Most celebrity interviews these days are safe and cozy affairs, often PR-approved to within an inch of their lives. It’s why Kathleen Turner’s refreshingly frank and dirt-dishing chat with Vulture in 2018 caused such a stir. Here’s a look at how the Hollywood legend dragged everyone from Nicolas Cage to the beloved cast of Friends in style.
Born in Springfield, Missouri, in 1954, Kathleen Turner was initially deterred from pursuing her acting ambitions by her strict Christian parents. But after studying at Missouri State University for a couple of years, she then transferred to the University of Maryland, Baltimore, where she earned a degree in theater. Turner then made her first appearance on screen in a 1979 episode of NBC soap The Doctors.
Turner ventured into cinema as well, playing femme fatale Matty Walker in 1981’s Body Heat. She would ultimately draw comparisons with Lauren Bacall, thanks to her famously deep voice. And the move into movies paid off, too, as in 1985 Turner would win a Golden Globe for her performance in Romancing the Stone. That year, she also reunited with Danny DeVito and Michael Douglas for the romantic adventure’s sequel, The Jewel of the Nile.