|Born||March 20, 1972|
Omaha, Nebraska, U.S.
|Alma mater||NYU Tisch School of the Arts|
Joshua Coakley (m. 2005)
Stephanie Kurtzuba (born March 20, 1972) is an American film, television, and theater actress. She is best known for her roles in the films The Wolf of Wall Street (2013), Annie (2014), and The Irishman (2019), and on television in a recurring role on The Good Wife.
Early life and education
Kurtzuba was born and raised in Omaha, Nebraska, where she graduated from Omaha Central High School. Growing up, she performed in local theater productions, with her first role at the age of 10 as an orphan pickpocket in the musical Oliver, and won the Miss Nebraska Pre-Teen pageant. She briefly attended the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, where she studied journalism, before being accepted to New York University's Tisch School of the Arts, where she earned an acting degree.
After graduating, she spent time performing in experimental off-off-Broadway productions, before going into commercial theater. Her first Broadway show was as part of a backup trio to Hugh Jackman in The Boy From Oz in 2003. As a member of the original Broadway casts of Mary Poppins in 2006 and Billy Elliot the Musical in 2008, she performed at the 2007 and 2009 Tony Awards.
Kurtzuba portrayed Mrs. Kovacevic, a social services clerk with a Russian accent, in the 2014 film adaptation of Annie. Her performance was praised in the Los Angeles Times and Variety. She is featured on the song "I Think I'm Gonna Like It Here" on the Annie soundtrack album. In The Wolf of Wall Street, directed by Martin Scorsese, she played Kimmie Belzer, a single mom hired by Jordan Belfort (Leonardo DiCaprio) and the only female stockbroker at the company. In the Scorsese Netflix film The Irishman, starring Al Pacino and Robert De Niro, she portrays Irene, the wife of De Niro's character. She also appeared in Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close and Away We Go opposite John Krasinski.
Kurtzuba had recurring roles as Olivia on The Good Wife on CBS, as cult member Sabrina on The Leftovers on HBO, and on the Paramount Network miniseries Waco. She has also appeared on Law & Order: SVU on NBC, Elementary on CBS, and Bull on CBS.
Kurtzuba married Joshua Coakley in 2005. They met when Kurtzuba was performing in a show at the Alley Theatre in Houston, and Coakley was working on the show in the props department. They live in New York City and have two sons.
Kurtzuba co-owns West Lanes Bowling Center in Omaha with her father and two siblings. Her maternal grandparents built the bowling alley in 1955.
|2008||Parting Words||Brenda Turko|
|2009||Away We Go||Performance Mom|
|2011||Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close||Elaine Black|
|2013||The Wolf of Wall Street||Kimmie Belzer|
|2014||Before I Disappear||Blonde Woman|
|The Irishman||Irene Sheeran|
|2004||Law & Order||Janet||Season 15, episode 3|
|2006||Related||Waitress||Season 1, episode 16|
|Numb3rs||Publicist||Season 2, episode 18|
|2010-14||The Good Wife||Olivia||4 episodes|
|2013||Elementary||Eileen Rourke||Season 1, episode 22|
|Do No Harm||Nadia Cross||Season 1, episode 7|
|2014||The Leftovers||Sabrina||2 episodes|
|Law & Order: Special Victims Unit||Joan Harris||Season 16, episode 6|
|2016||Chicago P.D.||Detective Ricci||Season 4, episode 1|
|2018||Bull||Rebecca Lexington||Season 2, episode 13|
|Waco||Carol Noesner||Miniseries; 3 episodes|
|2019||Blue Bloods||Sergeant McNichols||2 episodes|
|2003-04||The Boy From Oz||Trio member|
|2008-09||Billy Elliot: The Musical||Lesley||Also played Mum and dancer|
- Leo Adam Biga, "From Bowling Alley, to Broadway, and Back," Omaha Magazine, August 8, 2016.
- Bob Fischbach, "Central grad, 'Annie,' 'Wolf of Wall Street' actress also co-owns Omaha bowling alley," Omaha World-Herald, December 23, 2014.
- Ben Brantley, "Flash Of 70's Sequins," New York Times, October 17, 2003.
- Betsy Sharkey, "An 'Annie' without the expected sunshine, spirit or energy," Los Angeles Times, December 18, 2014.
- Ronnie Scheib, "Film Review: 'Annie'," Variety, December 14, 2014.
- Halee Makhan, "'Annie: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack' is Set to Drop on November 17," The Source, October 23, 2014.
- Corinna Clendenen, "The Wolf of Wall Street – Saint or Sinner?" Huffington Post, January 6, 2014.
- "Who Is Wealthy Widow Rebecca Lexington on 'Bull'? Stephanie Kurtzuba," 2paragraphs, January 23, 2018.