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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, singer, dancer

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Bebe Neuwirth first caught attention as a Tony Award-winning musical performer but also enjoyed success as a voice artist, film star and TV actress, most notably with recurring roles in "Cheers" (NBC, 1982-1993) and "Madam Secretary" (CBS, 2014-). Born in Newark, NJ in 1958 to a painter mother and mathematician father, Neuwirth initially pursued a career as a dancer. She studied ballet while attending Juilliard and later showcased her talents in various Princeton Ballet Company productions. She debuted on the Broadway stage in a 1980 production of "A Chorus Line," and would later win Tonys in 1986 and 1997 for performances in "Sweet Charity" and "Chicago," respectively. Her first screen role, Dr. Lilith Sternin, was both her most memorable and longest-running. She portrayed the ice queen in eight seasons of hit sitcom "Cheers" (NBC, 1982-1993), and also reprised the character for 12 episodes of spin-off "Frasier" (ABC, 1993-2004). After making her film debut as guidance counselor Mrs. Evans in "Say Anything" (1989), Neuwirth played Andie MacDowell's best friend Lauren in "Green Card" (1990) and portrayed real-life figures Gloria Allred in "Without Her Consent" (1990) and heiress Countess di Frasso in...

Bebe Neuwirth first caught attention as a Tony Award-winning musical performer but also enjoyed success as a voice artist, film star and TV actress, most notably with recurring roles in "Cheers" (NBC, 1982-1993) and "Madam Secretary" (CBS, 2014-). Born in Newark, NJ in 1958 to a painter mother and mathematician father, Neuwirth initially pursued a career as a dancer. She studied ballet while attending Juilliard and later showcased her talents in various Princeton Ballet Company productions. She debuted on the Broadway stage in a 1980 production of "A Chorus Line," and would later win Tonys in 1986 and 1997 for performances in "Sweet Charity" and "Chicago," respectively. Her first screen role, Dr. Lilith Sternin, was both her most memorable and longest-running. She portrayed the ice queen in eight seasons of hit sitcom "Cheers" (NBC, 1982-1993), and also reprised the character for 12 episodes of spin-off "Frasier" (ABC, 1993-2004). After making her film debut as guidance counselor Mrs. Evans in "Say Anything" (1989), Neuwirth played Andie MacDowell's best friend Lauren in "Green Card" (1990) and portrayed real-life figures Gloria Allred in "Without Her Consent" (1990) and heiress Countess di Frasso in "Bugsy" (1991). Following a five-episode stint as Oscar-winning actress Tabba Schwartzkopf in sci-fi miniseries "Wild Palms" (ABC, 1993), Neuwirth appeared as detective Dana Harris in "Malice" (1993), Margaret in "Painted Heart" (1993) and aunt Nora in "Jumanji" (1995). Neuwirth also became a regular in the recording booth, voicing Mirage in "Aladdin" (Disney Channel, 1994-95) and angelic wolfhound Annabelle in "All Dogs Go to Heaven" (1996) and its various spin-offs. Neuwirth then played thief Felinet in "The Adventures of Pinocchio" (1996), schemer Camille in "The Associate" (1996) and magazine art director Annie in TV pilot-turned-Oscar-winning short "Dear Diary" (1996). Neuwirth then appeared as hooker Nina in "Celebrity" (1998), Principal Valerie Drake in "The Faculty" (1998), hairdresser Gloria in "Summer of Sam" (1999) and real-life poet Dorothy Parker in Emmy-nominated "Dash and Lilly" (1999) before landing supporting roles in "Getting to Know You" (1999), "Liberty Heights" (1999) and "Cupid and Cate" (2000). Neuwirth then shared top billing in romantic comedy "Tadpole" (2000), played editor Nikki in newsroom drama "Deadline" (NBC, 2000-01) and Faith in vigilante series "Hack" (CBS, 2002-04) and showed up as Kate Hudson's boss in "How to Lose a Guy in Ten Days" (2003). Roles as art curator Julia in "Le Divorce" (2003), criminal Alison in "The Big Bounce" (2004) and producer Joanne in "Game 6" (2005) then followed, as did a 13-episode stint as A.D.A. Tracey Kibre in "Law and Order: Trial by Jury" (NBC, 2005-06). Neuwirth then starred opposite Peter Coyote in "Adopt a Sailor" (2008), played literary editor Caroline in "Bored to Death" (HBO, 2009-2011) and portrayed Ms. Kraft in "Fame" (2009). Neuwirth returned to the legal TV drama with the recurring roles of Judge Claudia Friend in "The Good Wife" (CBS, 2009-2016) and NYPD Inspector General Kelly Peterson in "Blue Bloods" (CBS, 2010-). before joining the cast of "Madam Secretary" (CBS, 2014-) as chief-of-staff Nadine Tolliver.

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Over the Garden Wall (2015) Margueritte Grey
2.
 Adopt a Sailor (2009)
3.
 Fame (2009)
4.
 Game 6 (2005) Cast
5.
 Big Bounce, The (2004) Alison Ritchie
6.
7.
 Tadpole (2002) Diane
8.
 Cupid & Cate (2000) Francesca
9.
 Getting to Know You (1999) Trix
10.
 Summer of Sam (1999) Gloria
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2001:
Appeared in the Broadway show "Fosse"
1982:
Appeared on Broadway in revival of "Little Me"
2006:
Cast opposite Michael Keaton in "Game 6," a film centered around the historic 1986 World Series
2007:
Co-starred with Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson in the comedy "The Game Plan"
2000:
Returned to TV as a regular on the NBC drama series "Deadline"
2005:
Starred in the short-lived spin-off series, "Law & Order: Trial by Jury" (NBC) as prosecutor Tracey Kibre
1992:
Character of Lilith written out of "Cheers" at Neuwirth's request so that she could focus her energies on feature film work
1999:
Played the mother of a 1950s Jewish family in Barry Levinson's "Liberty Heights"
1998:
Played a Hooker in Woody Allen's "Celebrity"
1999:
Portrayed Dorothy Parker in the A&E biopic "Dash & Lilly"; received Emmy nomination
1994:
Starred as Lola opposite Victor Garber in the Broadway revival of "Damn Yankees"
2003:
Again starred opposite Kate Hudson in "Le Divorce"
2004:
Performed in the NY musical, "Here Lies Jenny"
2003:
Played Kate Hudson's boss in the romantic comedy "How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days"
2006:
Returned to the Broadway production of "Chicago" in the role of Roxie Hart
2012:
Appeared on several episodes of "The Good Wife"
2002:
Garnered praise for supporting turn in the Sundance-screened independent "Tadpole"
2001:
Made rare non-musical stage appearance in the Off-Broadway play "Everett Beekin"
1986:
Landed role of Dr. Lilith Sternin in "Cheers" (NBC, 1982-1993)
1989:
Made film debut in "Say Anything" as a high school counselor
1994:
Reprised her role as Dr. Lilith Sternin in several episodes of the "Cheers" spin-off, "Frasier"; earned an Emmy (1995) nomination
2010:
Co-starred with Nathan Lane in "The Addams Family" at Broadway's Lunt-Fontanne Theatre
1985:
Directed by Bob Fosse in a revival of "Sweet Charity"
1980:
Made Broadway debut as Sheila in "A Chorus Line"
2009:
Played a dance instructor in the feature remake of "Fame"
1996:
Returned to Broadway in the revival of "Chicago" as showgirl and killer Velma Kelly
2009:
Toured a one-woman cabaret show, "Bebe Neuwirth: Stories with Piano"
2009:
Had a recurring guest spot on HBO's "Bored to Death"
2013:
Had a recurring role on cop drama "Blue Bloods"
2014:
Cast as Nadine Tolliver in "Madam Secretary" (CBS, 2014-)
1997:
Won second Tony Award for performance in "Chicago"
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Education

Princeton High School: Princeton, New Jersey -
The Juilliard School: New York, New York - 1976

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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