- Date of Birth:
- November 18, 1960
- 5' 8"
Elizabeth Perkins (born Elizabeth Ann Perkins in Queens, NY on November 18, 1960) is an American actress. She got her start in the business working in theatre with Arena Civic Theatre, a non-profit community theatre group based out of Greenfield, Massachusetts. Later, Elizabeth attended the Goodman School of Drama at DePaul University and earned her BFA in Acting in 1981. In 1984, she made her theatrical debut on Broadway in Neil Simon’s Brighton Beach Memoirs and afterward, worked in a number of ensemble companies, including The New York Shakespeare Festival and the Steppenwolf Theater. In 1986, Elizabeth was named one of 12 “Promising New Actors” in John Willis’ Screen World. Since, he has landed numerous film roles, making her film debut in 1986’s About Last Night… Her career breakthrough happened when she starred alongside Tom Hanks in Big. She also received critical acclaim for her performance in Barry Levinson’s Avalon, and starred alongside William Hurt in The Doctor (1991). Some of her other films include the 1994 remake of Miracle on 34th Street and 2000’s 28 Days starring as Sandra Bullock’s sister. Elizabeth also had a small role in the 2003 film Finding Nemo, as she was the voice of a clownfish who was the wife of Marlin and mother of Nemo. From 2005 to 2009, Elizabeth played Celia Hodes, an alcoholic and image-obsessed mother, alongside Mary-Louise Parker on the Showtime series Weeds. For her work on Weeds, Perkins received two Golden Globe nominations for Best Supporting Actress in a TV Series, Miniseries or Made for TV Motion Picture (in 2006 and 2007). She was also nominated three times for an Emmy Award for Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series.
Best Known For:
Elizabeth Perkins is best known for her role as Celia Hodes in the Showtime TV series Weeds. She is also recognized for having roles in the films Big, The Flintstones, Miracle on 34th Street, and About Last Night….
Elizabeth Perkins married Terry Kinney in 1984, but they later divorced in 1988. She has one daughter, Hannah Jo Phillips (born 1991). In 2000, she married Argentinian-born cinematographer Julio Macat, and through that marriage Elizabeth gained three stepsons: Maximillian, Alexander, and Andreas. In 2005, at the age of 44, she learned that she has latent autoimmune diabetes, a form of Juvenile diabetes that is most often diagnosed in middle age.