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Also Known As: Kyra Minturn Sedgwick Died:
Born: August 19, 1965 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: New York City, New York, USA Profession: actor, producer

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Having enjoyed a steady career in film and on television for nearly two decades, actress Kyra Sedgwick rose to household name status as Deputy Chief Brenda Leigh Johnson on the crime drama series "The Closer" (TNT, 2005-2012). Prior to that Emmy-winning role, Sedgwick made her mark primarily in features like "Born on the Fourth of July" (1989), "Mr. and Mrs. Bridge" (1990), and "Pyrates" (1991), which co-starred husband Kevin Bacon, whom she had married in 1988 and remained one of the rare lasting unions in Hollywood. Meanwhile, she had a consistent presence on the big screen with films like "Singles" (1992), "Something to Talk About" (1995), "Phenomenon" (1996) and "What's Cooking?" (2000). Though not a major star, Sedgwick enjoyed routine praise from critics for her thoughtful, focused presence in much-coveted roles of smart, complex women. In 2005, she continued along that same tract with her portrayal of Brenda Johnson on "The Closer," an intelligent workaholic detective transferred from Georgia to Los Angeles, where her folksy and idiosyncratic demeanor fail to mesh with her fellow big city cops. The acclaimed role elevated Sedgwick's profile to such an extent that it rivaled her husband's star...

Having enjoyed a steady career in film and on television for nearly two decades, actress Kyra Sedgwick rose to household name status as Deputy Chief Brenda Leigh Johnson on the crime drama series "The Closer" (TNT, 2005-2012). Prior to that Emmy-winning role, Sedgwick made her mark primarily in features like "Born on the Fourth of July" (1989), "Mr. and Mrs. Bridge" (1990), and "Pyrates" (1991), which co-starred husband Kevin Bacon, whom she had married in 1988 and remained one of the rare lasting unions in Hollywood. Meanwhile, she had a consistent presence on the big screen with films like "Singles" (1992), "Something to Talk About" (1995), "Phenomenon" (1996) and "What's Cooking?" (2000). Though not a major star, Sedgwick enjoyed routine praise from critics for her thoughtful, focused presence in much-coveted roles of smart, complex women. In 2005, she continued along that same tract with her portrayal of Brenda Johnson on "The Closer," an intelligent workaholic detective transferred from Georgia to Los Angeles, where her folksy and idiosyncratic demeanor fail to mesh with her fellow big city cops. The acclaimed role elevated Sedgwick's profile to such an extent that it rivaled her husband's star power, while allowing her to remain dedicated to projects rooted in substance and depth, rather than studio glitz and box office receipts.

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Filmographyclose complete filmography

CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Humbling, The (2014)
2.
 Road Within, The (2014)
3.
 Rays of Light (2013)
4.
5.
 Possession, The (2012)
6.
 Chlorine (2010)
7.
 Game (2009)
8.
 Gamer (2009)
9.
 Game Plan, The (2007)
10.
 Loverboy (2005)
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Milestones close milestones

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Performed in a school production of "Fiddler on the Roof" at age 12
1981:
Professional acting debut at age 15 in the off-Broadway play "Time Was"
1982:
Made TV debut in the regular role of Julia Shearer on NBC daytime drama "Another World"
1985:
Feature acting debut, "War and Love"
1985:
Played the title role in the ABC Afterschool Special "Cindy Eller: A Modern Fairy Tale"
1988:
First prominent role in a feature, playing a prostitute opposite Matt Dillon in "Kansas"
1988:
Broadway debut in a revival of Eugene O'Neill's "Ah, Wilderness!"; co-starred with Campbell Scott
1989:
Portrayed Tom Cruise's high school sweetheart in Oliver Stone's "Born on the Fourth of July"
1990:
Played Paul Newman and Joanne Woodward's daughter in the Merchant Ivory Film "Mr. and Mrs. Bridge"
1991:
First feature with husband Kevin Bacon, "Pyrates"
1991:
Re-teamed with Dillon to play a married couple in HBO's "Women & Men 2"
1992:
Had featured role in Cameron Crowe's "Singles"; re-teamed with Matt Dillon and Campbell Scott
1992:
Won praise for her title performance in the Hallmark Hall of Fame production "Miss Rose White" (NBC)
1993:
Starred opposite Anjelica Huston in the ABC miniseries "Family Pictures"
1995:
Played a small role in "Murder in the First" as a hooker opposite Kevin Bacon's imprisoned character
1995:
Offered an acclaimed, scene-stealing turn as Julia Roberts' straight-shooting sister in "Something to Talk About"
1996:
Producing debut, "Losing Chase" (Showtime); also starred as a young woman hired as a companion to a depressed, older female (Helen Mirren); helmed by husband Kevin Bacon
1996:
Delivered a vivid turn as Southern woman with a fondness for married men and red wine in "The Low Life"
1996:
Starred as a single mother romanced by John Travolta in the feature "Phenomenon"
1996:
Announced as the face for designer Emmanuel Ungaro's couture line
1997:
Portrayed the sexpot daughter of the comatose man in Bed 5 in Sidney Lumet's "Critical Care"; reunited with Mirren
1998:
Served as associate producer (also starred) for HBO's "Montana"
1998:
Played Olivia in Broadway's triumphant Lincoln Center run of "Twelfth Night" (aired live on PBS)
1999:
Hosted Lifetime documentary "Confronting the Crisis: Childcare in America"
2000:
Played Julianna Margulies' lover in "What's Cooking?"; film debuted at the Sundance Film Festival
2000:
Starred in the failed ABC sitcom "Talk to Me"; also co-executive produced
2002:
Appeared opposite William H. Macy in the TNT movie "Door to Door"
2004:
Co-starred with husband Kevin Bacon in "The Woodsman"
2004:
Cast in the HBO movie "Something the Lord Made," a dramatization of the relationship between heart surgery pioneers Alfred Blalock (Alan Rickman) and Vivien Thomas (Mos Def)
2004:
Re-teamed with Bacon for "Cavedweller"; earned an Independent Spirit Award nomination Female Lead
2005:
Cast as Brenda Johnson, a CIA-trained interrogator in TNT's "The Closer"; earned Golden Globe (2005, 2007, 2008, 2009), SAG (2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009) and Emmy (2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010) nominations for Best Actress in a Drama Series
2005:
Starred in "Loverboy" as an unsound mother who surrounds her only son with a magical world for two; directed by and co-starring her husband Kevin Bacon; film premiered at Sundance
2009:
Received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame (June)
2009:
Co-starred with Gerard Butler in the action thriller "Gamer"
2010:
Nominated for the 2010 Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in Drama Series ("The Closer")
2011:
Nominated for the 2011 Golden Globe Award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series ¿ Drama ("The Closer")
2011:
Nominated for the 2011 Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series ("The Closer")
2012:
Co-starred with Sam Worthington in the crime thriller "Man on a Ledge"
2012:
Cast as the mother of a girl cursed by an antique box in supernatural thriller "The Possession"
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Education

Sarah Lawrence College: Yonkers , New York -
University of Southern California: Los Angeles , California -
Friends Seminary: New York , New York -

Notes

Her first name is pronounced KEE-rah

"[Stone] called me a rich, private-school girl, and I gave him sh-- about it. I think he feels comfortable with women who can stand up to him, who tell him he's an ass---- if he's being an ass----. That's what the men in his life do.

Don't get me wrong. I'm crazy about Oliver. He's one of the great risk-takers in this business. And I like to think of myself as one, too."---Kyra Sedwick on working with Oliver Stone on "Born on the Fourth of July" to the New York Post, August 3, 1995.

"I remember one snitty little fight we had when he wanted me to hit a croquet ball and hit another one underneath a coffee table, and I told him it couldn't be done. And he said it could be done. I tried and tried, but I couldn't do it and I got very frustrated, and we both got mad at each other. We laughed about it later, of course."---Sedgwick about being directed by husband Kevin Bacon in "Losing Amy" to Graham Fuller in Interview, July 1996.

"An actor is what the people want to see in a role, but they don't have a need to see him or her in the flesh. A star ... they want to eat that person alive!"---Sedgwick quoted in Parade, July 21, 1996.

"If I had to do it over again, I probably would have waited until I had an education in other areas before I chose to be so resolutely ensconced in the business of acting. But there I was at the age of 15 in a soap for a year and a half. By the time I was 18, I was a goner ... I didn't want to do anything else but act.

I've since learned to appreciate other things in life. I skip from medium to medium, going where the best parts and best directors are, and consider myself a very lucky person. I also work incredibly hard. But I am most lucky in that I have such a good family life. That will always be my foundation."

"I don't want my kids to go into this business. I think it's very painful, difficult, unreal, somewhat of a fantasy world. And I don't know how much it's contributing to humanity.

But I also know my kids are gonna do whatever the hell they want in life. And bless them for that. But I will insist they finish school and not do anything professional until they are 18, at least. And I will hugely encourage them to go to college, to see the whole picture, travel, meet all kinds of people before they decide to choose a life path. I don't want them to have this one big regret I have."---Sedgwick to Denis Hamill in Daily News, July 19, 1998.

"I think we have a very real marriage. After 14 years, it better be a real marriage, you know? We do have a great time together. We are really lucky. I was very young when we got married and I don't know why it worked out like it did or how I was smart enough to know that this was the right guy, but somehow I got lucky."---Sedgwick on being married to Kevin Bacon romanticmovies.com, 2002.

Companions close complete companion listing

husband:
Kevin Bacon. Actor. Married in September 1988; met on the set of American Playhouse's production of "Lemon Sky" (1987); starred opposite each other in the feature "Pyrates" (1991); directed Sedgwick in "Losing Chase" (1996).

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brother:
Nicco Sedgwick.
brother:
Rob Sedgwick. Actor.
cousin:
Edie Sedgwick. Actor. Part of Andy Warhol's "Factory" crowd; appeared in such Warhol films as "Beauty No. 2", "Vinyl", "Bitch" and "Kitchen" (all 1965); died of an apparent drug overdose on November 15, 1971.
son:
Travis Sedg Bacon. Born in June 1989; father, Kevin Bacon.
daughter:
Sosie Ruth Bacon. Born in March 1992; father Kevin Bacon.
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