Emmy®–winning actress Rhea Perlman has been a star of television, stage and film for more than 30 years.
Perlman is a four-time Emmy® Award winner for her role as Carla on the NBC hit “Cheers.” She was nominated an unprecedented ten times over the 11 year series and appeared in all 273 episodes.
Her other television credits include “Law & Order: SVU,” “Kate Brasher” and “Pearl,” in which she was both the star and executive producer.
Perlman has starred in more than 15 television movies, including “Houdini,” “Secret Cutting” and “How to Marry a Billionaire.” Her feature film credits include “Sunset Park,” “Canadian Bacon,” “Carpool” and “Matilda,” which also co-starred her husband, actor Danny DeVito.
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 from critics and fans alike.
Perlman began writing children’s books in 2005, producing a series entitled Otto Pillip: Undercover, about a precocious young 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 degree in Fine Arts. She is a mother of three and well-known children’s advocate recognized for her involvement in a variety of charities, including LA’s Best, CASA and Children’s Hospital Los Angeles Diabetes Center. A champion of children’s literacy, she also helps promote public libraries.
Perlman lives with her family in Los Angeles.