Birth Name: Swoosie Kurtz
Birth Place: Omaha, Nebraska, USA
Born on Sept. 6, 1944 in Omaha, NE, Kurtz was raised by her father, Frank Kurtz, an Olympic bronze medalist in diving in 1932 and the Air Force's most decorated bomber pilot during World War II, and her mother, Margo. It was her father who bestowed his only child with her distinctive first name, which derived from the B-17 Flying Fortress, nicknamed the "Swoose" because its unusual design evoked Kay Kyser's big band hit "Alexander the Swoose." A military brat who attended no less than 17 different schools, Kurtz was often poked fun at for having such an odd and invariably mispronounced name. Eventually, she enrolled at the University of Southern California as a drama major, where the typical...
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