How many of you know that the famous actress Kathleen Turner is a Houston Descendant? She is in our online tree, and you may view her direct connections to our Houston family at our online page: http://www.cdagro.com/TNG/
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Kathleen Turner AKA Mary Kathleen Turner
Birthplace: Springfield, MO
Sexual orientation: Straight
Nationality: United States
Executive summary: Romancing the Stone
Kathleen Turner is a voluptuous, throaty, scene-stealing actress who voiced Jessica Rabbit in Who Framed Roger Rabbit?. She starred in numerous high-profile and critically acclaimed films through the 1980s, including the sizzling Body Heat with William Hurt, Romancing the Stone with Michael Douglas, Prizzi's Honor with Jack Nicholson, Peggy Sue Got Married with Nicolas Cage, and Danny DeVito's The War of the Roses with Douglas again.
Then she made a dull, Disneyfied film adaptation of V.I. Warshawski, which, in combination with crossing the line to middle age, virtually ended her career as a leading lady in big-budget films. She has since been featured almost exclusively in low-profile films and roles, where she still does terrific work in films like Serial Mom or The Virgin Suicides.
He parents were career diplomats, and Turner was born in America but raised in Canada; Cuba (she was there, five years old, when Fidel Castro took power); Venezuela (she still speaks fluent Spanish) and England.
Turner's husband, real estate millionaire Jay Weiss, performs in a rock'n'roll band called, suitably, the Suits, and Turner sings. His brother Stephan was, until his death, married to fashion mogul Donna Karan, which makes Karan Turner's sister-in-law.
Weiss is Jewish, but Turner didn't convert and remains Christian. Their daughter "goes to Jewish classes," Turner says, "and we celebrate all the Jewish holidays. We do the full Haggadah service at Passover, for which I cook." She is a long-time supporter of Emily's List, the political action group that advocates for pro-choice Democratic candidates.
Turner says she has one inflexible rule when reading scripts: If her character isn't integral to the plot, she won't do it. "I mean," she asks, "what's the point of being some guy's addendum?"
Father: Richard Turner (diplomat, d. 1971, cancer)
Husband: David Guc (agent, m. 1977, div. 1982)
Husband: Jay Weiss (real estate magnate, m. 1983)
Daughter: Rachael Ann Weiss (b. 14-Oct-1987)
University: Southwest Missouri State University, Springfield, MO (transferred to U.M.)
University: BFA, University of Maryland (1977)
Alcoholics Anonymous 1994
People for the American Way
Golden Globe Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture, Romancing the Stone 1984
Golden Globe Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture, Prizzi's Honor 1985
Risk Factors: Arthritis, Alcoholism, Smoking
FILMOGRAPHY AS ACTOR
Baby Geniuses (12-Mar-1999)
The Virgin Suicides (19-May-1999)
A Simple Wish (11-Jul-1997)
The Real Blonde (14-Sep-1997)
Moonlight and Valentino (29-Sep-1995)
Serial Mom (13-Apr-1994)
House of Cards (25-Jun-1993)
Naked in New York (1993)
Undercover Blues (10-Sep-1993)
V.I. Warshawski (26-Jul-1991)
The War of the Roses (8-Dec-1989)
Switching Channels (4-Mar-1988)
The Accidental Tourist (23-Dec-1988)
Dear America: Letters Home from Vietnam (Oct-1987) Herself [VOICE]
Julia and Julia (12-Sep-1987)
Peggy Sue Got Married (10-Oct-1986)
Prizzi's Honor (13-Jun-1985)
The Jewel of the Nile (11-Dec-1985)
A Breed Apart (1984)
Crimes of Passion (19-Oct-1984)
Romancing the Stone (30-Mar-1984)
The Man with Two Brains (3-Jun-1983)
Body Heat (28-Aug-1981)
Actress Kathleen Turner reportedly split up with her husband, mogul Jay Weiss, after 21 years of marriage. Kathleen, 51, first met Weiss when she rented one of his New York apartments.
Turner married New York real-estate mogul Jay Weiss in 1984. They have a daughter, Rachel Ann Weiss, born 1988. She was diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis in 1992.
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