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Oct. 31, 2003

UI Graduate Mary Beth Hurt Returns To Theatre Department

Film and stage actress Mary Beth Hurt, a native of Marshalltown and a graduate of the University of Iowa Department of Theatre Arts, will teach UI students about "acting for the camera" while she is a guest of the department Nov. 5-7.

Hurt made her film debut in 1978, in Woody Allen's "Interiors." Her many other films include "Head Over Heels," "The World According to Garp", "DARYL," "Affliction", "Defenseless," "Compromising Positions," "The Age of Innocence," "Baby Girl Scott," "Chilly Scenes of Winter," "A Change of Seasons," "Bringing Out the Dead" and "Six Degrees of Separation."

In the film "From the Journals of Jean Seberg," Hurt portrayed another famous actress who grew up in Marshalltown.

For her work on-stage, Hurt has won two Obie Awards and been nominated three times for the Tony Award. Her theatrical credits include "Trelawney of the Wells" with the New York Shakespeare Festival, "Love for Love" with the Phoenix Repertory Company and the Broadway production of "Crimes of the Heart."

She has also appeared in guest roles on several TV series, including "Law and Order," "thirtysomething" and "Kojak."

Hurt arrived at the UI as Mary Beth Supinger. Following her graduation from the UI in 1969 she trained at the New York University School of the Arts and in London. She first achieved success while married to actor William Hurt, so she kept that professional surname.

The Department of Theatre Arts is a unit of the Division of Performing Arts in the UI College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

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