Kyra Sedgwick

Kyra Minturn Sedgwick (born August 19, 1965) is an American actress and producer. She is best known for her starring role as Deputy Chief Brenda Leigh Johnson on the TNT crime drama The Closer. Sedgwick's role in the series won her a Golden Globe Award in 2007 and an Emmy Award in 2010. The series ended on August 13, 2012, following the completion of its seventh season.

    Early life

    Sedgwick was born in New York City, the daughter of Patricia (née Rosenwald), a speech teacher and educational/family therapist, and Henry Dwight Sedgwick V, a venture capitalist. Her father was Episcopalian and of English heritage, and her mother was Jewish. On her father's side, she is a descendant of Judge Theodore Sedgwick, Endicott Peabody (the founder of the Groton School), William Ellery (a signer of the Declaration of Independence), John Lathrop (American minister) (1740–1816), of Boston, Massachusetts and is the great-granddaughter of Henry Dwight Sedgwick III, and thus the corresponding niece to his brother Ellery Sedgwick, owner/editor (1908-1938) of The Atlantic Monthly. Sedgwick is also a sister of actor Robert Sedgwick, half-sister of jazz guitarist Mike Stern, the first cousin once removed of actress Edie Sedgwick, and a niece of the writer John Sedgwick.

    Sedgwick's parents separated when she was 4 and divorced when she was 6; her mother subsequently remarried Ben Heller, an art dealer. Sedgwick graduated from Friends Seminary and attended Sarah Lawrence College. She transferred from Sarah Lawrence to the University of Southern California, graduating with a theater degree.

    Career

    Sedgwick made her debut at the age of 16 on the television soap opera Another World. In 1988 she made a strong impression in a TV version of Lanford Wilson's Lemon Sky. During the 1990s she appeared in several Hollywood movies, including Singles (1992), Heart and Souls (1993), Something to Talk About (1995) and Phenomenon, in which she played the love interest of John Travolta's character. She starred in the Emmy Award–winning 1992 made-for-TV film Miss Rose White as a Jewish immigrant who comes to terms with her ethnicity. She played the parts of Mae Coleman in 2003's Secondhand Lions and Stella Peck in the 2007 film The Game Plan. She also starred alongside her husband Kevin Bacon in the 2004 film The Woodsman. She dubbed the voice of Batwoman in the animated movie Batman: Mystery of the Batwoman.

    Sedgwick starred in the television series The Closer from 2005 to 2012. In 2007 she began earning roughly US$300,000 per episode. Over the life of the series she was nominated for and won several awards for her starring role as Deputy Chief Brenda Leigh Johnson. She received a Golden Globe award in 2007 for her performance as lead actress and won a Primetime Emmy Award in 2010. In 2009, Sedgwick was awarded a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for Television.

    The Closer ended on August 13, 2012, following the completion of its seventh season; the series's broadcaster, TNT, said that the decision to retire the series was made by Sedgwick. A sequel series starring most of the same cast called Major Crimes continues in its place.

    Sedgwick produced the television series Proof for TNT which debuted in 2015 for one season.

    Personal life

    Sedgwick married actor Kevin Bacon on September 4, 1988. They have two children, Travis Sedgwick Bacon (born June 23, 1989) and Sosie Ruth Bacon (born March 15, 1992). The family resides on the Upper West Side of Manhattan. She is also the aunt of R&B/pop singer George Nozuka and his younger singer/songwriter brother Justin Nozuka (their mother, Holly, is Sedgwick's half-sister). Sedgwick has identified herself as Jewish, and also has stated that she participates in Passover seders. Sedgwick learned in 2011, via her appearance on the U.S. TV show Finding Your Roots with Henry Louis Gates, that she and Kevin Bacon are 10th cousins, once removed.

    Filmography

    Film

    Year Title Role Notes
    1985 War and Love Halina
    1986 Tai-Pan Tess Brock
    1988 Kansas Prostitute drifter
    1989 Born on the Fourth of July Donna
    1990 Mr. and Mrs. Bridge Ruth Bridge
    1991 Pyrates Sam
    1992 Singles Linda Powell
    1992 Oliver Stone: Inside Out Herself
    1993 Heart and Souls Julia
    1995 Murder in the First Blanche
    1995 Something to Talk About Emma Rae King
    1995 The Low Life Bevan
    1996 Losing Chase Elizabeth Cole
    1996 Phenomenon Lace Pennamin
    1997 Critical Care Felicia Potter
    1998 Montana Claire Kelsky
    2000 Labor Pains Sarah Raymond
    2000 What's Cooking? Rachel Seelig
    2000 Conversations with Jon Turteltaub Herself
    2002 Personal Velocity: Three Portraits Delia Shunt
    2002 Just a Kiss Halley
    2003 Secondhand Lions Mae
    2003 Batman: Mystery of the Batwoman Batwoman Voice role
    2003 Behind the Red Door Natalie Haddad
    2004 The Woodsman Vicki
    2004 Something the Lord Made Mary Blalock
    2004 Cavedweller Delia Byrd
    2005 Loverboy Emily
    2007 The Game Plan Stella Peck
    2008 Justice League: The New Frontier Lois Lane Voice role
    2009 Gamer Gina Parker Smith
    2010 Chlorine Georgie
    2012 Man on a Ledge Suzie Morales
    2012 The Possession Stephanie Brenek
    2013 Kill Your Darlings Marian Carr (uncredited)
    2013 Georgie
    2014 The Humbling Louise Trenner
    2014 Reach Me Colette
    2014 Big Sky Dee
    2014 The Road Within Dr. Mia Rose
    2015 Stephanie

    Television

    Year Title Role Notes
    1982 Another World Julia Shearer Episode: "July 30, 1982"
    1985 ABC Afterschool Special Cindy Eller Episode: "Cindy Eller: A Modern Fairy Tale"
    1985 Miami Vice Sarah MacPhail Episode: "Phil the Shill"
    1986 Amazing Stories Dora Johnson Episode: "Thanksgiving"
    1988 Lemon Sky Carol Television movie
    1991 Women & Men 2 Arlene Megeffin Television movie
    1992 Miss Rose White Rose White Television movie
    1993 Family Pictures Nina Eberlin Television movie
    2000 Talk to Me Janey Munroe 3 episodes
    2001 American Experience Herself Episode: "War Letters"
    2002 Ally McBeal Helena Greene Episode: "All of Me"
    2002 Door to Door Shelly Soenpiet Brady Television movie
    2002 Stanley Park Ranger Episode: "Woodpecker Woes"
    2002 The Greatest Herself Episode: "100 Sexiest Artists"
    2003 Queens Supreme ADA Quinn Coleman 6 episodes
    2004 Something the Lord Made Mary Blalock Television movie
    2005–12 The Closer Brenda Leigh Johnson 109 episodes
    2014–15 Brooklyn Nine-Nine Deputy Police Chief Madeleine Wuntch 7 episodes

    Awards and nominations

    Until 2011, Sedgwick had made television history, being the only female actor to be nominated for an Emmy, Golden Globe, and Screen Actors Guild Award every year that her show aired in the eligibility period. However, that came to an end in 2011 when Sedgwick failed to receive a nomination for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series at the 2011 Emmy Awards.

    Year Association Category Nominated work Result
    1993 Golden Globe Awards Best Actress – Miniseries or Television Film Miss Rose White Nominated
    1994 Saturn Awards Best Supporting Actress Heart and Souls Nominated
    1996 American Comedy Awards Funniest Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture Something to Talk About Nominated
    Chicago Film Critics Association Awards Best Supporting Actress Something to Talk About Nominated
    Golden Globe Awards Best Supporting Actress – Motion Picture Something to Talk About Nominated
    1997 MTV Movie Awards Best Kiss (shared with John Travolta) Phenomenon Nominated
    2005 Independent Spirit Awards Best Female Lead Cavedweller Nominated
    Satellite Awards Best Supporting Actress – Motion Picture The Woodsman Nominated
    Best Actress – Television Series Drama The Closer Won
    2006 Golden Globe Awards Best Actress – Television Series Drama The Closer Nominated
    Gracie Allen Awards Outstanding Female Lead in a Drama Series The Closer Won
    Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series The Closer Nominated
    Satellite Awards Best Actress – Television Series Drama The Closer Won
    Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series The Closer Nominated
    Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series The Closer Nominated
    Television Critics Awards Individual Achievement in Drama The Closer Nominated
    2007 Golden Globe Awards Best Actress – Television Series Drama The Closer Won
    Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series The Closer Nominated
    Satellite Awards Best Actress – Television Series Drama The Closer Nominated
    Saturn Awards Best Actress on Television The Closer Nominated
    Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series The Closer Nominated
    2008 Golden Globe Awards Best Actress – Television Series Drama The Closer Nominated
    Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series The Closer Nominated
    Satellite Awards Best Actress – Television Series Drama The Closer Nominated
    Saturn Awards Best Actress on Television The Closer Nominated
    Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series The Closer Nominated
    Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series The Closer Nominated
    2009 Golden Globe Awards Best Actress – Television Series Drama The Closer Nominated
    People's Choice Awards Favorite TV Drama Diva The Closer Won
    Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series The Closer Nominated
    Saturn Awards Best Actress on Television The Closer Nominated
    Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series The Closer Nominated
    Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series The Closer Nominated
    2010 Golden Globe Awards Best Actress – Television Series Drama The Closer Nominated
    Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series The Closer Won
    Saturn Awards Best Actress on Television The Closer Nominated
    Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series The Closer Nominated
    Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series The Closer Nominated
    2011 Golden Globe Awards Best Actress – Television Series Drama The Closer Nominated
    Saturn Awards Best Actress on Television The Closer Nominated
    Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series The Closer Nominated
    Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series The Closer Nominated
    2012 Saturn Awards Best Actress on Television The Closer Nominated
    Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series The Closer Nominated

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