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Born: September 17, 1953 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Coconut Grove, Florida, USA Profession: comedian, screenwriter, actor, dancer, singer

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This wide-eyed brunette comic "speaks softly and carries a big shtick" through an act that combines shrewd observations about life and the world with a soubrette's voice and a demeanor that makes one want to help her across the street. Rita Rudner has conquered the stand-up stage and expanded into writing and performing in films produced by her husband, Martin Bergman.

This wide-eyed brunette comic "speaks softly and carries a big shtick" through an act that combines shrewd observations about life and the world with a soubrette's voice and a demeanor that makes one want to help her across the street. Rita Rudner has conquered the stand-up stage and expanded into writing and performing in films produced by her husband, Martin Bergman.

Filmographyclose complete filmography

CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Thanks (2011)
2.
 Love Hurts (2009)
3.
 Weekend in the Country, A (1996) Sally Shelton
4.
 Peter's Friends (1992) Carol
5.
 Gleaming The Cube (1989) Mrs Yabbo
6.
 That's Adequate (1989) Frieda Philby
7.
 Las Vegas Live! (2004) Interviewee
10.
 Las Vegas (1996) Interviewee
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Milestones close milestones

1972:
Left Florida and moved to NYC in hopes of becoming a dancer
1975:
Early Broadway appearance, in the chorus of "Mack and Mabel"
1979:
Appeared as one of a trio of singer-dancers in the Broadway production of "They're Playing Our Song"
1980:
Played Lily in the Broadway musical "Annie"
:
Became stand-up comedian
1987:
Had much national exposure through appearances on "The Morning Program" (CBS)
1988:
Co-hosted the NBC series "George Schlatter's Funny People"
1988:
Feature acting debut in the ensemble cast of "The Wrong Guys"
1989:
Appeared in first solo HBO comedy special, "One Night Stand: Rita Rudner"
1990:
Starred in eponymous TV variety show for BBC
1990:
Had second solo HBO comedy special, "Born to Be Mild"
1992:
Published first book, "Naked Beneath My Clothing: Tales of a Revealing Nature"
1992:
Screenwriting debut, "Peter's Friends"; also co-starred
1995:
Starred in third solo HBO comedy special "Married Without Children"
1996:
Co-wrote and co-starred in "A Weekend in the Country" (USA Network); originally made for theatrical release but later sold to TV
2003:
Hosted the syndicated talk show with B-list celebrity guests called "Ask Rita"
2004:
Performed stand-up at the New York-New York Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas
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Notes

"We like to write small romantic ensemble comedies. We don't want big explosions and special effects. We like to write the opposite of Quentin Tarantino movies where nobody is bleeding." --Rita Rudner to USA Today, June 11, 1996.

"That's the thing that drives us crazy about Hollywood. Waiting for something to happen." --Rita Rudner to USA Today, June 11, 1996.

"Rita and Martin both have real writing ability. [Besides,] Rita's fun to be around." --Kenneth Brannagh in People, 1992.

"I'd never heard anyone talk softly at a nightclub. Woody Allen had always been my favorite comic, and I thought Rita was very similar in attitude. Even better, she didn't look like Woody." --Martin Bergman in People, 1992.

"I don't think a family is for us. Maybe we're too selfish--we're both only children, you know. If I had a child, I'd want to spend a lot of time with it." --Rita Rudner in People.

"It's very satisfying every time I think of a new joke. I love live performing because it's immediate, because of the independence, the immediacy of it and the reception. I enjoy staying at home and writing, but that's on a different level." --Rudner quoted by Jeanette Carrillo in "Commedienne Pulls More Than Punch Lines Out of Her Hat" at www.lasvegassun.com/showbiz

Companions close complete companion listing

husband:
Martin Bergman. Screenwriter, producer. Australian; married 1988.

Family close complete family listing

father:
Abe Rudner. Lawyer.
mother:
Frances Rudner. Died c. 1969 of cancer.

Bibliography close complete biography

"Naked Beneath My Clothing: Tales of a Revealing Nature" Viking
"Rita Rudner's Guide to Men" Viking
"Tickled Pink" Pocket Books

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