Kyra Sedgwick –

Sedgwick in The Closer.

About Kyra Sedgwick (1965 – )

Kyra Minturn Sedgwick Bacon was born in New York City, the daughter of Patricia (née Rosenwald), a speech teacher and educational/family therapist, and Henry Dwight Sedgwick V, a venture capitalist. Her father was Episcopalian and of English heritage, and her mother was Jewish. Sedgwick has identified herself as Jewish and has stated that she participates in Passover seders.

On her father's side, she is a descendant of Judge Theodore Sedgwick, Endicott Peabody (the founder of the Groton School), William Ellery (a signer of the Declaration of Independence), John Lathrop (American minister) (1740–1816), of Boston, Massachusetts and is the great-granddaughter of Henry Dwight Sedgwick III, and thus the corresponding niece to his brother Ellery Sedgwick, owner/editor (1908-1938) of The Atlantic Monthly. Sedgwick is also a sister of actor Robert Sedgwick, half-sister of jazz guitarist Mike Stern, the first cousin once removed of actress Edie Sedgwick, and a niece of the writer John Sedgwick. She is also the aunt of R&B/pop singer George Nozuka and his younger singer-songwriter brother Justin Nozuka (their mother, Holly, is Sedgwick's half-sister).

Sedgwick's parents separated when she was 4 and divorced when she was 6; her mother subsequently married Ben Heller, an art dealer.

Sedgwick went to high school with Matthew Broderick. When both were guests on WWHL, both revealed they actually dated on and off. Broderick even went as far to say he knows Sedgwick's mother well.

Sedgwick graduated from Friends Seminary and attended Sarah Lawrence College before transferring to the University of Southern California, where she graduated with a theater degree.

Sedgwick made her debut at the age of 16 on the television soap opera Another World. In 1988 she made a strong impression in a TV version of Lanford Wilson's Lemon Sky. During the 1990s she appeared in several Hollywood movies, including Singles (1992), Heart and Souls (1993), Something to Talk About (1995) and Phenomenon, in which she played the love interest of John Travolta's character. She starred in the Emmy Award–winning 1992 made-for-TV film Miss Rose White as a Jewish immigrant who comes to terms with her ethnicity. She played the parts of Mae Coleman in 2003's Secondhand Lions and Stella Peck in the 2007 film The Game Plan. She also starred alongside her husband Kevin Bacon in the 2004 film The Woodsman. She dubbed the voice of Batwoman in the animated movie Batman: Mystery of the Batwoman.

Sedgwick starred in the television series The Closer from 2005 to 2012. In 2007 she began earning roughly US$300,000 per episode. Over the life of the series she was nominated for and won several awards for her starring role as Deputy Chief Brenda Leigh Johnson. She received a Golden Globe award in 2007 for her performance as lead actress and won a Primetime Emmy Award in 2010. In 2009, Sedgwick was awarded a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for Television.

The Closer ended on August 13, 2012, following the completion of its seventh season; the series's broadcaster, TNT, said that the decision to retire the series was made by Sedgwick. A sequel series starring most of the same cast called Major Crimes continues in its place.

Sedgwick produced the television series Proof for TNT which debuted in 2015 for one season.

Sedgwick married actor Kevin Bacon on September 4, 1988. Sedgwick learned in 2011, via her appearance on the U.S. TV show Finding Your Roots with Henry Louis Gates, that she and Kevin Bacon are 9th cousins, once removed.

The couple have two children, Travis Sedgwick Bacon (born June 23, 1989) and Sosie Ruth Bacon (born March 15, 1992). The family resides on the Upper West Side of Manhattan.

Sedgwick and Bacon lost part of their savings in the Ponzi scheme of infamous swindler Bernard Madoff.

Kyra Sedgwick's movie credits include...

Year Movie Role
1985War and LoveHalina
1986Tai-PanTess Brock
1988KansasProstitute drifter
1989Born on the Fourth of JulyDonna
1990Mr. and Mrs. BridgeRuth Bridge
1992SinglesLinda Powell
1992Oliver Stone: Inside OutHerself
1993Heart and SoulsJulia
1995Murder in the FirstBlanche
1995Something to Talk AboutEmma Rae King
1995The Low LifeBevan
1996Losing ChaseElizabeth Cole
1996PhenomenonLace Pennamin
1997Critical CareFelicia Potter
1998MontanaClaire Kelsky
2000Labor PainsSarah Raymond
2000What's Cooking?Rachel Seelig
2000Conversations with Jon TurteltaubHerself
2002Personal Velocity: Three PortraitsDelia Shunt
2002Just a KissHalley
2003Secondhand LionsMae
2003Batman: Mystery of the BatwomanBatwoman
2003Behind the Red DoorNatalie Haddad
2004The WoodsmanVicki
2004Something the Lord MadeMary Blalock
2004CavedwellerDelia Byrd
2007The Game PlanStella Peck
2008Justice League: The New FrontierLois Lane
2009GamerGina Parker Smith
2012Man on a LedgeSuzie Morales
2012The PossessionStephanie Brenek
2013Kill Your DarlingsMarian Carr (uncredited)
2014The HumblingLouise Trenner
2014Reach MeColette
2014Big SkyDee
2014The Road WithinDr. Mia Rose
20151 ChisperStephanie
2015Cop CarDispatch
2016The Edge of SeventeenMona

Kyra Sedgwick's television credits include...

Year Show/Series Role
1982Another WorldJulia Shearer
1985ABC Afterschool SpecialCindy Eller
1985Miami ViceSarah MacPhail
1986Amazing StoriesDora Johnson
1988Lemon SkyCarol
1991Women & Men 2Arlene Megeffin
1992Miss Rose WhiteRose White
1993Family PicturesNina Eberlin
2000Talk to MeJaney Munroe
2001American ExperienceHerself
2002Ally McBealHelena Greene
2002Door to DoorShelly Soenpiet Brady
2002StanleyPark Ranger
2002The GreatestHerself
2003Queens SupremeADA Quinn Coleman
2004Something the Lord MadeMary Blalock
2005–12The CloserBrenda Leigh Johnson
2014–15Brooklyn Nine-NineDeputy Police Chief Madeline Wuntch

Memorable Quotes by Kyra Sedgwick

“ It's an unattainable goal to be good at everything. ”

[ On her Golden Globe win ]“ It was such a lovely, lovely, lovely night, and I was so happy to have my daughter and my husband there. And it does mean something. It means something in the industry, and it means something on a personal level. It was also a chance for me to get up there and thank the people I wanted to thank. It means a lot to me to say in a public way how much I love doing the show and what a great gift it has been for me and to thank the people who are a part of it. ”

“ Everyone's hearts are in the right place when you do a small movie. You're not doing it for the money; you're not doing it for the possibility of an Oscar nomination. You are doing it because you love the material. ”

“ I have too much respect for the characters I play to make them anything but as real as they can possibly be. I have a great deal of respect for all of them, otherwise I wouldn't do them. And I don't want to screw them by not portraying them honestly. ”

“ Growing up I loved those films like "The Exorcist" or "The Omen" with Lee Remick. The acting was terrific, so I kept watching even though it scared the crap out of me. If you didn't sit through those things, you were a wimp. ”

“ I enjoy fans coming over. I don't do this job and then look to run away from people and hide behind security. I love what I do. If a good play came along I'd grab it, but what I really want is more films. I'm a workhorse actor. ”

Things You May Not Know About Kyra Sedgwick

She is the first cousin, once removed, of actress Edie Sedgwick.

She received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 6356 Hollywood Boulevard.

Her favorite actresses are Diane Keaton, Anjelica Huston, Jessica Lange, and Meryl Streep.

She is often confused with actresses Cameron Diaz and Gwyneth Paltrow.

When she and Kevin Bacon appeared on the PBS show "Finding Your Roots", they discovered that they are very distant cousins (ninth cousins once removed).

Both Kyra and husband Kevin Bacon have starred in historical movies which were set in, and primarily filmed in and around, Baltimore, Maryland. First, Kevin starred in Diner and 22 years later, Kyra starred in Something the Lord Made.

Kyra Sedgwick in The Woodsman (2004).
Sedgwick and Dev Patel in The Road Within (2014).
Sedgwick in The Possession (2012)... top picture with Madison Davenport...
bottom picture with Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Matisyahu, and Natasha Calis.
In The Humbling (2014).
With Dwayne Johnson and Madison Pettis in The Game Plan (2007).
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As Brenda Leigh Johnson in The Closer (2005-2012)... second picture with Corey Reynolds... third picture with Barry Corbin... fourth picture with Michael Paul Chan... fifth picture with Raymond Cruz... sixth picture with Robert Gossett... seventh picture with Kathe Mazur... ninth picture with G.W. Bailey... bottom picture with G.W. Bailey and Tony Denison.
Sedgwick and Haley Joel Osment in Secondhand Lions (2003).
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In Reach Me (2014)... bottom picture with Danny Aiello.
With John Travolta in Phenomenon (1996).
In Personal Velocity: Three Portraits (2002).
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In Just a Kiss (2002)... middle picture with
Marisa Tomei and Ron Eldard... bottom picture with Eldard.
In The Edge of Seventeen (2016).
With Vincent D'Onofrio in Chlorine (2013).
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In Brooklyn Nine-Nine (2014-2015)... middle picture with
Andre Braugher, Terry Crews, and S.E. Perry... bottom picture with Braugher.
Kyra Sedgwick in Big Sky (2014)... first and third pictures with Bella Thorne.