Kay Lenz in trailer for Breezy (1973)
|Born||Kay Ann Lenz
March 4, 1953
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
|Other names||Kay Ann Kemper|
|Spouse(s)||David Cassidy (m. 1977–83)|
Lenz was born in Los Angeles, California, the daughter of Ted Lenz, a producer/commentator father and Kay Miller Lenz, a model/radio engineer mother. She began working as a child actress, appearing in such television shows as The Andy Griffith Show (under the stage name Kay Ann Kemper),[why?] Opie's Group (1967) as well as in stage productions. She made a brief appearance ( billed as Kay Ann Kemper) in a small role in American Graffiti (1973) as Jane, a girl at a dance. She achieved recognition for her title-role performance as the free spirit who captivates William Holden in Breezy, directed by Clint Eastwood.
Lenz made guest appearances in The Streets of San Francisco, Gunsmoke, MacGyver, McCloud, Cannon, and Petrocelli, and played a lead role in the film White Line Fever (1975) before being cast in the miniseries Rich Man, Poor Man in 1976, for which she was nominated for an Emmy Award. She reprised her role for the sequel, Rich Man, Poor Man Book II (1977). Since the 1980s, she has played guest roles in numerous television series.
|1973||American Graffiti||Jane||as Kay Ann Kemper|
|1973||Breezy||Edith Alice Breezerman||Nominated — Golden Globe Award for Most Promising Newcomer - Female|
|1973||Lisa, Bright and Dark||Lisa Schilling|
|1975||White Line Fever||Jerri Kane Hummer|
|1976||Moving Violation||Cam Johnson|
|1976||The Great Scout & Cathouse Thursday||Thursday|
|1978||Mean Dog Blues||Linda Ramsey|
|1978||The Initiation of Sarah||Sarah Goodwin|
|1979||The Passage||Leah Bergson|
|1983||Prisoners of the Lost Universe||Carrie Madison|
|1983||Trial by Terror||Karen Armstrong|
|1986||House||Sandy Sinclair||Nominated — Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actress|
|1987||Death Wish 4: The Crackdown||Karen Sheldon|
|1987||Stripped to Kill||Detective Cody Sheenan|
|1989||Physical Evidence||Deborah Quinn|
|1991||Shakespeare's Plan 12 from Outer Space||Sebastian|
|1992||Falling From Grace||P.J. Parks|
|1992||Wild West C.O.W.-Boys of Moo Mesa||Cowlamity Kate Cudster (voice)|
|1994||Trapped in Space||Gillings|
|1995||Gunfighter's Moon||Linda Yarnell|
|1995||Shame II: The Secret||Ginny||Nominated — CableACE Award for Best Supporting Actress in a Movie or Miniseries|
|1997||Gun, a Car, a Blonde, AA Gun, a Car, a Blonde||Peep/Madge|
|1997||Journey of the Heart||Marvelle||Television film|
|1998||Adventures of Ragtime, TheThe Adventures of Ragtime||Detective Hill|
|2017||The Downside of Bliss||Mary|
|1974||The ABC Afternoon Playbreak||Dorie||Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Actress in a Daytime Drama Special|
|1974||Nakia||Episode: "The Hostage"|
|1974||McCloud||Eve Randall||Episode: "Barefoot Girls of Bleeker Street"|
|1976||Rich Man, Poor Man||Kate Jordache||Nominated — Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie|
|1976||Jigsaw John||Miriam Buckley||1 episode|
|1977||Rich Man, Poor Man Book II||Kate Jordache||Miniseries|
|1978||How The West Was Won||Doreen||3 episodes|
|1984||Magnum P.I.||1 episode|
|1985||Murder She Wrote||nurse Jenny Wells||1 episode|
|1988||Midnight Caller||Tina Cassidy||3 episodes
Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series (1989)
Nominated —Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series (1990)
|1991||Reasonable Doubts||Maggie Zombro||32 episodes
Viewers for Quality Television Award for Best Supporting Actress in a Quality Drama Series (1993)
Nominated — Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series (1992-1993)
|1994||The Tick||American Maid||Voice; 21 episodes|
|1996||Touched by an Angel||Rocky McCann||1 episode|
|2000||ER||Karen Palmieri||1 episode|
|2000||The Magnificent Seven||Ella Gaines||1 episode|
|2000–1||Cover Me: Based on the True Life of an FBI Family||Lisa Ramone||2 episode|
|2001||Once and Again||Stephanie Arlen||2 episodes|
|2002||Law & Order: Special Victims Unit||Linda Cavanaugh||1 episode|
|2007||House||Mrs Bradberry||1 episode|
|2008||NCIS||Connie Quinn Wheeler||1 episode|
|2009||Cold Case||Hillary Rhodes||1 episode|
|2010||The Closer||Mrs Tatem||1 episode|
|2011||Southland||Naomi Chester||1 episode|
|2013||CSI: Crime Scene Investigation||Laura Sidle||1 episode|
|2014||Bones||Harriet White||1 episode|
|2015||Adventure Time||Bird Woman/Gunther||1 episode; voice|
- "Kay Lenz profile at". Movies.yahoo.com. Retrieved 2014-02-06.
- "Kay Lenz Biography". All Media Guide via The New York Times.
- IMDb American Graffiti, full cast and crew
- Park, Jeannie; Michael Alexander (November 20, 1989). "After Riding a Lifetime of Ups and Downs, Kay Lenz Hits Her Stride with a Role in Midnight Caller". People. 32 (21). Retrieved 2014-02-11.
...David Cassidy when they married in 1977, just 2½ months after meeting on a blind date.
- Nevada, Marriage Index 1956-2005)
- California, Divorce Index 1966-1984
- "Kay Lenz Biography (1953–)". Film Reference. Retrieved December 26, 2016.
- TCM "Moving Violation"