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Overview (3)

Born in Princeton, New Jersey, USA
Birth NameBeatrice J. Neuwirth
Height 5' 4" (1.63 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Beatrice "Bebe" Neuwirth is the daughter of Sydney Anne, an artist, and Lee Paul Neuwirth, a mathematician. Born and raised in Princeton, New Jersey, she started out as a dancer. Her New York career started out in "A Chorus Line". She won a Tony Award for her part in "Sweet Charity" and two Emmy Awards for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series for playing Lilith Sternin Crane of Cheers (1982).

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Anonymous

Spouse (2)

Chris Calkins (4 May 2009 - present)
Paul Dorman (June 1984 - 1991) ( divorced)

Trivia (14)

Education: Graduated from Princeton High School (Princeton, New Jersey, 1976) Majored in dance at The Juilliard School (New York, New York 1976-7)
Has won two Tony Awards: in 1986 as Best Actress (Featured Role - Musical) for playing Nicki in a revival of "Sweet Charity;" and in 1997 as Best Actress (Musical) for playing Velma Kelly in a revival of "Chicago."
She raises money to help stray cats and dogs.
Danced with the Princeton Ballet Company.
After Cheers (1982) went off the air, she got a lot of offers from TV and film essentially asking her to pretty much play the same character. She was offered a regular role as Lilith on the Cheers (1982) spin-off, Frasier (1993) but she turned it down so she could go back to Broadway. She did guests spots on the show instead.
She claims the role of the hooker teaching Judy Davis how to perform oral sex on a banana in Woody Allen's Celebrity (1998) was written specifically for her.
Has won two Emmys, two Tonys, two Drama Desks, an LA Drama Critics Circle award, an Astaire Award, an Outer Critics Circle award, among others.
Her husband, Chris Calkins, is the founder of Destino vineyards in Napa Valley.
She is from a Jewish family (from Austria, Germany, and Russia).
She had hip replacement surgery in 2006.
She has played the same character (Dr. Lilith Sternin) in three different series: Cheers (1982), Wings (1990) and Frasier (1993).
Filming The Divorce (2003) in Paris. [March 2002]
Joined new show, Law & Order: Trial by Jury (2005), premiered 3 March 2005. [September 2004]
As of mid-January 2014, Bebe Neuwirth will have played all three of the principle female roles in the long-running Broadway Revival of Chicago. She was in the revival's original cast as Velma Kelly, and won the 1997 Tony Award for Best Actress in a Musical. In 2007, Neuwirth did a stint as Roxie Hart, and in 2014, she returned to the show again, this time playing Warden "Mama" Morton.

Personal Quotes (17)

In a really well-written musical, you talk until you just can't talk anymore, you're going to have to sing. And when you're just so full you can't sing anymore, then you have to dance. It's a natural progression.
If you have to ask how to be sexy after 40, you probably can't do it.
[about her work] I know when I'm bad, I know when I'm good, and I know when I'm everything in between. I don't have any delusions of grandeur or delusions of failure. In terms of my work, I've got a pretty cold honest eye.
(on her cameo in Celebrity (1998)) He offered me the hooker part with a great deal of respect. He wrote me, "Please don't be offended". That didn't offend me. I would do pretty much anything for him.
[about the film Tadpole (2002)] It's more about who Oscar is that these women are falling in love with him than just his age. In that sense, it's a little more European than we're used to.
I've always loved to dance on stage. I've been doing ballet since I was five, and stage dancing since I was seven.
Ballet has always been how I defined myself - even as a child. It's never been just a thing to do.
I have the greatest picture of Ted [Danson]. That was a big caper: There was one person [opening] the door with a butter knife and another person kicking the door in so I could get a photo. He's decapitated, but totally nude. And he's really well-endowed.
Kirstie [Alley] saved me, in a way. [At the time], I had a terrible marriage, and I stayed at her house. She was wonderful - just a kind, big-hearted, filthy girl. Somehow she could be vulgar without being vulgar.
One of the things that's great about doing a show over and over again... is that you have to find ways to make it spontaneous, as though everything is happening for the first time... to continue to mine the material and find new things.
I made jokes about kissing Murphy Brown. But if that's what cost me my job, my wife will probably say, "Hey asshole, I told you so."
The musical stuff I'd go up for was always funny, sexy, tough-as-nails, heart-of-gold characters.
Anything that I do, I try to make it as good as I possibly can.
I really loved Kelsey [Grammer]. It wasn't a romantic love, but there was something about him. It's very difficult to see someone you care about having a hard time.
That was the aura of Cheers: It was special. It was more than TV; you could get people to guest on the show you couldn't normally get.
I loved Jay Thomas as Eddie LeBec. But there was a point where they [thought] maybe we would live together, and I didn't like the idea of Carla being with somebody because that would make you feel like [you're] not part of the people in the bar.
You have to be aware. Like, I'm not going to do any downhill skiing. It looks like a whole lot of fun, but I'm not going to risk breaking a leg. I want to be dancing the way I'm dancing now for 30 more years.

Salary (1)

Game 6 (2005) $100 per day

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