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Rhea at the Comic-Con in 2010
|Born||Caroline Gilchrist Rhea
April 13, 1964
Montreal, Quebec, Canada
|Occupation||Comedienne, Actress, Voice Actress|
Caroline Gilchrist Rhea (born April 13, 1964) is a Canadian stand-up comedian and actress 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 the third season. 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.
Rhea was born and raised in Montreal, Quebec, the daughter of Marjorie, an antiques dealer, and David Rhea, an obstetrician and gynecologist. 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.
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 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. She is also frequently a guest on the revival of Match Game on Canada's The Comedy Network.
|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|
|2004||Christmas with the Kranks||Candi|
|2005||Perfect Man, TheThe Perfect Man||Gloria||2007
Mom's Got a Date with a Vampire
|2009||Love N' Dancing||Bonnie|
|2011||Phineas and Ferb the Movie: Across the 2nd Dimension||Linda Flynn-Fletcher (voice)||Direct-to-DVD movie|
|1993||Fools for Love||Caroline Rhea||TV movie|
|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"|
|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"|
- "Caroline Rhea Biography (1964-)". Filmreference.com. Retrieved 2012-04-23.
- 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.
- "Bios - Cake Walk". Slice.ca. Retrieved 2012-04-23.
- "Match Game". www.thecomedynetwork.ca. Retrieved 2012-10-27.
- "Caroline Rhea Has a Baby Girl! - Babies, Caroline Rhea". People.com. 2008-10-23. Retrieved 2012-04-23.
- TV.com - The Caroline Rhea Show
- Biggest Loser Club Official Site
- Ruth Myles: Survey Says...Family Feud Live! brings popular game show to the stampede
- Caroline Rhea at the Internet Movie Database
- Caroline Rhea at the Internet Off-Broadway Database
- Match Game