Kathleen Turner is telling critics that she is not afraid to be comfortable in her own skin. She has been an avid self-advocate, speaking up about her struggles with arthritis and combating society’s rigid standards for how women in the spotlight should age.
With a voice that is unmistakable and a presence that commands attention, Kathleen Turner has been a Hollywood icon for decades. From her breakout role in Body Heat, to her memorable performances in Romancing the Stone and The War of the Roses, she has always been a force to be reckoned with on the big screen.
But as she approached her forties, Turner faced a new challenge when she was diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis, a chronic inflammatory disorder that affects the joints. Despite being told by one doctor that she may never walk again, she changed doctors and reinvented herself as a stage actor, winning acclaim for her performances in Cat on a Hot Tin Roof on Broadway and The Graduate in London.
Through it all, Turner has remained a champion of self-love and body positivity. She has never been interested in diets or changing herself to appeal to others. Instead, she enjoys food and wine, and focuses on enjoying life to the fullest.
Turner, at 60, is content with her life and choices. She cherishes her relationship with her daughter and supportive friendships. She has many options and desires to continue acting in movies and on stage. Above all, Turner fiercely advocates for self-love and body positivity, defining herself without allowing others to define her.