Kathleen Turner, the actress known for her starring roles in Romancing the Stone, Jewel of the Nile, War of the Roses and Prizzi’s Honour, will be lending her husky alto to classic tunes from the American songbook, in ‘Finding My Voice’ at The Apex on May 9.
Kathleen will interweave songs such as ‘Let’s Fall In Love’, ‘On The Street Where You Live’, ‘Every Time We Say Goodbye’ and many more, with entertaining stories from her remarkable life and career.
Her big break came in 1981 with her first film, Body Heat. However, she says she deliberately moved away from similar roles to “prevent typecasting” and “because femme fatale roles had a shelf-life.”
She elaborated, “After Body Heat, you can imagine there were endless offers for Body Heat 2, 3, 4, whatever. And I said no. If I’ve explored one thing, I have no desire to do it again“.
Her next film role was with Steve Martin in the comedy The Man With Two Brains, followed in 1984 by Romancing The Stone with Michael Douglas, during which she performed many of her own stunts (she was previously an accomplished gymnast).
Despite the move to comedy/action, in 1995 Empire Magazine named her one of the 100 Sexiest Stars in Film History. The Canadian Press agreed, declaring “Turner knows how to steam up a screen. Heck, she even smouldered as a cartoon bunny, using her trademark husky voice to bring life to Jessica Rabbit in 1988’s Who Framed Roger Rabbit?”
Unfortunately, in the 1990s Kathleen was diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis and her film career suffered a hiatus. She has since developed a name for herself as a stage actress.
She was nominated for a Best Actress Tony Award for her performances in the Broadway productions of Cat on a Hot Tin Roof and Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf, and in 2000 she played Mrs Robinson in The Graduate in London’s West End.
When discussing her theatre career, she says: “I never feel more alive than when I’m on stage” and “It’s fascinating to do film, but there’s nothing like the knowledge that what is happening won’t ever be repeated again. Theatre is a once in a lifetime occasion and subliminally the audience knows that.”
Which brings us back to her stage show ‘Finding My Voice’.
“This is not a script given to me that I find a way to work,” she said. This one I get to write myself. It’s so thrilling. I am just so tickled at the thought I can do it at all. I never thought of myself as a singer. I actually have perfect pitch, but when I came to New York aged 22 every lead in anything was a soprano and that was never going to be me. I can actually sing “Ol’ Man River” in the original key. I think I’m one of about seven women who can do that.“