Who's Afraid Of Kathleen Turner?

From January 2005: Kathleen Turner and Bill Irwin, stars of the Broadway revival of "Edward Albee's Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?"
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Sunday night is Tony award night, when Broadway honors its best, and one of the frontrunners this year is actress Kathleen Turner, now playing to rave reviews for her performance in a revival of "Edward Albee's Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?"

But before the big night, you can see Turner's interview on CBS News Sunday Morning, when correspondent Erin Moriarty talks with Turner about what the respected actress describes as the role of a lifetime.

Turner plays another formidable woman, Martha, in "Virginia Woolf." The bruising drama opened in March, and also features a Tony-nominated performance by Bill Irwin, who was last seen on Broadway in Albee's "The Goat." He portrays Martha's husband, George.

This isn't the first time that Turner has been up for a Tony. She also was nominated in 1990 for her performance as Maggie in a revival of "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof." The winner that year was Maggie Smith for "Lettice and Lovage."

On Broadway, Turner also caused a stir in 2002 by appearing nude as Mrs. Robinson in the stage adaptation of "The Graduate." Also, in 1995, she starred in the drama "Indiscretions."

But Turner, who is 51, is primarily known for her work in the movies, often as a sexy leading lady, as in "Body Heat" (1981) and "Crimes of Passion" (1984). She also made her mark as a comic actress, playing opposite Steve Martin in "The Man With Two Brains" (1983) and Jack Nicholson in "Prizzi's Honor" (1985).

She had a knack for portraying "action heroines," as she demonstrated most famously in "Romancing the Stone" (1984) with Michael Douglas and its sequel, "The Jewel of the Nile" (1985). But she also mixed it up in "V.I. Warshawski" (1991), playing the title character with such gusto that she performed her own stunts and broke her nose during filming.

And cartoon fans will forever think of her as the voice of Jessica Rabbit, the va-va-voom redhead who is wedded to Roger Rabbit.

In private, Turner's life has not always been a laughing matter. She has rheumatoid arthritis and suffered its symptoms for a long time without being properly diagnosed.

She and her husband, Jay Weiss, have a daughter, Rachel, who is 17.

The 2005 Tony Awards will be telecast live Sunday, June 5, 8 to 11 p.m. ET on CBS, from New York's Radio City Music Hall. Hugh Jackman is back as host for the third year in a row. As usual, the presenters are a mixture of stage and television folk. Look for such theater regulars as Nathan Lane, Matthew Broderick and Bernadette Peters to mix it up with such movie stars as Angela Bassett, Ethan Hawke and Laurence Fishburne, as well as several who are also nominated for Tonys this year, including Alan Alda, Laura Linney and, yes, Kathleen Turner.