Emmy Award winner Swoosie Kurtz
Biography

‘Sisters’ Actress Swoosie Kurtz Biography

Omaha-born Swoosie Kurtz is an American actress who turned professional in 1956 and has so far 26 movies and television credits. After working in numerous plays, films, and series, Kurtz came into the limelight as Charlene McGregor in Reality Bites. Similarly, she is also popular for her performance in Liar Liar, Cruel Intentions, Mike & Molly, and Bubble Boy.

Bio-Wiki: What Is Swoosie Kurtz Real Name? Her Age & Height

Swoosie Kurtz’s full name is Swoosie Trust Kurtz. She was born on September 6, 1944, in Omaha, Nebraska, the United States of America, under the birth sign Virgo. At the time of this writing, she is 77 years old.

The 77-year-old was the only child of her parents. Her father, Colonel Frank Allen Kurtz Jr. (1911-1996) was in the United States Army Air Forces who was an Olympic diver and an honored World War II American bomber pilot. Likewise, her mother, Margaret “Margo” (née Rogers; 1915–2019) was an author.

As Kurtz’s dad was from the military, she often used to move to numerous places with her family. Due to this reason, she spent her childhood in different places. Talking about her academics, she graduated from the University of Southern California holding a degree in drama. Later, she enrolled at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art.

Physical Features

Moving onto her physical appearance, the Cruel Intentions actress stands at an average height of 5 feet 4-inch or 163 cm tall. Likewise, her red hair makes her look more attractive even at this age. 

Kurtz has a gorgeous blue-colored eye which describes her as a woman with wisdom, knowledge, and a calm and peaceful personality.

Career Insight: When Did Swoosie Kurtz Start Her Career? 

Swoosie was 17 years old when she started her career as an actress. In 1962, she first faced the camera on the television series, The Donna Reed Show appearing in an episode titled The Golden Trap. After that, she acted in To Tell the Truth and As The World Turns. 

She made her Broadway debut in the 1975 revival of Ah, Wilderness!. Eventually, Kurtz earned huge popularity for two productions, Uncommon Women and Others. Also, she appeared in  The Firebugs, A History of the American Film, Uncommon Women and Others, Tartuffe, and The House of Blue Leaves.

Call Me Kat’ actress Swoosie Kurtz
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Her other theatre credits include Wine Untouched, The Beach House, Love Letters, The Mineola Twins, The Guys, Imaginary Friends, Intrigue with Faye, Frozen, and Heartbreak House.

So far, she has been nominated for various notable awards like Drama Desk Awards, Outer Critics Circle Awards Tony Awards, and Emmy Awards. She won Tony Award for Fifth of July,  The House of Blue Leaves, and Primetime Emmy Awards for performance in Carol and Company.

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Successful Movies & TV Series

Twice Tony Award winner has almost 100 acting credits under her name as per IMDb. Initially, she played various roles in The Tiger Makes Out, Kojak, Oliver’s Story, A Caribbean Mystery, A Time to Live, Wildcats, and True Stories. 

Swoosie rose to prominence after she played the role of Charlene McGregor in the film Reality Bites. The audience really appreciated her performance in Ben Stiller’s 1994 romantic comedy-drama movie starring Winona Ryder, Ethan Hawke, Janeane Garofalo, Joe Don Baker, and John Mahoney.

Her Longest Running TV Role On the NBC ‘Sisters’

Imaginary Friends’ actress had her longest-running television role on the series Sisters. She spent 5 years of her life in the show focusing on four very different sisters living in Winnetka, Illinois. 

In the NBC family drama television series, Kurtz portrayed the role of wealthy divorcee Alex Reed Halsey alongside Sela Ward, Patricia Kalember, Julianne Phillips, Sheila Kelly, and Elizabeth Hoffman. For her outstanding performance, she even earned two Emmy Award nominations.

Furthermore, she also appeared in TV shows like Pushing Daisies, ER, Lost, Desperate Housewives, That’s Life, Still Standing, Huff, Nurse Jackie, Mike & Molly, and Man with a Plan. She is also known for her role as Sheila in an American sitcom Call Me Kat (2021-2022) starring Mayim Bialik, Leslie Jordan, Kyla Pratt, Cheyenne Jackson, and Christopher Rivas.

Likewise, Nurse Jackie alum is also a part of big screens like Bright Lights, Big City, Duplex, Bubble Boy, Living Proof, An Englishman in New York, and One Christmas.

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How Rich Is Emmy Award Winning Actor Swoosie Kurtz In 2022?

Professional since 1962, the Nebraska native has gathered a decent wealth through her successful acting career. She grabs an impressive sum through her films, television shows, plays, and Broadways. 

According to various online sites, Swoosie Kurtz is reported to have an estimated net worth of $5 million in January 2022. However, she has yet no disclose her exact fortune to the media. 

The Emmy Award winner has added a huge dollar via her numerous hit films. Some of her successful big-screen credits along with the budget and box office collections are listed below:

Movies Est. Budget Box Office Collections Role
Slap Shot $6 million $28 million Shirley Upton
First Love $3 million $9.4 million Marsha
The World According to Garp $17 million $29,712,172 The Hooker
Against All Odds $13 million $21.7 million Edie
Reality Bites $11.5 million $33.4 million Charlane McGregor
Dangerous Liaisons $14 million $34.7 million Madame de Volanges
Vice Versa $10 million $13.7 million Lillian Brookmeyer / Turk (Credited as Tina)
Overboard $12 million $91.2 million Grace
Superman: Doomsday $3.5 million $10 million Martha Kent
The Rules of Attraction $4 million $11.8 million Mimi Jared

As per reports, the average salary of theatre actors is $1,145.70 per week and $48426 per year in the United States. Likewise, films and television actors usually receive $43,760 annually. 

Besides Kurtz’s movies and television series, she also gains an impressive sum with her side business. She receives good cash with the help of her endorsements deals, photoshoots, sponsorships, commercial ads, and promotional posts. According to IMDb, she was featured on the magazine cover of TV Gide (US) on August 7, 1971. 

Is Swoosie Kurtz Involved In Any Charity Works?

Sisters’ star has not earned millions of well-wishers not only with her acting credits but also because of her beautiful and kind heart. She provides volunteer as well as financial help to philanthropic causes such as abuse, women, Alzheimer’s disease, animals, slavery & human trafficking health, human rights, and rape/sexual abuse.

So far, Swoosie is donating to three charitable organizations: V-Day, Farm Sanctuary, and Alzheimer’s Association. Likewise, other celebrities like Alicia Silverstone, Amy Schumer, Ashley Tisdale, Jane Fonda, Kristen Bell, and Susan Sarandon also support the same foundations.

Personal Life: Is Swoosie Kurtz Married? What Is Her Relationship Status?

Talking about Slap Shot’s actress relationship status, she is allegedly single as of January 2022. She is peacefully living her life without getting into any trouble and controversies. She is neither married nor she is dating anyone at the moment.

Emmy Award winner Kurtz is worth $5 million

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Swoosie is also not caught with anyone who could be speculated as to her partner. Even, she does not talk much about her love life in any of her interviews. This is also one of the reasons which make it hard to pin down any private details of her. As of now, no reports about her husband, partner, children, or marriage are available. 

Prior to this, Kurtz definitely had an affair. She was previously in a romantic relationship with Joshua White. The couple started dating in 1964 and later separated breaking up in 1970 after things did not work between them.

Call Me Kat actress’ former partner is an American artist, video maker, and broadcast television director widely famous for the 1960s and 1970s liquid light show, The Joshua Light Show.

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Where Does Swoosie Kurtz Live? Is She Available On Any Social Medias?

As of January 2022, the Primetime Emmy Award-winning actress is living in Toluca Lake, California, the United States. As per sources, she along with her family moved to Toluca Lake in 1960 and since then, she has been living there. 

Swoosie finally settled down here after changing 13 or more schools. Even after her parent’s death, she is still leading a blissful life in the same house which is full of her memories with them. 

There is no doubt, California is one of the most expensive as well as the best states in the country. Generally, it costs $531,150 for 1 bedroom house and $807,148 for 2 bedrooms home.

How Much Does She Earn Through Social Media? 

Social media has become an easy platform to make money nowadays. Not only Instagram models and YouTube stars, but there are also many actors and singers who are using social media wisely to add some dollars to their bank balance.

There is no doubt, Kurtz has earned millions of fans with her mind-blowing performances in movies and series. Though she is current not available on any social media platforms, there are numerous fan pages on Instagram and Twitter.

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