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"I often play women who are not essentially good or likable, and I often go through a stage where I hate them. Then I end up loving and defending them."

Mary Kathleen Turner (born June 19, 1954) is an American film and stage actress and director. Turner came to fame during the 1980s, after roles in Body Heat (1981), Romancing the Stone (1984), Prizzi's Honor (1985), the latter two earning her a Golden Globe Award for Best Actress, Peggy Sue Got Married (1986), for which she was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actress, The Accidental Tourist (1988), The War of the Roses (1989) and Serial Mom (1994).

Turner also guest-starred on the sitcom Friends as Chandler Bing's father, Charles Bing,note  and in the third season of Californication as Sue Collini, the jaded, sex-crazed owner of a talent agency. Known for her distinctive deep, husky voice, Turner has also done considerable work as a voice actress, namely as Jessica Rabbit in Who Framed Roger Rabbit (1988, uncredited), as well as Monster House (2006), and the television series The Simpsons and King of the Hill.

In addition to film, Turner has worked in the theater, and has been nominated for the Tony Award twice for her Broadway roles as Maggie in Cat on a Hot Tin Roof and as Martha in Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?. Turner has also taught acting classes at New York University.

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