Rhea Perlman can be rightly described as one of the greats in Hollywood, for the work she has put out as an actress. The range of her gifts is not limited to acting as she is an established writer as well.
Celebrity status can be reached in diverse ways but for the actress Rhea Perlman, her fame not only stems from the talent she has but from her marriage to an equally talented and famous person, who is the actor Danny DeVito.
Rhea Perlman’s Bio
Adele and Philip Perlman on the 31st of March, 1948, welcomed to the world their first child Rhea Jo. She was given birth to in Coney Island, Brooklyn. Her father worked at a doll factory and her mother held a job as a bookkeeper until the family moved to Los Angeles. While they lived in Los Angeles her father started to make appearances in television shows and movies, but only as an extra.
Rhea Jo has a younger sister called Heidi, who is a writer for television and also produces television shows. She is of Polish and Russian Jewish ancestry. In 1964, she graduated from Lafayette High school, located in Brooklyn and went further for a degree from Hunter College, which is also located in New York. In 1968 Perlman graduated from Hunter College with a Bachelor of Arts in Drama.
Rhea Perlman started professional acting in 1972, prior to which she had a small role on Dracula Sabbat, an off-off-Broadway production that was on from 1970 to 1971. Her biggest role till date is that of Carla Tortelli on the show Cheers which she joined in 1983. She was one of the three original members of cast who stayed with the show till it ended and also appeared in the two hundred and three episodes of the show.
For the work she did on the show Perlman won the Emmy for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a comedy in the years, 1984, 1985, 1986 and 1989 and for the eleven years she was on the show, she got nominated for an Emmy every year except in 1992. Perlman was the cast member with the highest amount of Emmy nominations and wins on the show too. Her recognition by award bodies is not limited to the Emmys, but the Oscars as well, where she was nominated six times in the category of Best Supporting Actress. She is the only person in the history of the awards to have this many nominations in this category.
Rhea Perlman’s work before the camera is not limited to just television shows, she has also had appearances in movies as well, some of which are, Enid is Sleeping, Canadian Bacon, Maltida, Lemon, Sing, 10 Items or Less.
The actress is equally a successful author of children books. She is the writer of the six books that make up the series, Otto Undercover.
Marriage to Danny DeVito
When her career was just starting off in the early 70s, Rhea Perlman met Danny DeVito, who she later got married to. They met in 1971 on the set of The Shrinking Bride, a play that DeVito had a role in.
In less than a month after meeting, they moved in together. The two have appeared as on-screen couples many times since the first time in the television show Taxi and in Maltida where she acted as his wife.
The pair got married in 1982 and their first child, Lucy Chet was born the next year. Their other two children are Grace Fan and Jacob Daniel, the former was born in 1985 and the latter in 1987. Of the three children, Lucy Chet is the one who has followed in her parents’ footsteps and taken up a career in acting.
The couple went through a separation in 2012 but the following year in about six months, they came back together. This event happened again in 2017, but by late 2018, they reconciled.
As an actress and author Rhea Perlman has led a very successful career, especially as an actress. This success has translated to her being a very rich woman. Her estimated net worth is $50 million.
Rhea Perlman’s Height
Rhea Perlman is one of those people who have very distinctive heights and it is not because she is extremely tall but rather for her smallish stature. This iconic actress stands at a height of 1.52 meters which is exactly five feet.