Amazon-Video Comedy Central Showtime Apple TV+ DC Universe Disney Plus YouTube Premium HBO Max Peacock Netflix Vudu HBO Go Hulu Plus Amazon Prime CBS All Access Verizon

Join or Sign In

Sign in to customize your TV listings

Continue with Facebook Continue with email

By joining TV Guide, you agree to our Terms of Use and acknowledge the data practices in our Privacy Policy.

Mercedes Ruehl Biography

Birth Place:
Queens, New York, United States
Profession
Actor

Fast Facts

  • Is of Irish, German and Cuban ancestry
  • Put on operas in her backyard when she was a little girl
  • Once worked as the Sauza Tequila rooster for an event, which required her to wear a rooster costume
  • Other pre-success jobs included waitress, department-store clerk and milkmaid at an ice-cream shop
  • Studied acting with the legendary Uta Hagen
  • Gave up a baby for adoption during her 20s
  • Years later she hired a private investigator to locate him; they reconnected and have since formed a good relationship
  • Her 1985 Broadway debut in I'm Not Rappaport came about by chance: the actress originally chosen to play Clara broke her leg, necessitating a last-minute cast substitution
  • Reported to the Married to the Mob set on its first day with a bad case of poison ivy

Awards

  • 1992Golden Globe-Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture: winner
  • 1991Oscar-Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role: winner
  • 1990Los Angeles Film Critics Association-Best Actress: winner

Relationships

  • Vincent Peter Ruehl--Brother
  • Nathan Lewis--Ex-significant Other
  • Vincent Ruehl--Father
  • David Geiser--Husband
  • Mercedes Ruehl--Mother
  • Christopher--Son
  • Jake Xavier Ruehl Geiser--Son