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Kate Capshaw, known for being the wife of Star Wars’ Harrison Ford, will be receiving an honorary Oscar tonight for her career-long career in film.
Kathleen Sue Spielberg (née Nail), known professionally as Kate Capshaw, is an American retired actress, best known for her portrayal of Willie Scott, an American nightclub singer and performer in Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom (1984), directed by eventual husband Steven Spielberg. Since then, she starred in Dreamscape (1984), Power (1986), SpaceCamp (1986), Black Rain (1989), Love Affair (1994), Just Cause (1995) and The Love Letter (1999).
Best known for playing Willie Scott in future husband Steven Spielberg's "Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom" (1984), actress Kate Capshaw also enjoyed leading roles in "Windy City" (1984), "SpaceCamp" (1986) and "The Love Letter" (1999). Born in Fort Worth, TX in 1953, Capshaw graduated from the University of Missouri with a Bachelor's in History Education and Master's in Special Education, and spent two years teaching children with learning disabilities before moving to New York to chase her acting dreams. She made her screen debut in 1981 with a six-week stint on long-running soap opera "The Edge of Night" (CBS, 1956-1984), and a year later shared top billing as elementary school teacher Katherine in romantic comedy "A Little Sex" (1982) and played law clerk Elaine Rogers in TV movie "Missing Children: A Mother's Story" (1982). Capshaw got her big break when she won the role of nightclub singer love interest Willie Scott in "Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom" (1984), the second installment of the adventure franchise directed by the man she would marry seven years later, Steven Spielberg. Following the box-office hit, Capshaw played Dudley Moore's wife in comedy "Best Defense" (1984), scientist Jane DeVries in sci-fi horror "Dreamscape" (1984), the one that got away in relationship drama "Windy City" (1984) and Richard Gere's assistant in political tale "Power" (1986). Capshaw then enjoyed leading lady status as NASA-trained astronaut Andie Bergstrom in space adventure "SpaceCamp" (1986) and reluctant secret agent Annie in TV movie "Her Secret Life" (1987), starred opposite Tom Conti in western "The Quick and the Dead" (1987) and played Joanna Gates in murder mystery "Internal Affairs" (1988). After showing up as nightclub hostess Joyce in Ridley Scott's action thriller "Black Rain" (1989), Capshaw played a bigamist's wife in film noir "Love at Large" (1990), widowed mother in western "My Heroes Have Always Been Cowboys" (1991) and schoolteacher in warring neighbor comedy "Next Door" (1994). She also landed her first recurring role when she was cast as private eye client Margo Cody in the crime drama spoof "Black Tie Affair" (NBC, 1993), played the partners of Warren Beatty and Sean Connery in "Love Affair" (1994) and "Just Cause" (1995), respectively, and starred opposite a young Tobey Maguire in the Oscar-nominated short "Duke of Groove" (1996). Capshaw then played Winona Ryder's mother in the adaptation of Whitney Otto's debut novel, "How to Make an American Quilt" (1996), an alcoholic widow in small town drama "A Secret Sin" (1997) and single mother in crime comedy "The Alarmist" (1997). She then took the leading role of middle-aged bookseller Helen MacFarquhar in "The Love Letter" (1999), a romantic comedy she also produced, and enjoyed a memorable role of a bisexual ad executive who goes on a date with Elle Macpherson's lawyer in all-female ensemble "A Girl Thing" (2001). But following a supporting role in coming-of-age "Due East" (2002), Capshaw decided to retire from the film industry. (Source: www.rottentomatoes.com)
Kate Capshaw was born Kathleen Sue Nail in Fort Worth, Texas, to Beverley Sue (Simon), a beautician and travel agent, and Edwin Leon Nail, an airline employee. Capshaw worked as a teacher with an MA in Learning Disabilities. Her desire to be an actress led her to New York where she landed a role on the soap The Edge of Night (1956). She met her future husband, Steven Spielberg while beating out 120 actresses for the female lead in Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom (1984). (Source: www.amazon.com)