Kyra Sedgwick

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Kyra Sedgwick
KyraSedgwickJune09.jpg
Sedgwick receiving a star at the Hollywood Walk of Fame, June 2009
Born Kyra Minturn Sedgwick[1]
(1965-08-19) August 19, 1965 (age 48)
New York City, New York,
United States
Other names Kiko
Alma mater University of Southern California
Occupation Actress
Years active 1982–present
Religion Judaism
Spouse(s) Kevin Bacon (m. 1988)
Children 2

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]

Year Title Role Notes
1985 War and Love Halina
1986 Tai-Pan Tess Brock
1988 Kansas Prostitute drifter
1989 Born on the Fourth of July Donna
1990 Mr. and Mrs. Bridge Ruth Bridge
1991 Pyrates Sam
1992 Singles Linda Powell
1992 Oliver Stone: Inside Out Herself
1993 Heart and Souls Julia
1995 Murder in the First Blanche
1995 Something to Talk About Emma Rae King
1995 The Low Life Bevan
1996 Losing Chase Elizabeth Cole
1996 Phenomenon Lace Pennamin
1997 Critical Care Felicia Potter
1998 Montana Claire Kelsky
2000 Labor Pains Sarah Raymond
2000 What's Cooking? Rachel Seelig
2000 Conversations with Jon Turteltaub Herself
2002 Personal Velocity: Three Portraits Delia Shunt
2002 Just a Kiss Halley
2003 Behind the Red Door Natalie
2003 Secondhand Lions Mae
2003 Batman: Mystery of the Batwoman Batwoman Voice role
2003 Behind the Red Door Natalie Haddad
2004 The Woodsman Vicki
2004 Something the Lord Made Mary Blalock
2004 Cavedweller Delia Byrd
2005 Loverboy Emily
2007 The Game Plan Stella Peck
2008 Justice League: The New Frontier Lois Lane Voice role
2009 Gamer Gina Parker Smith
2010 Chlorine Georgie
2012 Man on a Ledge Suzie Morales
2012 The Possession Stephanie
2013 Kill Your Darlings Marian Carr (uncredited)
2013 Chlorine Georgie post-production
2014 Reach Me Colette post-production
2014 Big Sky Dee post-production

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1982 Another World Julia Shearer Episode: "30 July 1982"
1985 ABC Afterschool Special Cindy Eller Episode: "Cindy Eller: A Modern Fairy Tale"
1985 Miami Vice Sarah MacPhail Episode: "Phil the Shill"
1986 Amazing Stories Dora Johnson Episode: "Thanksgiving"
1988 Lemon Sky Carol Television movie
1991 Women & Men 2 Arlene Megeffin Television movie
1992 Miss Rose White Rose White Television movie
1993 Family Pictures Nina Eberlin Television movie
2000 Talk to Me Janey Munroe 3 episodes
2001 American Experience Herself Episode: "War Letters"
2002 Ally McBeal Helena Greene Episode: "All of Me"
2002 Door to Door Shelly Soenpiet Brady Television movie
2002 Stanley Park Ranger Episode: "Woodpecker Woes"
2002 100 Sexiest Artists Herself Episode: "100 Sexiest Artists"
2003 Queens Supreme ADA Quinn Coleman 6 episodes
2004 Something the Lord Made Mary Blalock Television movie
2005–2012 The Closer Brenda Leigh Johnson 109 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.

Year Association Category Nominated work Result
1993 Golden Globe Awards Best Actress – Miniseries or Television Film Miss Rose White Nominated
1994 Saturn Awards Best Supporting Actress Heart and Souls Nominated
1996 American Comedy Awards Funniest Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture Something to Talk About Nominated
Chicago Film Critics Association Awards Best Supporting Actress Something to Talk About Nominated
Golden Globe Awards Best Supporting Actress – Motion Picture Something to Talk About Nominated
1997 MTV Movie Awards Best Kiss (shared with John Travolta) Phenomenon Nominated
2005 Independent Spirit Awards Best Female Lead Cavedweller Nominated
Satellite Awards Best Supporting Actress – Motion Picture The Woodsman Nominated
Best Actress – Television Series Drama The Closer Won
2006 Golden Globe Awards Best Actress – Television Series Drama The Closer Nominated
Gracie Allen Awards Outstanding Female Lead in a Drama Series The Closer Won
Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series The Closer Nominated
Satellite Awards Best Actress – Television Series Drama The Closer Won
Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series The Closer Nominated
Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series The Closer Nominated
Television Critics Awards Individual Achievement in Drama The Closer Nominated
2007 Golden Globe Awards Best Actress – Television Series Drama The Closer Won
Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series The Closer Nominated
Satellite Awards Best Actress – Television Series Drama The Closer Nominated
Saturn Awards Best Actress on Television The Closer Nominated
Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series The Closer Nominated
2008 Golden Globe Awards Best Actress – Television Series Drama The Closer Nominated
Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series The Closer Nominated
Satellite Awards Best Actress – Television Series Drama The Closer Nominated
Saturn Awards Best Actress on Television The Closer Nominated
Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series The Closer Nominated
Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series The Closer Nominated
2009 Golden Globe Awards Best Actress – Television Series Drama The Closer Nominated
People's Choice Awards Favorite TV Drama Diva The Closer Won
Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series The Closer Nominated
Saturn Awards Best Actress on Television The Closer Nominated
Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series The Closer Nominated
Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series The Closer Nominated
2010 Golden Globe Awards Best Actress – Television Series Drama The Closer Nominated
Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series The Closer Won
Saturn Awards Best Actress on Television The Closer Nominated
Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series The Closer Nominated
Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series The Closer Nominated
2011 Golden Globe Awards Best Actress – Television Series Drama The Closer Nominated
Saturn Awards Best Actress on Television The Closer Nominated
Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series The Closer Nominated
Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series The Closer Nominated
2012 Saturn Awards Best Actress on Television The Closer Nominated
Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series The Closer Nominated

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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