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Also Known As: Kathleen Sue Nail, Kathy Sue Nail Died:
Born: March 11, 1953 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Fort Worth, Texas, USA Profession: actor, teacher

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Best known for playing Willie Scott in future husband Steven Spielberg's "Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom" (1984), actress Kate Capshaw also enjoyed leading roles in "Windy City" (1984), "SpaceCamp" (1986) and "The Love Letter" (1999). Born in Fort Worth, TX in 1953, Capshaw graduated from the University of Missouri with a Bachelor's in History Education and Master's in Special Education, and spent two years teaching children with learning disabilities before moving to New York to chase her acting dreams. She made her screen debut in 1981 with a six-week stint on long-running soap opera "The Edge of Night" (CBS, 1956-1984), and a year later shared top billing as elementary school teacher Katherine in romantic comedy "A Little Sex" (1982) and played law clerk Elaine Rogers in TV movie "Missing Children: A Mother's Story" (1982). Capshaw got her big break when she won the role of nightclub singer love interest Willie Scott in "Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom" (1984), the second installment of the adventure franchise directed by the man she would marry seven years later, Steven Spielberg. Following the box-office hit, Capshaw played Dudley Moore's wife in comedy "Best Defense" (1984),...

Best known for playing Willie Scott in future husband Steven Spielberg's "Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom" (1984), actress Kate Capshaw also enjoyed leading roles in "Windy City" (1984), "SpaceCamp" (1986) and "The Love Letter" (1999). Born in Fort Worth, TX in 1953, Capshaw graduated from the University of Missouri with a Bachelor's in History Education and Master's in Special Education, and spent two years teaching children with learning disabilities before moving to New York to chase her acting dreams. She made her screen debut in 1981 with a six-week stint on long-running soap opera "The Edge of Night" (CBS, 1956-1984), and a year later shared top billing as elementary school teacher Katherine in romantic comedy "A Little Sex" (1982) and played law clerk Elaine Rogers in TV movie "Missing Children: A Mother's Story" (1982). Capshaw got her big break when she won the role of nightclub singer love interest Willie Scott in "Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom" (1984), the second installment of the adventure franchise directed by the man she would marry seven years later, Steven Spielberg. Following the box-office hit, Capshaw played Dudley Moore's wife in comedy "Best Defense" (1984), scientist Jane DeVries in sci-fi horror "Dreamscape" (1984), the one that got away in relationship drama "Windy City" (1984) and Richard Gere's assistant in political tale "Power" (1986). Capshaw then enjoyed leading lady status as NASA-trained astronaut Andie Bergstrom in space adventure "SpaceCamp" (1986) and reluctant secret agent Annie in TV movie "Her Secret Life" (1987), starred opposite Tom Conti in western "The Quick and the Dead" (1987) and played Joanna Gates in murder mystery "Internal Affairs" (1988). After showing up as nightclub hostess Joyce in Ridley Scott's action thriller "Black Rain" (1989), Capshaw played a bigamist's wife in film noir "Love at Large" (1990), widowed mother in western "My Heroes Have Always Been Cowboys" (1991) and schoolteacher in warring neighbor comedy "Next Door" (1994). She also landed her first recurring role when she was cast as private eye client Margo Cody in the crime drama spoof "Black Tie Affair" (NBC, 1993), played the partners of Warren Beatty and Sean Connery in "Love Affair" (1994) and "Just Cause" (1995), respectively, and starred opposite a young Tobey Maguire in the Oscar-nominated short "Duke of Groove" (1996). Capshaw then played Winona Ryder's mother in the adaptation of Whitney Otto's debut novel, "How to Make an American Quilt" (1996), an alcoholic widow in small town drama "A Secret Sin" (1997) and single mother in crime comedy "The Alarmist" (1997). She then took the leading role of middle-aged bookseller Helen MacFarquhar in "The Love Letter" (1999), a romantic comedy she also produced, and enjoyed a memorable role of a bisexual ad executive who goes on a date with Elle Macpherson's lawyer in all-female ensemble "A Girl Thing" (2001). But following a supporting role in coming-of-age "Due East" (2002), Capshaw decided to retire from the film industry.

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Due East (2002) Becky Purdue
2.
 Love Letter, The (1999) Helen
3.
 Alarmist, The (1997) Gale Ancona
4.
 Locusts, The (1997) Delilah Ashford Potts
5.
 Duke of Groove, The (1996) Rebecka
6.
 Just Cause (1995) Laurie Armstrong
7.
 No Dogs Allowed (1995)
8.
9.
 Love Affair (1994) Lynn Weaver
10.
 Next Door (1994) Karen Coler
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Milestones close milestones

1995:
Starred in the Oscar-nominated short "The Duke of Groove"
1982:
TV movie debut, "Missing Children: A Mother's Story"
1993:
TV series debut, starred in the failed NBC detective sitcom "Black Tie Affair"
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Began working in TV commercials
1993:
Converted from Episcopalianism to Judaism after more than a year of study with an Orthodox rabbi (date approximate)
1998:
Delivered a comic turn as an older woman romanced by the younger David Arquette in "The Alarmist"
1995:
Had featured role in "Just Cause"
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Moved to New York City
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Studied acting, singing, and voice
1997:
Appeared with her daughter Jessica in "The Locusts"
1982:
Feature film debut, co-starred opposite Tim Matheson in "A Little Sex"
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Landed recurring roles on the daytime soaps "The Edge of Night" and "Love of Life"
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Raised in Missouri
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Worked two years as a teacher of learning disabled children
1984:
Starred as the entertainer Willie Scott in Steven Spielberg's "Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom"
1999:
Produced and starred in "The Love Letter"
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Made screen debut in "The Edge of Night" (CBS, 1956-1984)
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Education

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Notes

Kate Capshaw quoted on Steven Spielberg in Hollywood Magazine (November-December 1989):

Los Angeles Times, March 29, 1983: "I'd often thought how much I'd like to meet him because I admire him so much. But when I realized it was actually going to happen, I thought, 'What can I say to him that he hasn't heard before? Gee, I loved "E.T."?' That would be ridiculous. So when we finally met I said nothing. When the meeting was over, he got up and said, 'Thanks for not saying anything about "E.T."'"

Kate Capshaw quoted on Steven Spielberg in Hollywood Magazine (October-November 1989).

Los Angeles Times, June 10, 1984: "My problem is that I'm not a movie buff. So I had difficulty talking to Steven. He talks in movie language, you see. He'd say, 'Remember that scene in "It Happened One Night", the one where Claudette Colbert did such-and-such? That's what I want here.' And I'd say, 'Steven, I never saw that movie, and he'd groan and reply, 'Kate, how can I possibly communicate with you?'

"Really I must get hold of some of those old movies and study them. Otherwise, I'm never going to know what Steven is talking about."

"She has such a gret sense of humor about herself...She doesn't have to take everything so seriously. She taught me to laugh things off."---Jessica Capshaw on her mother quoted in Biography Spring 2004

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husband:
Robert Capshaw. Marketing director, former school principal. Principal at same high school Capshaw was teacher; father of daughter Jessica; divorced.
companion:
Armyan Bernstein. Director. Directed Capshaw in "Windy City".
husband:
Steven Spielberg. Director, screenwriter, producer, executive. Married on October 12, 1991 at his estate in East Hampton, New York.

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daughter:
Jessica Capshaw. Actor. Born in 1976; father, Robert Capshaw; co-starred with Capshaw in "The Locusts" (1997).
step-son:
Max Spielberg. Born in June 1985; Spielberg's son with Amy Irving; he and Irving share custody.
son:
Theo Spielberg. Born c. 1988; African-American; adopted with Spielberg.
daughter:
Sasha Spielberg. Born in June 1990; father, Steven Spielberg.
son:
Sawyer Spielberg. Born on March 10, 1992; father, Steven Spielberg.
daughter:
Mikeala George Spielberg. Born on February 28, 1996; adopted.
daughter:
Destry Allyn Spielberg. Born on December 1, 1996.
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