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Bebe Neuwirth

Highest Rated:   98% Say Anything... (1989)
Lowest Rated:   16% The Big Bounce (2004)
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Birthplace:   Princeton, New Jersey, USA
A versatile actress who has displayed a talent for both comedy and drama, Bebe Neuwirth is also a gifted dancer and vocalist who has won acclaim for her work on the musical stage, though she's still best known to television viewers as Lilith Sternin, Frazier Crane's tightly wound girlfriend (and later wife) on the popular comedy Cheers. Born Beatrice Neuwirth on New Year's Eve, 1958, she was raised in Princeton, NJ, where her father, Lee Neuwirth, was a mathematician and her mother, Sydney Anne Neuwirth, was an artist. Bebe began taking dance lessons at the age of five, and, while a student at Princeton High School, she began appearing in local ballet productions and community theater productions. After high school, Neuwirth studied dance at New York's prestigious Juilliard School, and in 1980 she made her professional debut as Shelia, a once-famous dancer looking to make a comeback, in a touring production of the long-running musical A Chorus Line. In 1982, Neuwirth hit Broadway in two different shows, Dancin', directed and choreographed by Bob Fosse, and Little Me. In 1986, Neuwirth won the starring role in another Fosse musical, a revival of Sweet Charity, which later earned her a Tony award and cemented her reputation on Broadway. That year also marked Neuwirth's television debut (not counting a brief appearance as a member of the Whitney Dance Theater on the daytime drama The Edge of Night in 1981) with her first appearance as Lilith Sternin on Cheers; Lilith soon became a regular fixture on Cheers and Neuwirth won two Emmy awards for her work until Lilith was written out of the show (at Neuwirth's request) in 1992, to allow Neuwirth to pursue film and stage work. Lilith, however, occasionally made return visits to Cheers, and later on Kelsey Grammer's spin-off series, Frasier. Neuwirth made her feature-film debut in 1989 with a small role as a guidance counselor in Say Anything..., and while a steady stream of supporting roles followed in such films as Bugsy, Green Card, and Jumanji, she had a hard time finding screen roles which suited her edgy charm. She continued to have better luck on-stage, and in 1997 her performance in the Broadway revival of Chicago won her the Tony and Drama Desk awards. After scoring meatier roles in the films Summer of Sam and Liberty Heights, Neuwirth returned to episodic television in the well-reviewed but short-lived drama series Deadline, in which she worked alongside Oliver Platt, Lili Taylor, and Tom Conti. In 2002, Neuwirth finally scored a film role that truly suited her talents as Diane, a sexy fourtysomething woman who seduces her best friend's teenage son in the independent comedy Tadpole. She had a small part in the romantic comedy How To Lose a Guy in 10 Days, and in 2005 she landed a recurring role on Law & Order: Special Victims Unit. In 2009 she played one of the teachers at a high school for the performing arts in the remake of Fame.

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Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
No Score Yet Humor Me
  • Actor
2017
80% The Standbys
  • Actor
2014
24% Fame
  • Lynn Kraft
$22.5M 2009
No Score Yet Ingredients
  • Narrator
2009
No Score Yet Adopt a Sailor
  • Patricia
2008
61% Game 6
  • Joanna Bourne
2005
16% The Big Bounce
  • Alison Ritchie
$6.4M 2004
No Score Yet Broadway's Lost Treasures II
  • Host
2004
37% Le Divorce
  • Julia Manchevering
$9M 2003
42% How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days
  • Lana
$105.8M 2003
No Score Yet All Dogs Christmas Carol
  • Actor
2003
No Score Yet The Adventures of Tom Thumb and Thumbelina
  • Thubelina's Mother
2002
78% Tadpole
  • Diane
$2.9M 2002
90% Getting to Know You
  • Trix
2000
No Score Yet Cupid & Cate
  • Francesca
2000
No Score Yet My Favorite Broadway: The Love Songs
  • Actor
2000
87% Liberty Heights
  • Ada Kurtzman
1999
No Score Yet Extremely Dangerous
  • Actor
1999
51% Summer of Sam
  • Gloria
1999
No Score Yet Dash and Lilly
  • Dorothy Parker
1999
53% The Faculty
  • Principal Drake
1998
41% Celebrity
  • Hooker
1998
No Score Yet An All Dogs Christmas Carol
  • Anabelle/Belladonna
1998
No Score Yet Edith Piaf: La Vie en Rose
  • Narrator
1998
28% The Associate
  • Camille Scott
1996
27% Les Aventures de Pinocchio
  • Felinet
1996
No Score Yet All Dogs Go To Heaven 2
  • Annabelle
1996
50% Jumanji
  • Nora
1995
57% Malice
  • Dana
1993
No Score Yet Wild Palms
  • Actor
1993
No Score Yet The Paint Job
  • Margaret
1993
85% Bugsy
  • Countess di Frasso
1991
56% Green Card
  • Lauren
1990
No Score Yet Without Her Consent
  • Actor
1990
98% Say Anything...
  • Mrs. Evans
1989

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet Madam Secretary
2014
  • Nadine Tolliver
  • 2017
  • 2016
  • 2015
  • 2014
No Score Yet Blue Bloods
2010
  • Kelly Peterson
  • 2014
  • 2013
95% The Good Wife
2009-2016
  • Judge Friend
  • 2013
  • 2012
71% Bored to Death
2009-2011
  • Caroline Taylor
  • 2011
  • 2009
No Score Yet Law & Order: Special Victims Unit
1999
  • Kibre ADA Tracy Kibre Nina Laszlo
  • 2005
  • 1999
No Score Yet Will & Grace
1998
  • Herself
  • 2004
No Score Yet American Experience
1988
  • Voice
  • Actor
  • 2003
No Score Yet Cyberchase
2002
  • Voice
  • 2003
No Score Yet Great Performances
2000
  • Performer
  • Actor
  • 2003
  • 2001
No Score Yet Frasier
1993-2004
  • Guest
  • Lilith
  • 2003
  • 2002
  • 2001
  • 1999
  • 1998
  • 1996
  • 1994
No Score Yet Cheers
1982-1993
  • Dr. Lilith Sternin-Crane
  • 1993
  • 1992
  • 1991
  • 1990
  • 1989
  • 1988
  • 1987
  • 1986
No Score Yet Wings
1990-1997
  • Lilith
  • 1992
90% Star Trek: The Next Generation
1987-1994
  • Lanel
  • 1991

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