Swoosie Kurtz

Perigee Books, a division of Penguin Group (USA), announced today the acquisition of beloved film, television, and stage performer Swoosie Kurtz's memoir, PART SWAN, PART GOOSE: An Uncommon Memoir of Womanhood, Work, and Family. Publisher John Duff acquired world rights to the book from Ian Kleinert at Objective Entertainment. The book will be published in Spring 2014.

In a wise, warmhearted memoir that chronicles her unconventional life and long-lived career, Swoosie Kurtz, with collaborator Joni Rodgers, welcomes readers into her world, sharing just the right combination of personal misadventure, showbiz lore, and touching family history. Kurtz candidly reflects on the right choices that empowered her, the wrong choices that enlightened her, and the intimate journey of caring for an aging parent.

“I have been a long-time fan of Swoosie Kurtz and am thrilled about the opportunity to work with her on what will surely be a remarkable memoir,” says Perigee Publisher, John Duff. “While I admit to being somewhat star-struck, her story resonated deeply with me on many levels – and I am sure will do so with many readers of all ages and backgrounds."

Currently starring in the CBS hit series Mike & Molly, Swoosie Kurtz is a treasure of American theatre and a celebrated film and television veteran. Her distinctive name comes from The Swoose, the famed B-17 bomber flown by her father, Col. Frank Kurtz, the most decorated Air Force pilot of World War II. Swoosie’s mother, Margo Rogers Kurtz, whom the actress currently cares for, is the author of the homefront memoir My Rival, the Sky (Putnam, 1945.) Swoosie’s incredibly close relationship with both her parents is lovingly detailed in PART SWAN, PART GOOSE.

A multiple Tony, Emmy, Obie and Drama Desk Award winner, Swoosie is a Broadway icon whose work also encompasses big screen blockbusters like Liar, Liar and Dangerous Liaisons, indie favorites like Citizen Ruth, True Stories and Cruel Intentions and beloved TV hits including Sisters and Pushing Daisies.

Told with intelligence, humor, and remarkable candor, PART SWAN, PART GOOSE is Swoosie Kurtz’s powerful look back at a life filled with unique choices, a wide-ranging career, and special relationships with family, friends, and colleagues.

Joni Rodgers has collaborated on several celebrity memoirs, including A Little Bit Wicked by Kristin Chenoweth.

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