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Kathleen Turner

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==Body Heat== In 1978, Turner made her acting debut in the television NBC daytime soap The Doctors as the second Nola Dancy Aldrich. She soon launched a successful film career, making her debut in 1981 as the ruthless Matty Walker in the thriller Body Heat, which instantly shot her to movie stardom and she would go on to become one of the most sought after actresses of the 1980s and early 90s with a string of hits.

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Kathleen Turner Body Heat

In 1978, Turner made her acting debut in the television NBC daytime soap The Doctors as the second Nola Dancy Aldrich. She soon launched a successful film career, making her debut in 1981 as the ruthless Matty Walker in the thriller Body Heat, which instantly shot her to movie stardom and she would go on to become one of the most sought after actresses of the 1980s and early 90s with a string of hits. Empire Magazine cited the film in 1995 when it named her one of the 100 Sexiest Stars in Film History. The New York Times wrote in 2005 that, propelled by her "jaw-dropping movie debut [in] Body Heat... she built a career on adventurousness and frank sexuality borne of robust physicality."

The brazen quality of Turner's screen roles was reflected in her public life as well. With her deep voice, Turner was often compared to a young Lauren Bacall. When the two met, Turner reportedly introduced herself by saying, "Hi, I'm the young you." In the '80s, she boasted that "on a night when I feel really good about myself, I can walk into a room, and if a man doesn't look at me he's probably gay."

Kathleen Turner Eighties stardom

After Body Heat, Turner stated that she steered away from the femme fatale roles in order to 'prevent typecasting' and because the femme fatale roles had a 'shelflife', consequently her first project after this was 1983 comedy 'The Man With Two Brains'. Turner rose to prominence as the star of Romancing the Stone with Michael Douglas and Danny DeVito. Demanding film critic Pauline Kael wrote of her performance as writer Joan Wilder, "Turner knows how to use her dimples amusingly and how to dance like a woman who didn’t know she could; her star performance is exhilarating."[6] Romancing the Stone was a surprise hit: she won a Golden Globe for her role in the film and it became one of the top-ten-grossing movies of 1984.[7] Turner teamed up again with Douglas and DeVito the following year for a sequel, The Jewel of the Nile.

After Jewel, Kathleen Turner starred in Prizzi's Honor with Jack Nicholson, winning a second Golden Globe award, and in Peggy Sue Got Married with Nicolas Cage. For Peggy Sue, she received a 1987 Academy Award nomination for Best Actress.

In 1988's toon-noir Who Framed Roger Rabbit, she provided the voice of cartoon femme fatale Jessica Rabbit. Her uncredited, sultry performance was acclaimed as "the kind of sexpot ball-breaker she was made for."[8] She also voiced the famous line, "I'm not bad, I'm just drawn that way."

Turner appears in the 1980s song "The Kiss of Kathleen Turner" by Austrian techno-pop singer Falco. In 1989, Turner teamed up with Douglas and DeVito for a third time, in The War of the Roses. The New York Times praised the trio, saying that "Mr. Douglas and Ms. Turner have never been more comfortable a team ... each of them is at his or her comic best when being as awful as both are required to be here ... [Kathleen Turner is] evilly enchanting."[9] In that film, Turner played a former gymnast, and, as in other roles, she did many of her own stunts. (She broke her nose filming 1991's V.I. Warshawski[citation needed])

Kathleen Turner Slowed by disease

Turner remained an A-list film star leading lady until the early nineties when rheumatoid arthritis began to seriously restrict her activities. She was diagnosed in 1992, after suffering unexplained symptoms of "unbearable" pain for about a year. By the time she was diagnosed, she "could hardly turn her head or walk, and was told she would end up in a wheelchair".

As the disease worsened, her career began to slide -- though Turner has also blamed her age as her movie career downfall stating "when I was forty the roles started slowing down, I started getting offers to play mothers and grandmothers..." She appeared in the low-budget House of Cards, experienced moderate success with John Waters' Serial Mom, had supporting roles in A Simple Wish, The Real Blonde, and Sofia Coppola's acclaimed The Virgin Suicides.

Kathleen Turner Television

Despite drug therapy to help her condition, the disease progressed for about eight years. Then, thanks to newly-available treatments, her arthritis went into remission. She was seen increasingly on television, including an episode of Friends where she appeared as Chandler Bing's transsexual father. She also provided the voice of Malibu Stacy creator Stacy Lovell on the episode "Lisa vs. Malibu Stacy" on The Simpsons. She played a defense attorney on Law & Order.

In 2006, Turner performed a cameo in FX's acclaimed Nip/Tuck, playing a phone sex operator in need of laryngeal surgery.

Kathleen Turner Voice actress

In the same year, she voiced the role of "Constance" in the animated film Monster House. She has also recently been doing radio commercial voice-overs for Lay's potato chips. Turner first came to prominance as a voice actress with the role of Jessica Rabbit in cartoon crossover Who Framed Roger Rabbit?. She also voiced Stacey, the creator of Malibu Stacey, as a guest star on The Simpsons.

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