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The great Kathleen Turner joins us. One- of-a-kind star of stage and screen. Now she’s playing a a former alcoholic nun struggling with faith and addiction.

Kathleen Turner in her new play 'High." (Lanny Nagler/Theaterworks High production photos)
Kathleen Turner in her new play 'High." (Lanny Nagler/Theaterworks High production photos)

The young and smoldering Kathleen Turner was smoking hot in Body Heat at twenty-five.  An irresistible Hollywood star in Romancing the Stone, Prizzi’s Honor, War of the Roses, Peggy Sue Got Married. Stunning.  Charming.  Charismatic.  A force.

Then life got complicated, and Kathleen Turner got deeper.  In Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?  In The Graduate.  She got rougher, in Californication.  Now she’s playing a tough, tough, recovering alcoholic nun, taking on faith and addiction.

This hour, On Point:  conversation with a star – Kathleen Turner.
-Tom Ashbrook

Guests

Kathleen Turner, two-time Golden Globe winner, Academy Award & Tony Award nominated actress.

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Kathleen Turner in the On Point studios. (Alex Kingsbury/WBUR)
Kathleen Turner in the On Point studios. (Alex Kingsbury/WBUR)
Kathleen Turner in the On Point studios. (Alex Kingsbury/WBUR)
Kathleen Turner in the On Point studios. (Alex Kingsbury/WBUR)

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Daily Mail "My battle against rheumatoid arthritis and how I cam to feel sexy again At 25, all I knew was that I didn't want to be labelled a porn star in my first movie. It was a thin line and it could have gone either way. But, in the end, the film's realistic treatment of sex marked a new line of demarcation - between an era of buttoned-up sex and an era with fewer sexual boundaries."

The Faster Times "Kathleen Turner will return to Broadway in “High”, a new play by Matthew Lombardo at the Booth Theatre, opening April 19. She is cast as Sister Jamie, a hard as nails, foul mouthed, recovering alcoholic nun whose job it is to provide tough love to recovering addicts as they come to her church for rehabilitation under the guidance of the stoic Father Michael Delpapp, played by Stephen Kunken."

This program aired on December 7, 2011.

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