Education: Southwest Missouri State University, Springfield, Missouri; transferred after two years University of Maryland, Baltimore County, Maryland; B.F.A., 1977.
Suffers from rheumatoid arthritis.
Was immortalized in the 1980s song, "The Kiss of Kathleen Turner," by techno-pop singer Falco.
She performed some of her own stunts in Romancing the Stone (1984), Undercover Blues (1993) and V.I. Warshawski (1991). Her nose was broken while filming V.I. Warshawski (1991).
Spoke the voice (uncredited) of sexy Jessica Rabbit in the toon-noir Who Framed Roger Rabbit (1988).
Was considered for the lead in Basic Instinct (1992).
Upon meeting the legendary Lauren Bacall, to whom she has often been compared, she reportedly introduced herself by saying, "Hi, I'm the young you."
Checked herself into Marworth in Waverly, Pennsylvania, for alcohol abuse. (3 December 1999)
Fluent in Spanish.
Has one eye that's blue and one eye that's hazel.
She discovered she had developed rheumatoid arthritis during shooting Serial Mom (1994).
Ranked #1 in Fotogramas magazine's "Favourite Foreign Actress." poll (1988).
Member of the jury at the Cannes Film Festival in 2004
She recieved a lifetime achievement award from the Savannah College of Art and Design at the Savannah Film Festival in October 2004.
Her father, Richard, was a foreign service diplomat who was imprisoned by the Japanese during WWII.
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