Kathleen Turner on Acting


About the Book
“As a filmmaker and a film scholar, I’ve been studying Kathleen’s work for a full decade. As a fan, I’ve been watching her almost all of my life.  I actually wrote my first essay about Kathleen’s performances when I was just a 15-year-old film critic for the newspaper in the small town where I grew up.  I think she is the bravest and most interesting actor to come along in my lifetime.  And I know there is a great deal that the film and performing arts communities can learn from her, so I feel very privileged that she’s agreed to sit down with me for a new book project detailing her work on the stage and the screen, and her theories about the mysterious art and craft of acting, and its relationship to writing, directing, editing, and other disciplines in film and theater.  In our book collaboration, Kathleen and I will explore dozens of topics, such as the relationship between an actor and a director, the preparation an actor must do for a role, and the pursuit of acting as a contemporary profession.  We’ll also take a close look at all of Kathleen’s iconic roles on the screen (from Matty Walker to Joan Wilder to Peggy Sue and even Jessica Rabbit) and on the stage (from Maggie the Cat to Mrs. Robinson to Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf’s Martha, considered by many to be Kathleen’s finest work).”
-Author Dustin Morrow

Kathleen Turner on Acting: Conversations about Film, Television and Theater is represented by Samuel Fleishman at Literary Artists Representation and will be published by Skyhorse Press in September 2018. The editor of the book is Mark Gompertz at Skyhorse Press.  Learn more about the book here. And pre-order the book from Amazon here.

About Kathleen Turner
Kathleen rocketed to stardom in 1981 with the release of the classic film noir Body Heat, a role which has prompted for her an uncountable number of comparisons to Lauren Bacall.  That film began a decade of box office dominance for Ms. Turner (the success of her films made her the top-grossing actress of the decade), through such monster hits as Prizzi’s Honor, Peggy Sue Got Married, The Accidental Tourist, The War of the Roses, Who Framed Roger Rabbit (for which she memorably provided the voice of Jessica Rabbit), and the blockbuster Romancing the Stone and its sequel, The Jewel of the Nile.  Her most recent starring role came in the 2012 comedy The Perfect Family.

Kathleen has won multiple Golden Globes and awards from film critics’ societies, and has been nominated for Oscars, Grammys, and Tonys.  Among her leading men have been Jack Nicholson, Steve Martin, William Hurt, Sting, Dennis Quaid, Christopher Reeve, Nicholas Cage, and her partner in three films, Michael Douglas. Arguably the biggest cinematic sex symbol of the last three decades, she has inspired songs like Austrian pop singer Falco’s  “The Kiss of Kathleen Turner”, and even inspired an entire band, Toronto’s Kathleen Turner Overdrive.  Such cultural tributes elevated Kathleen from the status of respected actor to an enduring iconic role as a larger-than-life movie star on the order of Ingrid Bergman, Audrey Hepburn, and Barbara Stanwyck.

Kathleen also added television to her resume in memorable guest spots on The Simpsons (the famous “Malibu Stacy” episode), King of the Hill, Law and OrderNip/TuckFriends (where she memorably played Chandler’s cross-dressing father – a goof on her legendarily deep, smoky voice), and her recurring, scene-stealing role as man-eating talent agent Sue Collini on Californication. She recently co-starred in Hulu’s acclaimed new series The Path.

In the 1990s, while still taking the occasional lead role in some acclaimed independent films like the cult classics Serial Mom and The Virgin Suicides, Kathleen largely turned her attention to her first love, the stage.  She has played the lead in a number of the most successful and well-regarded Broadway productions of the last twenty years, including Jean Cocteau’s Indiscretions, Tennessee Williams’ Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, and Edward Albee’s Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, for all of which she received Tony nominations.  She originated the roles of Mrs. Robinson in the stage version of The Graduate, and Tallulah Bankhead in Sandra Ryan Heyward’s celebrated one-woman show, Tallulah.

Kathleen has become a champion of new playwrights and their work, including Margaret and Allison Engel’s Red Hot Patriot, and Matthew Lombardo’s controversial play High, which Kathleen took to Broadway in 2011 and on a national tour in 2012. She recently held leading roles in recent productions of Mother Courage, Bakersfield Mist, and The Killing of Sister George (which she also directed). She recently co-starred in and directed an off-Broadway production of the first major play to address transgender politics, John Anastasi’s Would You Still Love Me If…

Kathleen also generously gives her time to such organizations as People for the American Way, Planned Parenthood, Amnesty International, and Citymeals-on-Wheels, for which she personally delivers meals to elderly people who aren’t able to leave their homes. Not content to coast on her fame or her prior successes, Kathleen is always in search of new challenges as an actor, artist, and philanthropist.  She’s earned her status as one of the finest actors the stage and the screen have ever known, and she continues with each passing year to do bold, risk-taking work.


Photos courtesy of Kathleen Turner.

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