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Date of Birth: August 19, 1965
Place of Birth: New York, New York, USA
Height: 5' 5"
Best Known For: Her lead role on The Closer and being married to Kevin Bacon
|Kyra Sedgwick Biography
Kyra Sedgwick was born on August 19, 1965, in New York City, to an Episcopalian father, Henry Dwight Sedgwick V and Jewish mother, Patricia Rosenwald. Sedgwick attended the private Quaker school, Friends Seminary in Manhattan, then the private liberal arts college, Sarah Lawrence College in New York City, and finally, University of Southern California in Los Angeles where she studied theater.
Sedgwick began acting professionally at the age of 16, on the daytime soap opera Another World. She spent a year on the soap before moving on to film. In 1985, she made her big screen debut in War and Love, in which she played a Jewish girl from Poland during World War II. After a handful of television appearances, Sedgwick's next notable role came in 1988 when she won a lead role in Lemon Sky opposite her future husband, Kevin Bacon. Bacon and Sedgwick were married on September 4, 1988.
In 1989, Sedgwick appeared in the Tom Cruise hit Born on the Fourth of July which boosted her recognition in Hollywood. Next, she played the daughter of Paul Newman in the 1990 drama Mr. & Mrs. Bridge. The following year she was seen again with now husband Kevin Bacon in the comedy Pyrates.
Sedgwick teamed up with Cameron Crowe for his 1992 film Singles, which also featured Matt Dillon, Bridget Fonda and Bill Pullman. The next year she starred in the heartfelt comedy Heart & Souls, alongside Elisabeth Shue, Robert Downy Jr. and Tom Sizemore.
In 1995, Sedgwick played a prostitute in Murder in the First alongside an all-star cast which included her husband. That same year, she was seen in the Julia Roberts/Dennis Quaid romance, Something to Talk About. In 1996, she starred opposite John Travolta in the fantasy flick Phenomenon.
In 1998, Sedgwick took on the role of associate producer as well as the lead actress for HBO's Montana, before she appeared as Olivia in a Broadway production of Twelfth Night. In 2000, Sedgwick played the lesbian lover of Julianna Marguiles in the Sundance success What's Cooking? That same year, she starred in and produced the short-lived TV series Talk to Me.
In 2002, Sedgwick was seen in the romantic comedy Just a Kiss, and the drama Personal Velocity, also starring Fairuza Balk and Parker Posey. That same year she starred opposite William H. Macy and Helen Mirren in Door to Door, a drama based on the true story of a door-to-door salesman with cerebral palsy. In 2003, she starred with Kiefer Sutherland in the film Behind the Red Door, and with Michael Caine and Robert Duvall in the family film Secondhand Lions.
In 2004, Sedgwick again co-starred with Kevin Bacon in The Woodsman, a story of a pedophile released from prison. Also that year, she starred in the short-lived television series, Queens Supreme, and in the acclaimed television movie Something the Lord Made. In 2005, Sedgwick won the lead role in the successful police drama series The Closer. She won a Golden Globe award for her performances playing Deputy Chief Brenda Johnson. In 2007, Sedgwick will appear in the family comedy The Game Plan opposite The Rock.Sedgwick and Bacon currently live in southern California with their two children, Travis Bacon (b. 1989) and Sosie Bacon (b.1992). Both of their children appeared in the 2005 film Loverboy which was directed by Bacon and starred Sedgwick.
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