Elizabeth Perkins

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Elizabeth Perkins
Elizabeth Perkins 2008.jpg
Perkins at the Paley Center for Media Gala Honoring Showtime Networks – Century Plaza Hotel, Los Angeles, December 11, 2008
BornElizabeth Ann Perkins
(1960-11-18) November 18, 1960 (age 53)
Queens, New York, U.S.
OccupationActress
Years active1984–present
Spouse(s)Terry Kinney (1984–1988)
Julio Macat (2000–present)
ChildrenHannah Jo Phillips (b. 1991)
Website
elizabeth-perkins.org
 
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Elizabeth Perkins
Elizabeth Perkins 2008.jpg
Perkins at the Paley Center for Media Gala Honoring Showtime Networks – Century Plaza Hotel, Los Angeles, December 11, 2008
BornElizabeth Ann Perkins
(1960-11-18) November 18, 1960 (age 53)
Queens, New York, U.S.
OccupationActress
Years active1984–present
Spouse(s)Terry Kinney (1984–1988)
Julio Macat (2000–present)
ChildrenHannah Jo Phillips (b. 1991)
Website
elizabeth-perkins.org

Elizabeth Ann Perkins (born November 18, 1960) is an American actress. Her film roles have included Big, The Flintstones, Miracle on 34th Street, About Last Night..., and Avalon. She is best known for her role as Celia Hodes in the critically acclaimed Showtime TV series Weeds.

Early life[edit]

Perkins was born in Queens, New York City, the daughter of Jo Williams, a drug treatment counselor and concert pianist, and James Perkins, a farmer, writer, and businessman.[1] Her paternal grandparents were Greek immigrants from Salonika who anglicized their surname from "Pisperikos" to "Perkins" when they emigrated to the United States.[2][3][4] Perkins was raised in Colrain, Massachusetts; her parents divorced in 1963.[5] She began working in theatre with Arena Civic Theatre, a non-profit community theatre group based out of Greenfield, Massachusetts.[6] Perkins attended Northfield Mount Hermon School, an elite preparatory school, and then spent 1978 to 1981 in Chicago studying for an acting certificate from the Goodman School of Drama.[5] In 1984, she made her theatrical debut on Broadway in Neil Simon's Brighton Beach Memoirs[7] and afterward, worked in a number of ensemble companies, including The New York Shakespeare Festival and the Steppenwolf Theater.[8]

Career[edit]

She was listed as one of the 12 "Promising New Actors of 1986" in John Willis' Screen World, and has since landed numerous film roles. Perkins made her film debut in 1986 in Edward Zwick's About Last Night... and had a career breakthrough co-starring with Tom Hanks in Big. She received critical acclaim for her performance in Barry Levinson's Avalon,[9] and was a standout opposite William Hurt in The Doctor (1991), receiving critical acclaim for her performance as a terminal cancer patient.[5]

She played Wilma Flintstone in the 1994 live-action comedy The Flintstones.

In 1993, Perkins appeared in the television project For Their Own Good.[10] She later starred in the comedy series Battery Park and has appeared in television and films including the 1994 remake of Miracle on 34th Street and 2000's 28 Days starring as Sandra Bullock's sister. Perkins also had a small role in the 2003 film Finding Nemo, she was the voice of a clownfish who was the wife of Marlin and mother of Nemo and was killed by a barracuda at the beginning of the film. Perkins appeared as a psychiatrist in the 2005 suspense thriller, The Ring Two, starring Naomi Watts.

From 2005 to 2009, Perkins played Celia Hodes, an alcoholic and image-obsessed PTA mother, alongside Mary-Louise Parker and Justin Kirk on the Showtime series Weeds. For her work on Weeds, Perkins received two Golden Globe nominations for Best Supporting Actress in a TV Series, Miniseries or Made for TV Motion Picture (in 2006 and 2007).[5] She was also nominated three times for an Emmy Award for Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series for her work on Weeds.[5] At a screening of the season 2 finale of Weeds, at the Museum of TV and Radio on October 25, 2006, Perkins said that she considers Celia Hodes her favorite role in her career.[5] On May 6, 2010, she announced that the fifth season of Weeds was her last despite the cliffhanger her character had in the season finale.[11]

She starred in the ABC comedy series How to Live with Your Parents (for the Rest of Your Life).[12] She portrayed the uncredited character, Lizzie, in The Lorax.

Personal life[edit]

Perkins' first husband was Chicago actor and director Terry Kinney; the couple divorced.[13] She has one daughter, Hannah Phillips, born in 1991. In 2000, she married her present husband, Argentinian-born cinematographer Julio Macat, gaining three stepsons: Maximillian, Alexander, and Andreas.[14] In 2005, at the age of 44, she learned that she had latent autoimmune diabetes, a form of Juvenile diabetes that is most often diagnosed in middle age.[15]

Awards and nominations[edit]

Awards and Nominations
YearNominated workAwardCategoryResult
2006WeedsPrimetime Emmy AwardBest Supporting Actress in a Comedy SeriesNominated[16]
2007WeedsPrimetime Emmy AwardBest Supporting Actress in a Comedy SeriesNominated[16]
2009WeedsPrimetime Emmy AwardBest Supporting Actress in a Comedy SeriesNominated[16]
2006WeedsGolden Globe AwardsBest Supporting Actress in a Television Series, Mini-series, or TV MovieNominated[16]
2007WeedsGolden Globe AwardsBest Supporting Actress in a Television Series, Mini-series, or TV MovieNominated[16]
2005WeedsSatellite AwardsBest Actress in a Comedy SeriesNominated[16]
2006WeedsSatellite AwardsBest Actress in a Supporting Role in a Series, Mini-series, or TV MovieNominated[16]
2007WeedsScreen Actors Guild AwardsBest Acting Ensemble in a Comedy SeriesNominated[16]
2009WeedsScreen Actors Guild AwardsBest Acting Ensemble in a Comedy SeriesNominated[16]

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

YearTitleRoleNotes
1984For Their Own Good...Unknown
1986About Last Night...Joan
1987From the HipJo Ann
1988Sweet Hearts DanceAdie Nims
1988BigSusan
1990AvalonAnn Kaye
1990Love at LargeStella Wynkowski
1991The DoctorJune EllisNominated—Chicago Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actress
1991He Said, She SaidLorie Bryer
1993Indian SummerJennifer Morton
1994Miracle on 34th StreetDorey Walker
1994The FlintstonesWilma Flintstone
1995Moonlight and ValentinoRebecca Trager Lott
1995The American PresidentUnknownUncredited
1997Lesser ProphetsSusan
1997ClonedSkye WestonTelevision movie
1997Rescuers: Stories of Courage: Two WomenGertruda BabilinskaTelevision movie
1998I'm Losing YouAubrey Wicker
1999Crazy in AlabamaJoan Blake
2000If These Walls Could Talk 2Alice HedleyTelevision movie
200028 DaysLily
2001What Girls LearnMamaTelevision movie
2001Cats & DogsMrs. Brody
2002Try SeventeenBlanche
2003Finding NemoCoral
2004Jiminy Glick in LalawoodMiranda Coolidge
2004SpeakJoyce Sordino
2005The Ring TwoDr. Emma Temple
2005HerculesAlcmeneTelevision movie
2005Fierce PeopleMrs. Langley
2005Must Love DogsCarol
2005The Thing About My FolksRachel Kleinman
2005Kids in AmericaSandra Carmichael
2011HopBonnie O'Hare
2012The LoraxLizzie

Television[edit]

YearTitleRoleNotes
1998From the Earth to the MoonMarilyn LovellEpisode: "The Original Wives Club"
2000Battery ParkMadeline Dunleavy6 episodes
2005–2009WeedsCelia Hodes63 episodes
Nominated—Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress – Series, Miniseries or Television Film (2006-07)
Nominated—Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series (2006-07, 2009)
Nominated—Satellite Award for Best Actress – Television Series Musical or Comedy
Nominated—Satellite Award for Best Supporting Actress – Series, Miniseries or Television Film
Nominated—Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series (2007, 2009)
2009MonkChristine RappEpisode "Mr. Monk's Favorite Show"
2011The CloserGail MeyersEpisode "Road Block"
2013How to Live with Your Parents
(for the Rest of Your Life)
Elaine13 episodes

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Elizabeth Perkins Biography (1960?-)". Filmreference.com. Retrieved 2012-09-17. 
  2. ^ "`Big' star relates to `Avalon' role Article from Chicago Sun-Times". HighBeam Research. Retrieved 2012-09-17. 
  3. ^ "Elizabeth Perkins Biography – Yahoo! Movies". Movies.yahoo.com. Retrieved 2012-09-17. 
  4. ^ "– 20Q – Elizabeth Perkins – Interview With Elizabeth Perkins". Playboy.com. Retrieved 2012-09-17. 
  5. ^ a b c d e f Perkins, Elizabeth. "Biography". elizabeth-perkins.org. Retrieved 2011-07-29. 
  6. ^ Arena Civic Theatre Boston Globe August 10, 1978
  7. ^ Movie's stars reflect on their roles and relationships by Philip Wuntch The Dallas Morning News, July 6, 1986
  8. ^ Perkins Finds a Role to Sink Sharp Teeth Into by JAN BRESLAUER Los Angeles Times November 17, 1995
  9. ^ Elizabeth Perkins Biography, Dreamworks April 11, 2005
  10. ^ Elizabeth Perkins Biography, Warner Brothers
  11. ^ "Elizabeth Perkins is leaving 'Weeds.' Who needs a margarita?". Entertainment Weekly. May 6, 2010. Retrieved June 5, 2010. 
  12. ^ Producer Claudia Lonow On ABC’s ‘How To Live With Your Parents’: TCA, Deadline.com, July 27, 2012
  13. ^ Chicago Sun Times Perkins doctors up career after `Big' break by Luaine Lee, August 30, 1991
  14. ^ According to Parade Magazine (August 5, 2007)
  15. ^ "Shock & Awesome". (February 2008) Diabetes Forecast Magazine. Accessed 2009-07-05.
  16. ^ a b c d e f g h i "Awards for Elizabeth Perkins". Internet Movie Database. Retrieved May 31 2013. 

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