The Info List - Kay Lenz

Kay Ann Lenz (born March 4, 1953)[1] is an American actress. A former child performer, Lenz has worked primarily in television and has won two Emmy Awards.[2]


1 Early years 2 Career 3 Personal life 4 Filmography

4.1 Film 4.2 Television

5 References 6 External links

Early years[edit] Lenz was born in Los Angeles, California, the daughter of Ted Lenz, a producer/commentator father and Kay Miller Lenz, a model/radio engineer mother. She appeared on television as a baby held by a guest on a program that her father produced.[3] Career[edit] Lenz began working as a child actress, beginning with appearances in three episodes of This Is the Life when she was 14,[3] She went on to appear in such television shows as The Andy Griffith Show
The Andy Griffith Show
(under the stage name Kay Ann Kemper), Opie's Group (1967) as well as in stage productions. She made a brief appearance ([4] billed as Kay Ann Kemper) in a small role in American Graffiti
American Graffiti
(1973) as Jane, a girl at a dance.[1] She achieved recognition for her title-role performance as the free spirit who captivates William Holden
William Holden
in Breezy, directed by Clint Eastwood. Lenz made guest appearances in The Streets of San Francisco, Gunsmoke, MacGyver, McCloud, Cannon, and Petrocelli, and played a lead role in the film White Line Fever (1975) before being cast in the miniseries Rich Man, Poor Man in 1976, for which she was nominated for an Emmy Award. She reprised her role for the sequel, Rich Man, Poor Man Book II (1977). Since the 1980s, she has played guest roles in numerous television series. In 1984 she appeared in Rod Stewart's music video for the song "Infatuation". She won an Emmy in 1989 for Midnight Caller.[5] She was also nominated for an Emmy for her role as flinty lawyer Maggie Zombro in the police/legal drama Reasonable Doubts.[6] Personal life[edit] Lenz was the first wife of singer-actor David Cassidy. They married on April 3, 1977,[5][7] and divorced on December 28, 1983.[8] She has no children. Filmography[edit] Film[edit]

Year Title Role Notes[9]

1973 American Graffiti Jane as Kay Ann Kemper

1973 Breezy Edith Alice Breezerman Nominated — Golden Globe Award
Golden Globe Award
for Most Promising Newcomer - Female[3]

1973 Lisa, Bright and Dark Lisa Schilling

1975 White Line Fever Jerri Kane Hummer

1976 Moving Violation[10] Cam Johnson

1976 The Great Scout & Cathouse Thursday Thursday

1978 Mean Dog Blues Linda Ramsey

1978 The Initiation of Sarah Sarah Goodwin

1979 The Passage Leah Bergson

1981 Swan Lake Odile Voice role

1982 Fast-Walking 'Little' Moke

1983 Prisoners of the Lost Universe Carrie Madison

1983 Trial by Terror Karen Armstrong

1986 House Sandy Sinclair Nominated — Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actress

1987 Death Wish 4: The Crackdown Karen Sheldon

1987 Stripped to Kill Detective Cody Sheenan

1988 Fear Sharon Haden

1989 Headhunter Katherine Hall

1989 Physical Evidence Deborah Quinn

1990 Streets Sargent

1991 Shakespeare's Plan 12 from Outer Space Sebastian

1992 Falling From Grace P.J. Parks

1992 Wild West C.O.W.-Boys of Moo Mesa Cowlamity Kate Cudster Voice role

1994 Trapped in Space Gillings

1995 Gunfighter's Moon Linda Yarnell

1995 Shame II: The Secret Ginny Nominated — CableACE Award for Best Supporting Actress in a Movie or Miniseries

1997 Gun, a Car, a Blonde, AA Gun, a Car, a Blonde Peep/Madge

1998 Adventures of Ragtime, TheThe Adventures of Ragtime Detective Hill

2003 Southside Claire Coleman

2013 The Secret Lives of Dorks Mrs. Susie Gibson

2017 The Downside of Bliss Mary


Year Title Role Notes

1972 The Weekend Nun Audree ABC Movie of the Week

1974 Gunsmoke Lettie Aired Feb 11, 1974, S19 E 18, "The Foundling", played an unwed mother

1974 The ABC Afternoon Playbreak Dorie Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Actress in a Daytime Drama Special

1974 Nakia

Episode: "The Hostage"

1974 McCloud Eve Randall Episode: "Barefoot Girls of Bleeker Street"

1975 Petrocelli Janet / Mary Wade Episode: "Face of Evil"

1976 Rich Man, Poor Man Kate Jordache Nominated — Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries
or a Movie

1976 Jigsaw John Miriam Buckley 1 episode

1977 Rich Man, Poor Man Book II Kate Jordache Miniseries

1978 How The West Was Won Doreen 3 episodes

1980 Escape Barbara Chilcoate TV movie

1984 Magnum P.I. Sally DeForest 1 episode

1984 The Fall Guy Kim Donnelly Episode: "Losers Weepers"

1985 Murder She Wrote Jenny Wells 1 episode

1986 Hunter Alicia Fiori Episode: "Scrap Metal"

1987 Starman

Episode: The Probe

1988 Midnight Caller Tina Cassidy 3 episodes Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series (1989) Nominated —Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series (1990)

1991 Reasonable Doubts Maggie Zombro Recurring role (season 1); main role (season 2); 32 episodes Viewers for Quality Television Award for Best Supporting Actress in a Quality Drama Series (1993) Nominated — Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series (1993)

1994 The Tick American Maid Voice role; 21 episodes

1995 Lois & Clark Constance Hunter Episode: "Whine Whine Whine"

1996 Touched by an Angel Rocky McCann 1 episode

1997 Journey of the Heart Marvelle Television film

2000 ER Karen Palmieri 1 episode

2000 The Magnificent Seven Ella Gaines 1 episode

2000–2001 Cover Me Lisa Ramone 2 episode

2001 Once and Again Stephanie Arlen 2 episodes

2002 Law & Order: Special
Victims Unit Linda Cavanaugh 1 episode

2007 House Mrs Bradberry 1 episode

2008 NCIS Connie Quinn Wheeler 1 episode

2009 Cold Case Hillary Rhodes 1 episode

2010 The Closer Mrs Tatem 1 episode

2011 Southland Naomi Chester 1 episode

2013 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Laura Sidle 1 episode

2014 Bones Harriet White 1 episode

2015 Adventure Time Bird Woman/Gunther Voice role; 1 episode


^ a b " Kay Lenz
Kay Lenz
profile at". Movies.yahoo.com. Retrieved 2014-02-06.  ^ " Kay Lenz
Kay Lenz
Biography". All Media Guide
All Media Guide
via The New York Times.  ^ a b c Harris, Harry (February 27, 1974). " Kay Lenz
Kay Lenz
Is Weeping Her Way To Stardom". The Cincinnati Enquirer. Ohio, Cincinnati. Knight Newspapers. p. 6. Retrieved February 24, 2018 – via Newspapers.com.  ^ IMDb
American Graffiti, full cast and crew ^ a b Park, Jeannie; Michael Alexander (November 20, 1989). "After Riding a Lifetime of Ups and Downs, Kay Lenz
Kay Lenz
Hits Her Stride with a Role in Midnight Caller". People. 32 (21). Retrieved 2014-02-11. ... David Cassidy
David Cassidy
when they married in 1977, just 2½ months after meeting on a blind date.  ^ Everett, Todd (November 16, 1992). " Reasonable Doubts Try to Be Nice– What Does It Get You?". Variety. Retrieved November 22, 2017.  ^ Nevada, Marriage Index 1956-2005) ^ California, Divorce Index 1966-1984 ^ " Kay Lenz
Kay Lenz
Biography (1953–)". Film Reference. Retrieved December 26, 2016.  ^ TCM "Moving Violation"

External links[edit]

Kay Lenz
Kay Lenz
on IMDb

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Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series

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(1977) Rita Moreno
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(1978) Alfre Woodard
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(1987) Shirley Knight
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(1988) Kay Lenz
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(1989) Viveca Lindfors
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(1990) Peggy McCay
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(1991) Elaine Stritch
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(1993) Faye Dunaway
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(1994) Shirley Knight
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(1995) Amanda Plummer
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(1996) Dianne Wiest
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(1997) Cloris Leachman
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(1998) Debra Monk
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(1999) Beah Richards
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(2000) Sally Field
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(2001) Patricia Clarkson
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(2002) Alfre Woodard
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(2003) Sharon Stone
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(2004) Amanda Plummer
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(2005) Patricia Clarkson
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(2006) Leslie Caron
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(2007) Cynthia Nixon
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(2008) Ellen Burstyn
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(2012) Carrie Preston
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