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Rhea Perlman stars in "Kirstie's New Show" on TV Land as Maddie's (Kirstie Alley) assistant and best friend, Thelma.

Rhea Perlman has been a star of television, stage and film for more than 30 years. She is a four-time Emmy winner for her role as Carla on the NBC hit "Cheers." She was nominated an unprecedented 10 times during the 11-year series and appeared in all 273 episodes.

In 2010 Perlman appeared onstage with her daughter, Lucy, in Norah and Delia Ephron's Broadway hit "Love, Loss and What I Wore" at the Geffen Playhouse in Los Angeles. The pair previously performed together in the Broadway edition of the same play.

Perlman starred in the Broadway production of "The Tale of the Allergist's Wife," the off-Broadway play "The Exonerated" and the London West End revival of "Boeing-Boeing." Her performance as the forbearing housekeeper, Bertha, earned rave reviews.

Perlman recently starred in "Love Comes Lately," earning praise for her role as the longsuffering lover Reisel and in the family film "Beethoven: The Reel Story" for Universal Home Entertainment. Other feature film credits include "Sunset Park," "Canadian Bacon," "Carpool" and "Matilda," which was directed by and also starred her husband, Danny DeVito.

Perlman has starred in more than 15 television movies, including Hallmark's "Oliver's Ghost," "The Christmas Choir," "Houdini," "Secret Cutting" and "How to Marry a Billionaire." Her other television credits include the role of Zena in "Taxi," a recurring role as Tanya in HBO's "Hung," "Law & Order: SVU," "Kate Brasher" and "Pearl," which she both starred in and executive produced.

Perlman began writing children's books in 2005, producing a six-book series entitled "Otto Undercover," about a precocious kid who is a racecar driver and secret agent who loves wordplay and palindromes.

Born in Brooklyn, Perlman graduated from Hunter College in New York with a Theatre degree and was later awarded an honorary doctorate in Fine Arts. She is a mother of three and a well known children's advocate recognized for her involvement in a variety of charities, including Los Angeles' Best, Children's Action Network, Children's Hospital Los Angeles Diabetes Center.

Perlman regularly blogs on Huffington Post, introducing kids in Los Angeles County foster care who are eligible for adoption. In 2010 she received the National Angel Award from the Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute's Angels in Adoption. She also successfully campaigned for the passage of California Fostering Connections to Success Act (AB 12), which allows children who turn 18 the option to remain in the foster care system until the age of 21. A champion of children's literacy, Perlman supports public libraries.

Perlman lives with her family in Los Angeles.


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Age: 68 years old
Birthday: March 31, 1948
Height: 5' 1 ½"
Full Name / Real Name: Rhea Jo Perlman
Birthplace: Brooklyn, NY
Current Residence: Los Angeles, CA
Husband: Danny DeVito (1/28/1982, filed for divorce, 3 children)

"Kirstie" (TV Land) cast Kirstie Alley to Star in 'Kirstie's New Show' — Originally known as "Giant Baby," the new TV Land comedy series also stars Rhea Perlman, Michael Richards and Eric Petersen. Read more...

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