My Love For Kathleen Turner

29 Sep

Kathleen Turner first caught my eye when I was quite young, and she was starring on a soap called The Doctors.  Her beauty and sultry voice were captivating. And of course who could forget Turner on the cover of Vanity Fair?  Later I saw her in Body Heat, and wow what a performance.  It was not until Romancing the Stone that I truly fell in love with Turner.  Not only was she amazingly beautiful, but she was bright, independent, and finds her own voice. Here we are in the 21st Century and I think I actually am more in love with her now.

Turner is one of the handful (and I do mean handful) of women who have refused to alter her appearance and has not succumbed to superficial pressure of what women are supposed to look like. For this she has earned my eternal devotion. In fact, I find her even more beautiful because she is her own woman, and her own person.  Her brilliance shines through!

Of course, I also find her politics and use of celebrity amazingly sexy.  Turner has used her celebrity for civil rights causes, including marriage equality and health care rights for women.

Last night, my husband and I watched The Perfect Family, in which Turner gives an absolutely amazing performance and shows how hypocritical and dangerous Catholicism can be.  Turner plays a devout Catholic who is up for The Catholic Woman of the Year Award.  The movie does a great and subtle job of exposing the misogyny and hypocrisy of the Catholic Church. It also does a nice job of dealing with LGBT families.  What is also worth noting is that Turner looks her age, which I find brilliant!  What an amazing role-model for women. Ms. Turner, if you ever get to Portland, I hope you will have supper with my husband and me.

8 Responses to “My Love For Kathleen Turner”

  1. Lori Schmidt September 29, 2012 at 10:22 am #

    I think you are in love with one hell of a woman!!!
    Wonderful article.

  2. momshieb September 29, 2012 at 11:40 am #

    She’s always been one of my favorites, as well. And for all the same reasons. I saw her interviewed several years ago, and she was talking about being heavier than her prime weight (during the Body Heat years!). “Of course I am!”, she scoffed. “I’m not the same age any more!”

    • Michael Hulshof-Schmidt September 29, 2012 at 11:42 am #

      I’m glad to learn I’m not alone in my admiration of Turner for her politics and her being a role model regarding body image issues for women.

  3. Labyrinth-Living September 29, 2012 at 11:57 am #

    Sounds like a movie I will want to see. I just added it to my wish list at Amazon Prime!

    • Michael Hulshof-Schmidt September 29, 2012 at 12:00 pm #

      Ruthann, let me know what you think of the movie when you see it. I suspect you will enjoy it.

  4. Carla Eskelsen November 9, 2019 at 5:47 am #

    I adore her, for all the same reasons, which are still true in 2019. Just got a rare glimpse of her in The Kaminsky Method. She is still authentic, and still has all her focus and attention compelling quality.
    Such a beautiful woman. Such a wonderful role model.

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