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
Born Elizabeth Ann Perkins
(1960-11-18) November 18, 1960 (age 53)
Queens, New York, U.S.
Occupation Actress
Years active 1984–present
Spouse(s) Terry Kinney (1984–1988)
Julio Macat (2000–present)
Children Hannah 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]

Year Title Role Notes
1986 About Last Night Joan
1987 From the Hip Jo Ann
1988 Big Susan Lawrence
1988 Sweet Hearts Dance Adie Nims
1990 Love at Large Stella Wynkowski
1990 Enid Is Sleeping Jane
1990 Avalon Ann Kaye
1991 He Said, She Said Lorie Bryer
1991 Doctor, TheThe Doctor June Ellis
1993 Indian Summer Jennifer Morton
1994 Flintstones, TheThe Flintstones Wilma Flintstone
1994 Miracle on 34th Street Dorey Walker
1995 Moonlight and Valentino Rebecca Trager Lott
1997 Lesser Prophets Susan
1998 I'm Losing You Aubrey Wicker
1999 Crazy in Alabama Joan Blake
2000 28 Days Lily Cummings
2002 All I Want Blanche AKA, Try Seventeen
2003 Finding Nemo Coral (voice)
2004 Gilded Stones Polly Short film
2004 Speak Joyce Sordino
2004 Jiminy Glick in Lalawood Miranda Coolidge
2005 Ring Two, TheThe Ring Two Dr. Emma Temple
2005 Thing About My Folks, TheThe Thing About My Folks Rachel Kleinman
2005 Must Love Dogs Carol Nolan
2005 Kids in America Sondra Carmichael
2009 Le chat est mort Rhonda Short film
2011 Hop Bonnie O'Hare

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1993 For Their Own Good Sally Wheeler TV film
1997 Cloned Skye Weston TV film
1997 Rescuers: Stories of Courage: Two Women Gertruda Babilinska TV film
1998 From the Earth to the Moon Marilyn Lovell Episode: "The Original Wives Club"
2000 If These Walls Could Talk 2 Alice Hedley TV film
2000 Battery Park Captain Madeline Dunleavy Lead role (6 episodes)
2001 What Girls Learn Mama TV film
2002 My Sister's Keeper Judy Chapman TV film
2002 King of the Hill Jan Shaw (voice) Episode: "Get Your Freak Off"
2004 King of the Hill Mrs. Ashmore / Ruth Brown / Sherilyn (voice) Episodes: "How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Enjoy the Alamo", "The Redneck on Rainey Street"
2005 Hercules Alcmene TV miniseries
2005–2009 Weeds Celia Hodes Regular role (63 episodes)
2009 Monk Christine Rapp Episode: "Mr. Monk's Favorite Show"
2011 Vince Uncensored Janet Donohue TV film
2011 Closer, TheThe Closer Gail Meyers Episode: "Road Block"
2013 How to Live with Your Parents (For the Rest of Your Life) Elaine Green Main role (13 episodes)

Awards/Nominations[edit]

Awards
Year Award Category Production Result
1992 CFCA Award Best Supporting Actress The Doctor Nominated
2005 Satellite Award Outstanding Actress in a Series, Comedy or Musical Weeds Nominated
2006 Satellite Award Best Actress in a Supporting Role in a Series, Mini-Series, or TV Movie Weeds Nominated
2006 Golden Globe Award Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Series, Mini-Series, or TV Movie Weeds Nominated
2006 Primetime Emmy Award Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series Weeds Nominated
2007 Primetime Emmy Award Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series Weeds Nominated
2007 Screen Actors Guild Award Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series Weeds Nominated
2007 Golden Globe Award Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Series, Mini-Series, or TV Movie Weeds Nominated
2007 Golden Nymph Outstanding Actress - Comedy Series Weeds Nominated
2009 Primetime Emmy Award Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series Weeds Nominated
2009 Screen Actors Guild Award Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series Weeds Nominated

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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