Swoosie was born in Omaha, Nebraska, the only child of author Margo and Air Force Colonel Frank Kurtz, Jr. She got her unique first name "Swoosie" from her father. It is derived from the B-17D Flying Fortress airplane, named "The Swoose" or simply "Swoose" which means half swan, half goose. As a military family, they moved frequently.
Swoosie attended the University of Southern California, where she majored in drama. She then attended the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art.
Swoosie Kurtz grew up in the 40s. She began acting in theater during the 1970s and shortly thereafter began a career in television. During her TV career, she accumulated ten nominations and won an Emmy Award. Swoosie has appeared in films, though not in a long trail. She seemed to drop in and out on the silver screen. Doing film, Swoosie starred in films from the 1970s up until today, which include films such as 'Dangerous Liaisons', 'Citizen Ruth', and 'Liar Liar' among others. Throughout her long career she has remained ever active in theater, earning five Tony Award nominations and winning two Tonys over the last 30 years. She most recently starred in the short lived ABC dramedy series Pushing Daisies.
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