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Stephanie Kurtzuba has been on the big screen for quite a while and is an icon in her own right. With a career spanning two decades, she has become a highly recognised face in show business, bagging several major roles in both television and films.

However, Kurtzuba did not just get her big break overnight; the veteran actress began honing her skills on stage before transitioning to the screen.

Stephanie Kurtzuba’s biography

Stephanie Kurtzuba

Stephanie Kurtzuba is an American actress with a versatile career spanning film, television and theatre. Born on December 20, 1972, in Nebraska, USA, she completed her high school education at Omaha Central High School.

Kurtzuba started her career in Omaha, Nebraska. She demonstrated a love of acting at an early age by taking part in neighbourhood theatre plays. She landed her first role as an orphan pickpocket in the musical “Oliver” at the age of 10. Her participation in pageantry saw her clinch the Miss Nebraska Pre-teen title.

She is 5′ 4″ (1.63 m) tall. In addition to her successful career, she takes pride in her roles as a wife and mother and has continued to excel in both spheres of life.

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Stephanie Kurtzuba’s career

Following her graduation from school, Kurtzuba embarked on her journey in the entertainment world by participating in experimental off-Broadway productions. In 2003, she joined the Broadway production of The Boy From Oz, contributing as part of a backup trio to Hugh Jackman. This set the stage for a series of significant roles.

Kurtzuba displayed her skill on the Broadway stage as a part of the original Broadway productions of “Mary Poppins” in 2006 and “Billy Elliot the Musical” in 2008. Her prominence in the theatre world was cemented by her memorable highlights from the Tony Awards in 2007 and 2009.

Off-Broadway, she further showcased her versatility in productions like “The Joys of Sex”, directed by Jeremy Dobrish; “Our Lady of 121st St.”, a 2018 revival of Stephen Adly Guirgis’ play; and “Bat Boy: The Musical”, directed by Scott Schwartz at the Union Square Theatre.

Stephanie Kurtzuba as Captain Mcnichols
Stephanie Kurtzuba as Captain Mcnichols

Transitioning to the film industry, Kurtzuba portrayed Mrs. Kovacevic in the 2014 film adaptation of Annie. Her performance garnered praise in notable publications such as the Los Angeles Times and Variety

She starred in Martin Scorsese’s The Wolf of Wall Street as Kimmie Belzer, a single mother and the only female stockbroker at the company. The actress continued to leave her mark with appearances in films like The Irishman, Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close and Away We Go.

With recurrent parts in hit shows like The Good Wife, where she played “Olivia”, and Blue Bloods, where she played Sergeant (later Captain) “Paula McNichols”, Kurtzuba has continued to showcase her dexterity in the acting sub-sector of the entertainment industry.

Kurtzuba has also appeared on television series such as The Leftovers, Law & Order: SVU, Elementary and Bull. Her dramatic skills were also on display in the play, A Mother, A Daughter and A Gun.

Stephanie Kurtzuba’s movies

Stephanie Kurtzuba selfie

Kurtzuba has been a part of the acting industry for two decades. Throughout her illustrious career, the veteran actress has starred in a diverse array of movies and television shows. Additionally, she has made significant contributions to the theatre sphere.

Below is an outline of the movies and shows she has appeared in over the years, according to Wikipedia:

Film:

  • 2004: Knots, as Sheila
  • 2008: Parting Words, as Brenda Turko
  • 2009: Away We Go, as Performance Mum
  • 2011: Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close, -as Elaine Black
  • 2013: The Wolf of Wall Street, as Kimmie Belzer
  • 2014: Before I Disappear, as Blonde Woman
  • Annie, as Mrs. Kovacevic
  • 2018: To Dust, as Receptionist
  • 2019: Bad Education, as Carol Schweitzer
  • The Irishman, as Irene Sheeran
  • 2023: The Machine, -as  LeeAnn Kreischer

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Television:

  • 2004: Law & Order, as Janet (Episode: “The Brotherhood”)
  • 2006: Related, as Waitress (Episode: “His Name Is Ruth”)
  • Numb3rs, as Publicist (Episode: “All’s Fair”)
  • 2010–2014: The Good Wife, as Olivia (4 episodes)
  • 2013: Elementary, as Eileen Rourke (Episode: “Risk Management”)
  • Do No Harm, as Nadia Cross (Episode: “Six Feet Deep”)
  • 2014: The Leftovers, as Sabrina (2 episodes)
  • Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, as Joan Harris (Episode: “Glasgowman’s Wrath”)
  • 2016: Chicago P.D. as Detective Ricci (Episode: “The Silos”)
  • 2017: #MotherJudger, as Deb (Web series)
  • 2018: Bull, as Rebecca Lexington (Episode: “Kill Shot”)
  • Waco, as Carol Noesner (Miniseries; 3 episodes)
  • 2019 & 2022: Blue Bloods, as Sergeant/Captain Paula McNichols (Recurring)
  • 2020: Grey’s Anatomy, as Opal (2 episodes)
  • 2021: Station 19, as Opal (Episode: “Train in Vain”)
  • Dynasty: Katie Loftland (2 episodes)
  • 2022: The Watcher, as Helen Graff (Episode: “Götterdämmerung”)
  • 2022–present: Tulsa King, as Clara Truisi (Recurring)

Broadway Theatre:

  • 2003-2004: The Boy From Oz, as back-up
  • 2006-2007: Mary Poppins, Swing
  • 2008-2009: Billy Elliot: The Musical, as Lesley (Also played Mum and dancer)

Stephanie Kurtzuba’s net worth

While the veteran actress has not publicly confirmed her exact net worth, online sources suggest that Kurtzuba is valued at approximately $1.4 million.

Stephanie Kurtzuba family

Stephanie Kurtzuba with her family

Kurtzuba married Joshua Coakley in 2005 after meeting during a performance at the Alley Theatre in Houston, where Coakley worked in the props department.

The couple currently resides in New York City and have two sons.

Kurtzuba and her father and two siblings co-own the West Lanes Bowling Centre in Omaha, Nebraska. The bowling alley, built by her maternal grandparents in 1955, is a family business.

In addition to her acting career, Kurtzuba has been a brand ambassador for Red Baron Pizza since 2017.

Stephanie Kurtzuba’s age

Kurtzuba is currently 51 years old and will turn 52 in 2024. She was born under the Sagittarius zodiac sign.

Stephanie Kurtzuba Instagram

Kurtzuba has an active Instagram following, having joined the platform in 2015. Since then, she has regularly shared images and videos and provided fans and the general public with a peek into her personal life. Her posts include behind-the-scenes content, photos from sets, moments with family, as well as professional photoshoots. Her Instagram account is the username @skurtzuba.

Despite her noticeable presence in Hollywood, Kurtzuba does not boast a massive following on the platform compared to some of her colleagues in the business. As of the time of writing this article, she has 7,414 followers on Instagram.

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