june-19.jpgThe famously husky-voiced actress Kathleen Turner was born on this day in 1954 in Springfield, Missouri. The daughter of career diplomats, Turner lived in four foreign countries while growing up (Canada, Cuba, Venezuela and the U.K.). As a young woman she was known for her stunning looks and deep, sexy voice and was often compared to 1940s Hollywood sex symbol Lauren Bacall. Throughout her career, Turner has received numerous award nominations, including five Golden Globes nominations plus an Oscar nod for 1986’s Peggy Sue Got Married. Turner received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Savannah College of Art and Design at the Savannah Film Festival in October 2004 and was also a member of the jury at the Cannes Film Festival in 2004.

Factoid: Turner has opted to do her own stunts in many of her films, including 1991’s VI Warshawski, where she broke her nose while filming.