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Slender, aggressively versatile stage performer whose best known work includes "Trelawney of the Wells" (1976) with the New York Shakespeare Festival, "Love for Love" (1974) with the Phoenix Repertory Company and the Broadway production of "Crimes of the Heart" (1981-83). Hurt made her film debut as one of three emotionally tormented sisters in Woody Allen's starkly dramatic "Interiors" (1978) and followed up with her first feature lead in "Head Over Heels" (1979).
Because of her theater commitments, Hurt's film career has not been especially prolific, but she has regularly appeared in features. Her lack of movie-star beauty has kept her largely in supporting roles, but she seems to prefer offbeat parts which register prominently just the same. Although she has played a number of uptight, emotionally strung-out wives, mothers and friends, Hurt's intensity is one of the few unvarying qualities to her work. (Indeed, an early stage appearance in "More Than You Deserve" (1973) cast her as a 98 year-old Vietnamese man.) She played Garp's wife in "The World According to Garp" (1986) but was outshone by the other, more outlandish characters peopling novelist John Irving's world. She compensated, however, with an unusually flashy performance in the surprisingly good genre thriller "Defenseless" (1991). A number of Hurt's films have called for urbane sophistication, including the darkly satirical "Compromising Positions" (1985), the period drama "The Age of Innocence" (1993), and the contemporary comedy of "Six Degrees of Separation" (1993). Mother roles have ranged from her fretful, frighteningly conformist homemaker of the outrageous and bleak "Parents" (1989) to the sensitive parent of a prematurely born, severely impaired daughter in "Baby Girl Scott" (1987), Hurt's TV-movie debut. Formerly married to actor William Hurt, she achieved success while they were together and subsequently has kept his surname professionally; she later married writer-director Paul Schrader, for whom she acted in "Light Sleeper" (1992).
Cast (Feature Film)
Cast (TV Mini-Series)
First NYC stage appearance in Equity Library Theatre's production of "New Girl in Town"
Off-Broadway debut, "As You Like It" with the New York Shakespeare Festival
Broadway debut, "Love for Love"
First notable US TV appearance, a prominent supporting role in the PBS "Theater in America" presentation of the Phoenix Repertory Company's production of "Secret Service", starring John Lithgow and Meryl Streep
Made film debut in Woody Allen's "Interiors"
First feature lead, "Chilly Scenes of Winter" (a.k.a. "Head Over Heels")
Played the supporting role of Sheila Bradey on the short-lived hour-long NBC drama series, "Tattinger's"
Reprised role of Sheila Bradey on the half-hour sitcom revamp of "Tattinger's" entitled "Nick & Hillary"; new show lasted two episodes
Played Gail on the short-lived NBC sitcom, "Working It Out"
Played Nick Nolte's former wife in "Affliction", directed by Paul Schrader
Co-starred in the Off-Broadway production of "Old Money"
Appeared as a Judge in "The Exorcism of Emily Rose"
Co-starred in the indie drama, "The Dead Girl"; earned an Independent Spirit Award Nomination for Best Supporting Female
Co-starred in M. Night Shyamalan's "Lady in the Water" with Bryce Dallas Howard and Paul Giamatti