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Kay Lenz

Highest Rated:   96% American Graffiti (1973)
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Birthplace:   Los Angeles, California, USA
Thrushlike American actress Kay Lenz was most effectively cast as hippielike free spirits, even though she rose to prominence after the "flower child" craze had come and gone. After a lot of TV work, Lenz was given her big movie break in director Clint Eastwood's Breezy (1973) as the teenybopper girl friend of middle-aged businessman William Holden. Kay followed this triumph with an Emmy-winning performance in the 1974 ABC Afternoon Playbreak special "Hearts in Hiding." After another good movie assignment in the above-average Canadian actioner White Line Fever, Kay was cast as one of the title characters in The Great Scout and Cathouse Thursday (1976), portraying a gold-hearted (and light-headed) whore in the old west. Though heavily promoted, the film was a failure, and Lenz had to step down from the ranks of Movie Star to become an actress again -- which she did, in the TV miniseries Rich Man Poor Man. Amidst indifferent movie roles, solid TV work and occasional cartoon voiceover assignments, Kay returned to the forefront of public consciousness in 1988, winning her second Emmy for her guest role as an embittered AIDS victim on the TV series Midnight Caller. This scorching performance assured that Kay Lenz would never, ever be written off as merely the wife of one-time teen idol David Cassidy.

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Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
No Score Yet More Beautiful for Having Been Broken
  • Cassandra
2019
No Score Yet Swan Lake
  • Actor
2014
11% The Secret Lives Of Dorks
  • Mrs. Susie Gibson
2013
No Score Yet Southside
  • Travis's Mom
2003
No Score Yet The Adventures of Ragtime
  • Actor
1998
No Score Yet Adventures of Ragtime
  • Detective Hill
1998
No Score Yet A Gun, a Car, a Blonde
  • Peep/Madge
1997
No Score Yet Gunfighter's Moon
  • Linda Yarnell
1995
No Score Yet Trapped in Space
  • Gillings
1995
No Score Yet Shame II The Secret
  • Actor
1995
No Score Yet Against Their Will: Women in Prison (Caged Seduction: The Shocking True Story)
  • Lisa
1994
75% Falling from Grace
  • P.J.
1992
No Score Yet Streets
  • Lieutenant
1990
No Score Yet Hitler's Daughter
  • Actor
1990
No Score Yet Murder by Night
  • Actor
1989
22% Physical Evidence
  • Deborah Quinn
1989
No Score Yet Headhunter
  • Actor
1989
No Score Yet Fear
  • Sharon Haden
1988
14% Death Wish 4: The Crackdown
  • Karen Sheldon
1987
No Score Yet Stripped to Kill
  • Detective Cody Sheenan
1987
62% House (Ding Dong, You're Dead)
  • Sandy Sinclair
1986
No Score Yet Moving Violations
  • Actor
1985
No Score Yet Prisoners of the Lost Universe
  • Carrie Madison
1983
No Score Yet Fast-Walking
  • Moke
1982
No Score Yet The Passage
  • Leah Bergson
1979
No Score Yet Sanctuary of Fear
  • Carol Bain
1979
No Score Yet The Initiation of Sarah
  • Sarah Goodwin
1978
No Score Yet Mean Dog Blues
  • Linda Ramsey
1978
No Score Yet Moving Violation
  • Cam Johnson
1977
No Score Yet The Great Scout & Cathouse Thursday (Wildcat)
  • Thursday
1976
No Score Yet White Line Fever
  • Jerri Kane Hummer
1975
No Score Yet Breezy
  • Edith Alice Breezerman ('Breezy')
1973
96% American Graffiti
  • Jane
1973

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
90% Bones
2005-2017
  • Harriet White
  • 2014
No Score Yet CSI: Crime Scene Investigation
2000-2015
  • Laura Sidle
  • 2013
No Score Yet Cold Case
2003-2010
  • Hillary Rhodes
  • 2009
No Score Yet NCIS
2003
  • Connie Quinn Wheeler
  • 2008
45% Heartland
2007
  • Nadine
  • 2007
90% House
2004-2012
  • Mrs. Bradberry
  • 2007
78% Law & Order: Special Victims Unit
1999
  • Linda Cavanaugh
  • 2002
No Score Yet Once and Again
1999-2002
  • Stephanie Arlyn
  • 2001
No Score Yet ER
1994-2009
  • Karen Palmieri Karen
  • 2000
33% The Magnificent Seven
1998-2000
  • Ella
  • 2000
No Score Yet Touched by an Angel
1994-2003
  • Actor
  • 1997
  • 1996
86% Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman
1993-1997
  • Constance Hunter
  • 1995
No Score Yet The Tick
1994-1996
  • Voice
  • 1995
  • 1994
97% Moonlighting
1985-1989
  • Melissa
  • 1987
No Score Yet Hunter
1984-1991
  • Alicia Fiori
  • 1986
No Score Yet MacGyver
1985-1992
  • Kelly Nelson
  • 1985
No Score Yet Murder, She Wrote
1984-1996
  • Jennie
  • 1985
No Score Yet Hill Street Blues
1981-1987
  • Actor
  • 1984
No Score Yet Magnum, P.I.
1980-1988
  • Sally DeForrest
  • 1984
No Score Yet Gunsmoke
1955-1975
  • Lettie
  • 1974
No Score Yet The Streets of San Francisco
1972-1977
  • Sarah
  • 1973
No Score Yet Ironside
1967-1975
  • Stephanie
  • 1972
No Score Yet Charles in Charge
1984-1990
  • Joan Robinson
50% Reasonable Doubts
1993
  • Maggie Zombro

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