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Also Known As: Beatrice Neuwirth Died:
Born: December 31, 1958 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Newark, New Jersey, USA Profession: actor, dancer, singer

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This intense, quirky, multi-talented actor-singer-dancer, who after achieving Broadway success (including a Tony) as a tough-talking dancer in the 1986 revival of "Sweet Charity", enjoyed similar award-winning popularity for her deadpan portrayal of the brittle, astringent yet sexually smoldering Dr. Lilith Sternin-Crane on NBC's long-running sitcom, "Cheers". Bebe Neuwirth's parents were a mathematician and an artist, which pretty much sums up her appeal: she seems to have a fiercely analytical approach to her acting. After schooling at Juilliard, she got her start touring in "A Chorus Line" (1978-81), playing various roles including the tough-talking Sheila and the more vulnerable Cassie, and on Broadway in such productions as "Little Me" and Bob Fosse's "Dancin'" (both 1982), "The Road to Hollywood" (1984) and "Just So" (1985) before hitting the big time (and winning a Tony Award) in Fosse's "Sweet Charity" (1986-87).

This intense, quirky, multi-talented actor-singer-dancer, who after achieving Broadway success (including a Tony) as a tough-talking dancer in the 1986 revival of "Sweet Charity", enjoyed similar award-winning popularity for her deadpan portrayal of the brittle, astringent yet sexually smoldering Dr. Lilith Sternin-Crane on NBC's long-running sitcom, "Cheers". Bebe Neuwirth's parents were a mathematician and an artist, which pretty much sums up her appeal: she seems to have a fiercely analytical approach to her acting. After schooling at Juilliard, she got her start touring in "A Chorus Line" (1978-81), playing various roles including the tough-talking Sheila and the more vulnerable Cassie, and on Broadway in such productions as "Little Me" and Bob Fosse's "Dancin'" (both 1982), "The Road to Hollywood" (1984) and "Just So" (1985) before hitting the big time (and winning a Tony Award) in Fosse's "Sweet Charity" (1986-87).

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Adopt a Sailor (2009)
2.
 Fame (2009)
3.
 Game 6 (2005) Cast
4.
 Big Bounce, The (2004) Alison Ritchie
5.
6.
 Tadpole (2002) Diane
7.
 Cupid & Cate (2000) Francesca
8.
 Summer of Sam (1999) Gloria
9.
 Getting to Know You (1999) Trix
10.
 Faculty, The (1998) Principal Drake
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Moved to NYC at age 17
1980:
Made Broadway debut as Sheila in "A Chorus Line"
1982:
Appeared on Broadway in revival of "Little Me"
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Performed in the national touring companies of "West Side Story" and "A Chorus Line" (as Cassie)
1985:
Directed by Bob Fosse in a revival of "Sweet Charity"
1986:
Joined the cast of "Cheers" (NBC) in a recurring role as emotionally repressed psychiatrist, Lilith Sternin-Crane
1989:
Made film debut in "Say Anything" as a high school counselor
1992:
Character of Lilith written out of "Cheers" at Neuwirth's request so that she could focus her energies on feature film work
1994:
Starred as Lola opposite Victor Garber in the Broadway revival of "Damn Yankees"
1994:
Reprised her role as Dr. Lilith Sternin in several episodes of the "Cheers" spin-off, "Frasier"; earned an Emmy (1995) nomination
1996:
Returned to Broadway in the revival of "Chicago" as showgirl and killer Velma Kelly
1998:
Played a Hooker in Woody Allen's "Celebrity"
1999:
Portrayed Dorothy Parker in the A&E biopic "Dash & Lilly"; received Emmy nomination
1999:
Played the mother of a 1950s Jewish family in Barry Levinson's "Liberty Heights"
2000:
Returned to TV as a regular on the NBC drama series "Deadline"
2001:
Appeared in the Broadway show "Fosse"
2001:
Made rare non-musical stage appearance in the Off-Broadway play "Everett Beekin"
2002:
Garnered praise for supporting turn in the Sundance-screened independent "Tadpole"
2003:
Played Kate Hudson's boss in the romantic comedy "How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days"
2003:
Again starred opposite Kate Hudson in "Le Divorce"
2004:
Performed in the NY musical, "Here Lies Jenny"
2005:
Starred in the short-lived spin-off series, "Law & Order: Trial by Jury" (NBC) as prosecutor Tracey Kibre
2006:
Cast opposite Michael Keaton in "Game 6," a film centered around the historic 1986 World Series
2006:
Returned to the Broadway production of "Chicago" in the role of Roxie Hart
2007:
Co-starred with Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson in the comedy "The Game Plan"
2009:
Toured a one-woman cabaret show, "Bebe Neuwirth: Stories with Piano"
2009:
Played a dance instructor in the feature remake of "Fame"
2010:
Co-starred with Nathan Lane in "The Addams Family" at Broadway's Lunt-Fontanne Theatre
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Education

The Juilliard School: New York , New York - 1976 - 1977

Notes

"I love Lilith, but I never wanted to be on television. I really love what I do [stage work], and I want to do a lot of it, and I noticed that the people who got the really good stuff to do in the shows were people with TV shows or movies, the celebrity types. I thought, maybe it will help me when I come back to Broadway if I go and do this." --Bebe Neuwirth, quoted in The New York Times, November 23, 1996.

"I don't like to be called Lilith on the street; I'll actually ignore someone who does that, unless I feel they might hurt me. I don't like to be recognized. And I'll say 'no' if people ask, 'are you ... ?' Especially if it's going to cause a scene or somebody is trying to win a bet. It can be completely dehumanizing, and I'm way too sensitive." --Bebe Neuwirth quoted in Time Out New York, November 7, 1996.

Neuwirth's portrait of the unsmiling, austere yet highly-strung therapist on "Cheers" seems to have its origins in one of her childhood idols: "When I was a little girl, I wanted to be Morticia Addams [of the 1960's mock-horror sitcom "The Addams Family"]. But I had bangs. I couldn't part my hair in the middle like she did. And Mrs. Munster--what a cheap imitation." --quoted in People, August 26, 1991.

"I now have a place at a very cool table at which are seated Carol Channinng, Gwen Verdon, Chita Rivera, and Julie Andrews." --Neuwirth on her place as a non-Hollywood actress, to Premiere magazine, August 2002

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husband:
Paul Dorman. Theater director. Born c. 1955; met Neuwirth in 1982 at a NY cabaret (O'Neal's restaurant) where she was performing and he was tending bar; married 1984; Neuwirth filed for divorce August 1991.
companion:
Michael Danek. Actor, singer, writer. Born c. 1955 together since 1991; became engaged in July 1997; separated in late 1999.
companion:
George Stephanopolous. Political commentator. Dated from December 1999 until June 2000.
companion:
C J Wilson. Actor. Began dating in fall 2000.
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Family close complete family listing

father:
Lee Neuwirth. Mathematician.
mother:
Sydney Anne Neuwirth. Artist.
brother:
Peter Neuwirth. Actuary. Older.

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