RHEA PERLMAN (Mikvah Lady) has been a star of television, stage and film for
more than 30 years. Perlman is a four-time Emmy winner for her role as Carla on
the NBC hit
"Cheers." She was nominated an unprecedented 10 times during the 11-year series
in all 273 episodes.
In 2010 Perlman appeared onstage with her daughter, Lucy, in Norah and Delia
Broadway hit Love, Loss and What I Wore at the Geffen Playhouse in Los Angeles.
previously performed together in the Broadway edition of the same play.
Perlman starred in the Broadway production of The Tale of the Allergist's Wife,
Broadway play The Exonerated and the London West End revival of Boeing-Boeing.
performance as the forbearing housekeeper, Bertha, earned rave reviews.
Perlman recently starred in LOVE COMES LATELY, earning praise for her role as
long-suffering lover Reisel and in the family film BEETHOVEN: THE REEL STORY for
Universal Home Entertainment. Other feature film credits include SUNSET PARK,
BACON, CARPOOL and MATILDA, which was directed by and also starred her husband,
Perlman has starred in more than 15 television movies, including Hallmark's
Ghost," "The Christmas Choir," "Houdini," "Secret Cutting" and "How to Marry a
Her other television credits include the role of Zena in "Taxi," a recurring
role as Tanya in HBO's
"Hung," "Law & Order: SVU," "Kate Brasher" and "Pearl," which she both starred
Perlman began writing children's books in 2005, producing a six-book series
Otto Undercover, about a precocious kid who is a racecar driver and secret agent
wordplay and palindromes.
Born in Brooklyn, Perlman graduated from Hunter College in New York with a
degree and was later awarded an honorary doctorate in Fine Arts. She is a mother
of three and a
well-known children's advocate recognized for her involvement in a variety of
including Los Angeles' Best, Children's Action Network, Children's Hospital Los
Diabetes Center. Perlman regularly blogs on Huffington Post, introducing kids in
County foster care who are eligible for adoption. In 2010 she received the
National Angel Award
from the Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute's Angels in Adoption. She
successfully campaigned for the passage of California Fostering Connections to
Success Act (AB
12), which allows children who turn 18 the option to remain in the foster care
system until the age
of 21. A champion of children's literacy, Perlman supports public libraries.
Perlman lives with her family in Los Angeles.