Bebe Neuwirth

Actor, Singer, Dancer
This intense, quirky, multi-talented actor-singer-dancer, who after achieving Broadway success (including a Tony) as a tough-talking dancer in the 1986 revival of "Sweet Charity," enjoyed similar award-winning ... Read more »
Born: 12/31/1958 in Newark, New Jersey, USA

Filmography

Actor (84)

Madam Secretary 2014 - 2017 (TV Show)

Actor

70th Annual Tony Awards 2015 - 2016 (TV Show)

Presenter

An All-Star Tribute to James Burrows 2015 - 2016 (TV Show)

Herself

Blue Bloods 2013 - 2014 (Tv Show)

Actor

Over the Garden Wall 2014 (Tv Show)

Voice

The Good Wife 2012 - 2013 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Cleveland Show 2012 (Tv Show)

Voice

Bored to Death 2009, 2011 (Tv Show)

Actor

Fame 2009 (Movie)

Lynn Kraft (Actor)

The 63rd Annual Tony Awards 2008 - 2009 (TV Show)

Presenter

Adopt a Sailor 2008 (Movie)

Patricia (Actor)

A Capitol Fourth 2006 - 2007 (TV Show)

Actor

The 61st Annual Tony Awards 2006 - 2007 (TV Show)

Actor

Game 6 2006 (Movie)

Joanna Bourne (Actor)

Celebrity Charades 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

Actor

Law & Order: Special Victims Unit 1999, 2005 (Tv Show)

Actor

Law & Order: Trial by Jury 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

Actor

The Adventures of Tom Thumb and Thumbelina 2004 (Movie)

Thumbelina's mother (Actor)

The Big Bounce 2004 (Movie)

Alison Ritchie (Actor)

Will & Grace 2004 (Tv Show)

Actor

Hack 2003 (Tv Show)

Actor

How To Lose a Guy in 10 Days 2003 (Movie)

Lana Jong (Actor)

Le Divorce 2003 (Movie)

Julia Manchevering (Actor)

The 57th Annual Tony Awards 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Actor

The Isaac Mizrahi Show 2001 - 2003 (TV Show)

Actor

Cheers 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

Tadpole 2002 (Movie)

Diane (Actor)

Cheers: The E! True Hollywood Story 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

Cyberchase 2001 (TV Show)

Voice

Deadline 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

Frasier 1998 - 1999, 2001 (Tv Show)

Actor

My Favorite Broadway: The Love Songs 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

Strangers With Candy 1998 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

All Dogs Go to Heaven: The Series 1996 - 2000 (TV Show)

Voice

America's Millennium 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

Getting to Know You 2000 (Movie)

Trix (Actor)

My Favorite Broadway: The Leading Ladies 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

Bob Fosse: The E! True Hollywood Story 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

Fall in Love With a Stranger 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

Sabrina, the Teenage Witch 1999 (Tv Show)

Voice

Stomp, Slide and Swing With Savion Glover 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

Summer of Sam 1999 (Movie)

Gloria (Actor)

The 53rd Annual Tony Awards 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Presenter

The Kennedy Center Honors 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Performer

Banned in America: The Stars Speak Out 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

Celebrity 1998 (Movie)

Hooker (Actor)

The 52nd Annual Tony Awards 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Presenter

The Faculty 1998 (Movie)

Principal Drake (Actor)

The Kennedy Center Honors 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Performer

The Magic School Bus 1994 - 1998 (TV Show)

Voice

The Music of Kander and Ebb: Razzle Dazzle 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

53rd Presidential Inaugural Gala 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

Aladdin 1994 - 1997 (TV Show)

Voice

An All Dogs Christmas Carol 1997 (Movie)

(Voice)

Broadway '97: Launching the Tonys 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Interviewee

Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

The 51st Annual Tony Awards 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Performer

All Dogs Go to Heaven 2 1996 (Movie)

of Anabelle (Voice)

Dear Diary 1996 (Movie)

Annie (Actor)

Newsradio 1991 - 1992, 1995 - 1996 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Adventures of Pinocchio 1996 (Movie)

Felinet (Actor)

The Associate 1996 (Movie)

Camille (Actor)

Wings 1991 - 1992, 1995 - 1996 (Tv Show)

Actor

Jumanji 1995 (Movie)

Nora (Actor)

In a New Light '94 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

Last Call!: A Cheers' Celebration 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

Malice 1993 (Movie)

Dana Harris (Actor)

Painted Heart 1993 (Movie)

Margaret (Actor)

Wild Palms 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

Cheers 1986 - 1988, 1991 - 1992 (Tv Show)

Actor

The 44th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Presenter

Bugsy 1991 (Movie)

Countess di Frasso (Actor)

Cheers: Special 200th Episode Celebration 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Actor

Stand-Up Comics Take a Stand! 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Actor

The 43rd Annual Primetime Emmy Awards Presentation 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Performer

Disneyland's 35th Anniversary Celebration 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

Green Card 1990 (Movie)

Lauren (Actor)

Penny Ante 1989 (Movie)

Felicia (Actor)

Say Anything 1989 (Movie)

Mrs Evans (Actor)

Cupid & Cate (TV Show)

Actor

Dash and Lilly (TV Show)

Actor

Edith Piaf: La Vie En Rose (TV Show)

Actor

Unspeakable Acts (TV Show)

Actor

Without Her Consent (TV Show)

Actor

Biography

This intense, quirky, multi-talented actor-singer-dancer, who after achieving Broadway success (including a Tony) as a tough-talking dancer in the 1986 revival of "Sweet Charity," enjoyed similar award-winning popularity for her deadpan portrayal of the brittle, astringent yet sexually smoldering Dr. Lilith Sternin-Crane on NBC's long-running sitcom, "Cheers." Bebe Neuwirth's parents were a mathematician and an artist, which pretty much sums up her appeal: she seems to have a fiercely analytical approach to her acting. After schooling at Juilliard, she got her start touring in "A Chorus Line" (1978-81), playing various roles including the tough-talking Sheila and the more vulnerable Cassie, and on Broadway in such productions as "Little Me" and Bob Fosse's "Dancin'" (both 1982), "The Road to Hollywood" (1984) and "Just So" (1985) before hitting the big time (and winning a Tony Award) in Fosse's "Sweet Charity" (1986-87).

Relationships

Chris Calkins

Husband
Married May 4, 2009

Michael Danek

Companion
Together from 1991-1999 were briefly engaged before they separated

Paul Dorman

Husband
Met 1982 at a NY cabaret (O'Neal's restaurant) where she was performing and he was tending bar Married 1984 Divorced 1991

Lee Neuwirth

Father

Sydney Neuwirth

Mother

Peter Neuwirth

Brother
Older

George Stephanopolous

Companion
Dated from 1999-2000

EDUCATION

The Juilliard School

New York , New York 1976 - 1977

Began studying dance at age five

Milestones

2010

Co-starred with Nathan Lane in "The Addams Family" at Broadway's Lunt-Fontanne Theatre

2009

Played a dance instructor in the feature remake of "Fame"

2009

Toured a one-woman cabaret show, "Bebe Neuwirth: Stories with Piano"

2007

Co-starred with Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson in the comedy "The Game Plan"

2006

Returned to the Broadway production of "Chicago" in the role of Roxie Hart

2006

Cast opposite Michael Keaton in "Game 6," a film centered around the historic 1986 World Series

2005

Starred in the short-lived spin-off series, "Law & Order: Trial by Jury" (NBC) as prosecutor Tracey Kibre

2004

Performed in the NY musical, "Here Lies Jenny"

2003

Played Kate Hudson's boss in the romantic comedy "How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days"

2003

Again starred opposite Kate Hudson in "Le Divorce"

2002

Garnered praise for supporting turn in the Sundance-screened independent "Tadpole"

2001

Appeared in the Broadway show "Fosse"

2001

Made rare non-musical stage appearance in the Off-Broadway play "Everett Beekin"

2000

Returned to TV as a regular on the NBC drama series "Deadline"

1999

Portrayed Dorothy Parker in the A&E biopic "Dash & Lilly"; received Emmy nomination

1999

Played the mother of a 1950s Jewish family in Barry Levinson's "Liberty Heights"

1998

Played a Hooker in Woody Allen's "Celebrity"

1996

Returned to Broadway in the revival of "Chicago" as showgirl and killer Velma Kelly

1994

Starred as Lola opposite Victor Garber in the Broadway revival of "Damn Yankees"

1994

Reprised her role as Dr. Lilith Sternin in several episodes of the "Cheers" spin-off, "Frasier"; earned an Emmy (1995) nomination

1992

Character of Lilith written out of "Cheers" at Neuwirth's request so that she could focus her energies on feature film work

1989

Made film debut in "Say Anything" as a high school counselor

1986

Joined the cast of "Cheers" (NBC) in a recurring role as emotionally repressed psychiatrist, Lilith Sternin-Crane

1985

Directed by Bob Fosse in a revival of "Sweet Charity"

1982

Appeared on Broadway in revival of "Little Me"

1980

Made Broadway debut as Sheila in "A Chorus Line"

Performed in the national touring companies of "West Side Story" and "A Chorus Line" (as Cassie)

Moved to NYC at age 17

Bonus Trivia

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Neuwirth's portrait of the unsmiling, austere yet highly-strung therapist on "Cheers" seems to have its origins in one of her childhood idols: "When I was a little girl, I wanted to be Morticia Addams [of the 1960's mock-horror sitcom "The Addams Family"]. But I had bangs. I couldn't part my hair in the middle like she did. And Mrs. Munster - what a cheap imitation." - from People magazine, Aug. 26, 1991

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