I was a fan of Kathleen Turner’s back in the day. Will she be making any more movies?
—Daniel Cuse, Sarasota, Fla.
The Springfield, Mo.-born actress, 58, who was sweetly romantic in Romancing the Stone, sizzled in Body Heat and was viciously vindictive in The War of the Roses, is back in the indie film, The Perfect Family. The new movie marks her return to the screen after a run of appearances in stage productions.
In it, she plays suburban supermom Eileen Cleary, who is nominated for the coveted Catholic Woman of the Year Award at her local parish. But to win the award, she has to introduce her nonconformist family to the church board in order to be approved—which makes her face the truth about her husband and children.
“Nobody has the right to decide what’s best for someone else’s life,” says the Oscar-nominated actress. “But trying to do that is so prevalent these days, how could I not want to play her?”
Currently, Turner is performing in 'High,' which despite closing on Broadway after a short run, still got a national tour in the U.S. and Canada. She will follow that by taking the one-woman show 'Red Hot Patriot: The Kick-Ass Wit of Molly Ivins' to Washington, D.C.
“What I really wanted to do with [Molly] was take it to Washington before the election, so I’ll be performing Molly as loudly as I can throughout September and October,” she says. “Then, I’m going to do a very odd British comedy. And I’ve got a great new animated film that I’m working on where I play an evil spider.”
In the early ’90s, Turner was diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis. In addition to performing, these days she spends time as a spokeswoman for RA, as well as donating her time to Planned Parenthood of America, Amnesty International and Citymeals-on-Wheels.