Born Kathleen Sue Nail in Forth Worth, TX, Kate Capshaw, moved to New York to pursue her dream of acting, landing her first role on the soap opera The Edge of Night.
Kate took the surname Capshaw upon her marriage to Robert Capshaw. They had one child, actress Jessica Capshaw, and eventually divorced.
Capshaw met director Steven Spielberg upon winning the female lead (from a pool of 120 actresses) as Willie Scott in the blockbuster film Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom, her claim to fame.
Capshaw converted to Judaism and wed the billionaire director Spielberg on October 12, 1991. Capshaw has a step son, Max, as well as five children the couple have together. Of the five, one boy and one girl are adopted, one being a transracial adoption.