Rhea Perlman

Rhea Perlman


3/31/1948, Brooklyn, New York City, New York, USA

Birth Name

Rhea Jo Perlman


out of 10
User Rating
34 votes



Fans familiar with diminutive American actress Rhea Perlman only through her Emmy-winning characterization of wasp-tongued waitress Carla Tortelli onCheers are usually taken aback to discover that Perlman is as shy and soft-spoken as Carla was pushy and abrasive. A working actress since the 1960s, Perlman played Carla from…more


Trivia and Quotes

  • Trivia

    • In 2002, Rhea participated in the National Lights On Afterschool event in California.

    • Rhea admits she is a lousy singer.

    • Rhea doesn't like roller coasters.

    • Rhea is a Democrat.

    • Along with her husband Danny Devito, Rhea was the co-founder of Jersey Films, which is a production company.

    • The Colonnades Theatre Lab in New York was founded by Rhea Perlman.

    • Rhea writes a children's book series called Otto Undercover.

    • Rhea and Danny are vegetarians.

    • When Rhea was twelve, she was taught how to swim.

    • Rhea is Jewish.

    • Rhea Perlman is 5' 1 ½" tall.

    • Rhea Perlman and Danny DeVito were married on January 28, 1982.

    • Rhea replaced Valerie Harper, and appeared alongside Marilu Henner in the production of The Tale of the Allergist's Wife, at the New York Barrymore Theatre in June of 2006.

    • Rhea and Danny DeVito once stayed at The White House.

    • Rhea attended Hunter College in New York, and her major there was drama. She dropped out before earning a degree.

    • Rhea has three children, Gracie, Lucy, and Jake.

    • While starring on Cheers, Rhea appeared in a public service announcement about drinking while driving for NBC's The More You Know campaign.

    • Rhea and Danny were sued for letting a New Years Eve party escalate out of control. A guest at the party claims that he suffered cuts to his face when a fellow guest started to dance wildly in front of him, smashing glass in his face. The plaintiff is also suing the dancer, and insists that the hosts 'had a duty to exercise due care in operating and managing the party on the dance floor'.

    • Rhea was directed by DeVito in a segment of Steven Spielberg's NBC series Amazing Stories, called The Wedding Ring.

    • Rhea spent several years developing her film Sunset Park, in which she starred as a woman who coaches a male high school basketball team. The film was released in 1996.

    • Rhea acted alongside rappers Kid 'N' Play in the 1992 comedy Class Act.

    • Rhea wrote and produced two short films early in her career with Danny DeVito, The Sound Sleeper in 1973 and Minestrone in 1975.

    • Rhea starred in several television dramas that dealt with social issues that she is concerned with in real life, involving children and their well being. Some of the movies are: I Want To Keep My Baby, Having Babies II, and Like Normal People.

    • Rhea is the author of the popular children's book series Otto Undercover, an idea taken from the stories that she made up for her son as a child.

    • Rhea played the role of 'Honey' in the Michael Moore film Canadian Bacon.

    • Rhea's father Phillip appeared occasionally as a bar patron on Cheers.

    • Rhea was nominated ten times for an Emmy Award for her work on Cheers for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series. The only year that she was not nominated was in 1992. However, she did win four out of the ten awards.

    • Rhea was inspired by musicals, such as Peter Pan as a child, and knew that she was meant to entertain on stage.

    • Rhea started to appear in drama-themed movies on television in the late 1970s, starting with the CBS drama Mary Jane Harper Cried Last Night and ABC's Intimate Strangers, both aired in 1977.

    • Rhea made her film debut alongside Danny in Martin Best's Hot Dogs for Gaugin in 1972, this would be the first of a long road of collaborations for the couple.

    • Rhea first gained attention from her occasional appearances on boyfriend Danny DeVito's hit sitcom, Taxi. She played his girlfriend, Zena.

    • Rhea moved in with Danny DeVito just two weeks after meeting him, into an apartment that he had sublet from actor Michael Douglas. In November of 2000, Rhea and Danny attended the wedding of Michael Douglas and Catherine Zeta Jones.

    • Rhea was landing bit parts in several off-Broadway productions, but her personal life was majorly affected while in the audience at one of the plays she went to. She went to see a friend perform in The Shrinking Bride, and was drawn to one of the cast members. After the show, she was introduced to her future husband, Danny Devito.

    • Rhea graduated from college in 1968, and hit the audition circuit hard and fast, she was intent on landing her first stage role. In the mean time, she worked as a waitress at the legendary 'Rainbow Room' in New York City, to make ends meet.

    • Along with George Wendt and Ted Danson, Rhea Perlman was is one of three actors that appear in all episodes of Cheers.

    • She once worked with the Olsen twins in the made for TV movie, To Grandmother's House We Go.

    • In 1996, she starred in a movie with husband, Danny Devito. The movie was called Matilda and Danny Devito was also the director of the movie.

    • She is the sibling of writer/producer Heide Perlman, who was also a series producer on her television sitcom Cheers.

  • Quotes

    • Rhea: (on what she likes better - acting or an author) I like acting because I get to pretend I'm someone else, and I get to hang around on a set with a bunch of other people and eat a lot of donuts. I like writing because I can make up stuff in my own head, and I don't have to hand around with a bunch of other people and eat a lot of donuts.

  • Underrated but talented!

    Very, very underrated actress as I wished that I got to see more of her. Not just she is a great actress and better known as Carla from "Cheers" but also the wife of actor-director Danny Devito. As I think that there should be more shows of Rhea Pearlman as she has starred alongside her husband in movies and tv. As both have great chemistry and seem to work well together. One of the few couples that have chemistry both on and off the screen. And that they are still married after all of these years, a rarity in Hollywood IMHO!moreless