Kyra Sedgwick

Kyra Minturn Sedgwick (born August 19, 1965)[3] is an American actress, producer and director best known for her starring role as Deputy Chief Brenda Leigh Johnson on the TNT crime drama The Closer. For her portrayal of Johnson, Sedgwick won a Golden Globe Award in 2007 and an Emmy Award in 2010. The series ended on August 13, 2012, following the completion of its seventh season. Sedgwick is also known for her recurring role as Madeline Wuntch on the sitcom Brooklyn Nine-Nine.

Kyra Sedgwick
Sedgwick receiving a star at the Hollywood Walk of Fame, June 2009
Born
Kyra Minturn Sedgwick[1]

(1965-08-19) August 19, 1965
New York City, U.S.
Other namesKiko
Alma materUniversity of Southern California
OccupationActress, producer, director
Years active1982–present
Spouse(s)
(m. 1988)
Children2, including Sosie Bacon[2]

Sedgwick was nominated for a Golden Globe award for her performance in Something to Talk About (1995). Sedgwick's other film roles include Oliver Stone's Born on the Fourth of July (1989), Cameron Crowe's Singles (1992), Heart and Souls (1993), Phenomenon (1996), What's Cooking (2000), Secondhand Lions (2003), The Game Plan (2007) and The Possession (2012).

Early life

Sedgwick was born in New York City,[3] the daughter of Patricia (née Rosenwald), a speech teacher and educational/family therapist and Henry Dwight Sedgwick V, a venture capitalist.[1][4][5] Her mother was Jewish and her father was Episcopalian and of English heritage.[6][7] Sedgwick has identified herself as Jewish[7][8] and has stated that she participates in Passover seders.[9]

A member of the Sedgwick family on her father's side, she is a descendant of Major General Robert Sedgwick, Judge Theodore Sedgwick, Endicott Peabody (the founder of the Groton School), William Ellery (a signer of the Declaration of Independence), Samuel Appleton, John Lathrop, of Boston, Massachusetts, and is the great-granddaughter of Henry Dwight Sedgwick III, thus the corresponding niece to his brother Ellery Sedgwick, owner/editor (1908-1938) of The Atlantic Monthly. Sedgwick is also a sister of actor Robert Sedgwick, half-sister of jazz guitarist Mike Stern, the first cousin once removed of actress Edie Sedgwick, and a niece of the writer John Sedgwick.[10] She is the aunt of R&B/pop singer George Nozuka and his younger singer-songwriter brother Justin Nozuka (their mother, Holly, is Sedgwick's half-sister).

Sedgwick's parents separated when she was four and divorced when she was six; her mother subsequently married Ben Heller, an art dealer.[1][11]

Sedgwick graduated from Friends Seminary and attended Sarah Lawrence College[1] before transferring to the University of Southern California, where she graduated with a theater degree.[12]

Career

Sedgwick made her debut at the age of 16 on the television soap opera Another World as Julia Shearer, troubled granddaughter of Liz Matthews. In 1988, she appeared in a TV version of Lanford Wilson's Lemon Sky. During the 1990s, she appeared in several Hollywood movies, including Singles (1992), Heart and Souls (1993), Something to Talk About (1995), and Phenomenon, in which she played the love interest of John Travolta's character.[11] She starred in the Emmy Award–winning[13] 1992 made-for-TV film Miss Rose White as a Jewish immigrant who comes to terms with her ethnicity. She played the parts of Mae Coleman in 2003's Secondhand Lions and Stella Peck in the 2007 film The Game Plan. She also starred alongside her husband Kevin Bacon in two films: the 1991 sex comedy Pyrates, and the 2004 drama The Woodsman. She dubbed the voice of Batwoman in the animated movie Batman: Mystery of the Batwoman.

Sedgwick starred in the television series The Closer from 2005 to 2012. In 2007, she began earning roughly $300,000 per episode.[14] Over the life of the series, she was nominated for and won several awards for her starring role as Deputy Chief Brenda Leigh Johnson. She received a Golden Globe award in 2007 for her performance as lead actress and won a Primetime Emmy Award in 2010. In 2009, Sedgwick was awarded a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for Television.[15]

The Closer ended on August 13, 2012,[16] following the completion of its seventh season; the series's broadcaster, TNT, said that the decision to retire the series was made by Sedgwick.[17] A sequel series starring most of the same cast called Major Crimes continued in its place.[18]

Sedgwick produced the television series Proof for TNT which debuted in 2015 for one season.[19] She is also featured in the NBC comedy series Brooklyn Nine-Nine portraying the character of Madeline Wuntch.[20]

Sedgwick will play the lead role of Jean Raines in the ABC comedy pilot My Village, written by Kari Lizer.[21] The series was green-lighted by ABC and re-titled Call Your Mother on May 21, 2020, for the 2020–2021 television season.[22]

Personal life

Sedgwick married actor Kevin Bacon on September 4, 1988.[1] Sedgwick learned in 2012, via her appearance on the U.S. TV show Finding Your Roots with Henry Louis Gates, that she and Bacon are tenth cousins, once removed.[23][24]

The couple have two children, Travis Sedgwick Bacon and actress Sosie Ruth Bacon.[25] The family resides on the Upper West Side of Manhattan.[26]

Sedgwick and Bacon lost part of their savings in the Ponzi scheme of swindler Bernard Madoff.[27][28]

Filmography

Film

Year Title Role Notes
1985War and LoveHalina
1986Tai-PanTess Brock
1988KansasProstitute drifter
1989Born on the Fourth of JulyDonna
1990Mr. and Mrs. BridgeRuth Bridge
1991PyratesSam
1992SinglesLinda Powell
1992Oliver Stone: Inside OutHerself
1993Heart and SoulsJulia
1995Murder in the FirstBlanche
1995Something to Talk AboutEmma Rae King
1995The Low LifeBevan
1996Losing ChaseElizabeth Cole
1996PhenomenonLace Pennamin
1997Critical CareFelicia Potter
1998MontanaClaire Kelsky
2000Labor PainsSarah Raymond
2000What's Cooking?Rachel Seelig
2000Conversations with Jon TurteltaubHerself
2002Personal Velocity: Three PortraitsDelia Shunt
2002Just a KissHalley
2003Secondhand LionsMae
2003Batman: Mystery of the BatwomanBatwomanVoice role
2003Behind the Red DoorNatalie Haddad
2004The WoodsmanVicki
2004Something the Lord MadeMary Blalock
2004CavedwellerDelia Byrd
2005LoverboyEmily Stoll
2007The Game PlanStella Peck
2008Justice League: The New FrontierLois LaneVoice role
2009GamerGina Parker Smith
2012Man on a LedgeSuzie Morales
2012The PossessionStephanie Brenek
2013Kill Your DarlingsMarian Carr (uncredited)
2013ChlorineGeorgie
2014The HumblingLouise Trenner
2014Reach MeColette
2014Big SkyDee
2014The Road WithinDr. Mia Rose
20151 ChisperStephanie
2015Cop CarDispatcher Mary Allen
2016The Edge of SeventeenMona
2017SubmissionSherrie Swenson
2018After DarknessGeorgina Beaty
2019VillainsGloria
2019Endings, BeginningsIngrid

Television series

Year Title Role Notes
1982–83Another WorldJulia ShearerSeries regular
1985ABC Afterschool SpecialCindy EllerEpisode: "Cindy Eller: A Modern Fairy Tale"
1985Miami ViceSarah MacPhailEpisode: "Phil the Shill"
1986Amazing StoriesDora JohnsonEpisode: "Thanksgiving"
1990Women & Men: Stories of SeductionArleneTelevision film
2000Talk to MeJaney Munroe3 episodes
2001American ExperienceHerselfEpisode: "War Letters"
2002Ally McBealHelena GreeneEpisode: "All of Me"
2002StanleyPark RangerEpisode: "Woodpecker Woes"
2002The GreatestHerselfEpisode: "100 Sexiest Artists"
2003Queens SupremeADA Quinn Coleman6 episodes
2005–12The CloserDeputy Chief Brenda Leigh JohnsonSeries regular, 109 episodes
2010Sesame StreetCamoflauge CarlaEpisode: "The Camouflage Challenge"
2014–20Brooklyn Nine-NineDeputy Chief Madeline WuntchRecurring role, 12 episodes
2017–18Ten Days in the ValleyJane SadlerSeries regular, 10 episodes
2019CorporateMrs CowboyEpisode: "The Expense Report"
2021Call Your MotherJean RainesSeries regular

Television films

Year Title Role Notes
1988Lemon SkyCarol
1991Women & Men 2Arlene Megeffin
1992Miss Rose WhiteRose White
1993Family PicturesNina Eberlin
2002Door to DoorShelly Soentpiet Brady
2004Something the Lord MadeMary Blalock

Director

Year Title Notes
2017 Story of a Girl TV movie
2019 God Friended Me Episode: "The Road to Damascus" March 31
2019 Grace and Frankie Episode: "The Aide" January 18
2019 Girls Weekend TV movie
2019 In the Dark Episode: "Jessica Rabbit" May 23
2019 City on a Hill Episode: "There Are No Fucking Sides" July 28
2019 Ray Donovan Episode: "The Transfer Agent" December 31
2020 Brooklyn Nine-Nine Episode #139: "Dillman"

Awards and nominations

Honors

  • 2005: Received the Copper Wing Tribute Award presented to her during the Phoenix Film Festival.
  • 2009, June 8: Inducted into the Hollywood Walk of Fame receiving a star for her contribution to Television located at 6356 Hollywood, Blvd. – the 2,384th star, presented to her by the President and CEO of the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce, Leron Gubler.[29]
  • 2013: Honored with the President's Award by the Society of Camera Operators.
  • 2017: Received the John Cassavetes Award presented to her during the Denver International Film Festival.

Accolades

Association Year Category Title Result
Alliance of Women Film Journalists Awards 2017 Best Female-Directed Narrative Feature Story of a Girl Won
American Comedy Awards 1996 Funniest Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture Something to Talk About Nominated
Chicago Film Critics Association Awards 1996 Best Supporting Actress Something to Talk About Nominated
Directors Guild Awards 2018 Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Movies for Television/Miniseries Story of a Girl Nominated
DVD Exclusive Awards 2001 Best Actress Labor Pains Won
Edinburgh International Film Festival 2017 Best International Feature Film Story of a Girl Nominated
Audience Award Story of a Girl Nominated
Gold Derby Awards 2006 Drama Lead Actress The Closer Nominated
2007 Drama Lead Actress The Closer Nominated
2008 Drama Lead Actress The Closer Nominated
2015 Comedy Guest Actress Brooklyn Nine-Nine Nominated
Golden Globe Awards 1993 Best Actress in a Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television Miss Rose White Nominated
1996 Best Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture Something to Talk About Nominated
2006 Best Actress in a Television Series – Drama The Closer Nominated
2007 Best Actress in a Television Series – Drama The Closer Won
2008 Best Actress in a Television Series – Drama The Closer Nominated
2009 Best Actress in a Television Series – Drama The Closer Nominated
2010 Best Actress in a Television Series – Drama The Closer Nominated
2011 Best Actress in a Television Series – Drama The Closer Nominated
Gracie Allen Awards 2006 Outstanding Female Lead – Drama Series The Closer Won
Independent Spirit Awards 2005 Best Female Lead Cavedweller Nominated
MTV Movie + TV Awards 1997 Best Kiss (shared with John Travolta) Phenomenon Nominated
People's Choice Awards 2009 Favorite Television Drama Diva The Closer Won
Primetime Emmy Awards 2006 Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series The Closer Nominated
2007 Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series The Closer Nominated
2008 Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series The Closer Nominated
2009 Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series The Closer Nominated
2010 Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series The Closer Won
Satellite Awards 2005 Best Actress in a Series – Drama The Closer Won
Best Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture – Drama The Woodsman Nominated
2006 Best Actress in a Series – Drama The Closer Won
2007 Best Actress in a Series – Drama The Closer Nominated
2008 Best Actress in a Series – Drama The Closer Nominated
Saturn Awards 1994 Best Supporting Actress Heart and Souls Nominated
2007 Best Actress on Television The Closer Nominated
2008 Best Actress on Television The Closer Nominated
2009 Best Actress on Television The Closer Nominated
2010 Best Actress on Television The Closer Nominated
2011 Best Actress on Television The Closer Nominated
2012 Best Actress on Television The Closer Nominated
Screen Actors Guild Awards 2006 Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series The Closer Nominated
Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series The Closer Nominated
2007 Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series The Closer Nominated
2008 Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series The Closer Nominated
Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series The Closer Nominated
2009 Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series The Closer Nominated
Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series The Closer Nominated
2010 Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series The Closer Nominated
Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series The Closer Nominated
2011 Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series The Closer Nominated
Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series The Closer Nominated
2012 Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series The Closer Nominated
Television Critics Association Awards 2006 Individual Achievement in Drama The Closer Nominated
TV Guide Awards 2012 Favorite Actress The Closer Nominated

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