Caroline Gilchrist Rhea
April 13, 1964
Westmount, Quebec, Canada
|Partner(s)||Costaki Economopoulos (2007–2010)|
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 appeared 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. She later returned to Disney Channel on the series Sydney to the Max, playing the role of Grandma Judy.
Rhea was born and raised in Westmount, Quebec, the daughter of Margery and David Rhea, an obstetrician and gynecologist, respectively. She has two sisters, Cynthia and Celia. She attended The Study, an all-girls private school in Westmount, Quebec; Dalhousie University in Nova Scotia; and the University of Arizona.
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. She made her first filmed standup appearances on MTV's Half-Hour Comedy Hour, Comic Strip Live and Caroline's Comedy Hour.
Film and television
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 Mom's Got a Date with a Vampire and 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 that toured fairs in the US and Canada, including the Calgary Stampede. In 2017, she began a recurring role on ABC's revival of Match Game.
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. The show lasted for one season.
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.
Rhea's parents were diagnosed with cancer one week apart. Her mother, Margery, was diagnosed with breast cancer and her dad, David, with lung cancer. David, an OB/GYN, died 10 months later; Margery lived another six years.
|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|
|2004||Christmas with the Kranks||Candi|
|2005||The Perfect Man||Gloria|
|2009||Love N' Dancing||Bonnie|
|2017||A Very Sordid Wedding||Noleta Nethercott|
|1993||Fools for Love||Herself||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"|
|2002–2003||The Caroline Rhea Show||Herself||Daytime talk show|
|2004–2006||The Biggest Loser||Host (seasons 1–3)|
|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||Main 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|
|Cake Walk: Wedding Cake Edition||Herself||Host|
|2012||Sunshine Sketches of a Little Town||Mrs. Diston||Television film|
|The Christmas Consultant||Maya Fletcher|
|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"|
|Bruno & Boots: Go Jump in the Pool||Eugenia Scrimmage||Television film|
|2017||Bruno & Boots: The Wizzle War, This Can't Be Happening at Macdonald Hall|
|2017–2018||Match Game||Herself (panel contestant)|
|Funny You Should Ask|
|2018||Caroline & Friends||Host|
|2019–2021||Sydney to the Max||Grandma Judy||Main role|
|2020||Phineas and Ferb the Movie: Candace Against the Universe||Linda Flynn-Fletcher||Television film; voice role|
|2020||Match Game||Herself (panelist)||Episode: "Joel McHale, Jane Krakowski, Jermaine Fowler, Caroline Rhea, Skylar Astin, Rhetta"|
|2020||The Blame Game||Herself (panelist)||Episode: 27 November 2020|
|2020||Chilling Adventures of Sabrina||Sitcom Hilda Spellman (Parallel Cosmos-modified version)||2 episodes|
|2021||Debbie Macomber's A Mrs. Miracle Christmas||Gloria Merkel (Mrs. Miracle)||Television Film|
|2022||LOL: Last One Laughing Canada||Herself|
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- 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.
- "North Little Rock woman wins $10,000 on ABC's 'Match Game'" Arkansas Online. Retrieved 2018-07-15.
- "Game Show Network's Comedic Family-Submitted Video Show Caroline and Friends". broadwayworld.com. Retrieved July 16, 2018.
- "Sydney to the Max".
- "Caroline Rhea Has a Baby Girl!". People.com. 2008-10-23. Retrieved 2012-04-23.
- Patrick Huguenin (2008-07-19). "Caroline Rhea messes with Texas in the uninhibited 'Sordid Lives'". New York Daily News. Retrieved 2008-08-07.
- "Caroline Rhea's Emotional Story Behind Daughter's Birth | PEOPLE.com".
- ""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.