Linda Kozlowski

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Linda Kozlowski
Linda Kozlowski.jpg
Kozlowski in January 1987
Born (1958-01-07) January 7, 1958 (age 64)
Fairfield, Connecticut, U.S.
Education
OccupationActress
Years active1982–2001
Spouses
(m. 1990; div. 2014)
Moulay Hafid Baba
(m. 2017)
[1]
Children1

Linda Kozlowski (born January 7, 1958)[2] is an American former actress. She is best known for her role as Sue Charlton in the Crocodile Dundee film series (1986–2001), with the first installment earning her a Golden Globe Award nomination.

Early life[edit]

Kozlowski was born and raised in a Polish American family in Fairfield, Connecticut, the daughter of Helen E. (née Helena Parniawska) and Stanley M. Kozlowski ( Stanisław Kozłowski).[3][4] She is a 1976 graduate of Fairfield's Andrew Warde High School.[5] Kozlowski graduated from the Juilliard School's drama division in 1981.[6]

Career[edit]

Kozlowski debuted in the 1981–1982 off-Broadway production How It All Began. She played "Miss Forsythe" on Broadway in Death of a Salesman and in 1984 took the same role in the film version of 1985.

Her big break came in 1986 when she was cast as the female lead, opposite Paul Hogan, in the Australian film Crocodile Dundee, during the filming of which their on-screen chemistry resulted in a real relationship. In 1987, Kozlowski was nominated for a Golden Globe award in the Best Supporting Actress category for her performance as Sue Charlton.[7] Two years later, she revisited her starring role with Hogan in Crocodile Dundee II. Also in 1988 she starred with Bill Paxton, Tim Curry and Annie Potts in Pass the Ammo and the TV miniseries Favorite Son.

Since that time, she has appeared in Almost an Angel in 1990, Backstreet Justice (with Paul Sorvino) and The Neighbor (with Rod Steiger) in 1994, and Village of the Damned in 1995. In 2001, she starred again with Hogan in Crocodile Dundee in Los Angeles.

She has largely left the acting business because of dissatisfaction with the roles she was gaining, stating: "These straight-to-video, schlocky films I was getting were giving me an ulcer, basically because I was the only one on the set that cared about anything... Between that and my biological clock, I decided to give it all away."[8]

Personal life[edit]

Kozlowski co-starred in Crocodile Dundee (1986) with Australian actor Paul Hogan, and two years later in Crocodile Dundee II, when they became a couple.[9] They married on May 5, 1990,[10] after he divorced his wife Noelene. They tried to settle in Australia but moved to Los Angeles in late 1990s.[9]

Kozlowski and Hogan have one son, Chance. Kozlowski had been married once prior to her marriage to Hogan.[11] In October 2013, Kozlowski filed for divorce from Hogan, citing irreconcilable differences,[12] with the divorce finalized in 2014.[13]

Filmography[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1986 Crocodile Dundee Sue Charlton
1988 Pass the Ammo Claire
1988 Crocodile Dundee II Sue Charlton
1990 Almost an Angel Rose Garner
1993 The Neighbor Mary / Mrs. Hatch
1994 Backstreet Justice Keri Finnegan
1994 Zorn Emilie Bartlett
1995 Village of the Damned Jill McGowan
2001 Crocodile Dundee in Los Angeles Sue Charlton (final film role)

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Nominated work Result
1987 Golden Globe Awards Best Supporting Actress – Motion Picture Crocodile Dundee Nominated
1988 Bravo Otto Best Actress Nominated

References[edit]

  1. ^ James, Faye (May 29, 2018). "Paul Hogan's heartbreak: Linda moves to Morocco". New Idea. Retrieved September 13, 2020.
  2. ^ "Birthdays Today". The Arizona Republic. The Associated Press. January 7, 2006. p. E8. Actress Linda Kozlowski, 48.
  3. ^ MANN, RODERICK (February 21, 1988). "Kozlowski Snaps Back" – via LA Times.
  4. ^ "Search Results". nl.newsbank.com.
  5. ^ "Happy Birthday, Linda Kozlowski, AWHS Class of 1976". AndrewWarde.com. January 6, 2008. Archived from the original on December 4, 2010. Retrieved April 13, 2012.
  6. ^ Bernstein, Fred (November 10, 1986). "Buoyed by Crocodile Dundee, Linda Kozlowski Is Floating Her Stock on the Movie Market". People. Retrieved April 12, 2012.
  7. ^ "Linda Kozlowski".
  8. ^ Lee, Luaine (April 21, 2001). "Linda Kozlowski: Giving up acting was no big deal". Spartanburg Herald-Journal. Retrieved November 20, 2010.
  9. ^ a b "Why Paul Hogan still can't call Australia home". www.abc.net.au. September 22, 2019. Retrieved August 29, 2021.
  10. ^ "'Crocodile Dundee' Co-Stars Hogan and Kozlowski Are Wed in Australia". Los Angeles Times. Associated Press. May 6, 1990. Retrieved January 20, 2020.
  11. ^ "Paul Hogan weds co-star Kozlowski". Milwaukee Journal. May 6, 1990. Retrieved November 20, 2010.
  12. ^ Blumm, K.C. (October 18, 2013). "Paul and Linda Hogan divorce". People. Retrieved January 20, 2020.
  13. ^ Haas, Mariah (July 23, 2014). "Crocodile Dundee Stars Paul and Linda Hogan's Divorce Is Finalized". People. Retrieved January 20, 2020.

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