Kyra Sedgwick

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Kyra Sedgwick
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Sedgwick receiving a star at the Hollywood Walk of Fame, June 2009
BornKyra Minturn Sedgwick[1]
(1965-08-19) August 19, 1965 (age 53)
New York City, U.S.
Other namesKiko
Alma materUniversity of Southern California
OccupationActress, producer
Years active1982–present
Spouse(s)
Kevin Bacon (m. 1988)
Children2, including Sosie Bacon

Kyra Minturn Sedgwick Bacon (born August 19, 1965)[2] is an American actress and producer. 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. She 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). She also has one of the starring roles in the critically acclaimed 2016 comedy-drama movie The Edge of Seventeen.

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][3][4] Her father was Episcopalian and of English heritage, and her mother was Jewish.[5] Sedgwick has identified herself as Jewish[6][7] and has stated that she participates in Passover seders.[8]

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), Samuel Appleton, John Lathrop (American minister) (1740–1816), 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.[9] 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's parents separated when she was four, and divorced when she was six; her mother subsequently married Ben Heller, an art dealer.[1][10]

Sedgwick went to high school with Matthew Broderick. When both were guests on WWHL, both revealed they actually dated on and off. Broderick even went as far to say he knows Sedgwick's mother well.

Sedgwick graduated from Friends Seminary and attended Sarah Lawrence College[1] before transferring to the University of Southern California, where she graduated with a theater degree.[11]

Career[edit]

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 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.[10] She starred in the Emmy Award–winning[12] 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 the 2004 film 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 US$300,000 per episode.[13] 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.[14]

The Closer ended on August 13, 2012,[15] following the completion of its seventh season; the series's broadcaster, TNT, said that the decision to retire the series was made by Sedgwick.[16] A sequel series starring most of the same cast called Major Crimes continues in its place.[17]

Sedgwick produced the television series Proof for TNT which debuted in 2015 for one season.[18] She is also featured in the TV series ‘Brooklyn Nine-Nine’ portraying the character of ‘Commissioner Wuntch’.

Personal life[edit]

Sedgwick married actor Kevin Bacon on September 4, 1988.[1] Sedgwick learned in 2011, via her appearance on the U.S. TV show Finding Your Roots with Henry Louis Gates, that Bacon and she are 9th cousins, once removed.[19][20]

The couple has two children, Travis Sedgwick Bacon (born June 23, 1989) and Sosie Ruth Bacon (born March 15, 1992).[21] The family resides on the Upper West Side of Manhattan.[22]

Sedgwick and Bacon lost part of their savings in the Ponzi scheme of infamous swindler Bernard Madoff.[23][24]

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 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
2012 Man on a Ledge Suzie Morales
2012 The Possession Stephanie Brenek
2013 Kill Your Darlings Marian Carr (uncredited)
2013 Chlorine Georgie
2014 The Humbling Louise Trenner
2014 Reach Me Colette
2014 Big Sky Dee
2014 The Road Within Dr. Mia Rose
2015 1 Chisper Stephanie
2015 Cop Car Dispatch
2016 The Edge of Seventeen Mona

Television series[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
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: "Woodpecker Woes"
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 109 episodes
2010 Sesame Street Camoflauge Carla Episode: "The Camouflage Challenge"
2014–15 Brooklyn Nine-Nine Deputy Chief Madeline Wuntch 10 episodes
2017–18 Ten Days in the Valley Jane Sadler 10 episodes

Television films[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1988 Lemon Sky Carol
1991 Women & Men 2 Arlene Megeffin
1992 Miss Rose White Rose White
1993 Family Pictures Nina Eberlin
2002 Door to Door Shelly Soenpiet Brady
2004 Something the Lord Made Mary Blalock

Director[edit]

Year Title Notes
2017 Story of a Girl TV movie

Awards and nominations[edit]

Honors[edit]

Accolades[edit]

Association Year Category Title Result
Alliance of Women Film Journalists Awards 2017 Best Female-Directed Narrative Feature Story of a Girl Won
American Comedy Awards 1996 Funniest Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture Something to Talk About Nominated
American Television Awards 1993 Best Actress in a Made for Television Movie Miss Ross White Nominated
Chicago Film Critics Association Awards 1996 Best Supporting Actress Something to Talk About Nominated
Directors Guild Awards 2018 Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Movies for Television/Miniseries Story of a Girl Nominated
DVD Exclusive Awards 2001 Best Actress Labor Pains Won
Edinburgh International Film Festival 2017 Best International Feature Film Story of a Girl Nominated
Audience Award Story of a Girl Nominated
Gold Derby Awards 2006 Drama Lead Actress The Closer Nominated
2007 Drama Lead Actress The Closer Nominated
2008 Drama Lead Actress The Closer Nominated
2015 Comedy Guest Actress Brooklyn Nine-Nine Nominated
Golden Globe Awards 1993 Best Actress in a Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television Miss Rose White Nominated
1996 Best Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture Something to Talk About Nominated
2006 Best Actress in a Television Series – Drama The Closer Nominated
2007 Best Actress in a Television Series – Drama The Closer Won
2008 Best Actress in a Television Series – Drama The Closer Nominated
2009 Best Actress in a Television Series – Drama The Closer Nominated
2010 Best Actress in a Television Series – Drama The Closer Nominated
2011 Best Actress in a Television Series – Drama The Closer Nominated
Gracie Allen Awards 2006 Outstanding Female Lead – Drama Series The Closer Won
Independent Spirit Awards 2005 Best Female Lead Cavedweller Nominated
MTV Movie + TV Awards 1997 Best Kiss (shared with John Travolta) Phenomenon Nominated
Online Film & Television Association Awards 2006 Best Actress in a Drama Series The Closer Nominated
2008 Best Actress in a Drama Series The Closer Nominated
2009 Best Actress in a Drama Series The Closer Nominated
2010 Best Actress in a Drama Series The Closer Nominated
2015 Best Guest Actress in a Comedy Series Brooklyn Nine-Nine Nominated
2016 Best Guest Actress in a Comedy Series Brooklyn Nine-Nine Nominated
People's Choice Awards 2009 Favorite Television Drama Diva The Closer Won
Primetime Emmy Awards 2006 Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series The Closer Nominated
2007 Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series The Closer Nominated
2008 Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series The Closer Nominated
2009 Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series The Closer Nominated
2010 Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series The Closer Won
Satellite Awards 2005 Best Actress in a Series – Drama The Closer Won
Best Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture – Drama The Woodsman Nominated
2006 Bet Actress in a Series – Drama The Closer Won
2007 Best Actress in a Series – Drama The Closer Nominated
2008 Best Actress in a Series – Drama The Closer Nominated
Saturn Awards 1994 Best Supporting Actress Heart and Souls Nominated
2007 Best Actress on Television The Closer Nominated
2008 Best Actress on Television The Closer Nominated
2009 Best Actress on Television The Closer Nominated
2010 Best Actress on Television The Closer Nominated
2011 Best Actress on Television The Closer Nominated
2012 Best Actress on Television The Closer Nominated
Screen Actors Guild Awards 2006 Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series The Closer Nominated
Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series The Closer Nominated
2007 Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series The Closer Nominated
2008 Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series The Closer Nominated
Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series The Closer Nominated
2009 Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series The Closer Nominated
Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series The Closer Nominated
2010 Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series The Closer Nominated
Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series The Closer Nominated
2011 Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series The Closer Nominated
Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series The Closer Nominated
2012 Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series The Closer Nominated
Television Critics Association Awards 2006 Individual Achievement in Drama The Closer Nominated
TV Guide Awards 2012 Favorite Actress 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, Dennis. "SEDGWICK.ORG - Sedgwick Genealogy Worldwide". www.sedgwick.org. Retrieved 6 October 2018.
  3. ^ "Kyra Sedgwick Biography (1965-)". www.filmreference.com. Retrieved 6 October 2018.
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  6. ^ "Interfaith family". interfaithfamily.com. Retrieved September 20, 2013.
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  9. ^ Sedgwick, Dennis. "SEDGWICK.ORG - Sedgwick Genealogy Worldwide". www.sedgwick.org. Retrieved 6 October 2018.
  10. ^ a b Stated in interview on Inside the Actors Studio, 2007
  11. ^ "Kyra Sedgwick biography". People. Retrieved September 20, 2013.
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  18. ^ Elavsky, Cindy (2014-06-08). "Celebrity Extra". King Features. Retrieved 2014-07-31.
  19. ^ Powers, Lindsay (2011-07-15). "Kyra Sedgwick Finds Out She's Related to Husband Kevin Bacon on TV Show (Video) – Hollywood Reporter". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved July 15, 2011.
  20. ^ Smolenyak, Megan (2011-07-18). "6 Degrees of Separation: Kyra Sedgwick and Kevin Bacon Are Cousins". The Huffington Post. Retrieved July 29, 2011.
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  23. ^ "'May God spare you no mercy', victim tells Madoff". Economic Crisis. June 30, 2009. Retrieved May 18, 2013.
  24. ^ Bacon confirmed this on Late Show with Craig Ferguson, June 8, 2009.
  25. ^ "Kyra Sedgwick | Hollywood Walk of Fame". www.walkoffame.com. Retrieved 2018-10-02.

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