Fast Facts

  • Originally majored in German in college before switching to theatre.
  • A founding member of Chicago's famed Steppenwolf Theater (along with John Malkovich and Gary Sinise).
  • Was a short-lived feature player on Saturday Night Live in 1981.
  • Won an Obie Award for playing a prostitute in the stage play Balm in Gilead in 1983.
  • Made film debut in 1985's Desperately Seeking Susan.
  • Starred with daughter Zoe Perry in the stage play Pot Mom.
  • Plays the recurring role of Mary Cooper on The Big Bang Theory, reuniting her with her former Roseanne co-star Johnny Galecki.

Awards

  • 1995, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Series, Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television: Nominee
  • 1993, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Series, Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television: Nominee
  • 1999, Emmy — Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series: Nominee
  • 1994, Emmy — Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series: Winner
  • 2006, Emmy — Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series: Nominee
  • 2006, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series: Nominee
  • 1992, Emmy — Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series: Winner
  • 1993, Emmy — Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series: Winner
  • 2008, Tony — Actress (Featured Role--Play): Nominee
  • 2013, Tony — Actress (Play): Nominee
  • 2015, Critics' Choice Television Awards — Best Guest Performer in a Comedy Series: Nominee
  • 1995, Emmy — Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series: Nominee
  • 2007, Emmy — Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series: Nominee

Relationships

  • Donovan Roth — Son
  • Will Theron Roth — Son
  • Terry Kinney — Ex-significant Other
  • Zoe Perry — Daughter
  • James Metcalf — Father
  • Matt Roth — Husband (separated)
  • Mae Roth — Daughter
  • Jeff Perry — Ex-husband
  • Zoe Akins — Great-aunt
  • Libby Metcalf — Mother

College

  • Illinois State University, Normal, IL (BA in Theater, 1976)

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Details

  • Birth Place: Carbondale, IL
  • Birthday: June 16, 1955, Gemini
  • Profession: Actor
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