Caroline Rhea

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Caroline Rhea
Caroline Rhea.jpg
Rhea at the Comic-Con in 2010
Born Caroline Gilchrist Rhea
(1964-04-13) April 13, 1964 (age 51)
Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Occupation Comedian, Actress, Model, Voice Actress
Years active 1986–present
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Caroline Gilchrist Rhea (born April 13, 1964) is a Canadian stand-up comedian, actress and model who was the original host of the reality television show The Biggest Loser on NBC until she was replaced by Alison Sweeney after the end of Season 3. She is also known for her role as Hilda Spellman from Sabrina, the Teenage Witch, and for replacing Rosie O'Donnell as the hostess of her syndicated talk show, renamed The Caroline Rhea Show. Rhea provides the voice for Linda Flynn-Fletcher, the mother of Phineas and Candace Flynn and stepmother of Ferb Fletcher, on the Disney Channel series Phineas and Ferb.

Early life[edit]

Rhea was born and raised in Montreal, Quebec, the daughter of Marjorie, an antiques dealer, and David Rhea, an obstetrician and gynecologist.[1] She has two sisters, Cynthia and Celia. She attended The Study, an all-girls private school in Westmount, Quebec and Dalhousie University in Nova Scotia.[2]


Her film debut was as an extra in the film Meatballs III, shot on location near Montreal. She moved to New York in 1989 to study stand-up comedy at the New School for Social Research.

Rhea has said that her true training came from her first gigs at the comedy club, Catch a Rising Star. Performing around New York City, she quickly gained a reputation in the city's competitive comedy scene. These performances were augmented with appearances on MTV's Half-Hour Comedy Hour, Comic Strip Live and Caroline's Comedy Hour. She decided to move to Los Angeles for a career in Hollywood, debuting in NBC television series Pride & Joy co-starring with Jeremy Piven. She gained fame for her role as Aunt Hilda on the ABC (and later, The WB network) television show, Sabrina the Teenage Witch, as well as being a regular on the latest incarnation of Hollywood Squares.

In 2002, Rhea landed her own syndicated daytime talk show, The Caroline Rhea Show. Rosie O'Donnell hand-picked Rhea as her replacement. In 2004, Rhea became the first host of the series, The Biggest Loser on NBC, a weight loss reality show in which overweight members of two teams try to lose the most weight. After her 3rd season, Rhea was replaced by Alison Sweeney. In 2005, Rhea was in the movie The Perfect Man, playing a co-worker of Jean (Heather Locklear).

She has appeared in Comic Relief 8, as well as the Ms. Foundation's "Women of Comedy from Caroline's Comedy Club" (no relation to Rhea). She appeared as a contestant in 2001 on a special edition of Who Wants to Be a Millionaire, winning $125,000 for charity. She had her own stand-up special as part of Bravo's three-part Funny Ladies series, along with Joan Rivers and Paula Poundstone. Rhea has had a recurring role on the hit Disney Channel Original Series, The Suite Life of Zack & Cody as Ilsa Shickelgubermeiger-Von Helsing der Keppelugerhofer, an inspector turned manager of the rival hotel. In the series, she is well known for a large mole on her cheek. She has appeared on Disney's Mom's Got a Date with a Vampire as the mother and also Christmas with the Kranks in 2004. She has competed on Bravo's Celebrity Poker Showdown and GSN's World Series of Blackjack.

She now does the voice of Linda Flynn-Fletcher in Phineas and Ferb, an animated show with Ashley Tisdale, Mitchel Musso, and Alyson Stoner. Rhea will next appear on the upcoming Fox animated series Two Dreadful Children. Caroline Rhea also plays Noleta Nethercott on the TV series Sordid Lives: The Series. She has also been in the original Lifetime Television movie To Be Fat Like Me with Kaley Cuoco. Rhea stars as a down on her luck waitress alongside Justin Guarini and Mircea Monroe in the Marvista Entertainment production of Fast Girl. Rhea has also done a live webcast with author, Meg Cabot.

Rhea currently hosts the Canadian television series Cake Walk: Wedding Cake Edition on Slice, which premiered September 7, 2011.[3] She is also frequently a guest on the revival of Match Game on Canada's The Comedy Network.[4]

In 2013, Rhea hosted a travelling live stage show version of the game show Family Feud which toured fairs in the US and Canada, including the Calgary Stampede.

In 2014, Rhea is the host for The Underfashion Club Femmy Awards at Cipriani 42 Street in New York.[5]

Personal life[edit]

Rhea and ex-husband, comedian Costaki Economopoulos have a daughter Ava, who was born in New York on Thursday, October 23, 2008.[6]


Year Title Role Notes
1987 Meatballs III: Summer Job Beach Girl #4 (uncredited)
1996 Shot, TheThe Shot Casting Director
1999 Man on the Moon 'Fridays' Melanie
2000 Ready to Rumble Eugenia King Moms got a date with a vampire
2001 Happy Birthday Monica
2004 Christmas with the Kranks Candi
2005 Perfect Man, TheThe Perfect Man Gloria
2008 Fast Girl Maddie
2009 Love N' Dancing Bonnie
2011 Phineas and Ferb the Movie: Across the 2nd Dimension Linda Flynn-Fletcher (voice) Direct-to-DVD movie
Year Title Role Notes
1993 Fools for Love Caroline Rhea Host
1995 Pride & Joy Carol Green 6 episodes
1996 Drew Carey Show, TheThe Drew Carey Show Bonnie Episode: "What the Zoning Inspector Saw"
Episode: "Drew's the Other Man"
1996-2003 Sabrina, the Teenage Witch Hilda Spellman 142 episodes
1997 Dr. Katz, Professional Therapist Caroline (voice) Episode: "Big Fat Slug"
1999 Larry David: Curb Your Enthusiasm Herself HBO Special
2000 Mom's Got a Date with a Vampire Lynette Hansen TV movie
2001 Santa Claus Brothers, TheThe Santa Claus Brothers Mrs. Claus TV movie
2002 Fillmore! Mrs. Konquist (voice) Episode: "Nappers Never Sleep"
2004-2006 The Biggest Loser Herself Host
2005-2006 Suite Life of Zack & Cody, TheThe Suite Life of Zack & Cody Ilsa Episode: "Hotel Inspector", "Cookin' with Romeo and Juliet", "Bowling" & "Mr. Tipton Comes to Visit"
2007 Two Dreadful Children (voice) TV movie
2007 To Be Fat Like Me Madelyn TV movie
2007–present Phineas and Ferb Linda Flynn-Fletcher (voice) 82 episodes
2008 Sordid Lives: The Series Noleta Nethercott 13 episodes
2009 Larry the Cable Guy's Hula-Palooza Christmas Luau Shopper #1 / Grandma / Mrs Claus TV movie
2011 Cake Walk: Wedding Edition Herself Host
2012 Sunshine Sketches of a Little Town Mrs. Diston TV movie, post-production
2012 The Christmas Consultant Maya Fletcher TV movie
2013 Baby Daddy Jennifer Perrin Episode: "On The Lamb-y"
2014 Maron Herself Episode: "Nostalgic Sex Buddy"

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Caroline Rhea Biography (1964-)". Retrieved 2012-04-23. 
  2. ^ Stephen Cooke (April 21, 2010). "Laughing matters: Comedian recalls days at Dal as she gets ready for Ha!ifax Comedy Festival". Chronicle Herald. Archived from the original on 2010-04-24. 
  3. ^ "Bios - Cake Walk". Retrieved 2012-04-23. 
  4. ^ "Match Game". Retrieved 2012-10-27. 
  5. ^ Monget, Karyn (29 January 2014). "Innerwear Industry Raising Funds for Mary Krug Scholarship". WWD. Retrieved 29 January 2014. 
  6. ^ "Caroline Rhea Has a Baby Girl! - Babies, Caroline Rhea". 2008-10-23. Retrieved 2012-04-23. 

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