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Birth Place: Newark, New Jersey, USA Profession: Cast ...


"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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