Kyra Sedgwick

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Kyra Sedgwick
KyraSedgwickJune09.jpg
Sedgwick receiving a star at the Hollywood Walk of Fame, June 2009
BornKyra Minturn Sedgwick[1]
(1965-08-19) August 19, 1965 (age 48)
New York City, New York,
United States
Other namesKiko
Alma materUniversity of Southern California
OccupationActress
Years active1982–present
ReligionJudaism
Spouse(s)Kevin Bacon (m. 1988)
Children2
 
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Kyra Sedgwick
KyraSedgwickJune09.jpg
Sedgwick receiving a star at the Hollywood Walk of Fame, June 2009
BornKyra Minturn Sedgwick[1]
(1965-08-19) August 19, 1965 (age 48)
New York City, New York,
United States
Other namesKiko
Alma materUniversity of Southern California
OccupationActress
Years active1982–present
ReligionJudaism
Spouse(s)Kevin Bacon (m. 1988)
Children2

Kyra Minturn Sedgwick (born August 19, 1965)[2] is an American actress. She is best known for her starring role as Deputy Chief Brenda Leigh Johnson on the TNT crime drama The Closer. Sedgwick's role in the series won her a Golden Globe Award in 2007 and an Emmy Award in 2010. The series ended on August 13, 2012, following the completion of its seventh season.[3]

Early life[edit]

Sedgwick was born in New York City, the daughter of Patricia (née Rosenwald), a speech teacher and educational/family therapist, and Henry Dwight Sedgwick V, a venture capitalist.[1][4][5] Her father was Episcopalian and of English heritage, and her mother was Jewish.[6] On her father's side, she is a descendant of Judge Theodore Sedgwick, Endicott Peabody (the founder of the Groton School), William Ellery (a signer of the Declaration of Independence), John Lathrop (American minister) (1740–1816), of Boston, Massachusetts and is the great-granddaughter of Henry Dwight Sedgwick III, and thus the corresponding niece to his brother Ellery Sedgwick, owner/editor (1908-1938) of The Atlantic Monthly. Sedgwick is also a sister of actor Robert Sedgwick, half-sister of jazz guitarist Mike Stern, the first cousin once removed of actress Edie Sedgwick, and a niece of the writer John Sedgwick.[7]

Sedgwick's parents separated when she was four and divorced when she was six; her mother subsequently re-married Ben Heller, an art dealer.[1][8] Sedgwick graduated from Friends Seminary and attended Sarah Lawrence College.[1] She transferred from Sarah Lawrence to the University of Southern California, graduating with a theater degree.[9]

Career[edit]

Sedgwick made her debut at the age of 16 on the television soap opera Another World. In 1988 she made a strong impression in a TV version of Lanford Wilson's Lemon Sky. During the 1990s she appeared in several Hollywood movies, including Singles (1992), Heart and Souls (1993), Something to Talk About (1995) and Phenomenon, in which she played the love interest of John Travolta's character.[8] She starred in the Emmy Award–winning[10] 1992 made-for-TV film Miss Rose White as a Jewish immigrant who comes to terms with her ethnicity.[11] She played the parts of Mae Coleman in 2003's Secondhand Lions and Stella Peck in the 2007 film The Game Plan. She also starred alongside her husband Kevin Bacon in the 2004 film The Woodsman. She dubbed the voice of Batwoman in the animated movie Batman: Mystery of the Batwoman.

Sedgwick has starred in the television series The Closer since 2005. In 2007 she began earning roughly US$300,000 per episode.[12] Over the life of the series she was nominated for and won several awards for her starring role as Deputy Chief Brenda Leigh Johnson. She received a Golden Globe award in 2007 for her performance as lead actress and won a Primetime Emmy Award in 2010. In 2009, Sedgwick was awarded a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for Television.[13]

The Closer ended on August 13, 2012,[14] following the completion of its seventh season; the series's broadcaster, TNT, said that the decision to retire the series was made by Sedgwick.[3]

Personal life[edit]

Sedgwick married actor Kevin Bacon on September 4, 1988.[1] They have two children, Travis Sedgwick Bacon (born June 23, 1989) and Sosie Ruth Bacon (born March 15, 1992).[15] She is also the aunt of R&B/pop singer George Nozuka and his younger singer/songwriter brother Justin Nozuka (their mother, Holly, is Sedgwick's half-sister). Sedgwick has identified herself as Jewish,[16][17] and also stated that she does not participate in any specific religious activities for any faith except for attending some Passover seders.[18] Sedgwick learned in 2011, via her appearance on the U.S. TV show Finding Your Roots with Henry Louis Gates, that she and Kevin Bacon are 9th cousins, once removed.[19][20]

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

YearTitleRoleNotes
1985War and LoveHalina
1986Tai-PanTess Brock
1988KansasProstitute drifter
1989Born on the Fourth of JulyDonna
1990Mr. and Mrs. BridgeRuth Bridge
1991PyratesSam
1992SinglesLinda Powell
1992Oliver Stone: Inside OutHerself
1993Heart and SoulsJulia
1995Murder in the FirstBlanche
1995Something to Talk AboutEmma Rae King
1995The Low LifeBevan
1996Losing ChaseElizabeth Cole
1996PhenomenonLace Pennamin
1997Critical CareFelicia Potter
1998MontanaClaire Kelsky
2000Labor PainsSarah Raymond
2000What's Cooking?Rachel Seelig
2000Conversations with Jon TurteltaubHerself
2002Personal Velocity: Three PortraitsDelia Shunt
2002Just a KissHalley
2003Behind the Red DoorNatalie
2003Secondhand LionsMae
2003Batman: Mystery of the BatwomanBatwomanVoice role
2003Behind the Red DoorNatalie Haddad
2004The WoodsmanVicki
2004Something the Lord MadeMary Blalock
2004CavedwellerDelia Byrd
2005LoverboyEmily
2007The Game PlanStella Peck
2008Justice League: The New FrontierLois LaneVoice role
2009GamerGina Parker Smith
2010ChlorineGeorgie
2012Man on a LedgeSuzie Morales
2012The PossessionStephanie
2013Kill Your DarlingsMarian Carr (uncredited)
2013ChlorineGeorgiepost-production
2014Reach MeColettepost-production
2014Big SkyDeepost-production

Television[edit]

YearTitleRoleNotes
1982Another WorldJulia ShearerEpisode: "30 July 1982"
1985ABC Afterschool SpecialCindy EllerEpisode: "Cindy Eller: A Modern Fairy Tale"
1985Miami ViceSarah MacPhailEpisode: "Phil the Shill"
1986Amazing StoriesDora JohnsonEpisode: "Thanksgiving"
1988Lemon SkyCarolTelevision movie
1991Women & Men 2Arlene MegeffinTelevision movie
1992Miss Rose WhiteRose WhiteTelevision movie
1993Family PicturesNina EberlinTelevision movie
2000Talk to MeJaney Munroe3 episodes
2001American ExperienceHerselfEpisode: "War Letters"
2002Ally McBealHelena GreeneEpisode: "All of Me"
2002Door to DoorShelly Soenpiet BradyTelevision movie
2002StanleyPark RangerEpisode: "Woodpecker Woes"
2002100 Sexiest ArtistsHerselfEpisode: "100 Sexiest Artists"
2003Queens SupremeADA Quinn Coleman6 episodes
2004Something the Lord MadeMary BlalockTelevision movie
2005–2012The CloserBrenda Leigh Johnson109 episodes

Awards and nominations[edit]

Until 2011, Sedgwick had made television history, being the only female actor to be nominated for an Emmy, Golden Globe, and Screen Actors Guild Award every year that her show aired in the eligibility period. However, that came to an end in 2011 when Sedgwick failed to receive a nomination for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series at the 2011 Emmy Awards.

YearAssociationCategoryNominated workResult
1993Golden Globe AwardsBest Actress – Miniseries or Television FilmMiss Rose WhiteNominated
1994Saturn AwardsBest Supporting ActressHeart and SoulsNominated
1996American Comedy AwardsFunniest Supporting Actress in a Motion PictureSomething to Talk AboutNominated
Chicago Film Critics Association AwardsBest Supporting ActressSomething to Talk AboutNominated
Golden Globe AwardsBest Supporting Actress – Motion PictureSomething to Talk AboutNominated
1997MTV Movie AwardsBest Kiss (shared with John Travolta)PhenomenonNominated
2005Independent Spirit AwardsBest Female LeadCavedwellerNominated
Satellite AwardsBest Supporting Actress – Motion PictureThe WoodsmanNominated
Best Actress – Television Series DramaThe CloserWon
2006Golden Globe AwardsBest Actress – Television Series DramaThe CloserNominated
Gracie Allen AwardsOutstanding Female Lead in a Drama SeriesThe CloserWon
Primetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Lead Actress in a Drama SeriesThe CloserNominated
Satellite AwardsBest Actress – Television Series DramaThe CloserWon
Screen Actors Guild AwardsOutstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama SeriesThe CloserNominated
Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama SeriesThe CloserNominated
Television Critics AwardsIndividual Achievement in DramaThe CloserNominated
2007Golden Globe AwardsBest Actress – Television Series DramaThe CloserWon
Primetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Lead Actress in a Drama SeriesThe CloserNominated
Satellite AwardsBest Actress – Television Series DramaThe CloserNominated
Saturn AwardsBest Actress on TelevisionThe CloserNominated
Screen Actors Guild AwardsOutstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama SeriesThe CloserNominated
2008Golden Globe AwardsBest Actress – Television Series DramaThe CloserNominated
Primetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Lead Actress in a Drama SeriesThe CloserNominated
Satellite AwardsBest Actress – Television Series DramaThe CloserNominated
Saturn AwardsBest Actress on TelevisionThe CloserNominated
Screen Actors Guild AwardsOutstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama SeriesThe CloserNominated
Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama SeriesThe CloserNominated
2009Golden Globe AwardsBest Actress – Television Series DramaThe CloserNominated
People's Choice AwardsFavorite TV Drama DivaThe CloserWon
Primetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Lead Actress in a Drama SeriesThe CloserNominated
Saturn AwardsBest Actress on TelevisionThe CloserNominated
Screen Actors Guild AwardsOutstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama SeriesThe CloserNominated
Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama SeriesThe CloserNominated
2010Golden Globe AwardsBest Actress – Television Series DramaThe CloserNominated
Primetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Lead Actress in a Drama SeriesThe CloserWon
Saturn AwardsBest Actress on TelevisionThe CloserNominated
Screen Actors Guild AwardsOutstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama SeriesThe CloserNominated
Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama SeriesThe CloserNominated
2011Golden Globe AwardsBest Actress – Television Series DramaThe CloserNominated
Saturn AwardsBest Actress on TelevisionThe CloserNominated
Screen Actors Guild AwardsOutstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama SeriesThe CloserNominated
Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama SeriesThe CloserNominated
2012Saturn AwardsBest Actress on TelevisionThe CloserNominated
Screen Actors Guild AwardsOutstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama SeriesThe CloserNominated

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e "Kyra M. Sedgwick And Kevin Bacon, Actors, Engaged". The New York Times. April 3, 1988. Retrieved May 7, 2010. 
  2. ^ SEDGWICK.ORG – Sedgwick Genealogy Worldwide
  3. ^ a b "Kyra Sedgwick calls time on The Closer". The Spy Report (Media Spy). December 11, 2010. Retrieved December 12, 2010. 
  4. ^ Kyra Sedgwick Biography (1965–)
  5. ^ Sedgwick Genealogy Worldwide
  6. ^ Scott, Walter (1993-05-30). "Personality Parade". Deseret News. Retrieved 2009-09-11. 
  7. ^ Famous Sedgwicks
  8. ^ a b Stated in interview on Inside the Actors Studio, 2007
  9. ^ "Kyra Sedgwick biography". people.com. Retrieved September 20, 2013. 
  10. ^ Kyra Sedgwick Emmy Award Winner
  11. ^ Miss Rose White (1992) (TV) – Awards
  12. ^ Serpe, Gina (2007-01-26). "Hargitay & Meloni's $VU". E!Online.com. Retrieved 2007-01-26. 
  13. ^ "Kyra Sedgwick". 
  14. ^ Lynette, Rice; James, Hibberd (2011-1-30). "TNT extends 'The Closer' final season to ready potential spin-off". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 7/8/2012. 
  15. ^ "Kyra Sedgwick". geneall.net. Retrieved September 20, 2013. 
  16. ^ "Interfaith family". interfaithfamily.com. Retrieved September 20, 2013. 
  17. ^ j. "Book shines light on the private life of Jewish stars"
  18. ^ Find Articles – Kyra Sedgwick – Interview
  19. ^ Powers, Lindsay (2011-07-15). "Kyra Sedgwick Finds Out She's Related to Husband Kevin Bacon on TV Show (Video) – Hollywood Reporter". hollywoodreporter.com. Retrieved July 15, 2011. 
  20. ^ Smolenyak, Megan (2011-07-18). "6 Degrees of Separation: Kyra Sedgwick and Kevin Bacon Are Cousins". Huffington Post. Retrieved July 29, 2011. 

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