Mary Kathleen Turner was born on June 19, 1954 in the small town of Springfield, MO, but because her father was a Foreign Service officer, Turner was raised mostly abroad. She graduated from the American School in London in 1972. Despite her family’s initial reservations about her becoming an actress, Turner decided to study theatre and earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of Maryland Baltimore County. She dropped her first name Mary, going only by Kathleen Turner, and after making several daytime soap appearances, she made her successful film debut in the 1981 movie Body Heat. Within a few short years, Turner was nominated for an Oscar for Best Actress for her role in the 1986 film Peggy Sue Got Married. By the late 1980s, Turner was heralded for her husky, sexy voice which she successfully used as the cartoon character Jessica Rabbit in the film Who Framed Roger Rabbit?. In addition to other film successes, such as Serial Mom (1986), Turner earned industry praise for her performance on Broadway in 1995 for the play Indiscretion. In 2005, Turner received critical acclaim for her role in Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf. Turner continues to act and will next been seen on the silver screen in the sequel to Dumb and Dumber.