Fast Facts

  • Danced with the Princeton Ballet Company as a junior ballerina before moving to New York.
  • Majored in dance for two years at Juilliard before leaving to pursue a career on Broadway.
  • Broadway debut was as a replacement in A Chorus Line, as Sheila.
  • Left Cheers and the character of Dr. Lilith Sternin-Crane at her own request to pursue film roles and other commitments.
  • Appeared in a series of M&M commercials in 1995.
  • Ten years after originating the role of Velma Kelly in Chicago, she returned to the show in 2006 playing the other lead, Roxie Hart.
  • Received an Actors Fund Medal of Honor in 2011 for her work with the group, which provides support to members of the entertainment industry.


  • 1991, Emmy — Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series: Winner
  • 1990, Emmy — Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series: Winner
  • 1999, Emmy — Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie: Nominee
  • 1997, Tony — Actress (Musical): Winner
  • 1986, Tony — Actress (Featured Role--Musical): Winner
  • 1995, Emmy — Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series: Nominee


  • Chris Calkins — Husband
  • Lee Paul Neuwirth — Father
  • Peter Neuwirth — Brother
  • Sydney Anne Neuwirth — Mother
  • Michael Danek — Ex-fiancé
  • Paul Dorman — Ex-husband


  • Attended The Juilliard School, New York, NY

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  • Birth Name: Beatice Neuwirth
  • Birth Place: Newark, NJ
  • Profession: Actor, Dancer, Singer

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