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Courtney Thorne-Smith (born November 8, 1967) is an American actress. She was born in San Francisco, California.
Her most notable television credit was playing Alison Parker on the nighttime drama Melrose Place (1992-1997). Other notable TV roles included Georgia Thomas on Ally McBeal (1997-2000) and, currently, wife Cheryl on According to Jim.
Courtney made her first movie appearance in the 1986 feature film drama, Lucas. She has also starred in movies such as Summer School (1987), Revenge of the Nerds II: Nerds in Paradise (1987), and Side Out (1990).
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She was born in San Francisco, California. She was nominated for an Oscar for best actress in 1987 in Peggy Sue Got Married. Courtney Thorne-Smith (born November 8, 1967) is an American actress. She was diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis in 1992. They have a daughter, Rachel Ann Weiss, born 1988. Turner married New York real-estate mogul Jay Weiss in 1984.
Turner remained a film star up to the early 90's, but has since rarely appeared in major productions. Turner had the last laugh as she became a movie star a few years later in Body Heat, which many consider one of the sexiest films (with Turner giving one of the sexiest performances) in the history of cinema. In 1978 Turner was hired as the second Nola Turner on NBC daytime soap The Doctors, but was fired the next year because the producers felt she was "not hot enough". She attended Southwest Missouri State University at Springfield for two years, then gained her Bachelor in Fine Arts degree from the University of Maryland in 1977.
When her father died in 1973, the family moved back to Springfield. While attending high school in London, England, she also took classes at the London Central School of Speech and Drama. She was a gymnast as a teenager. She has two brothers and a sister.
Born Mary Kathleen Turner in Springfield, Missouri, the daughter of diplomat Richard Turner, she had lived in four foreign countries by the time she entered college. Kathleen Turner (born June 19, 1954) is an American actress. The Best of Roger Rabbit (1996; voice only). Trail Mix-Up (1993; voice only).
Roller Coaster Rabbit (1990; voice only). Tummy Trouble (1989; voice only). Who Framed Roger Rabbit (1988; voice only). Delilah (2000).
In Bad Taste (2000). Beautiful (2000). The Virgin Suicides (2000). Cinderella (2000; made for TV).
Baby Geniuses (1999). Stories From My Childhood #3 (1999; voice only). Love and Action in Chicago (1999). The Prince of Central Park (1999).
Legalese (1998; made for TV). The Real Blonde (1998). Bad Baby (1997; voice only). A Simple Wish (1997).
Love in the Ancient World (1997; TV special, hosted). Stories From My Childhood #1 (1996). Moonlight and Valentino (1995). Friends at Last (1995; made for TV; also producer).
American Cinema (1995; special TV series; narrator). Leslie's Folly (1995; made for TV; also director). All-Star 25th Birthday: Stars and Street Forever! (1994; TV special). Naked in New York (1994).
Serial Mom (1994; a John Waters movie). Undercover Blues (1993). House of Cards (1992). John Barry: Moviola (1993; made for TV).
A Day at a Time (1992; voice only). A Breed Apart (1991). Warshawski (1991). V.I.
The War of the Roses (1989). The Kennedy Center Honors (1988; TV special). The Accidental Tourist (1988). Roger Rabbit and the Secrets of Toon Town (1988; TV special).
Switching Channels (1988). Dear America: Letters Home from Vietnam (1988; TV special; voice only). Julia and Julia (1987). Peggy Sue Got Married (1986).
GoBots: War of the Rock Lords (1986; voice only). The Jewel of the Nile (1985). Prizzi's Honor (1985). Crimes of Passion (1984).
Romancing the Stone(1984). The Man with Two Brains (1983). Body Heat (1981). The Doctors (1978-79; TV series).