A member of the GAC advisory council, screen icon Kathleen Turner has garnered critical acclaim for her performances in movies including Body Heat, for which she was nominated for a Golden Globe; Romancing The Stone and Prizzi's Honor, which earned her a Golden Globe Award for each; Peggy Sue Got Married, which brought Turner both an Academy Award nomination and a Golden Globe nomination; and War of the Roses, and yet another Golden Globe nomination. Turner's extensive film credits also include The Man with Two Brains, with Steve Martin; Jewel of the Nile, with Michael Douglas; The Accidental Tourist; V.I. Warshawski; John Waters' Serial Mom; Naked in New York; Moonlight and Valentino; The Real Blonde; and Sofia Coppola’s The Virgin Suicides. Alongside Tommy Lee Jones,she also starred in the 1993 film House of Cards, directed by GAC co-founder Michael Lessac.
Ms. Turner has also starred on Broadway in Cat on a Hot Tin Roof for which she received a Tony nomination for Best Actress; The Graduate; and Whose Afraid of Virginia Woolf, for which she received a second Tony nomination for Best Actress. More recently, Ms. Turner had a major recurring role playing the role of Sue Collini on Showtime’s hit series, Californication, as well as the starring role in an independent film called The Perfect Family. This past September, Ms. Turner starred in Dolly Parton’s Anthology series for Netflix called Dolly Parton's Heartstrings.
Most recently she shot a guest starring role alongside Michael Douglas in the second season of The Kominsky Method and at the same time shot a series regular role in the pilot Lovestruck for Fox.
Recently on stage, Ms. Turner made her debut at The Metropolitan Opera in La Fille du Regiment. She also starred as Molly Ivins in Red Hot Patriot: The Kick Ass Wit of Molly Ivins at Philadelphia Theater Center, The Geffen in LA and Arena Stage in DC.
Ms. Turner has recently expanded her repertoire with the development of her first cabaret performance, Finding My Voice, which debuted in Philadelphia in the Fall of 2017, followed by a run in London at The Other Palace Theatre and a tour of the UK, and will continue in selected cities across the country including her most recent engagement at the legendary Cafe Carlyle in New York City. In addition to her film and stage credits, Turner wrote of her many accomplishments and life experiences in her 2008 autobiography titled, Send Yourself Roses: Thoughts on my Life, Love, and Leading Roles, which secured a position on the New York Times Bestseller List and which she recently recorded as an audio book.
She also has published a book, Kathleen Turner on Acting. In addition, she is also an activist, particularly for women’s health, and a boardmember of the People For The American Way Foundation. She's been involved with Global Arts Corps since the beginning, going back to the days of The Colonades Theatre Lab.