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SWOOSIE KURTZ (Mrs. Livingston) has played a wide range of film roles, including "Get Over It," "Cruel Intentions," "Liar, Liar," "Citizen Ruth," "Dangerous Liaisons," "Reality Bites," "Bright Lights, Big City," "The World According to Garp," "True Stories," "Against All Odds," and "A Shock to the System."

Kurtz won an Emmy Award for "Carol &Company." She received two Emmy nominations for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series for her portrayal of Alex in "Sisters," and was also nominated for "Love, Sidney," HBO's "And the Band Played On," and "The Image." She earned a Golden Globe nomination for "Baja, Oklahoma," also for HBO. Her television films include HBO's "The Positively True Adventures of the Alleged Texas Cheerleader-Murdering Mom," "One Christmas" with Katharine Hepuburn, and Showtime's "More Tales of the City," "My Own Country," and the upcoming "The Wilde Girls."

On Broadway, Kurtz was honored with two Tony Awards for her performances in John Guare's "The House of Blue Leaves" and Lanford Wilson's "Fifth of July," for which she also received the Drama Desk and the Outer Critics' Circle Awards. She earned the Drama Desk Award and the Obie Award for Wendy Wasserstein's "Uncommon Women and Others." She also starred on the New York stage in "Six Degrees of Separation" and "Lips Together, Teeth Apart."

Kurtz most recently appeared on Broadway playing the dual role of identical twins in Pulitzer Prize-winner Paula Vogel's "The Mineola Twins," for which she won her third Obie Award and nominations for the Drama Desk and Outer Critics' Circle Awards. Kurtz was in the original cast of three women in the off-Broadway hit, "The Vagina Monologues."

Kurtz is a graduate of the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art. Her distinctive name, given to her by the press, comes from the B-17 "The Swoose," now in the permanent collection of the Smithsonian's Air and Space Museum. The airplane, with its record-setting frame, was flown by her father, Col. Frank Kurtz, who was the most decorated Air Force pilot of World War II. The press-supplied nickname stuck and is now etched on an impressive collection of acting awards.


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