Rhea Perlman Biography (1948-)

Born March 31, 1948, in Brooklyn, NY; daughter of Philip (a doll and toy partsalesman and actor) and Adele Perlman; married Danny DeVito (an actor), 1981(some sources cite January 8 or 28, 1982); children: Lucy Chet, Gracie Fan,Jake Daniel Sebastian. Addresses: Agent: Creative Artists Agency, 9830Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills, CA 90212-1804; International Creative Management, 8942 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills, CA 90211.; Publicist: Stan Rosenfield & Associates, 2029 Century Park East, Suite 1190, Los Angeles, CA 90067.

Actress, producer
Birth Details
March 31, 1948
Brooklyn, New York, United States

Famous Works

  • Television Appearances
  • Series
  • Vince's wife, Likely Stories, Vol. 2, 1983
  • Carla (Maria Victoria Angelina Teresa Apollonia Lozupone) Tortelli LeBec,Cheers, NBC, 1982-1993
  • Pearl Caraldo (title role), Pearl, CBS, 1996
  • Abbie Schaeffer, Kate Brasher, CBS, 2001
  • Movies
  • Rae Finer, I Want to Keep My Baby!, CBS, 1976
  • Jean, Stalk the Wild Child, NBC, 1976
  • Cheryl, Having Babies II, ABC, 1977
  • Judy, Mary Jane Harper Cried Last Night, CBS, 1977
  • Intimate Strangers (also known as Battered!), ABC, 1977
  • Jan, Like Normal People, ABC, 1979
  • Tawney Shapiro, Drop-Out Father, CBS, 1982
  • Francine Kester, The Ratings Game (also known as The Mogul), The Movie Channel, 1984
  • Claudia, Dangerous Affection (also known as Stamp of a Killer), NBC, 1987
  • Shirley, To Grandmother's House We Go, ABC, 1992
  • Jerri Blair, A Place To Be Loved (also known as A Place To Be and Shattered Family), CBS, 1993
  • Emma, Spoils of War (also known as In Spite of Love), ABC,1994
  • Esther, Houdini, TNT, 1998
  • Phyllis Markowitz, In the Doghouse, Showtime, 1998
  • Ms. Beezlebug, H-E Double Hockey Sticks, ABC, 1999
  • Thelma, A Tail of Two Bunnies (also known as The Price of Beauty), ABC, 2000
  • Dr. Parella, Secret Cutting (also known as Painful Secretsand Le secret de Dawn), USA Network, 2000
  • Jackie Kennedy, How to Marry a Billionaire: A Christmas Tale (alsoknown as How to Marry a Billionaire), Fox, 2000
  • Also appeared in the movie Death of a Sibling.
  • Specials
  • The NBC All-Star Hour, NBC, 1985
  • Voice of Rose Johnson, "Happily Ever After," WonderWorks (animated), PBS, 1985
  • NBC's 60th Anniversary Celebration, NBC, 1986
  • (Uncredited) Comic Relief, 1986
  • Mickey's 60th Birthday Special, NBC, 1988
  • Candid Camera: The First Forty Years, CBS, 1987
  • Constitutional caterer, Funny, You Don't Look 200 (also known as Funny, You Don't Look 200: A Constitutional Vaudeville), ABC, 1987
  • Sesame Street Special (also known as Put Down the Duckie),PBS, 1988
  • Host, Who Cares for the Children?, PBS, 1988
  • Aunt Dee, A Family Again, ABC, 1988
  • Voice of Rose Johnson, "Two Daddies?," WonderWorks, PBS, 1989
  • Time Warner Presents the Earth Day Special, ABC, 1990
  • Super Bloopers and New Practical Jokes, NBC, 1990
  • Sinatra 75: The Best Is Yet to Come (also known as Frank Sinatra: 75th Birthday Celebration), CBS, 1990
  • "Disneyland's 35th Anniversary Celebration," The Magical World of Disney, NBC, 1990
  • Cheers: Special 200th Episode Celebration, NBC, 1990
  • Miss Gizborne, The Last Halloween, CBS, 1991
  • The Selling of Vince D'Angelo, Showtime, 1992
  • Back to School '92 (also known as Education First!), CBS, 1992
  • Last Call! A Cheers' Celebration, NBC, 1993
  • Best of Taxi (also known as Hey Taxi), CBS, 1994
  • "Worm TV" disc jockey, Sesame Street's All-Star 25th Birthday: Stars and Street Forever, ABC, 1994
  • Earth Day at Walt Disney World, The Disney Channel, 1996
  • Night of About 14 CBS Stars, CBS, 1996
  • (Uncredited) Monty Python's Flying Circus: Live at Aspen (also known as US Comedy Arts Festival Tribute to Monty Python, 1998
  • The Frasier Story, Channel 4, 1999
  • Saturday Night Live: 25th Anniversary Primetime Special, NBC, 1999
  • A Home for the Holidays, CBS, 1999
  • Voice of Agnes, A Scooby-Doo Halloween (animated), Warner Bros., 1999
  • (In archive footage) Mouthing Off: 51 Greatest Smartasses, ComedyCentral, 2000
  • Cheers: The E! True Hollywood Story (documentary), E! Entertainment Television, 2000
  • NBC 75th Anniversary Special, NBC, 2002
  • Awards Presentations
  • The 41st Annual Emmy Awards, Fox, 1989
  • The 3rd Annual American Comedy Awards, ABC, 1989
  • "The Walt Disney Company Presents the American Teacher Awards," The Magical World of Disney, The Disney Channel, 1990
  • The 10th Annual American Comedy Awards, ABC, 1996
  • Pilots
  • Carla Tortelli, The Tortellis, NBC, 1987
  • Mrs. Wabash, Other People's Business, The WB, 2004
  • Episodic
  • Zena Sherman, "Louie and the Nice Girl," Taxi, ABC, 1979
  • Zena Sherman, "Louis Meets the Folks," Taxi, ABC, 1979
  • Zena Sherman, "Louie's Rival," Taxi, ABC, 1980
  • Zena Sherman, "Louie's Fling," Taxi, ABC, 1981
  • Zena Sherman, "Zena's Honeymoon," Taxi, NBC, 1982
  • Annette Lozupone, "Little Sister, Dontcha," Cheers, NBC, 1983
  • Cohost, Saturday Night Live, 1983
  • Carla, "Cheers," St. Elsewhere, 1985
  • Lois, "The Wedding Ring," Amazing Stories, NBC, 1986
  • Saturday Night Live, 1987
  • "The Network," Matlock, NBC, 1987
  • The godmother, "Dad's Girlfriend," Blossom, 1991
  • Connie Mason, "The Stan Who Came to Dinner," Roc, 1991
  • Narrator, "Bootsie Barker Bites," Shelley Duvall's Bedtime Stories, Showtime, 1992
  • The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, 1993
  • Voice of Carla Tortelli LeBec, "Fear of Flying," The Simpsons (animated), Fox, 1994
  • Voice of Ardeth, "Sherman, Woman, and Child," The Critic (animated), 1995
  • Voice of Ardeth, "From Chunk to Hunk," The Critic (animated), 1995
  • The Rosie O'Donnell Show, 1996
  • Late Show with David Letterman, 1996, 1997
  • Mrs. Eileen Mulrooney, "Harassed," Union Square, NBC, 1997
  • Herself, "Dating for Ratings," Almost Perfect, 1997
  • Mrs. Ramona Dichristophoro, "Valentine's Day," Mad about You, NBC,1999
  • Dr. Katherine Simmons, "Psycho Therapy," Becker, CBS, 2001
  • Dr. Helen Tooth, "Falling Up," Ally McBeal, Fox, 2001
  • Interviewee, Tracey Ullman's Visible Panty Lines, Oxygen, 2001
  • Carla Tortelli LeBec, "Cheerful Goodbyes," Frasier, NBC, 2002
  • The View, ABC, 2002
  • Louise Salcheck, "Dumb Bunnies," Karen Sisco, ABC, 2003
  • Appeared as woman in counseling session, Angie.
  • Television Work
  • Executive Producer
  • (With Tony Thomas and Paul Junger Witt) Pearl, CBS, 1996
  • Film Appearances
  • Woman on ferry, Hot Dogs for Gauguin, 1972
  • Mother, Swap Meet, 1979
  • (Uncredited) Little Jewish prostitute, National Lampoon Goes to the Movies (also known as National Lampoon's Movie Madness), 1981
  • June Burns, Love Child, Warner Bros., 1982
  • Voice of Reeka, My Little Pony: The Movie (animated), De Laurentiis Entertainment Group, 1986
  • Mavis, Over Her Dead Body (also known as Enid Is Sleeping),Vestron Video, 1990
  • Grace, Ted and Venus, Double Helix Films, 1991
  • Miss Joanne Simpson, Class Act, Warner Bros., 1992
  • Lois, "The Wedding Ring," Amazing Stories: Book One, 1992
  • Voice of 9-Eye, From Time to Time (also known as Timekeeperand Le visionarium), 1992
  • Lydia Nunn, There Goes the Neighborhood (also known as Paydirt), Paramount, 1992
  • Voice of Mother Bird, We're Back! A Dinosaur's Story (animated), Universal, 1993
  • Deputy Honey, Canadian Bacon, Gramercy, 1995
  • Zinnia Wormwood, Matilda (also known as Mathilda and Roald Dahl's Matilda), TriStar, 1996
  • Phyllis Saroka, Sunset Park (also known as Coach), TriStar,1996
  • Martha the meter maid, Carpool, Warner Bros., 1996
  • Also appeared in the films Final Analysis; Love in Venice;Radio Flyer; in the short films Minestrone and The Sound Sleeper.
  • Stage Appearances
  • Lorna, "Ellis Takes His Life Again," What! And Leave Bloomingdale's?, Theatre of the Little Church around the Corner, New York City, 1973
  • Columbine, A Phantasmagoria Historia of D. Johann Fausten Magister, PHD, MD, DD, DL, Etc., Truck and Warehouse Theatre, New York City, 1973
  • (Broadway debut) Marjorie, The Tale of the Allergist's Wife, EthelBarrymore Theatre, 2002
  • Also appeared in Vinyl Visits an FM Station.

Further Reference


    • Entertainment Weekly, October 4, 1999

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