Kyra Minturn Sedgwick
August 19, 1965
New York City, U.S.
|Alma mater||University of Southern California|
|Occupation||Actress, producer, director|
|Children||2, including Sosie Bacon|
Kyra Minturn Sedgwick (born August 19, 1965) is an American actress, producer and director best known for her starring role as Deputy Chief Brenda Leigh Johnson on the TNT crime drama The Closer. For her portrayal of Johnson, Sedgwick won 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. Sedgwick is also known for her recurring role as Madeline Wuntch on the sitcom Brooklyn Nine-Nine.
Sedgwick was nominated for a Golden Globe award for her performance in Something to Talk About (1995). Sedgwick's other film roles include Oliver Stone's Born on the Fourth of July (1989), Cameron Crowe's Singles (1992), Heart and Souls (1993), Phenomenon (1996), What's Cooking (2000), Secondhand Lions (2003), The Game Plan (2007), and The Possession (2012).
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. Her mother was Jewish and her father was Episcopalian and of English heritage. Sedgwick has identified herself as Jewish and has stated that she participates in Passover seders.
A member of the Sedgwick family on her father's side, she is a descendant of Major General Robert Sedgwick, Judge Theodore Sedgwick, Endicott Peabody (the founder of the Groton School), William Ellery (a signer of the Declaration of Independence), Samuel Appleton, John Lathrop, of Boston, Massachusetts, and is the great-granddaughter of Henry Dwight Sedgwick III, 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. She is 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 made her debut at the age of 16 on the television soap opera Another World as Julia Shearer, troubled granddaughter of Liz Matthews. In 1988, she appeared 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. She starred in the Emmy Award–winning 1992 made-for-TV film Miss Rose White as a Jewish immigrant who comes to terms with her ethnicity. 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 two films: the 1991 sex comedy Pyrates, and the 2004 drama The Woodsman. She dubbed the voice of Batwoman in the animated movie Batman: Mystery of the Batwoman.
Sedgwick starred in the television series The Closer from 2005 to 2012. In 2007, she began earning roughly $300,000 per episode. 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.
The Closer ended on August 13, 2012, following the completion of its seventh season; the series's broadcaster, TNT, said that the decision to retire the series was made by Sedgwick. A sequel series starring most of the same cast called Major Crimes continued in its place.
Sedgwick produced the television series Proof for TNT which debuted in 2015 for one season. She is also featured in the NBC comedy series Brooklyn Nine-Nine portraying the character of Madeline Wuntch.
Sedgwick will play the lead role of Jean Raines in the ABC comedy pilot My Village, written by Kari Lizer. The series was green-lighted by ABC and re-titled Call Your Mother on May 21, 2020, for the 2020–2021 television season.
Sedgwick married actor Kevin Bacon on September 4, 1988. Sedgwick learned in 2012, via her appearance on the U.S. TV show Finding Your Roots with Henry Louis Gates, that she and Bacon are ninth cousins, once removed.
|1985||War and Love||Halina|
|1989||Born on the Fourth of July||Donna|
|1990||Mr. and Mrs. Bridge||Ruth Bridge|
|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|
|1997||Critical Care||Felicia Potter|
|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||Batman: Mystery of the Batwoman||Batwoman||Voice role|
|2003||Behind the Red Door||Natalie Haddad|
|2004||Something the Lord Made||Mary Blalock|
|2007||The Game Plan||Stella Peck|
|2008||Justice League: The New Frontier||Lois Lane||Voice role|
|2009||Gamer||Gina Parker Smith|
|2012||Man on a Ledge||Suzie Morales|
|2012||The Possession||Stephanie Brenek|
|2013||Kill Your Darlings||Marian Carr (uncredited)|
|2014||The Humbling||Louise Trenner|
|2014||The Road Within||Dr. Mia Rose|
|2015||Cop Car||Dispatcher Mary Allen|
|2016||The Edge of Seventeen||Mona|
|2018||After Darkness||Georgina Beaty|
|1982–83||Another World||Julia Shearer||Series regular|
|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"|
|1990||Women & Men: Stories of Seduction||Arlene||Television film|
|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||Stanley||Park Ranger||Episode: "P.U. Pup"|
|2002||The Greatest||Herself||Episode: "100 Sexiest Artists"|
|2003||Queens Supreme||ADA Quinn Coleman||6 episodes|
|2005–12||The Closer||Deputy Chief Brenda Leigh Johnson||Series regular, 109 episodes|
|2010||Sesame Street||Camouflage Carla||Episode: "The Camouflage Challenge"|
|2014–20||Brooklyn Nine-Nine||Deputy Chief Madeline Wuntch||Recurring role, 12 episodes|
|2017–18||Ten Days in the Valley||Jane Sadler||Series regular, 10 episodes|
|2019||Corporate||Mrs Cowboy||Episode: "The Expense Report"|
|2021||Call Your Mother||Jean Raines||Series regular|
|1991||Women & Men 2||Arlene Megeffin|
|1992||Miss Rose White||Rose White|
|1993||Family Pictures||Nina Eberlin|
|2002||Door to Door||Shelly Soentpiet Brady|
|2004||Something the Lord Made||Mary Blalock|
|2017||Story of a Girl||TV movie|
|2019||God Friended Me||Episode: "The Road to Damascus" March 31|
|2019||Grace and Frankie||Episode: "The Aide" January 18|
|2019||Girls Weekend||TV movie|
|2019||In the Dark||Episode: "Jessica Rabbit" May 23|
|2019||City on a Hill||Episode: "There Are No Fucking Sides" July 28|
|2019||Ray Donovan||Episode: "The Transfer Agent" December 31|
|2020||Brooklyn Nine-Nine||Episode #139: "Dillman"|
Awards and nominations
- 2005: Received the Copper Wing Tribute Award presented to her during the Phoenix Film Festival.
- 2009, June 8: Inducted into the Hollywood Walk of Fame receiving a star for her contribution to Television located at 6356 Hollywood, Blvd. – the 2,384th star, presented to her by the President and CEO of the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce, Leron Gubler.
- 2013: Honored with the President's Award by the Society of Camera Operators.
- 2017: Received the John Cassavetes Award presented to her during the Denver International Film Festival.
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Sedgwick, 42, was born in Manhattan to an upper-class WASP (Episcopalian) father and a Jewish mother.....Sedgwick cites the influence of her Jewish stepfather as pivotal to her eventual embrace of a Jewish identity.
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- Andreva, Nellie (May 21, 2020). "David E. Kelley's 'Big Sky' & Kari Lizer's 'Call Your Mother' Get ABC Series Orders, Other Pilots Still In Play". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved May 21, 2020.
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