Rhea Perlman

  • Birth Place: Brooklyn, New York, United States
  • Profession: Actor, Writer, Producer, Voice-overs
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Fast Facts

  • Met future husband Danny DeVito in 1970 after watching an off-Broadway play in which he appeared.
  • Breakout role was in Hot Dogs for Gauguin (1972), which also marked her and DeVito's first film together.
  • Forayed into TV sitcoms in 1979 as Zena Sherman, the girlfriend of DeVito's character Louie De Palma, in Taxi.
  • Formed the production company New Street Productions with DeVito.
  • One of three actors to appear in every episode of Cheers (George Wendt and Ted Danson are the other two).
  • Published a series of children's books titled Otto Undercover.
  • Acted opposite her daughter Lucy in both New York and L.A. productions of the play Love, Loss, and What I Wore.
  • Well-known for her support of children's charities; among them are Children's Action Network and Children's Hospital Los Angeles Diabetes Center.

Awards

  • 1988, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Series, Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television: Nominee
  • 1988, Emmy — Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series: Nominee
  • 1992, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Series, Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television: Nominee
  • 1990, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Series, Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television: Nominee
  • 1989, Emmy — Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series: Winner
  • 1983, Emmy — Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy, Variety or Music Series: Nominee
  • 1985, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Series, Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television: Nominee
  • 1993, Emmy — Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series: Nominee
  • 1990, Emmy — Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series: Nominee
  • 1991, Emmy — Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series: Nominee
  • 1987, Emmy — Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series: Nominee
  • 1984, Emmy — Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series: Winner
  • 1985, Emmy — Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series: Winner
  • 1986, Emmy — Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series: Winner
  • 1987, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Series, Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television: Nominee
  • 1989, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Series, Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television: Nominee

Relationships

  • Danny DeVito — Husband (separated)
  • Lucy DeVito — Daughter
  • Gracie Fan DeVito — Daughter
  • Jacob Daniel DeVito — Son
  • Adele Perlman — Mother
  • Heide Perlman — Sister
  • Phil Perlman — Father

College

  • City University of New York, Hunter College, New York, New York, United States (BA in Drama, 1968)
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