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 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]

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.

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

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]

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

YearTitleRoleNotes
1986About Last NightJoan
1987From the HipJo Ann
1988BigSusan Lawrence
1988Sweet Hearts DanceAdie Nims
1990Love at LargeStella Wynkowski
1990Enid Is SleepingJane
1990AvalonAnn Kaye
1991He Said, She SaidLorie Bryer
1991Doctor, TheThe DoctorJune Ellis
1993Indian SummerJennifer Morton
1994Flintstones, TheThe FlintstonesWilma Flintstone
1994Miracle on 34th StreetDorey Walker
1995Moonlight and ValentinoRebecca Trager Lott
1997Lesser ProphetsSusan
1998I'm Losing YouAubrey Wicker
1999Crazy in AlabamaJoan Blake
200028 DaysLily Cummings
2001cats & dogsMrs. Caroline Brody
2002All I WantBlancheAKA, Try Seventeen
2003Finding NemoCoral (voice)
2004Gilded StonesPollyShort film
2004SpeakJoyce Sordino
2004Jiminy Glick in LalawoodMiranda Coolidge
2005Ring Two, TheThe Ring TwoDr. Emma Temple
2005Thing About My Folks, TheThe Thing About My FolksRachel Kleinman
2005Must Love DogsCarol Nolan
2005Kids in AmericaSondra Carmichael
2009Le chat est mortRhondaShort film
2011HopBonnie O'Hare

Television[edit]

YearTitleRoleNotes
1993For Their Own GoodSally WheelerTV film
1997ClonedSkye WestonTV film
1997Rescuers: Stories of Courage: Two WomenGertruda BabilinskaTV film
1998From the Earth to the MoonMarilyn LovellEpisode: "The Original Wives Club"
2000If These Walls Could Talk 2Alice HedleyTV film
2000Battery ParkCaptain Madeline DunleavyLead role (6 episodes)
2001What Girls LearnMamaTV film
2002My Sister's KeeperJudy ChapmanTV film
2002King of the HillJan Shaw (voice)Episode: "Get Your Freak Off"
2004King of the HillMrs. Ashmore / Ruth Brown / Sherilyn (voice)Episodes: "How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Enjoy the Alamo", "The Redneck on Rainey Street"
2005HerculesAlcmeneTV miniseries
2005–2009WeedsCelia HodesRegular role (63 episodes)
2009MonkChristine RappEpisode: "Mr. Monk's Favorite Show"
2011Vince UncensoredJanet DonohueTV film
2011Closer, TheThe CloserGail MeyersEpisode: "Road Block"
2013How to Live with Your Parents (For the Rest of Your Life)Elaine GreenMain role (13 episodes)

Awards/Nominations[edit]

Awards
YearAwardCategoryProductionResult
1992CFCA AwardBest Supporting ActressThe DoctorNominated
2005Satellite AwardOutstanding Actress in a Series, Comedy or MusicalWeedsNominated
2006Satellite AwardBest Actress in a Supporting Role in a Series, Mini-Series, or TV MovieWeedsNominated
2006Golden Globe AwardBest Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Series, Mini-Series, or TV MovieWeedsNominated
2006Primetime Emmy AwardOutstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy SeriesWeedsNominated
2007Primetime Emmy AwardOutstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy SeriesWeedsNominated
2007Screen Actors Guild AwardOutstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy SeriesWeedsNominated
2007Golden Globe AwardBest Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Series, Mini-Series, or TV MovieWeedsNominated
2007Golden NymphOutstanding Actress - Comedy SeriesWeedsNominated
2009Primetime Emmy AwardOutstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy SeriesWeedsNominated
2009Screen Actors Guild AwardOutstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy SeriesWeedsNominated

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.

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