- NAME: Kyra Sedgwick
- OCCUPATION: Film Actress, Theater Actress, Television Actress
- BIRTH DATE: August 19, 1965 (Age: 48)
- EDUCATION: Friends Seminary, Sarah Lawrence College, University of Southern California
- PLACE OF BIRTH: New York, New York
- Full Name: Kyra Minturn Sedgwick
- AKA: Kyra Sedgwick
- ZODIAC SIGN: Leo
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Actress Kyra Sedgwick's career took a new turn when she was cast as the lead on the TNT crime drama The Closer (2005-12).
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Actress Kyra Sedgwick was born on August 19, 1965, in New York City. By the age of 16, she had landed a recurring role on television's Another World. Her career began gaining steam at the time of her marriage to actor Kevin Bacon,
"TV is a very intimate experience for people, and I know that because of the way they react to you when they see you on the street! They say, 'Oh, I loooooooove you!' It's this deep connection and a very intimate one. They feel like they know you; you're in their living room ... And I appreciate being that person that's accessible enough so that people can be intimate with me onscreen and on the street."
"If someone had told me that at 22 I was going to meet the man I was going to marry and at 23 I would marry him and have a child, I would have told them they were out of their mind."
"I knew I wanted to be a great actor."
with the actress landing key roles on Broadway and opposite Tom Cruise in the film Born on the Fourth of July. Sedgwick's career took a new turn when she was cast on the TNT drama The Closer, which premiered in 2005.
Kyra Minturn Sedgwick was born in New York City on August 19, 1965, to Patricia Heller, an educational and family therapist, and Henry D. Sedgwick, a venture capitalist. Sedgwick has something of a blue-blood pedigree: Her great-grandfather, Endicott Peabody, founded the famous Groton School, and her cousin, Edie Sedgwick, was the celebrated muse of '60s pop artist Andy Warhol. Sedgwick's parents split when she was a young girl, and at the age of 6 she moved with her mother to her stepfather's home, on New York City's Upper East Side.
A fan of the theater and a friend of many Broadway celebrities, Sedgwick's mother encouraged her children to take an interest in the arts. When she was 12, Kyra took to the stage for the first time in a school production of Fiddler on the Roof. As she later remembered, "I just fell in love. For the first time, my soul was free."
By the age of 16, Kyra Sedgwick had become a professional actor, landing a recurring role on the soap opera Another World. But she's always viewed soaps as a stepping stone. "I knew I wanted to be a great actor," she said.
After graduating with a high school diploma from Manhattan's Friends Seminary, Sedgwick briefly attended Sarah Lawrence College and the University of Southern California. Formal education wasn't for Sedgwick, however, and she quit to pursue her craft full-time. Little did she know that her life was about to take an unexpected turn.
In the late 1980s, Sedgwick was cast in a 1988 PBS version of the Lanford Wilson play Lemon Sky. On set, she met Kevin Bacon, an actor who had already achieved Hollywood fame for his roles in films such as Footloose and Diner. Sedgwick later admitted to initially finding Bacon repulsively arrogant. "I met him on the first day: He got into the van, he wasn't very friendly, he had an attitude," she recalled.
Bacon eventually changed her mind. The couple married in 1988, when Sedgwick was 22. Their first child together, son Travis, was conceived on their honeymoon, and daughter Sosie followed three years later. "If someone had told me that at 22 I was going to meet the man I was going to marry and at 23 I would marry him and have a child, I would have told them they were out of their mind," the actress later said.
Sedgwick's career began gaining steam at the time of her marriage, with the actress landing key roles on Broadway—in the Eugene O'Neill play Ah, Wilderness!—and in Hollywood—opposite Tom Cruise in the film Born on the Fourth of July.
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