Kyra Sedgwick
Birth Date:
August 19, 1965
Birth Place:
New York, New York, USA
Famous for:
Her role as Donna in 'Born on the Fourth of July' (1989)
Friends Seminary in New York, New York
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Ah, Wilderness!


"If I had to do it over again, I probably would have waited until I had an education in other areas before I chose to be so resolutely ensconced in the business of acting. By the time I was 18, I was a goner . . . I didn't want to do anything else but act." Kyra Sedgwick

New York native, actress Kyra Sedgwick, first gained recognition after portraying Tom Cruise's high school girl friend in Born on the Fourth of July (1989). She continued drawing public attention when she played the disobedient daughter of Paul Newman and Joanne Woodward in Merchant-Ivory's Mr. and Mrs. Bridge (1990). In 1995, Sedgwick received even more recognition for her portrayal as Julia Roberts' crotch-kicking sister in Something to Talk About (1995), for which she earned a nomination at the Golden Globes.

On the small screen, the cousin of late actor Edie Sedgwick made a name for herself after having the character role of a Jewish career woman in Miss Rose White (1992). Sedgwick's brilliant performance handed her another nomination at the Golden Globes.

On stage, Sedgwick was highly praised when she debuted on Broadway in the revival of Eugene O'Neill's Ah, Wilderness! (1988). She not only received rave reviews but she also won a Theatre World Award for her sparkling performance.

As for her private life, Sedgwick is the wife of actor Kevin Bacon and the mother of daughter Sosie Ruth Bacon and son Travis Sedg Bacon.

Fiddler on the Roof

Childhood and Family:

Daughter to a venture capitalist father and family therapist mother, Kyra Sedgwick was born on August 19,1965, in New York. Her father divorced Kyra's mother when she was young and her mother remarried a realtor. Along with two brothers, Nicco Sedgwick and Rob Sedgwick (actor), Kyra was raised in a wealthy family.

Young Kyra developed her interest in acting when she was at school and began performing on stage at a young age. After being seen in a school production of Fiddler on the Roof, she began considering acting as a career.

Kyra Sedgwick attended Friends Seminary, New York, before studying at the Sarah Lawrence College in Bronxville, New York. While studying, she continued to act on stage and received a small screen role. After just one semester at Sarah Lawrence College, Kyra headed to the University of Southern California, in Los Angeles, and earned a degree in theater. Upon graduation, she began to pursue acting professionally.

In 1987, Kyra met actor Kevin Bacon while they were filming the TV movie Lemon Sky. They were married on September 3, 1988. The couple currently resides in Connecticut with their children, son Travis Sedg Bacon (born in June, 1989) and daughter Sosie Ruth Bacon (born in March, 1992)



First acting in a school production of "Fiddler on the Roof," Kyra Sedgwick landed her first off-Broadway role in a production of "Time Was" in 1981. A year later, she made her small screen debut when she won the regular role of Julia Shearer in the NBC daytime soap Another World (1982-1983). After one year on the series, she decided to go back to school to hone in on her acting skills.

Returning to acting, Sedgwick made her feature film debut playing Halina, a polish woman whose love was split by World War II, in War and Love (1985). She also had a character role in the TV movie Cindy Eller: A Modern Fairy Tale (1985). In 1988, Sedgwick made a name for her self when she returned to stage debuting on the Broadway revival of Eugene O'Neill's "Ah, Wilderness!" in which she shared the stage with Colleen Dewhurst and Campbell Scott. Sedgwick's bright performance in the play received rave reviews and she was honored with a Theatre World Award in the following year.

Having small roles from 1986-1987, Sedgwick played a more notable role when she was cast as a hooker, opposite Mat Dillon and Andrew McCarthy, in Kansas (1988). The portrayal of Tom Cruise's high school love, Donna, in the blockbuster hit Born on the Fourth of July (1989), gained Sedgwick her first real taste of an audience taking notice. In 1990, Sedgwick continued attracting attention when she gave an unforgettable performance as the disobedient daughter of Paul Newman and Joanne Woodward in Merchant-Ivory's Mr. and Mrs. Bridge (1990). She next teamed up with her husband (Kevin Bacon) in Pyrates (1991, played Sam).

After portraying a spouse in Return to Kansas City, a segment of HBO's Women & Men II (1991), Sedgwick cemented her position as an actress when she nabbed the remarkable role of a Jewish career woman named Reyzel Weiss/Rose White in Miss Rose White (1992). Due to Sedgwick's outstanding performance, she was garnered with a nomination at the Golden Globes.

Cameron Crowe's Singles (1992), which starred Sedgwick along side Matt Dillon and Campbell Scott, was Sedgwick's transition into more adult territory. She then played Nina in the ABC miniseries Family Pictures (1993, opposite Anjelica Huston), Julia in Heart and Souls (1993) and Blanche in Murder in the First (1995, costarring Christian Slater and husband Kevin Bacon).

In 1995, Sedgwick received critical acclaim for playing the character of Julia Roberts' sister in Something to Talk About (1995). Her aggressive character brought Sedgwick her second Golden Globe nomination.

After a glowing turn as a Southern woman who enjoys the affection of married men in The Low Life (1995), Sedgwick played a single mother romantically linked to John Travolta in the feature film Phenomenon (1996). That same year, she both starred and served as executive producer in the mental illness television drama Losing Chase (1996, opposite Helen Mirren). With her husband at the helm (Bacon directed), the film debuted at the Sundance Film Festival before airing on Showtime. Additionally, with her rising popularity, Sedgwick was fronted for the clothing line of designer Emmanuel Ungaro.

Reunited with Mirren in Critical Care (1997), Sedgwick next was seen in HBO's Montana (1998, also an associate producer) and the TV movie Twelfth Night, or What You Will (1998). Finishing the decade, she hosted Lifetime's documentary Confronting the Crisis: Childcare in America.

Also continuing acting on stage, Sedgwick appeared as Olivia on Broadway in the Lincoln Center run of Nicholas Hytner's "Twelfth Night" in 1998. The production was also aired live on PBS. In 2000, she also had a leading role in Craig Lucas' Off-Broadway play "Stranger."

Entering the new millennium, Sedwick paired with Julianna Margulies to play a lesbian couple celebrating Thanksgiving in Gurinder Chadha's ensemble-driven What's Cooking? (2000). She also starred in the sitcom Talk to Me (2000, played Janey Munroe). In 2002, Sedgwick starred as Delia, a woman who attempted to run away from domestic violence, in Personal Velocity: Three Portraits. She received a big role in the romantic comedy Just a Kiss (2002) before portraying an AIDS-infected designer's mad sister, Natalie, in Behind the Red Door (2002, opposite Keifer Sutherland).

After playing Haley, Joel Osment's reckless mother, in Secondhand Lions (2003), Sedgwick rejoined her husband in the pedophile drama The Woodsman (2004) and Cavedweller (2004). That same year, the made-for-TV movie Something the Lord Made (2004) followed. Recently, forty-year old Sedgwick worked with her husband in Loverboy (2005) and stars as Deputy Chief Brenda Leigh Johnson in the new TNT drama series The Closer (2005, also starring Michael Arturo, G.W. Bailey, and Anthony John Denison).


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