Valerie Perrine

Actor, Showgirl
This brash, statuesque former Las Vegas showgirl brought a blowzy sultriness and a sweet vulnerability to a number of starring and supporting roles in the 1970s and 80s.

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Born: 09/02/1943 in Galveston, Texas, USA

Filmography

Actor (63)

The Californians 2014 (Movie)

(Actor)

The End of the Bar 2014 (Movie)

(Actor)

Lights Out 2011 (Tv Show)

Actor

As the World Turns 1955 - 2010 (TV Show)

Actor

The Amateurs 2007 (Movie)

V (Actor)

Third Watch 2005 (Tv Show)

Actor

Grounded For Life 2002 (Tv Show)

Actor

Burke's Law 1993 - 1996, 2000 - 2001 (Tv Show)

Actor

Dick Van Patten: The Sure Bet 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

Family Law 1993 - 2001 (Tv Show)

Actor

Homicide: Life on the Street 1994 - 1995, 2000 - 2001 (Tv Show)

Actor

Just Shoot Me 2001 (Tv Show)

Actor

Nash Bridges 1993 - 1997, 2000 - 2001 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Beast 2000 - 2001 (Tv Show)

Actor

Walker, Texas Ranger 1993 - 2001 (Tv Show)

Actor

Brown's Requiem 2000 (Movie)

Merguerita Hansen (Actor)

What Women Want 2000 (Movie)

Margo (Actor)

A Place Called Truth 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

Shame, Shame, Shame 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

54 1998 (Movie)

Elaine's Patron (Actor)

Curtain Call 1998 (Movie)

(Actor)

My Girlfriend's Boyfriend 1998 (Movie)

(Actor)

ER 1995 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Break 1995 (Movie)

Dolores Smith (Actor)

Girl in the Cadillac 1994 (Movie)

Tilly Baker (Actor)

Boiling Point 1993 (Movie)

Mona (Actor)

Bright Angel 1991 (Movie)

Aileen Russell (Actor)

Riflessi in un Cielo Scuro 1990 (Movie)

Caterina (Actor)

Tennessee Williams' Sweet Bird of Youth 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

Changing Patterns 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Actor

Faerie Tale Theatre 1982 - 1987 (TV Show)

Actor

Maid to Order 1987 (Movie)

Georgette Starkey (Actor)

George Burns Comedy Week 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

Actor

Leo & Liz in Beverly Hills 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

Actor

Water 1986 (Movie)

Pamela (Actor)

Circus of the Stars 1980 - 1981 (TV Show)

Actor

Superman II 1981 (Movie)

Eve Teschmacher (Actor)

Agency 1980 (Movie)

Brenda Wilcox (Actor)

Can't Stop the Music 1980 (Movie)

Samantha Simpson (Actor)

The Border 1980 (Movie)

Marcy Smith (Actor)

Circus of the Stars 1978 - 1979 (TV Show)

Actor

The Electric Horseman 1979 (Movie)

Charlotta Steele (Actor)

Celebrity Challenge of the Sexes 1977 - 1978 (TV Show)

Actor

Circus of the Stars 1977 - 1978 (TV Show)

Actor

Superman 1978 (Movie)

Eve Teschmacher (Actor)

The Magician of Lublin 1978 (Movie)

Zeftel (Actor)

Circus of the Stars 1976 - 1977 (TV Show)

Actor

Mr. Billion 1977 (Movie)

Rosi Jones (Actor)

W.C. Fields and Me 1976 (Movie)

Carlotta Monti (Actor)

Lenny 1974 (Movie)

Honey Bruce (Actor)

Love Story 1973 - 1974 (TV Show)

Actor

Lady Luck 1972 - 1973 (TV Show)

Actor

Slaughterhouse-Five 1972 (Movie)

Montana Wildhack (Actor)

The Last American Hero 1972 (Movie)

Marge (Actor)

Malibu (TV Show)

Actor

Marian Rose White (TV Show)

Actor

Steambath (TV Show)

Actor

The Couple Takes a Wife (TV Show)

Actor

The Secrets of Lake Success (TV Show)

Actor

When Your Lover Leaves (TV Show)

Actor

Biography

This brash, statuesque former Las Vegas showgirl brought a blowzy sultriness and a sweet vulnerability to a number of starring and supporting roles in the 1970s and 80s.

The daughter of a US Army officer and a former Broadway dancer, Valerie Perrine was raised in various places around the world, including Japan. After briefly studying psychology, she began her show business career as a topless dancer in Las Vegas. Perrine traveled throughout Europe and lived for a time in Paris before finally settling in L.A. in the early 70s. Landing her first role as Montana Wildhack in George Roy Hill's screen adaptation of Kurt Vonnegut Jr.'s "Slaughterhouse-Five" (1972), she was singled out for her portrayal of a voluptuous kidnapped bride of the hero (Michael Sacks). This led to her first starring role as the trampy girlfriend of race car driver Jeff Bridges in "The Last American Hero/Hard Driver" (1973). Perrine had what was perhaps her best role to date as Honey Harlowe, the drug-addicted stripper-wife of comic Lenny Bruce in Bob Fosse's biopic "Lenny" (1974). Bringing class and smarts to what could have been a stereotypical role, she proved to critics and audiences just how strong an actor she could be, given the right material. Perrine earned awards from critics groups, won an Oscar nomination as Best Actress and received the Best Actress trophy at the 1975 Cannes Film Festival.

Finding appropriate follow-up roles, however, proved challenging. With her tiny voice and full-figure, Perrine tended to be cast as the good-hearted bimbo. She reportedly chose not to play screen legend Carole Lombard in a biopic, but instead agreed to star as Carlotta Monti opposite Rod Steiger in another film biography, "W.C. and Me" (1976). The film, however, received mixed reviews and Perrine's career stalled. She was shown to much better effect, subverting the stereotype, in the supporting role of Eve Teschmacher, the moll of villain Lex Luthor (Gene Hackman) in Richard Donner's "Superman" (1978), which she briefly reprised in the 1980 sequel. Her career was dealt another near fatal blow, however, when she co-starred with Bruce Jenner in the laughable "Can't Stop the Music" (1980). Most of Perrine's film appearances in the 80s and 90s have been in generally forgettable fare that has not served her particularly well; exceptions could be argued for her turn as Jack Nicholson's money-hungry wife in "The Border" (1982) and her brief appearance as Dermot Mulroney's mother in "Bright Angel" (1990).

The small screen has offered limited success, as well. Perrine first appeared on TV in the ABC movie "The Couple Takes a Wife" (1972) and had a good role as one of the showgirls in "Ziegfeld: The Man and His Women" (NBC, 1978). During the 80s, Perrine began to find better roles. She was one of the residents of "Malibu" (NBC, 1983), co-starred with Harvey Korman in the short-lived "Leo & Liz in Beverly Hills" (CBS, 1986), as one-half of a self-made New Jersey couple who settle among the rich and famous, and lent support to Elizabeth Taylor and Mark Harmon in Nicolas Roeg's TV-remake of "Sweet Bird of Youth" (NBC, 1989). She also won praise as the overbearing mother of Dr. Lewis (Sherry Stringfield) on NBC's "ER" (1995).

Relationships

Richard Weisman

Companion

Kenneth Perrine

Father
served as a Lieutenant Colonel in the US Army

Winifred Perrine

Mother
danced in "George White Scandals"

EDUCATION

University of Nevada at Las Vegas

Las Vegas , Nevada

graduated high school in Scotsdale, Arizona

University of Arizona

Tucson , Arizona 1961

first school was a convent in Yokohama

Milestones

1998

Joined the cast of the CBS daytime drama "As the World Turns" as Dolores Pierce, described as a "boozy, trailer-trash mother"

1995

Played the mother of Dr. Lewis (Sherry Stringfield) on the hit NBC drama series "ER"

1993

Had regular role on the short-lived series "The Secrets of Lake Success" (NBC)

1986

Starred in the short-lived TV series, "Leo and Liz in Beverly Hills"

1980

Reprised her role as Miss Teschmacher in the sequel "Superman II"

1978

Played Lex Luthor's moll, Eve Teschmacher in Richard Donner's "Superman"

1975

Became a star as Honey, the wife of comedian Lenny Bruce in Bob Fosse's acclaimed biopic "Lenny"

1972

TV-movie debut, "The Couple Takes a Wife" (ABC)

1970

Film debut, "Slaughterhouse Five"

Spent childhood traveling the world with her parents; studied ballet, tap and acrobatics

Performed as a showgirl in Las Vegas's "Lido de Paris" revue

Lived in Paris

Bonus Trivia

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"Just give me a steady job in a place where I want to live. I've been a movie star, a sex symbol. I've been nominated for an Oscar. Now I just want to lay back and do my work!" --Valerine Perrine to Soap Opera Weekly, January 1999, reprinted in Liz Smith's nationally syndicated column on January 15, 1999.

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