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Also Known As: Died:
Born: May 23, 1968 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Boston, Massachusetts, USA Profession: screenwriter, producer, actor, writer

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Described by critic J Hoberman as looking like a 1940s film star dressed as a Little Rascal, the delightful Guinevere Turner made her acting, screenwriting and producing debut with Rose Troche's indie "Go Fish" (1994). Centering on Chicago's Wicker Park lesbian community, "Go Fish" marked an expansion within the "New Queer Cinema" movement to girl-oriented themes. Turner starred as the confident if lovelorn Max, a hip, verbally attuned "Generation X" lesbian who ends up in the arms of a gay veterinarian, and her script, stronger in its ripe, knowing ripostes then in its simple yet meandering girl-meets-girl plot, revealed urban lesbian life in an almost documentary fashion. Initially shot on weekends in 1991 and 1992, the project ground to a halt when funds ran out, but a call to Christine Vachon helped secure completion money from Islet. Vachon and Tom Kalin were stabilizing influences as executive producers, and the no-budget, black-and-white feature, which was the first film at that year's Sundance Film Festival to land a distributor, found a crossover audience in limited release.Turner next played Cheryl Dunye's lover in Dunye's "The Watermelon Woman" (1996), a quasi-documentary look into black...

Described by critic J Hoberman as looking like a 1940s film star dressed as a Little Rascal, the delightful Guinevere Turner made her acting, screenwriting and producing debut with Rose Troche's indie "Go Fish" (1994). Centering on Chicago's Wicker Park lesbian community, "Go Fish" marked an expansion within the "New Queer Cinema" movement to girl-oriented themes. Turner starred as the confident if lovelorn Max, a hip, verbally attuned "Generation X" lesbian who ends up in the arms of a gay veterinarian, and her script, stronger in its ripe, knowing ripostes then in its simple yet meandering girl-meets-girl plot, revealed urban lesbian life in an almost documentary fashion. Initially shot on weekends in 1991 and 1992, the project ground to a halt when funds ran out, but a call to Christine Vachon helped secure completion money from Islet. Vachon and Tom Kalin were stabilizing influences as executive producers, and the no-budget, black-and-white feature, which was the first film at that year's Sundance Film Festival to land a distributor, found a crossover audience in limited release.

Turner next played Cheryl Dunye's lover in Dunye's "The Watermelon Woman" (1996), a quasi-documentary look into black lesbian culture which utilized still photos and film recreations to create the fictional character of a black lesbian screen actress from the 30s and 40s. She acted in "Kiss Me, Guido" (as an "indignant lesbian"), "Chasing Amy" (as a singer) and "Latin Boys Go to Hell" before starring as an American dominatrix abroad in Stuart Urban's "Preaching to the Perverted" (all 1997), which she followed with roles in Scott King's "Treasure Island" (premiered at the 1999 Sundance Film Festival) and Kevin Smith's "Dogma" (1999). As for screenwriting, she collaborated with Mary Harron on the script of Harron's controversial "American Psycho" (2000, in which Turner had a small part), helping to take out the violent, repulsive stuff that most people could hardly stand to read in the Bret Easton Ellis novel to concentrate on its scathing 80s satire. She and Harron have also collaborated on an as yet-to-be-produced screenplay about 1950s pin-up girl Bettie Page with Turner attached to portray the starring role.

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Crazy Bitches (2014)
2.
 Owls, The (2010)
4.
 Safety of Objects, The (2001) Voice Of Tani
5.
 Fluffer, The (2001) Video Store Clerk
6.
 American Psycho (2000) Elizabeth
7.
 Dogma (1999) Bus Station Attendant
8.
 Treasure Island (1999) Evelyn
9.
 Preaching to the Perverted (1997) Tanya Cheex
10.
 Kiss Me Guido (1997) Indignant Lesbian On Roof
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Grew up traveling the country as part of a religious cult; when family eventually left the cult, resumed normal schooling
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Settled in Chicago where she met Rose Troche, director and co-screenwriter of "Go Fish"
1994:
Screenwriting, acting and producing debut, "Go Fish"; premiered at the Sundance Film Festival
1996:
Appeared in Cheryl Dunye's "The Watermelon Woman" as Dunye's lesbian lover
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First collaboration with Mary Harron, co-wrote script for a biopic of 1950s pin-up model Bettie Page; HBO at one time planned to fund with Turner in lead role; still in development as of January 2000
1997:
Had small role as a singer in Kevin Smith's "Chasing Amy"
1997:
Starred as American dominatrix Tonya Cheex disciplining unruly Londoners in "Preaching to the Perverted"
1997:
Portrayed character identified as indignant lesbian in Tony Vitale's "Kiss Me, Guido"
1998:
Acted in Scott King's "Treasure Island"; premiered at the 1999 Sundance Film Festival
1999:
Made cameo appearance as a bus station attendant in Smith's "Dogma"
2000:
With director Mary Harron, co-wrote screenplay of "American Psycho", based on the novel by Bret Easton Ellis; had a small role in film; premiered at the Sundance Film Festival
2001:
Starred in the independent film "Stray Dogs"
2001:
Wrote and directed the short, "Spare Me"
2003:
wrote, directed and co-starred in the short, "Hummer"
2004:
Appeared in and directed episodes of Showtime's "The L Word"
2006:
With director Mary Harron, co-wrote the screenplay, "The Notorious Bettie Page" (HBO)
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Education

Sarah Lawrence College: Bronxville , New York -

Notes

About her role as a dominatrix in "Preaching to the Perverted": "I looked like a cartoon character in it. Every day it was two-and-a-half hours of makeup, false eyelashes, wigs, rubber corsets . . . Every dress-up fantasy I ever had was satisfied." --Guinevere Turner quoted in INTERVIEW, February 1997

On her drunken encounter with fiftysomething cabbie Cookie DeJesus, captured on camera: "I'm so glad I made the cut for HBO's 'The Best of the Taxixcab Confessions'. I can't tell you how many more people recognize me from 'Taxicab' than they do from 'Go Fish'.

"No one ever believes me when I say this, but I have never, before or since that night, tried to pick up a total stranger. I just wish I could show you what she looked like to me at 4am--sassy, sexy, buff and about my age." --Turner to Cathay Che in TIME OUT NEW YORK, March 6-13, 1997

About whether she was the inspiration for Kevin Smith's "Chasing Amy": "At Sundance, everyone kept asking Kevin and Scott [Mosher, the film's producer] if the story was inspired by me, and I was asked by a reporter if the film was based on my life. Those guys are my friends, and to the extent that I may be their only lesbian friend, maybe knowing me gave them the idea for the movie. But is it my life story? Please, please, please don't say that! How scary--absolutely no way!" --Turner in TIME OUT NEW YORK, March 6-13, 1997

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companion:
k d lang. Singer. The two have been linked romantically, though Turner has offered "We're just friends" and "No comment" to reporters' queries.

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