Noted for her ability to consistently deliver honest and inspired performances on
film, television and stage, KATHLEEN QUINLAN (Bonnie Hanssen) is an actress who
strikes a true balance between critical and popular acclaim.
Most recently, Quinlan starred in Miramax's The Battle of Shaker Heights. She
also starred in A Civil Action, alongside John Travolta, Robert Duvall, William H. Macy
and John Lithgow. Quinlan played Anne Anderson, the leader of a group of eight
families who lost their children to leukemia caused by the dumping of an industrial
solvent into the water supply and are involved in a corporate class action suit. Adapted
from Jonathan Harr's nonfiction bestseller by writer/director Steven Zaillian and based
on the true story of a 1981 Woburn, Massachusetts, court case, A Civil Action follows in
the tradition of such films as Norma Rae, Silkwood and The Verdict.
Quinlan received Best Supporting Actress nominations from both the Academy
AwardsÂ® and Golden Globes for her touching, heartfelt portrayal of Marilyn Lovell, the
wife of astronaut Jim Lovell (Tom Hanks), in Ron Howard's box-office smash Apollo 13.
Quinlan followed with a series of roles in five feature films, including her starring
role opposite Kurt Russell in Jonathan Mostow's action-thriller Breakdown, as well as
George Miller's Zeus and Roxanne, Paul W. S. Anderson's Event Horizon, Michael
Lehmann's My Giant and John Duigan's independent drama Lawn Dogs.
Among her numerous other feature credits include her indelible performance as
Patricia Kennealy, the seductive witch who captivated Jim Morrison (Val Kilmer) in
Oliver Stone's The Doors. Other credits include Trial by Jury, opposite Joanne Whalley-
Kilmer and Armand Assante; Clara's Heart, opposite Whoopi Goldberg; Blake Edwards'
Sunset, with James Garner and Bruce Willis; the Joe Dante-directed segment of Twilight
Zone: The Movie; Riki Shelach Nissimoff's The Last Winter; Robert Mandel's
Independence Day; Sunday Lovers and Hanky Panky, both opposite Gene Wilder;
Stanley Kramer's The Runner Stumbles; Gilbert Cates' The Promise, with Beatrice
Straight; her critically acclaimed performance as a schizophrenic patient in Anthony
Page's I Never Promised You a Rose Garden; Jerry Jameson's Airport '77; Daniel
Petrie's Lifeguard, opposite Sam Elliott and Anne Archer; and her screen debut in
George Lucas' American Graffiti, with Ron Howard and Cindy Williams.
For television, Quinlan starred in the Fox telefilm In the Lake of the Woods,
opposite Peter Strauss; as well as Lifetime's critically acclaimed Stolen Babies; USA's
Trapped; and the HBO films Dreams Lost, Dreams Found and Blackout. Additional
credits include An American Story, Wolf, The Operation, She's in the Army Now, When
She Says No and Children of the Night.
On stage, Quinlan appeared in Les Liaisons Dangereuses at the Ahmanson
Theater in Los Angeles. She received a Theater World Award in 1978 for her
performance in Joseph Papp's Public Theater production of Taken in Marriage. Her
other stage credits include Uncommon Woman and Others and Accent on Youth.
Born in Pasadena and raised in Mill Valley, California, Quinlan trained as a diver
and gymnast before beginning her acting career. A surfing enthusiast, she resides in
Malibu with her husband, actor Bruce Abbott, and son, Tyler.
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