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Sally Kirkland

Sally Kirkland

Sally Kirkland garnered the 1987 Golden Globe Award for Best Dramatic Actress and received an Academy Award nomination in the same category for her performance in Anna. She also won the Independent Spirit Award for that role.

Kirkland's remarkable career as an actress has incorporated a wide range of roles on stage, screen and television. On stage, she has performed in more than 80 plays, including her critically acclaimed performance in the Los Angeles premiere of Sam Shepard's Curse of the Starving Class. She starred in Vaclav Havel's Obie Award-winning Largo Desolato for Joseph Papp's Public Theatre in New York, and repeated her performance on KCTV. Off-Broadway, Kirkland appeared in The Tempest, A Midsummer Night's Dream, Women Beware of Women and Terrence McNally's Sweet Eros and Where Has Tommy Flowers Gone. She was the leading actress in the legendary La Mama Troupe under director Tom O'Horgan, and starred in 12 plays there, including Tom Paine and the stage and filmed versions of Futz.

Kirkland's numerous features have included The Sting, The Way We Were, A Star is Born, Bite the Bullet, Cinderella Liberty, JFK, Best of the Best, Revenge, Excess Baggage, Ed TV, Wilbur Falls, Wasteland, Wish You Were Dead and Norma Jean, Jack & Me. Kirkland was both producer and star of Cheatin' Hearts, Forever, Flexing With Monty and Amnesia.

On television, Kirkland has enjoyed recurring roles in Felicity, Days of Our Lives, Roseanne and Valley of the Dolls, as well as guest-starring on such series as The Hunger, Good Behavior, The Nanny and Wasteland. She's appeared in such network and cable movies as Heatwave, The Women Who Loved Elvis, Double Jeopardy, Song of Songs, Brave New World and Another Woman's Husband. Kirkland also starred in one episode and directed one more of the Showtime series Women: Stories of Passion.

Kirkland is a lifetime member of The Actors Studio and a former faculty member of the Lee Strasberg Theatre. She is an ordained minister in the Church of The Movement of Spiritual Inner Awareness, and has received many humanitarian awards for her charitable and spiritual work.

Note: This profile was written in or before 2003.

Sally Kirkland Facts

BirthdayOctober 31, 1944 (79)
BirthplaceNew York, New York, USA
Height5' 10" (1m78)  How tall is Sally Kirkland compared to you?
Awards1988 Golden Globe Awards: Best Actress in a Motion Picture - Drama (for Anna)

Selected Filmography

Little Ghost
Suburban Gothic
The Wishmakers
Bruce Almighty
Buddy Hutchins
Breakheart Pass
The Sting
A Star Is Born
What's Up, Scarlet?
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