Waiting was never a problem for Linda Kozlowski. The actress went from waiting tables to selling headgears on the side of the street but never took on a role she didn’t like. And sure enough, Kozlowski got her big break in 1986, when she was cast in the movie, Crocodile Dundee, the unlikeliest box office hit of the year. But the movie defied expectations and shot Kozlowski into the list of A-list actors. And even though her roles have diminished over the years, Kozlowski, to this day, gets recognized for her role in the movie.
Linda Kozlowski was born on the 7th of January 1958, in Fairfield, Connecticut. Born to Polish parents, Stanislaw ‘Stanley’ Kozlowski and Helena Parniawska, Kozlowski attended Andrew Warde High School. Following her graduation in 1976, Kozlowski enrolled at the Juilliard School’s drama division. She graduated in 1981.
From waiting tables to superstar:
Kozlowski began her career as an actress with the Broadway production, How It All Began in 1981-82. At the same time, Kozlowski took on a number of odd jobs from waiting tables to selling protective helmets to crowds watching fireworks from Manhattan’s West Side Highway. However, things changed for Kozlowski in 1985, when she was cast as the female lead in the Australian movie, Crocodile Dundee. Kozlowski starred opposite Paul Hogan in the movie, and while most of the cast were left worried if Kozlowski, a native New Yorker, could pull off the movie given Australia’s harsh conditions, they knew that she was a star in waiting. The movie catapulted Kozlowski’s fame making her one of the most talked-about actresses at the time. Kozlowski, herself, has been open about the influence of Crocodile Dundee on her life.
“I skipped a bunch of steps. I went from knocking on doors and hearing, ‘No, no, no,’ to getting scripts sent to me. I’ve been really lucky that way. I’ve never had to do anything I didn’t believe in. Sometimes that meant being poor and waitressing a while longer, but I’ve always stuck with it.”
In 1987, Kozlowski was also nominated for a Golden Globe award in the Best Supporting Actress category for her performance as Sue Charlton. She reprised her role as Sue two years later in Crocodile Dundee II and was also cast alongside Bill Paxton, Tim Curry, and Annie Potts in Pass the Ammo and the TV miniseries Favorite Son. Since her early years, Kozlowski has been seen in movies including, Almost an Angel (1990), The Neighbor (1993), Backstreet Justice (1994), Zorn (1994), Village of the Damned (1995), and lastly on Crocodile Dundee in Los Angeles (2001).
Giving up acting:
Despite her early success in acting and her penchant for going for roles which she felt were best suited for her, Kozlowski has effectively given up on acting. She was last seen on Crocodile Dundee in Los Angeles in 2001 and has since given up on acting. In a news article published in the Herald-Journal, Kozlowski highlighted her reasons for doing so.
“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.”
American actress Linda Kozlowski has an estimated net worth of USD 10 Millions.
For the longest time, Linda Kozlowski was married to Paul Hogan. When the pair first met, Hogan was already married with five kids. However, the pull became too strong for either of them to resist, and Hogan and Kozlowski tied the knot on the 5th of May 1990, in a lavish wedding in Australia. The pair had a single child, Chance Hogan, who was born in 1998. The pair remained married for a good 23 years before Kozlowski filed for divorce citing irreconcilable differences. She has since moved on with a local tour guide, Moulay Hafid Baba, and lives in Morocco. She is the owner of the Moroccan tour company, Dream My Destiny.