Swoosie Kurtz

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Birth Place Omaha, Nebraska

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Swoosie was born on 6t September, 1944 to author Margo and Frank Kurtz in Omaha, Nebraska, USA. She is a famous American actress and has won the coveted Emmy Award as well as the Tony Award (two times). Her father was an U.S. Air Forcecolonel resulting in her frequent relocation during her school years. To be exact, she had to live with having to live in eight different states.

Swoosie made it to the limelight through the revival of Ah, Wilderness in 1975. She has been nominated five times into the Tony Award and won two of them. These came through the 1981 Fifth of July and the 1986 The House of Blue Leaves. The other nominations were for the 1988 Tartuffe, 2004’s Frozen and the 2007’s Heartbreak House

She has been nominated eight times for the Emmy Awards in her television work. In this category, the 1990’s Carol and Company gave her a win. She has earned other TV credits through Sisters of 1991 to 1996, 2004 to 2006’s Huff, Pushing Daisies of 2007 to 2009, as well as the CBS sitcom Mike & Molly which has been on since 2010. She has starred and featured in films like Wildcats (1986), 1988’s Dangerous Liaisons, Stanley and Iris of 1990, 1996’s Citizen Ruth and Liar Liar (1997).

Early life

Kurtz is the only child of Colonel Frank Allen Kurtz, Jr. and author Margaret. It was her father who gave her the name Swoosie which comes from “The Swoose”, the only early survivor of the of the Boeing B-17D Flying Fortress Bomber piloted by her father. Her father managed to break all the Pacific Records at the time of the Second World War. Mr. Kurtz Jr. moved frequently due to her job causing is family to move as well with him. Swoosie had to move with her father too.

As part of her education, Swoosie attended the University of Southern California. She opted for drama as her major. Thereafter she went to London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art.


Kurtz made her first appearance on tv at the age of seventeen on the 4th season episode of The Donna Reed Show “The Golden Trap” of February, 1962. At eighteen, she made another appearance in To Tell the Truth in which she identifies her father from among two imposters. She later began her theatre career in 1975 through the revival of Ah, Wilderness! Wendy Wasserstein’s Uncommon Women and Othersgave her a great breakthrough. She appeared in this at a Eugene O'Neill Theater Center workshop as well as Off-Broadway. The musical A History of the American Film also added to her rise in the film industry. It helped her win the coveted Drama Desk Award. Kurtz was at the time awarded the famous Broadway's "triple crown" which includes the Outer Critics Circle, Drama Desk, and the Tony awards. This arose from her portrayal of Gwen in the Fifth of July by Lanford Wilson's.

In 1986, her performance in John Guare’s The House of Blue Leaves as bananas earned her a second Tony award. In 2002, she also starred as Lillian Hellman, a playwright, in Imaginary Friends by Nora Ephron.

Personal life

Kurtz is neither married nor has any child. The only revelation she has ever given is that she had an abortion in the 60s.


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