 2023 3:49 PM

Eileen Atkins was quoted as saying 'the bad news is I have cancer. The good news is I no longer have to work with Kathleen Turner.'

by Anonymousreply 109January 23, 2023 4:18 PM

I love the above poster who said he partied with her until 4 am and then she was a mess at the next matinee.

Aren’t you also to partly blame?

by Anonymousreply 110January 23, 2023 4:23 PM

It wasn't just the two of us. It was after a midnight show of Forever Plaid on 72nd Street done specially for her. An entire group moved on to Wilson's on 79th Street, and if you stood outside the bathroom doors, it sounded like a hog farm.

by Anonymousreply 111January 23, 2023 5:32 PM

[quote] (It’s an unlikely thing for Smith to put out there, as she’s been close to Atkins for decades.)

Dame M. wasn't exactly excoriating Atkins.

by Anonymousreply 112January 23, 2023 5:47 PM

^^ yet the implications are grave.

Most grave.

by Anonymousreply 113January 23, 2023 5:54 PM

Such a difficult color, green.

by Anonymousreply 114January 23, 2023 6:06 PM

People snorting cocaine in New York City bars? Well, I never in all my life!

by Anonymousreply 115January 23, 2023 6:08 PM

I remember it was when I was first working with her in the mid-80s when she found out that Burt Reynolds had been cast opposite her in that His Girl Friday remake. She had been promised Michael Caine as her co-star and she was furious!

by Anonymousreply 116January 23, 2023 6:36 PM

A few weeks ago, I saw Peggy Sue Got Married again on a flight. What a sweet film, and she was so good in it.

by Anonymousreply 117January 23, 2023 7:19 PM

Paggy Sue Got Married was ruined by that overactor to end all overactors.

by Anonymousreply 118January 23, 2023 9:11 PM

Didn't she have to offer an apology to Nicholas Cage after he threatened to sue her over a story from her autobiography? Something about him getting crazy drunk and stealing a dog?

by Anonymousreply 119January 23, 2023 9:51 PM

In her book Turner claimed that, while they were filming Peggy Sue Got Married, her co-star Nicolas Cage had gotten drunk and stole a Chihuahua that he liked. In turn, Cage filed a lawsuit against Turner and her book publisher in the UK, who took an excerpt from the book and posted it on their website (before publication). Cage argued defamation and damage to character and won the case, resulting in retractions, legal fees, and a donation to charity. Turner later publicly apologized.

by Anonymousreply 120January 23, 2023 10:14 PM

Wasn't there some scandal concerning her former husband Jay Weiss about a bad real estate deal or something that occurred while they were still married?

by Anonymousreply 121January 23, 2023 10:35 PM

Weiss as the leaseholder of the Bronx building that housed the Happy Land social club pleaded guilty to not having an adequate sprinkler system on the premises where 87 people died in an arson fire. He agreed to perform 50 hours of community service and to pay $60,000 to help build a community center for Hondurans who live in the Bronx. Many of the victims were Honduran immigrants. 'Finger-Pointing Frenzy'

Mr. Weiss could have received up to six months in prison and $5,000 in fines on misdemeanor charges that he violated New York City's building and fire codes. The trial of Mr. Weiss's co-defendant, Alexander DiLorenzo 3d, who owns the building, will continue before Judge Alexander Hunter.

The guilty plea by Mr. Weiss could have implications for a $5 billion civil lawsuit brought by survivors of the fire and families of the dead.

by Anonymousreply 122January 23, 2023 11:35 PM

One recurrent feature in her interviews is that she always badmouths someone, which i find very telling.

by Anonymousreply 123January 24, 2023 12:22 AM

‘I was so angry at the sh*t that goes down’: Kathleen Turner on the rage behind her film roles.

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by Anonymousreply 124January 24, 2023 12:24 AM

After a passing comment about Kathleen Turner getting nude on stage her people get in touch with O&A's people threatening lawsuits. The guys test this out by throwing down the gauntlet and going to war. They set out to do what they actually joked about doing. Which is getting someone (Paul Mercurio) to yell out at Kathleen while she's naked on stage.

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by Anonymousreply 125January 24, 2023 12:43 AM
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by Anonymousreply 127January 24, 2023 1:01 AM

sam kinison sits down with producer Tova Laiter at the New York Film Academy.

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by Anonymousreply 128January 24, 2023 1:04 AM

Isn't Kathy Turner one of those that prefers to keep her soap past buried?

by Anonymousreply 129January 24, 2023 1:08 AM

If she ever did, r128, I'm sure she doesn't give a rat's ass now.

by Anonymousreply 130January 24, 2023 1:32 AM

The actress who played her look alike/body double in Body Heat got old and fat like Kathleen - both are still great performers. They should do a movie together again, and play sisters.

by Anonymousreply 131January 24, 2023 1:39 AM

Thank you to the above poster for posting her Send in the Clowns.

I don’t know.

I don’t hate it. But I don’t love the arrangement. It would be interesting to hear her talk sing it with the original arrangement

by Anonymousreply 132January 24, 2023 2:17 AM

There's a musical about Tallulah Bankhead - she'd be perfect for it!

by Anonymousreply 133January 24, 2023 2:48 AM

She's done Tallulah, r133...it didn't work out.

See r33

by Anonymousreply 134January 24, 2023 2:56 AM

One thing no one has mentioned is that she is very giving to causes...not just her money but time as well.

It was the night of the September 11th attacks and she went straight to a hospital and volunteered doing triage on the victims as well as calling families.

She also donates to Planned Parenthood.

by Anonymousreply 135January 24, 2023 3:01 AM

When Cherry Jones won her Tony for Doubt she gave a shoutout to Kathleen (nominated for WAOVW) during her acceptance speech. It was heartfelt but tacky to single out another nominee).

by Anonymousreply 136January 24, 2023 3:03 AM

[quote]R117 A few weeks ago, I saw Peggy Sue Got Married again on a flight. What a sweet film, and she was so good in it.

It was originally to have starred Debra Winger. I wonder if she quit because she didn’t want to act with the director’s nephew. Kathleen Turner ended up hating him.

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by Anonymousreply 137January 24, 2023 7:03 AM

Debra Winger has had a full career of turning down parts!

by Anonymousreply 138January 24, 2023 11:49 AM

I had some business with her ex husband once. He is a massive cunt. He should have gone to prison for the Happy Land fire.

by Anonymousreply 139January 26, 2023 4:24 AM

She's hilarious

by Anonymousreply 140February 15, 2023 1:15 AM

She got the face and body she deserved.

by Anonymousreply 141February 15, 2023 1:24 AM

What would her being onstage naked in front of a theater full of people possibly add to The Graduate?

by Anonymousreply 142February 15, 2023 1:36 AM

R142 shock value. She really has such an inflated opinion of herself.

by Anonymousreply 143February 15, 2023 1:39 AM

R142 and R143 The Graduate was also her big comeback after YEARS of being bedridden with her disease.

by Anonymousreply 144February 15, 2023 1:52 AM

R144 lots of people have RA and indeed it’s a bitch and it’s painful but they don’t looks anywhere near like her. It’s chronic alcoholism genetics and a lot of other things (like karma perhaps)

Caroline kennnedy for one has RA. She may look 90 (as do all Kennedy’s) but she doesn’t look like a bloated man. My moms best friend has it as well - it’s hell no doubt but she looks fine.

Great excuse though, I guess.

by Anonymousreply 145February 15, 2023 2:24 AM

Breaking her nose on the set of V.I. Warshawski is when it all started to go downhill.

by Anonymousreply 146February 15, 2023 2:43 AM

R146 I though Serial Mom was her last big hit

by Anonymousreply 147February 15, 2023 4:48 AM

R144 What does that have to do with agreeing to appear naked in person?

by Anonymousreply 148February 15, 2023 4:57 AM

Kathleen's latest film The Estate is a hoot. Worth watching.

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by Anonymousreply 149February 15, 2023 6:41 AM

Toni could do with gaining a few lbs. She needs the softness.

by Anonymousreply 150February 15, 2023 1:36 PM

I have liked Eileen Atkins in everything I have seen her in. She is a very versatile actress.

by Anonymousreply 151February 15, 2023 2:13 PM

Starts at 10:50 - I guess this never got any ink because the Chevy Chase show itself was enough of a train wreck, but it’s much worse than the infamous Farrah/Letterman interview Imo

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by Anonymousreply 152February 15, 2023 5:58 PM

Did she just show boobs onstage or did she bare fanny and ass too?

by Anonymousreply 153February 15, 2023 6:33 PM

[quote] What would her being onstage naked in front of a theater full of people possibly add to The Graduate?

Box office.

by Anonymousreply 154February 15, 2023 6:50 PM

She looks positively high in that Chevy Chase interview. Booze and coke?

by Anonymousreply 155February 15, 2023 6:54 PM

R155 she looks thin (for her) so my guess is both. Completely slurring her speech the entire time too (people made such a big deal about that Jessica Savitch video way back when but I saw it and it was like 10 seconds maybe)

by Anonymousreply 156February 15, 2023 10:28 PM

She showed everything full frontal but dimly lit in The Graduate. I remember co star Alicia Silverstone said at the time that Turner hugged every cast member before every performance.

by Anonymousreply 157February 15, 2023 11:20 PM

She really does seem drunk in the r152 clip - though curiously she’s not slurring, exactly.

by Anonymousreply 158February 16, 2023 1:03 AM

[quote]She showed everything full frontal but dimly lit in The Graduate. I remember co star Alicia Silverstone said at the time that Turner hugged every cast member before every performance.

I hope she was clothed at the time.

by Anonymousreply 159February 16, 2023 2:37 AM

She did write a book and it really wasn't good. Even the photos were not good. She indirectly mentioned Serial Mom in just one sentence or two. I skimmed through it in a store and it seemed boring and poorly written. I refused to buy it.

by Anonymousreply 160February 16, 2023 2:45 AM

I think I read her book. I don't remember much about it, apart from the fact that she was a diplomat's kid. The Cybill book was more memorable and fun.

by Anonymousreply 161February 16, 2023 2:47 AM

I like Cybill a lot less as an actress but I also found her book to be hilarious. She’s an unrepentant cunt! Kathleen’s was not memorable for someone who came off as funnier/worldly.

by Anonymousreply 162February 16, 2023 3:04 AM

R160 it seemed very disconnected - like not only ghost written but like she didn’t even bother to give it a once over to check dates or to make sure it sounded “her voice” - like she took no pride in it.

And she got so many dates off that even a casual fan would notice. Marilu would never!

by Anonymousreply 163February 16, 2023 3:11 AM

I wonder how Madonna and Kathleen got along.

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by Anonymousreply 164February 16, 2023 3:16 AM

Damn. Graham looked like a monkey in make up.

by Anonymousreply 165February 16, 2023 3:21 AM

When Marlee Matlin won her Oscar for Children of a Lesser God fellow nominees Jane Fonda, Sissy Spacek & Sigourney Weaver all congratulated her at the after party.

Kathleen did not. I think you can tell be this clip that Turner wasn't happy (she puts on the best smile she can) whilst Fonda, Spacek & Weaver look genuinely thrilled for Marlee.

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by Anonymousreply 166February 16, 2023 6:41 AM

I have always enjoyed her acting, especially in Peggy Sue, but I seem to remember her doing something I can’t recall seeing before or since (except obviously one-person shows)—she took the final curtain call in Cat on a Hot Tin Roof all by herself. Of course the star often gets a curtain call of their own, but the rest of the cast usually comes back out for the final. And this is a three-act play where I don’t think her character even appears in the second act (or maybe briefly)—and Charles Durning won a Tony! It was as if everyone else was just dismissed. Am I remembering correctly, and can anyone think of other examples of this?

by Anonymousreply 167February 16, 2023 7:08 AM

The weird thing bis her face got fat but she's not really big. I saw her in Virginia Woolf and expected to see a bloated KT but she was actually quite normal looking.

by Anonymousreply 168February 16, 2023 7:46 AM

Who played the young professor R168?

by Anonymousreply 169February 16, 2023 8:17 AM

[quote]r169 Who played the young professor?

David Harbour

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by Anonymousreply 170February 16, 2023 8:30 AM

My favourite actress of the '80s. Better and more interesting than Streep.

Body Heat, Crimes of Passion, Romancing the Stone, Prizzi's Honor, Peggy Sue Got Married and War of the Roses. Fantastic performances.

Not many could pull off Body Heat like she did. When Meryl starred in Still of the Night a year later, she was so unsexy and dull as a femme fatale.

by Anonymousreply 171February 16, 2023 9:04 AM

The next me my ass! The gaul of the bitch!

by Anonymousreply 172February 16, 2023 9:22 AM

[Quote] The weird thing bis her face got fat but she's not really big.


by Anonymousreply 173February 16, 2023 1:20 PM

All Hail SERIAL MOM, too, R171.

by Anonymousreply 174February 16, 2023 1:25 PM

She and Waters should do a sequel to Serial Mom, with a-now butch Beverly released from prison and now railing against cancel culture and online trolls.

Former DL fav Jamie Lee Curtis somehow won the Golden Globe for comedy in the year Serial Mom was released, Kathleen wasn't even nominated!

by Anonymousreply 175February 16, 2023 4:48 PM

Her voice is deeper than Howard Keel's.

by Anonymousreply 176February 17, 2023 3:45 AM

[quote]The next me my ass! The gaul of the bitch!


by Anonymousreply 177February 20, 2023 3:35 PM

Several years ago, I saw the off-Broadway production of Crimes of the Heart that KT directed. She had absolutely no idea how to direct that play. Any ounce of quirky comedy in the script fell like a lead pipe on the stage. And there are some lines in that play that are really hard to mess up. But her production did it.

by Anonymousreply 178February 20, 2023 4:25 PM

My introduction to Turner was via the kids' movie 'A Simple Wish', also starring Mara Wilson & Martin Short.

I must have been about 4 or 5 years old at the time, and was spellbound by the beautiful evil witch she played.

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by Anonymousreply 179February 20, 2023 5:07 PM

[quote]Damn. Graham looked like a monkey in make up.

Martha Graham was 1000 years old when that photo was taken.

by Anonymousreply 180February 20, 2023 8:17 PM

Kathleen has worked with Martin Short in A Simple Wish and with Steve Martin in The Man With Two Brains (my favorite of her performances 🙂). Will they have her on their show? I think she may have said some less than flattering things about Steve, though.

by Anonymousreply 181February 20, 2023 10:07 PM

R181 probably not, since 1) no one really likes her and 2) her name isn’t exactly going to draw in viewers.

by Anonymousreply 182February 20, 2023 11:07 PM

[Quote]I think Cherry Jones is a good actress but I was always heartbroken she won the Tony instead of Kathleen

Not me. saw Cherry in Doubt and she was tremendous whereas Kathleen in the revival of Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? was unmemorable and Bill Irwin as George had no stage presence at all.

by Anonymousreply 183February 20, 2023 11:12 PM

Wow I just watched the Chevy Chase interview. It’s like 2005-2006 Liza. Somewhat drunk. Somewhat slurred. Somewhat there. Somewhat alert

by Anonymousreply 184February 21, 2023 12:00 AM

She and Douglas were terrific in The War of the Roses (1989) directed by Danny Devito who directed them in Romancing the Stone

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by Anonymousreply 185February 21, 2023 12:33 AM

I was introduced to her in the classic Marley & Me.

by Anonymousreply 186February 21, 2023 12:41 AM

Have to give Kathleen a break on The Chevy Show. She probably was drunk or high but he didn’t have a fucking clue what he was doing.

by Anonymousreply 187February 21, 2023 1:25 AM

She was great in that movie where she goes back in time to the 50s. It had a fantastic cast, too (except Nicholas Cage, who was awful).

by Anonymousreply 188February 21, 2023 4:31 AM

R185 Danny DeVitto did not direct Romancing the Stone. That was directed by Robert Zemeckis back when he was a good filmmaker.

You are confusing it with it's sequel Jewell of the Nile which Danny DeVito directed (badly).

War of the Roses is easily the best film Danny De Vitto has directed and hold up very well over 30 years later.

by Anonymousreply 189February 21, 2023 1:13 PM

I love "War Of The Roses", I must rewatch it soon. Those three were a great team.

To be fair, Kathleen was forced into making the Jewell Of The Mile and there were tonnes of last minute rewrites by her and Michael, maybe Danny to so directing it mustn't have been an easy task directing.

by Anonymousreply 190February 21, 2023 6:46 PM

R189 Danny DeVito did not direct Jewel of the Nile. Lewis Teague did, atrociously.

by Anonymousreply 191February 21, 2023 9:35 PM

Jewell of the Nile was one hot mess. A money making exercise and nothing else.

I think Kathleen was contractually forced to do it.

by Anonymousreply 192February 21, 2023 10:17 PM

R192 she writes bitterly about being made to do it by Michael Douglas and the team, and how they struggled to improve it with desperate rewrites.

by Anonymousreply 193February 21, 2023 10:19 PM

She was absolutely great in Body Heat and War of the Roses and also liked her playing against type in The Accidental Tourist. But i also agree that she was unmemorable (being kind) in Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf (her strangled voice didn’t help to Martha laughs and screams).

by Anonymousreply 194February 21, 2023 10:20 PM

I loved her in Virginia Woolf. I had seen the movie several times and the play twice before, and I never completely got it until I saw her version. She played a very different Martha, very unlike Taylor's screecher or any of the other bitches I had seen before. There was a tenderness about her Martha that comes out at the end that made me understand and love the story.

by Anonymousreply 195February 21, 2023 11:33 PM

I also love War of The Roses - and thought she looked great at the time - but if you go back you can see more than the beginnings of what she was going to end up looking like - and she wasn’t even 35 when she filmed it.

by Anonymousreply 196February 22, 2023 12:37 AM

Glad to see The Accidental Tourist mentioned. She was incredibly good in it and it's a fantastic movie in general.

by Anonymousreply 197February 22, 2023 4:22 AM

When did she develop her drinking problem? In her soap days?

by Anonymousreply 198February 22, 2023 5:30 AM

Did she lie about her age?

by Anonymousreply 199February 22, 2023 5:31 AM

[quote]Jewell of the Nile

Guys, it's "jewel".

by Anonymousreply 200February 22, 2023 5:35 AM

Kathleen Turner is one of the few actresses who reminds me of the classic film actresses. She has a vulnerability that makes me empathize with her.

by Anonymousreply 201February 22, 2023 5:48 AM

r10: Same here. Her performance was one of the greatest I've ever seen on the stage. Even Jones thought she deserved out.

by Anonymousreply 202February 22, 2023 6:04 AM

[quote]It’s a travesty that she doesn’t have an Oscar.

R2 For what? I mean, which rold was Oscar-winning-worthy?

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by Anonymousreply 204February 22, 2023 6:16 AM

R204 Peggy Sue Got Married, although I think Sigourney should have won for Aliens I still tank Kathleen higher than the actual winner, Marlee Matlin.

She also at least deserved more nominations, especially for some of her great work in the 80s and of course the subversive Serial Mom.

by Anonymousreply 205February 22, 2023 7:23 AM

R176, it's deeper than Henry Kissinger's. The woman abused herself for decades w/various drugs & alcohol when she could've taken care of herself. Boo-hoo.

by Anonymousreply 206February 22, 2023 7:44 AM

Crimes of Passion

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by Anonymousreply 207February 22, 2023 2:13 PM

R206 If only everyone could be perfect!

by Anonymousreply 208February 23, 2023 6:00 AM

Marlee Matlin's win was the Academy patting itself on its back for championing people with disadvantages. Still happening today. Kathleen should have won.

by Anonymousreply 209February 23, 2023 4:50 PM

Bill Irwin's George in WAOVW was the best I've ever seen. Kathleen's Martha was huffing and puffing to keep up but never got there.

by Anonymousreply 210February 23, 2023 5:58 PM

Didn’t she say in a Playboy interview that she felt like she had this power over men and that if a man didn’t notice her when she walked into the room, he must be gay? Or was that Cybill Shepherd? Sounds like something that the latter would say, but I think it was Kathleen.

Is her daughter an actress too?

by Anonymousreply 211February 23, 2023 7:01 PM

R211 it was Kathleen.

by Anonymousreply 212February 23, 2023 7:18 PM

Her exact quote, r211...

[quote]I know there are nights when I have power, when I could put on something and walk in somewhere, and if there is a man who doesn't look at me, it's because he's gay.

by Anonymousreply 213February 23, 2023 7:52 PM

I wish they would release Julia and Julia on DVD. Sting was so hot in it!

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by Anonymousreply 214March 5, 2023 8:12 AM

body heat is a great film, film noir. She is superb in it.

by Anonymousreply 215June 22, 2023 9:13 PM

She's hilarious too

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