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Also Known As: Kathleen Sue Nail, Kathy Sue Nail Died:
Born: November 3, 1953 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Fort Worth, Texas, USA Profession: actor, teacher

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Frizzy-haired, slim, blonde lead, best known as the skittish heroine of "Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom" (1984), the film noir-style B-girl owner of a "hostess bar" in "Black Rain" (1989), and, as of fall 1991, the second wife of filmmaker Steven Spielberg. Capshaw worked two years as a teacher of learning disabled children before moving to NYC to pursue a career as a model/actress. She worked in TV commercials while studying her craft and eventually landed jobs on several daytime soaps. Capshaw made her feature debut in the modest romantic comedy "A Little Sex" (1981), but regular movie assignments didn't materialize until after she had played the American entertainer Willie Scott opposite Harrison Ford's Indiana Jones. Capshaw was fairly busy in films during the mid-1980s, often appearing with major talents in modest or unsuccessful fare: with Max von Sydow and Dennis Quaid in "Dreamscape"; with Eddie Murphy and Dudley Moore in "Best Defense" (both 1984); and with Richard Gere in "Power" (1986). She continued to appear in TV-movies and miniseries before taking a career hiatus to concentrate on marriage and child rearing. Capshaw returned to the business in the 90s, starring in a short-lived...

Frizzy-haired, slim, blonde lead, best known as the skittish heroine of "Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom" (1984), the film noir-style B-girl owner of a "hostess bar" in "Black Rain" (1989), and, as of fall 1991, the second wife of filmmaker Steven Spielberg. Capshaw worked two years as a teacher of learning disabled children before moving to NYC to pursue a career as a model/actress. She worked in TV commercials while studying her craft and eventually landed jobs on several daytime soaps. Capshaw made her feature debut in the modest romantic comedy "A Little Sex" (1981), but regular movie assignments didn't materialize until after she had played the American entertainer Willie Scott opposite Harrison Ford's Indiana Jones.

Capshaw was fairly busy in films during the mid-1980s, often appearing with major talents in modest or unsuccessful fare: with Max von Sydow and Dennis Quaid in "Dreamscape"; with Eddie Murphy and Dudley Moore in "Best Defense" (both 1984); and with Richard Gere in "Power" (1986). She continued to appear in TV-movies and miniseries before taking a career hiatus to concentrate on marriage and child rearing. Capshaw returned to the business in the 90s, starring in a short-lived detective sitcom, "Black Tie Affair" (NBC, 1993) and taking supporting roles in the romantic remake "Love Affair" (1994) as the intended betrothed of Warren Beatty, as Sean Connery's wife in "Just Cause" and as Winona Rider's hippie mother in "How to Make an American Quilt" (both 1995). Critics were divided over her work in "The Locusts" (1997) with some feeling the actress was miscast as a slatternly farm owner while others felt she delivered a strong performance. Capshaw also played onscreen mother to her real-life daughter Jessica Capshaw in the film. The following year, the actress offered a sly comic turn as a fortyish widow who becomes involved with a twentyish salesman (David Arquette) in the comedy-drama "The Alarmist".

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CAST: (feature film)

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

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

University of Missouri: -
University of Missouri: -

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

Companions close complete companion listing

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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