In terms of longevity, a description of Rhea Perlman as a Hollywood great is more than justified. She has been in the highly competitive industry for more than four decades, ever since she made her debut in 1972. In that time, she has appeared in a lot of projects, across film and TV, and has had a famous marriage to Danny DeVito.
The dynamics of Rhea and Danny’s relationship was already interesting on its own but they spent more than four decades as a couple, before creating an alternate ending for themselves. It has led many, including us, to wonder what the actual state of their relationship is, and here is everything we know so far.
Rhea Perlman and Danny DeVito Became a Couple Within Days of Meeting
One cannot fully appreciate an end without understanding its beginning. Right from the start, Rhea Perlman and Danny DeVito have always had an unconventional relationship. When her career was taking off in the early 70s, Rhea Perlman met Danny DeVito on the set of The Shrinking Bride, a play DeVito was starring in at the time.
She had gone to see a friend perform, but she became back home in love with the actor. Within two weeks of meeting, they moved into an apartment together. Contrary to what many expected and statistical probability, the relationship did not end as fast as it started.
They remained lovers for years until January 28, 1982 – about a decade after they met each other – when they got married. Similar to their first major step as a couple, the decision to marry was spontaneous, and there was no elaborate ceremony.
DeVito arrived at the wedding venue during a lunch break while filming Taxi. Rhea, on the other hand, struggled to find a decent wedding gown and went with a rented antique wedding dress. They got married in the rain, in a ceremony performed by a French-horn player who is also a licensed minister.
Their Marriage Birthed Three Children
Rhea Perlman and Danny DeVito gave birth to their first child, Lucy Chet, within a year after they got married. Lucy, who like her parents, is also an actress, was born on March 11, 1982. She is a graduate of Brown University with a degree in theatre and roles in The Comedian, Hot Mess, and Leaves of Grass.
Her siblings and the couple’s other children are Grace Fan DeVito and Jacob Daniel DeVito, born in March 1985 and October 1987, respectively. Although both Rhea and Danny grew up in major religions, Catholicism for DeVito and Judaism for Perlman, they kept things neutral for their children.
During their time as a couple, which coincided with their respective successes as actors, Rhea, Danny, and the family lived a comfortable life. They owned a home in Beverly Hills, California and had a vacation home in Interlaken New Jersey.
Rhea Perlman and Danny DeVito were Creative Partners Too
As far as lasting legacies go, it was not just children for Rhea Perlman and Danny DeVito. The two of them also starred alongside each other several times as creative partners. They both appeared in the TV sitcom, Taxi and the films, Matilda, The Ratings Game and 10 Items or Less.
Additionally, they co-founded the production company, Jersey Films. Under the company, the two of them produced popular titles like Pulp Fiction, Erin Brockovich, Freedom Writers, and Garden State.
Rhea is Separated, But Will Not Get a Divorce from Danny DeVito
When you wonder what could have ended a relationship as long-lasting and remarkable as what Rhea Perlman and Danny DeVito shared, then it turns out that the answer is infidelity – and lots of it. At least that was the reported cause the first time the couple got separated in 2012, shortly after they celebrated their 30th wedding anniversary.
According to Page Six, Danny DeVito’s inability to stay faithful and his rampant flirty behavior eventually led to their initial break up in October 2012. However, they did not go through with it. By March 2013, the two of them were back together as one of Hollywood’s most cherished couples.
But again, that did not last. In March 2017, the two of them separated for the second time, and this time, it was for real, however, not in the way many would have expected. Typically, when a marriage ends, particularly in Hollywood, one expects a divorce proceeding, sometimes a public and ugly one.
However, that will not be Rhea Perlman and Danny DeVito. Although they are separated and living apart, the couple has chosen not to get a divorce. According to Rhea, the two of them have a lot of love and history with each other. They agree on enough things that divorce seems unnecessary, ending their relationship with the same unconventionality with which it started.
So, does that mean Rhea and Danny are still legally married? Yeah, but their days as a couple are over. Rhea lives in her home away from Always Sunny in Philadelphia actor in Los Angeles, with her dog, Zorro.
Rhea Perlman is Worth $50 Million
Her name might not be recognizable to younger Hollywood fans, regardless, Rhea has spent a long time in Hollywood enough to be one of its most successful and recognized stars. It has also made her rich, with an estimated net worth of $50 million.
Rhea has made her money over the years working in different aspects of the entertainment process, from writing to producing to her primary profession, acting.
She has More Than 100 Credits to Her Name
Following her graduation from Lafayette High School, in Brooklyn, Rhea attended Hunter College and graduated with a degree in drama. She completed her education in 1968 and started professional acting in theatre, starring in off-off-Broadway plays like Dracula Sabbat.
She made her on-screen debut in 1972, in the short film, Hot Dogs for Gauguin, and began her proper onscreen career four years after. Rhea’s first work was a role as Jean in the TV movie, Stalk the Wild Child. She has since gone on to star in an additional 107 films and TV shows, with renowned roles across both mediums.
In 1982, Rhea Perlman began playing Carla Tortelli in the sitcom, Cheers. Her work on the spanned 11 seasons and 270 episodes. The role gave her a steady source of income and a means to pile up wealth. It also helped her to ten Emmy Award nominations and seven Golden Globe nominations.
She has won four of the former, with additional accolades from American Comedy Awards. During and after the show, Rhea has added prominent appearances in other notable works to her impressive and money-making filmography like Matilda, The Sessions, and Poms.
She Made a Lot of Money Producing and Writing
Together, with her husband, Rhea Perlman, under the banner of Jersey Films, Rhea Perlman has also made money producing several projects. They include Get Shorty, Pulp Fiction, Pearl and the short films, Bye Bye Benjamin and The Sound Sleeper.
Aside from film and TV production, Rhea Perlman has equally made her $50 million net worth from being an author. She is the writer of the children’s book series, Otto Undercover, with six books in the series. She published the book in 2006, releasing the first four books in the same year.
The last two came in 2007. Not only have they been commercially successful, but the fifth book, The Brink of Ex-Stink-Tion, was named one of the 50 best books of 2007 by Child Magazine.
As for how she spends her money, Rhea is a modest spender. In addition to her Los Angeles home, she also has a home in Chelsea, which she bought so she could be closer to her daughter, Lucy.