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Bebe Neuwirth Biography

Birth Name:
Beatrice Neuwirth
Birth Place:
Newark, New Jersey, United States
Actor, dancer, singer

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


  • 1999Emmy-Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie: nominated
  • 1991Emmy-Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series: winner
  • 1990Emmy-Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series: winner


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