Caroline Rhea

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Caroline Rhea
Caroline Rhea1.jpg
Rhea in 2012
Born (1964-04-13) April 13, 1964 (age 54)
Alma materDalhousie University
University of Arizona
OccupationComedian, actress, voice actress
Years active1986–present
Partner(s)Costaki Economopoulos (2007-2010)
Children1

Caroline Rhea (born April 13, 1964) is a Canadian stand-up comedian and actress who is best known for her role as Hilda Spellman on the ABC show Sabrina the Teenage Witch.

She has performed numerous comedy specials, including three one-hour standup specials for HBO, Showtime, and Bravo. She is also known as the voice of Linda Flynn-Fletcher on the Disney Channel series Phineas and Ferb and as a regular on Hollywood Squares with her friend Whoopi Goldberg. Rhea was chosen by Rosie O'Donnell as the new hostess of her syndicated talk show, renamed The Caroline Rhea Show and hosted the reality television show The Biggest Loser on NBC for the first three seasons. She appears regularly on ABC's Match Game with Alec Baldwin and is reprising her roles as Eugenia Scrimmage in the Bruno & Boots movie franchise and Noleta Nethercott in A Very Sordid Wedding.

Early life[edit]

Rhea was born and raised in Westmount, Quebec, the daughter of Margery 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; Dalhousie University in Nova Scotia;[2] and the University of Arizona.

Career[edit]

Standup[edit]

Rhea moved to New York in 1986 to pursue a career as a comedian and actress. She began performing at venues like Catch a Rising Star and The Comic Strip, where she performed along with comedians including Chris Rock, Louis C.K., Dave Attell, Marc Maron, and Jim Gaffigan. Rhea made her first filmed standup appearances on MTV's Half-Hour Comedy Hour, Comic Strip Live and Caroline's Comedy Hour.

Rhea was given a one-hour special for HBO, called One Night Stand. She followed this up with Rhea's Anatomy, her one-hour special for Bravo, and Give Me My Remote for Showtime.

Film and television[edit]

After finding success in New York as a comedian, Caroline moved to Los Angeles to pursue an acting career in Hollywood, debuting on NBC's television series Pride & Joy, where she co-starred with Jeremy Piven. She later gained widespread fame for her role as Aunt Hilda on the ABC (and later, The WB network) television show, Sabrina the Teenage Witch, and for her recurring role on the latest incarnation of Hollywood Squares.

Rhea is also well known for her role as Linda Flynn-Fletcher on the long-running Disney show Phineas and Ferb, for her syndicated daytime talk show, The Caroline Rhea Show, as the original host of The Biggest Loser on NBC, and for playing Noleta Nethercott on the TV series Sordid Lives: The Series for Logo, which has recently been rebooted as a feature called A Very Sordid Wedding, which premiered in March 2017 in Palm Springs.

In 2004, she appeared in the cult-classics Disney's Mom's Got a Date with a Vampire and in Christmas with the Kranks. In 2005, Rhea appeared in The Perfect Man, playing a co-worker of Jean (Heather Locklear) and 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 2007, she starred in the original Lifetime Television movie To Be Fat Like Me opposite Kaley Cuoco and in the Fox animated series Two Dreadful Children.

In 2008, Rhea starred alongside Justin Guarini and Mircea Monroe in the MarVista Entertainment production of Fast Girl. 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 2017, she has had a recurring role on ABC's revival of Match Game.[3]

Rhea has competed on Bravo's Celebrity Poker Showdown and GSN's World Series of Blackjack, and also done a live webcast with author, Meg Cabot.

In 2018, Rhea began hosting Caroline & Friends on GSN. The series features funny videos of animals and children. The studio audience votes for the best video chosen by Rhea and her two guest comedian co-hosts.[4]

In 2019, Rhea began appearing as Judy, the grandmother, in the Disney Channel sitcom Sydney to the Max[5], which premiered January 25.

Charity work[edit]

Rhea has appeared at Comic Relief as well as the Ms. Foundation's "Women of Comedy from Caroline's Comedy Club". She appeared as a contestant in 2001 on a special edition of Who Wants to Be a Millionaire, winning $125,000 for her charity.

Personal life[edit]

Rhea and her former partner, comedian Costaki Economopoulos, have a daughter, born in October 2008.[6][7]

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1986 Meatballs III: Summer Job Beach girl #4 Uncredited[citation needed]
1996 The Shot Casting director
1999 Man on the Moon Fridays' Melanie Chartoff
2000 Ready to Rumble Eugenia King
2001 Happy Birthday Monica
2004 Christmas with the Kranks Candi
2005 The Perfect Man Gloria
2008 Fast Girl Maddie
2009 Love N' Dancing Bonnie
2017 A Very Sordid Wedding Noleta Nethercott

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1993 Fools for Love Caroline Rhea Host
1995 Pride & Joy Carol Green Main role
1996–2003 Sabrina the Teenage Witch Hilda Spellman Main role (seasons 1–6); guest role (season 7)
1996 The Drew Carey Show Bonnie 2 episodes
1997 Dr. Katz, Professional Therapist Caroline Voice role; episode: "Big Fat Slug"
1999 Larry David: Curb Your Enthusiasm Herself Television special
2000 Happily Ever After: Fairy Tales for Every Child Spidey Voice role; episode: "The Steadfast Tin Soldier"
2000 Mom's Got a Date with a Vampire Lynette Hansen Television film
2001 The Santa Claus Brothers Mrs. Claus Television film; voice role
2002 Fillmore! Mrs. Konquist Voice role; episode: "Nappers Never Sleep"
2004–2006 The Biggest Loser Herself Host
2005–2006 The Suite Life of Zack & Cody Ilsa 3 episodes
2007 To Be Fat Like Me Madelyn Television film
2007–2015 Phineas and Ferb Linda Flynn-Fletcher Recurring voice role
2008 Sordid Lives: The Series Noleta Nethercott Main role
2009 Larry the Cable Guy's Hula-Palooza Christmas Luau Shopper #1 / Grandma / Mrs. Claus Television film
2011 Phineas and Ferb the Movie: Across the 2nd Dimension Linda Flynn-Fletcher Television film; voice role
2011 Cake Walk: Wedding Cake Edition Herself Host
2012 Sunshine Sketches of a Little Town Mrs. Diston Television film
2012 The Christmas Consultant Maya Fletcher Television film
2013 Baby Daddy Jennifer Perrin Episode: "On the Lamb-y"
2014 Maron Herself Episode: "Nostalgic Sex Buddy"
2014 Manhattan Love Story Coach Reisner Episode: "The Ex Factor"
2015 2 Broke Girls Bonnie Episode: "And the Disappointing Unit"
2016 The Grinder Fran Episode: "Genesis"
2016 Bruno & Boots: Go Jump in the Pool Ms. Scrimmage Television film
2017 Bruno & Boots: The Wizzle War Eugenia Scrimmage Television film
2017 Bruno & Boots: This Can't Be Happening at Macdonald Hall Eugenia Scrimmage Television film
2017–2018 Match Game Herself Panel contestant
2017–2018 Funny You Should Ask Herself Panel contestant
2018 Caroline & Friends Herself Host
2019 Sydney to the Max Judy Main role[8]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Caroline Rhea Biography (1964-)". Filmreference.com. 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. ^ "North Little Rock woman wins $10,000 on ABC's 'Match Game'" Arkansas Online. Retrieved 2018-07-15.
  4. ^ "Game Show Network's Comedic Family-Submitted Video Show Caroline and Friends". broadwayworld.com. Retrieved July 16, 2018.
  5. ^ https://www.disneyabcpress.com/disneychannel/shows/sydney-to-the-max/bios/
  6. ^ "Caroline Rhea Has a Baby Girl! - Babies, Caroline Rhea". People.com. 2008-10-23. Retrieved 2012-04-23.
  7. ^ Patrick Huguenin (2008-07-19). "Caroline Rhea messes with Texas in the uninhibited 'Sordid Lives'". New York Daily News. Retrieved 2008-08-07.
  8. ^ ""Sydney to the Max," A Daughter/Father Sitcom, Is Set to Premiere Friday, Jan. 25, on Disney Channel" (Press release). Disney Channel. November 19, 2018. Retrieved November 19, 2018 – via The Futon Critic.

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