Rhea Perlman plays Thelma, best friend and assistant to Broadway star Madison Banks (Kirstie Alley), in TV Land's upcoming original sitcom "Kirstie." The show will premiere on the network on Wednesday, December 4th at 10pm ET/PT.
Emmy®-winning actress Rhea Perlman has been a star of television, stage and film for more than 30 years. Perlman is a four-time Emmy winner for her role as Carla on the NBC TV show " Cheers ." She was nominated an unprecedented 10 times during the 11-year series and appeared in all 273 episodes.
In 2010 Perlman appeared onstage with her daughter Lucy in Norah and Delia Ephron's Broadway hit "Love, Loss and What I Wore" at the Geffen Playhouse in Los Angeles. The pair previously performed together in the Broadway edition of the same play.
Perlman starred in the Broadway production of "The Tale of the Allergist's Wife," the Off-Broadway play "The Exonerated," the Los Angeles production of "Last Night at Ballyhoo" and the London West End revival of "Boeing-Boeing." Her performance as the forbearing housekeeper, Bertha, earned rave reviews.
Feature film credits include "The Sessions" with John Hawkes and Helen Hunt, "Sunset Park," "Canadian Bacon" and "Carpool."
Perlman played Mrs. Wormwood to her husband, Danny DeVito's Mr. Wormwood in the film "Matilda," which was directed by DeVito. The pair also worked together on the acclaimed TV series "Taxi" in which Perlman played Louie DePalma's love interest, Zena.
Her other television credits include "Hung," "Law & Order: SVU," "Kate Brasher," "Hot in Cleveland" and "Pearl," in which she both starred and served as executive producer.
Perlman's other performing credits account for more than 15 television movies which include: "The Christmas Choir," "Houdini," "Secret Cutting" and "How to Marry a Billionaire."
Apart from her work as an actress, Perlman is also an author. She wrote a series of children's books called Otto: Undercover, about a precocious young secret agent, who is also a racecar driver and inventor. It was published by Harper Collins.
Born in Brooklyn, Perlman graduated from Hunter College in New York with a Theatre degree and was later awarded an honorary doctorate in Fine Arts. She is a mother of three and a well-known children's advocate recognized for her involvement in a variety of charities, including LA's Best, Children's Action Network, and Children's Hospital Los Angeles Diabetes Center.
In 2010 she received the National Angel Award from the Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute's Angels in Adoption. She also successfully campaigned for the passage of California Fostering Connections to Success Act (AB 12), which allows children who turn 18 the option to remain in the foster care system until the age of 21. She writes a blog about children in foster care for the Huffington Post.
Perlman lives with her family in Los Angeles.