Valerie Perrine in Amsterdam in 1975
Valerie Ritchie Perrine|
September 3, 1943
Galveston, Texas, U.S.
Valerie Ritchie Perrine (born September 3, 1943) is an American actress and model.
Life and career
Perrine was born in Galveston, Texas, the daughter of Winifred "Renee" (née McGinley), a dancer who appeared in Earl Carroll's Vanities, and Kenneth Perrine, a Lieutenant Colonel in the U.S. Army. Her mother was Scottish (of Irish descent), from Helensburgh in Dunbartonshire. Owing to her father's career, Perrine lived in many locations as the family moved to different posts.
She began her career as a Las Vegas showgirl. Some believe she made her film debut with an uncredited part in Diamonds Are Forever (1971), but this is not true. She played soft-core pornography actress Montana Wildhack in Kurt Vonnegut's Slaughterhouse-Five (1972). Perrine was photographed for a pictorial layout in the May 1972 issue of Playboy, later appearing on the cover in August 1981. She then became the first actress to purposely display herself nude on American television by completely baring her breasts during the May 4, 1973, PBS broadcast of Bruce Jay Friedman's Steambath on Hollywood Television Theater. (She was seen taking a shower from the side totally undressed.) Only a few PBS stations nationwide were adventurous enough to carry the program. Later in 1973, she appeared in the episode "When the Girls Came Out to Play" of the romantic anthology television series Love Story (1973).
In 1975, Perrine was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actress and the Golden Globe for Best Motion Picture Actress (Drama) and won the Best Actress Award at the Cannes Film Festival for her role as comedian Lenny Bruce's wife, stripper Honey Bruce, in Bob Fosse's Lenny (1974).
She was Carlotta Monti in the biopic W.C. Fields and Me (1976). One of her best-remembered movie roles came as Miss Eve Teschmacher, moll of criminal mastermind Lex Luthor, in Superman (1978). For this role, she was nominated for the 1979 Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actress. She reprised her role as Miss Teschmacher in Superman II (1980).
Perrine played Charlotta Steele, ex-wife of a rodeo champion played by Robert Redford, in The Electric Horseman (1979). Her career grew uneven after an appearance in Can't Stop the Music (1980), for which she was nominated for a Razzie Award for Worst Actress. This film has since become a cult classic. In 1982, she played the role of Marcy, the wife of a corrupt police officer, in The Border with Jack Nicholson. In the years since then, Perrine has worked in lower-profile projects, although she did have a small supporting role in the 2000 Mel Gibson film What Women Want. In 1995, Perrine made a guest appearance on the series Homicide: Life on the Street, playing an ex-wife of Richard Belzer's Detective John Munch.
|1973||Last American Hero, TheThe Last American Hero||Marge Dennison, Morley's Secretary||aka Hard Driver (USA: reissue title)|
|1974||Lenny||Honey Bruce|| BAFTA Award for Most Promising Newcomer to Leading Film Roles|
Cannes Film Festival Best Actress Award
National Board of Review Award for Best Supporting Actress
New York Film Critics Circle Award for Best Supporting Actress
Nominated—Academy Award for Best Actress
Nominated—BAFTA Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role
Nominated—Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Motion Picture Drama
|1976||W.C. Fields and Me||Carlotta Monti|
|1977||Mr. Billion||Rosie Jones||aka The Windfall|
|1978||Superman||Eve Teschmacher||Nominated—Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actress|
|1979||The Magician of Lublin||Zeftel|
|1979||Electric Horseman, TheThe Electric Horseman||Charlotta Steele|
|1980||Agency||Brenda Wilcox||aka Mind Games (video title)|
|1980||Can't Stop the Music||Samantha Simpson|
|1980||Superman II||Eve Teschmacher|
|1981||Cannonball Run, TheThe Cannonball Run||Female Cop Pulling Over Lamborghini Babes||(uncredited)|
|1982||Border, TheThe Border||Marcy|
|1983||Malibu||Dee Staufer||TV miniseries|
|1985||Mask of Murder||Maria|
|1985||Water||Pamela Weintraub||aka The Investigator|
|1987||Maid to Order||Georgette Starkey|
|1991||Reflections in a Dark Sky||Caterina|
|1995||Girl in the Cadillac||Tilly|
|1995||The Break||Delores Smith|
|1998||Brown's Requiem||Marguerita Hansen|
|1998||Place Called Truth, AA Place Called Truth||Estelle|
|1998||Shame, Shame, Shame||Maura's Mother|
|1998||54||Elaine's Patron||aka Fifty-Four|
|1998||My Girlfriend's Boyfriend||Rita Lindross|
|1999||Curtain Call||Monica Gilroy||(uncredited)|
|2000||What Women Want||Margo|
|2001||Directing Eddie||Gloria Vassick||aka Project: Indie (USA)|
|2002||End of the Bar, TheThe End of the Bar||Mrs. Duncan|
|2005||Moguls, TheThe Moguls||V||aka The Amateurs (USA: new title)|
|2005||Californians, TheThe Californians||Lenora Tripp|
|2008||Redirecting Eddie||Gloria Vassick|
|2011||Lights Out||Mae||TV Series|
- "Valerie Perrine Biography (1943–)". FilmReference.com. NetIndustries, LLC. Retrieved 2010-09-07.
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