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The Panic in Needle Park
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Kitty Michelle Winn (born February 21, 1944) is an American actress.
Winn was born in Washington, D.C. She spent much of her childhood time traveling to China, India and Japan. She made her Broadway debut in 1969 in The Three Sisters, and won Best Actress at the 1971 Cannes Film Festival for her role opposite Al Pacino in The Panic in Needle Park. She also starred in New York`s Shakespeare in the Park production of Hamlet.
She is perhaps best known for her role as Sharon in the Academy Award winning motion picture The Exorcist, and again in Exorcist II: The Heretic. Her last film was Mirrors in 1978, in which she took the lead role of Marriane, who has been cursed. In the late 1970s, she was an Artist-in-Residence at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.
Katherine Tupper ("Kitty") Winn was born in Washington, D.C. As the daughter of an army officer she travel widely during much of her childhood, including, time spent in United States, England, Germany, China, India and Japan.
Her career has spanned a wide range of drama productions on stage, in motion pictures and on television. She studied acting at Centenary Junior College and Boston University, graduating from the latter in 1966. During her college years Winn acted in student productions at Centenary Junior College, Boston University, and Harvard College and summer stock for two summers at The Priscilla Beach Theatre south of Boston. Shortly after college she joined the company at American Conservatory Theater in San Francisco where she remained for four years under the artistic direction of William Ball.
In the fall of 1970 Kitty left American Conservatory Theater to play opposite Al Pacino in the film "Panic in Needle Park." She won the Best Actress award at the 1971 Cannes Film Festival for her role in this film. Although she went on to do several more films, "The Exorcist" among them, she always returned to her great love, the theatre.
Kitty retired in 1978, returning to play Cordelia in "The Tragedy of King Lear" for KCET in 1983. She retired for a second time, not returning to the stage until 2011 when she played the lead in "The Last Romance" at the San Jose Repertory Theatre. For this performance she was nominated for a best actress award by the San Francisco Bay Area Theatre Critics Circle.
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Kitty Winn (born February 21, 1944) is an award-winning American actress.
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