How old is Kathleen Turner, when did she play Chandler’s dad in Friends, and what movies did the Romancing The Stone actress play in?

Best known for her roles in the films Body Heat and Romancing the Stone, Kathleen Turner takes the stage once again for a one-night-only show.

The 67-year-old actress is known to be happy and confident in herself and is exemplified by the many roles she has accepted over the years.


Kathleen Turner comes to New York for a one-woman show

Who is Kathleen Turner?

Fans of the hit series, Friends, might recognize Kathleen Turner for her role as Chandler Bing’s father, Helena Handbasket, but her rise to fame happened long before, dating back to her role in the TV series The Doctors.

In The Doctors, Turner played the character of Nola Dancy Aldrich in 243 episodes from 1978 to 1979.

Over the course of her career, Turner has been nominated for numerous awards, ultimately winning two Golden Globes.

In 1985, she won the Golden Globe Award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture for the film Romancing the Stone.

She went on to win a Golden Globe for Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture in 1986 for her film Prizzi’s Honor.

What is the history of Kathleen Turner’s family?

Native Missouri, Kathleen Turner, whose birth name is Mary Kathleen Turner, is the only one of her four siblings to be born in the United States.

His father, Allen Richard Turner, was an American foreign service officer who grew up in China and during World War II he spent four years in a Japanese prisoner of war camp.

Turner told the Association for Diplomatic Studies and Training (ADST) that her father never spoke about her time at the prison camp, and she had to verify what had happened through stories others told her.

“One thing I could never figure out about my father because he didn’t say much about the years of internment,” she told ADST.

“… Over the years, I’ve learned more about him from other people.

    Kathleen Turner won two Golden Globes for her performance in Romancing the Stone and Prizzi's Honor


Kathleen Turner won two Golden Globes for her performance in Romancing the Stone and Prizzi’s Honor

“I mean in London, these people approached me, older people, and told me my dad saved their son’s life, you know, things like that.

“It happened, and my father once said that… when the Japanese fled because of the advancing US military, they broke into the office and were ordered to execute them in two weeks, in anticipation of the loss of Shanghai. “

She said her parents managed to escape China and the last ship from Shanghai was docked three miles from the coast in international waters.

Her parents had to be transported to the very last boat, she said. Her mother, who was pregnant, had to climb a rope ladder and she said, “The sailors carried her, and they were on the last – literally the last boat.

What’s next for Kathleen Turner?

Kathleen Turner walks to the New York City scene in a one-woman show in December 2021.

The show, Finding My Voice, will feature music, humor and the story of his rise to fame.

The show will take place on December 16, 2021 at New York City Hall and tickets are available for purchase on the show’s website.

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