Valerie Perrine

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Valerie Perrine
Valerie Perrine 1975.jpg
Valerie Perrine in Amsterdam in 1975
BornValerie Ritchie Perrine
(1943-09-03) September 3, 1943 (age 71)
Galveston, Texas, U.S.
OccupationActress, model
Years active1971–present
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Valerie Perrine
Valerie Perrine 1975.jpg
Valerie Perrine in Amsterdam in 1975
BornValerie Ritchie Perrine
(1943-09-03) September 3, 1943 (age 71)
Galveston, Texas, U.S.
OccupationActress, model
Years active1971–present

Valerie Ritchie Perrine (born September 3, 1943) is an American actress and model.

Life and career[edit]

Perrine was born in Galveston, Texas, the daughter of Winifred "Renee" (née McGinley), a dancer who appeared in Earl Carroll's Vanities, and Kenneth Perrine, a Lieutenant Colonel in the U.S. Army.[1] Owing to her father's career, Perrine lived in many locations as the family moved to different posts.

She began her career as a Las Vegas showgirl. Some believe she made her film debut with an uncredited part in Diamonds Are Forever (1971), but this is not true. She played soft-core pornography actress Montana Wildhack in Kurt Vonnegut's Slaughterhouse-Five (1972). Perrine was photographed for a pictorial layout in the May 1972 issue of Playboy, later appearing on the cover in August 1981. She then became the first actress to purposely display herself nude on American television by completely baring her breasts during the May 4, 1973, PBS broadcast of Bruce Jay Friedman's Steambath on Hollywood Television Theater. (She was seen taking a shower from the side totally undressed.) Only a few PBS stations nationwide were adventurous enough to carry the program. Later in 1973, she appeared in the episode "When the Girls Came Out to Play" of the romantic anthology television series Love Story (1973).

In 1975, Perrine was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actress and the Golden Globe for Best Motion Picture Actress (Drama) and won the Best Actress Award at the Cannes Film Festival for her role as comedian Lenny Bruce's wife, stripper Honey Bruce, in Bob Fosse's Lenny (1974).

She was Carlotta Monti in the biopic W.C. Fields and Me (1976) and one of her best-remembered movie roles came as Miss Eve Teschmacher, moll of criminal mastermind Lex Luthor, in Superman (1978). For this role, she was nominated for the 1979 Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actress. She reprised her role as Miss Teschmacher in Superman II (1980).

Perrine played Charlotta Steele, ex-wife of a rodeo champion played by Robert Redford, in The Electric Horseman (1979). Her career grew uneven after an appearance in Can't Stop the Music (1980), for which she was nominated for a Razzie Award for Worst Actress. This film has since become a cult classic. In 1982, she played the role of Marcy, the wife of a corrupt police officer, in The Border with Jack Nicholson. In the years since then, Perrine has worked in lower-profile projects, although she did have a small supporting role in the 2000 Mel Gibson film What Women Want. In 1995, Perrine made a guest appearance on the series Homicide: Life on the Street, playing an ex-wife of Richard Belzer's Detective John Munch.


1972Slaughterhouse-FiveMontana Wildhack
1973Last American Hero, TheThe Last American HeroMarge Dennison, Morley's Secretaryaka Hard Driver (USA: reissue title)
1974LennyHoney BruceBAFTA Award for Most Promising Newcomer to Leading Film Roles
Cannes Film Festival Best Actress Award
National Board of Review Award for Best Supporting Actress
New York Film Critics Circle Award for Best Supporting Actress
Nominated—Academy Award for Best Actress
Nominated—BAFTA Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role
Nominated—Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Motion Picture Drama
1976W.C. Fields and MeCarlotta Monti
1977Mr. BillionRosie Jonesaka The Windfall
1978SupermanEve TeschmacherNominated—Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actress
1979The Magician of LublinZeftel
1979Electric Horseman, TheThe Electric HorsemanCharlotta Steele
1980AgencyBrenda Wilcoxaka Mind Games (video title)
1980Can't Stop the MusicSamantha Simpson
1980Superman IIEve Teschmacher
1981Cannonball Run, TheThe Cannonball RunFemale Cop Pulling Over Lamborghini Babes(uncredited)
1982Border, TheThe BorderMarcy
1983MalibuDee StauferTV miniseries
1985Mask of MurderMaria
1985WaterPamela Weintraubaka The Investigator
1987Maid to OrderGeorgette Starkey
1991Reflections in a Dark SkyCaterina
1991Bright AngelAileen
1993Boiling PointMona
1995Girl in the CadillacTilly
1995The BreakDelores Smith
1998Brown's RequiemMarguerita Hansen
1998Place Called Truth, AA Place Called TruthEstelle
1998Shame, Shame, ShameMaura's Mother
199854Elaine's Patronaka Fifty-Four
1999My Girlfriend's BoyfriendRita Lindross
1999Picture This
1999Curtain CallMonica Gilroy(uncredited)
2000What Women WantMargo
2001Directing EddieGloria Vassickaka Project: Indie (USA)
2002End of the Bar, TheThe End of the BarMrs. Duncan
2005Moguls, TheThe MogulsVaka The Amateurs (USA: new title)
2005Californians, TheThe CaliforniansLenora Tripp
2008Redirecting EddieGloria Vassick
2011Lights OutMaeTV Series


  1. ^ "Valerie Perrine Biography (1943–)". NetIndustries, LLC. Retrieved 2010-09-07. 

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