Who is Swoosie Kurtz?
Swoosie Kurtz was born on 6 September 1944 in Omaha, Nebraska, USA, and is an actress, known through her award winning career. She has won two Tony Awards and an Emmy Award for her work, with some of her most popular projects being “Fifth of July”, “Carol and Company”, “Mike & Molly”, “The House of Blue Leaves”, and “Liar Liar”.
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The Riches of Swoosie Kurtz
How rich is Swoosie Kurtz? As of mid-2019, sources estimate a net worth that is over $50 million, earned through a successful career in acting since the 1970s, appearing in stage productions, television shows, and films. As she still continues her endeavors, it is expected that her wealth may also continue to increase.
Early Life and Education
Swoosie is the only child of author Margo Rogers and US Air Force Colonel Frank Allen Kurtz Jr. Her father was a decorated World War II bomber pilot, and her name is derived from one of the surviving Boeing B-17D Flying Fortress bombers her father piloted. As a child, the family moved frequently due to his work.
After matriculating from high school, she enrolled at the University of Southern California (USC) where she completed a degree in drama. She then furthered her studies by enrolling at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art, known for helping develop numerous high profile theatrical and Hollywood actors. It is registered under the name LAMDA, and the current president is actor Benedict Cumberbatch. The school receives funding from the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE), and offers numerous scholarships for its students.
A few of Kurtz’ projects during the early part of her career included support roles in shows such as “The Donna Reed Show” and “To Tell the Truth”. She then switched to work on her career on stage, appearing in her Broadway debut in 1975 in the revival of “Ah, Wilderness!” A few years later, she gained widespread recognition for her work in “Uncommon Women and Others” as well as in “A History of the American Film”, which led her to win a Drama Desk Award. She later gained the Broadway Triple Crown, winning the Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle, and Tony Awards thanks to her performances.
She gained a second Tony award for her work in the revival of “The House of Blue Leaves”, shown during 1986. She also appeared in the short-lived variety series entitled “Mary” alongside Michael Keaton and David Letterman. She got her first Emmy nomination for her work in the sitcom “Love, Sidney”, and has actually gained 10 Emmy nominations during her career. She would win one for her guest role in the comedy series entitled “Carol & Company”, which is a comedy anthology series which aired on NBC.
In 1991, Swoosie gained her longest running television role in the NBC series “Sisters”, in which she portrayed the wealthy divorcee named Alex Reed Halsey. She got two more Emmy award nominations for her role, and then starred in the series “Pushing Daisies”, playing the character Lily Charles. She also starred in Hollywood films including “Dangerous Liasons” and its remake entitled “Cruel Intentions”, and gained a lot of critical acclaim for her work in the independent film “Citizen Ruth”, before appearing alongside Jim Carrey in “Liar Liar”.
In recent years, she’s had guest roles in popular shows such as “ER”, “Desperate Housewives”, and “Lost”. She also had recurring roles in the drama entitled “That’s Life”, and the sitcom “Still Standing”. In the show “Huff” she played the role of Madeleine Sullivan, while portraying a lesbian in the show “Nurse Jackie” alongside Blythe Danner. In 2010, she starred in the sitcom entitled “Mike & Molly” in which she played Joyce Flynn, aired on CBS and starring Billy Gardell alongside Melissa McCarthy, who fall in love after meeting at a Chicago Overeaters Anonymous group. She also had a recurring role in the comedy show “Man with a Plan” in which she played Matt LeBlanc’s mother.
For her personal life, it is known that Kurtz has never been married; one of her most well-documented romances was with Joshua White, a relationship which lasted from 1964 to 1970 – he is known for the Joshua Light Show, a liquid light show which portrayed psychedelic art, and was often used as a lighting background for live band performances during the 1960s and ‘70s. He used magic lantern techniques, electrical engineering, and theatrical lighting which were developed while he was at school to create the light shows.
Swoosie has stated that she enjoys her name, as there is no one named like her; the bomber she was named after is now owned by the National Air and Space Museum in Washington. According to her, she feels most alive when she is acting, and finds life more interesting while she is working. She has jokingly told herself that she might be schizophrenic due to her love for playing other roles. One of the reasons there is very little information about her is due to the lack of any presence on major social media websites. She does not have an account on any of the major websites including Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook.