Kate Capshaw
Birth Date:
November 3, 1953
Birth Place:
Fort Worth, Texas, USA
5' 7''
Famous for:
Her role as Willie Scott in 'Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom' (1984)
Actress, Producer
University of Missouri (majored in History and Special Education; graduated; B.A.)
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"I'd often thought how much I'd like to meet him [Steven Spielberg] because I admire him so much. But when I realized it was actually going to happen, I thought, 'What can I say to him that he hasn't
heard before? Gee, I loved "E.T?' That would be ridiculous. So when we finally met I said nothing. When the meeting was over, he got up and said, 'Thanks for not saying anything about E.T.' " Kate Capshaw. The wife of renowned film director Steven Spielberg, Kate Capshaw was first hurled toward the limelight starring in the epic Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom (1984), as Indy's (played by Harrison Ford) love interest.

Capshaw, a former model for the Ford agency, stays busy supporting charities. She supported the Blue Heron Foundation by contributing sums of money to construct a playground at a Romanian orphanage. She also co-hosted a fundraiser program at celebrity houses, lately held in Kate Hudson's house, to aid the Children's Action Network and Westside Children's Center.

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Childhood and Family:

Kathleen Sue Nail, later popularly known as Kate Capshaw, was born on November 3, 1953 and is the daughter of an airline worker father and a beautician/travel agent mother. A Fort Worth, Texas native, Capshaw achieved her B.A degree in History and Special Education from the University of Missouri where she was the member of the Alpha Delta Pi sorority. She also traveled to the south of France to study French at the French Institute.

Capshaw first married to and then divorced marketing director Robert Capshaw. From the marriage they had a daughter Jessica Capshaw (born 1976), who is also an actress and costarred with her mother in The Locusts (1997). Her marriage to distinguished director, producer and writer Steven Spielberg (E.T., Jurassic Park, Saving Private Ryan, etc) took place on October 12, 1991. With Spielberg, Capshaw has three daughters, Sasha Spielberg (born June 1990), Destry Allyn Spielberg (born December 1, 1996), and Mikeala George Spielberg (adopted, born February 28, 1996), and three sons, Max Spielberg (Spielberg's son with actress Amy Irving, born June 1985), Theo Spielberg (African-American, adopted, born 1988), and Sawyer Spielberg (born March 10, 1992).

Capshaw in the Temple of Doom


"I'd be a little worried they wouldn't understand... it's not the two women kissing that would worry me, it would be the mummy naked part." Kate Capshaw.

Waiting tables during her teen years, Kate Capshaw was also a teacher for special education classes before her shuttle to New York City to pursue her acting career. In 1981, she nabbed her first role of Jinx Avery McCoy on the soap The Edge of Night.

Also a model for commercials, Capshaw appeared in her first movie in 1982, portraying the character of liberal housewife Katherine in A Little Sex. She followed it with the 1984 drama-comedy, Armyan Bernstein's Windy City, in which she was cast as Emily Reubens. It was 1984 that became her luminary year. Along with her acting work in the films Dreamscape and Best Defense, Capshaw won the female lead role of Willie Scott in Steven Spielberg's epic Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom, costarring the gifted Harrison Ford.

During the next years, she played undistinguished roles in such films as Black Rain (1989), Love at Large (1990), My Heroes Have Always Been Cowboys (1991) and in the spoof TV series Black Tie Affair (1993). However, she was praised for playing roles in the hit How to Make an American Quilt (1995), The Locusts (1997, costarred with daughter Jessica), and The Love Letter (1999, with Ellen DeGeneres).

Formerly appearing in TV-films like Missing Children: A Mother's Story (1982), Her Secret Life (1987), and Showtime's Duke of Groove (1996), Capshaw went back to the tube starring in the mini-series A Girl Thing (2001) and in TV film Due East (2002).

"The moment somebody says 'this is very risky' is the moment it becomes attractive to me." Kate Capshaw.


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