Linda Kozlowski is an American actress predominantly known for portraying Sue Charlton in the ‘Crocodile Dundee’ film franchise. She was nominated for a Golden Globe Award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture for the first ‘Crocodile Dundee’ film. A native of Connecticut, Kozlowski has been interested in performing since she was a child. After graduating from the Juilliard School's drama division in 1981, she began her acting career in the theatre scene of New York. In 1982, she made her screen debut in an episode of CBS’ medical drama, ‘Nurse’. Three years later, she starred in the television adaptation of Arthur Miller’s play, ‘The Death of a Salesman’. Kozlowski has appeared in all three Dundee films and had become an international celebrity because of them. However, in the later part of her career, she was getting roles only in direct-to-video films. She was very dissatisfied with her career trajectory and eventually decided to quit acting.
Linda Kozlowski’s first prominent stage role was in an off-Broadway production of ‘How It All Began’, which ran from 1981 to 1982. She appeared alongside Dustin Hoffman, Kate Reid, John Malkovich, and Stephen Lang in the 1984 Broadway production of Arthur Miller’s ‘The Death of a Salesman’. She portrayed Miss Forsythe, a pretty and charming young woman who claims that she has been featured on the covers of several magazines. In the 1985 telefilm adaptation of the play, Kozlowski and the rest of the cast reprised their roles.
She had her onscreen debut in 1982, in a season two episode of ‘Nurse’. In 1986, she worked with her future husband Paul Hogan in the Australian-American action-comedy ‘Crocodile Dundee’. Kozlowski’s character, Sue Charlton, a featured writer working at her father’s newspaper ‘Newsday’, serves as the primary love interest of the protagonist. ‘Crocodile Dundee’ was a massive commercial hit, earning over $300 million at the box office. It also garnered positive reviews from the critics and received multiple award nominations, including the Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress – Motion Picture in 1987 for Kozlowski’s performance. She went on to reprise her role in two sequels of the film, ‘Crocodile Dundee II’ (1988), and ‘Crocodile Dundee in Los Angeles’ (2001). The latter film was also the last project of her career.
In the action comedy, ‘Pass the Ammo’ (1988), Kozlowski starred opposite Bill Paxton, playing a thief. Her character seeks revenge from a corrupt televangelist preacher. That year, she also appeared in the first episode of the miniseries ‘Favorite Son’. She worked with Hogan once more in the 1990 comedy drama ‘Almost an Angel’, playing the role of Rose Garner. Unlike the Crocodile Dundee films, ‘Almost an Angel’ failed both critically and commercially.
In 1993, filmmaker Rodney Gibbons directed Kozlowski, Rod Steiger, and Ron Lea in the horror thriller ‘The Neighbor’. Kozlowski portrayed Mary, the wife of an ageing, deranged gynaecologist. In the 1994 crime thriller ‘Backstreet Justice’, Kozlowski played a policewoman attempting to overcome her father’s reputation as a corrupt cop.
Kozlowski was cast as Emilie Bartlett opposite Gunnar Hellström’s Zorn in the 1994 Scandinavian drama ‘Zorn,’ which was based on the life of Swedish painter Anders Zorn. She worked with Christopher Reeve, Kirstie Alley, Michael Pare, Mark Hamill, and Meredith Salenger in John Carpenter’s science fiction horror ‘Village of the Damned’ (1995).
Kozlowski’s final TV appearance was in the telefilm ‘Shaughnessy’ (1996), which also stars Matthew Settle and Tom Bower. She was progressively becoming frustrated with the roles she was getting and ultimately decided to quit acting. She later said in an interview, “These straight-to-video, schlocky films I was getting were giving me an ulcer, basically because I was the only one on the set that cared about anything... Between that and my biological clock, I decided to give it all away.”
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Family & Personal Life
Born on January 7, 1958, in Fairfield, Connecticut, USA, Linda Kozlowski is the daughter of Helen E. (Parniawska) and Stanley M. Kozlowski. She studied at Fairfield's Andrew Warde High School, graduating in 1976. She then enrolled at Juilliard School's drama division from where she received her degree in 1981.
Kozlowski has been married twice. Not much is known about her first husband. The marriage began and ended prior to her finding success as an actress. She met Hogan while they were shooting ‘Crocodile Dundee’. At the time, Hogan was married to his first wife, Noelene Edwards. Hogan and Edwards subsequently divorced and he married Kozlowski on May 5, 1990. They have a son together, named Chance. In October 2013, Kozlowski began divorce proceedings, citing irreconcilable differences. It was finalised on July 23, 2014.