Caroline Rhea

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Caroline Rhea
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Rhea in 2012
Born (1964-04-13) April 13, 1964 (age 54)
Westmount, Quebec, Canada
Alma mater Dalhousie University
University of Arizona
Occupation Comedian, actress, voice actress
Years active 1986–present
Partner(s) Costaki Economopoulos (2007-2010)
Children 1

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]

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 Ava Rhea Economopoulos, born October 21, 2008.[5][6]

Filmography[edit]

Film
Year Title Role Notes
1986 Meatballs III: Summer Job Beach girl #4 Uncredited
1996 The Shot Casting director
1999 Man on the Moon Fridays' Melanie Chartoff
2000 Ready to Rumble Eugenia King
Mom's Got a Date with a Vampire Lynette Hansen Television film
2001 Happy Birthday Monica
The Santa Claus Brothers Mrs. Claus (voice) Television film
2004 Christmas with the Kranks Candi
2005 The Perfect Man Gloria
2007 To Be Fat Like Me Madelyn Television film
2008 Fast Girl Maddie
2009 Love N' Dancing Bonnie
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 (voice) Television film
2012 Sunshine Sketches of a Little Town Mrs. Diston Television film
The Christmas Consultant Maya Fletcher Television film
2016 Bruno & Boots: Go Jump in the Pool Ms. Scrimmage Television film
2017 A Very Sordid Wedding Noleta Nethercott
Bruno & Boots: The Wizzle War Eugenia Scrimmage Television film
Bruno & Boots: This Can't Be Happening at Macdonald Hall Eugenia Scrimmage Television film
Television
Year Title Role Notes
1993 Fools for Love Caroline Rhea Host
1995 Pride & Joy Carol Green 6 episodes
1996–2003 Sabrina the Teenage Witch Hilda Spellman 139 episodes
1996 The Drew Carey Show Bonnie 2 episodes
1997 Dr. Katz, Professional Therapist Caroline (voice) Episode: "Big Fat Slug"
1999 Larry David: Curb Your Enthusiasm Herself Television special
2000 Happily Ever After: Fairy Tales for Every Child Spidey (voice) Episode: "The Steadfast Tin Soldier"
2002 Fillmore! Mrs. Konquist (voice) Episode: "Nappers Never Sleep"
2004–06 The Biggest Loser Herself Host
2005–06 The Suite Life of Zack & Cody Ilsa 3 episodes
2007–15 Phineas and Ferb Linda Flynn-Fletcher (voice) 201 episodes
2008 Sordid Lives: The Series Noleta Nethercott 12 episodes
2011 Cake Walk: Wedding Cake Edition Herself Host
2013 Baby Daddy Jennifer Perrin Episode: "On the Lamb-y"
2014 Maron Herself Episode: "Nostalgic Sex Buddy"
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"
2017–18 Match Game Herself
2018–present Caroline & Friends Herself Host

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. ^ "Caroline Rhea Has a Baby Girl! - Babies, Caroline Rhea". People.com. 2008-10-23. Retrieved 2012-04-23. 
  6. ^ Patrick Huguenin (2008-07-19). "Caroline Rhea messes with Texas in the uninhibited 'Sordid Lives'". New York Daily News. Retrieved 2008-08-07. 

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