Bebe Neuwirth

Bebe Neuwirth

  • Highest Rated: 98% Say Anything... (1989)
  • Lowest Rated: 16% The Big Bounce (2004)
  • Birthday: Dec 31, 1958
  • Birthplace: Princeton, New Jersey, USA
  • A versatile actress who has displayed a talent for both comedy and drama, Bebe Neuwirth is also a gifted dancer and vocalist who has won acclaim for her work on the musical stage, though she's still best known to television viewers as Lilith Sternin, Frazier Crane's tightly wound girlfriend (and later wife) on the popular comedy Cheers. Born Beatrice Neuwirth on New Year's Eve, 1958, she was raised in Princeton, NJ, where her father, Lee Neuwirth, was a mathematician and her mother, Sydney Anne Neuwirth, was an artist. Bebe began taking dance lessons at the age of five, and, while a student at Princeton High School, she began appearing in local ballet productions and community theater productions. After high school, Neuwirth studied dance at New York's prestigious Juilliard School, and in 1980 she made her professional debut as Shelia, a once-famous dancer looking to make a comeback, in a touring production of the long-running musical A Chorus Line. In 1982, Neuwirth hit Broadway in two different shows, Dancin', directed and choreographed by Bob Fosse, and Little Me. In 1986, Neuwirth won the starring role in another Fosse musical, a revival of Sweet Charity, which later earned her a Tony award and cemented her reputation on Broadway. That year also marked Neuwirth's television debut (not counting a brief appearance as a member of the Whitney Dance Theater on the daytime drama The Edge of Night in 1981) with her first appearance as Lilith Sternin on Cheers; Lilith soon became a regular fixture on Cheers and Neuwirth won two Emmy awards for her work until Lilith was written out of the show (at Neuwirth's request) in 1992, to allow Neuwirth to pursue film and stage work. Lilith, however, occasionally made return visits to Cheers, and later on Kelsey Grammer's spin-off series, Frasier. Neuwirth made her feature-film debut in 1989 with a small role as a guidance counselor in Say Anything..., and while a steady stream of supporting roles followed in such films as Bugsy, Green Card, and Jumanji, she had a hard time finding screen roles which suited her edgy charm. She continued to have better luck on-stage, and in 1997 her performance in the Broadway revival of Chicago won her the Tony and Drama Desk awards. After scoring meatier roles in the films Summer of Sam and Liberty Heights, Neuwirth returned to episodic television in the well-reviewed but short-lived drama series Deadline, in which she worked alongside Oliver Platt, Lili Taylor, and Tom Conti. In 2002, Neuwirth finally scored a film role that truly suited her talents as Diane, a sexy fourtysomething woman who seduces her best friend's teenage son in the independent comedy Tadpole. She had a small part in the romantic comedy How To Lose a Guy in 10 Days, and in 2005 she landed a recurring role on Law & Order: Special Victims Unit. In 2009 she played one of the teachers at a high school for the performing arts in the remake of Fame.

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Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

Movies

Rating

Title

Credit

Box
Office

Year

68% Humor Me Actor 2018
80% The Standbys Actor 2014
24% Fame Lynn Kraft $22.5M 2009
No Score Yet Ingredients Narrator 2009
No Score Yet Adopt a Sailor Patricia 2008
60% Game 6 Joanna Bourne 2005
16% The Big Bounce Alison Ritchie $6.4M 2004
No Score Yet Broadway's Lost Treasures II Host 2004
36% Le Divorce Julia Manchevering $9M 2003
42% How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days Lana $105.8M 2003
No Score Yet All Dogs Christmas Carol Actor 2003
No Score Yet The Adventures of Tom Thumb and Thumbelina Thubelina's Mother 2002
78% Tadpole Diane $2.9M 2002
90% Getting to Know You Trix 2000
No Score Yet Cupid & Cate Francesca 2000
No Score Yet My Favorite Broadway: The Love Songs Actor 2000
85% Liberty Heights Ada Kurtzman 1999
No Score Yet Extremely Dangerous Actor 1999
51% Summer of Sam Gloria 1999
No Score Yet Dash and Lilly Dorothy Parker 1999
53% The Faculty Principal Drake 1998
41% Celebrity Hooker 1998
No Score Yet An All Dogs Christmas Carol Anabelle/Belladonna 1998
No Score Yet Edith Piaf: La Vie en Rose Narrator 1998
28% The Associate Camille Scott 1996
27% Les Aventures de Pinocchio Felinet 1996
20% All Dogs Go To Heaven 2 Annabelle 1996
54% Jumanji Nora 1995
59% Malice Dana 1993
No Score Yet Wild Palms Actor 1993
No Score Yet The Paint Job Margaret 1993
85% Bugsy Countess di Frasso 1991
60% Green Card Lauren 1990
No Score Yet Without Her Consent Actor 1990
98% Say Anything... Mrs. Evans 1989

TV

Rating

Title

Credit

Year

No Score Yet Match Game
2016
Panelist
  • 2019
No Score Yet Blue Bloods
2010
Kelly Peterson
  • 2019
  • 2018
  • 2014
  • 2013
No Score Yet Madam Secretary
2014
Nadine Tolliver
  • 2018
  • 2017
  • 2016
  • 2015
  • 2014
94% The Good Wife
2009-2016
Judge Friend
  • 2013
  • 2012
79% Bored to Death
2009-2011
Caroline Taylor
  • 2011
  • 2009
No Score Yet Law & Order: Special Victims Unit
1999
Kibre ADA Tracy Kibre Nina Laszlo
  • 2005
  • 1999
No Score Yet Will & Grace
1998
Herself
  • 2004
No Score Yet American Experience
1988
Voice
  • 2003
No Score Yet Cyberchase
2002-2018
Voice
  • 2003
No Score Yet Great Performances
2000
Performer
  • 2003
  • 2001
94% Frasier
1993-2004
Guest Lilith
  • 2003
  • 2002
  • 2001
  • 1999
  • 1998
  • 1996
  • 1994
58% Deadline
2000-2001
Nikki Masucci
  • 2001
  • 2000
No Score Yet All Dogs Go to Heaven
1996-1998
Voice
  • 1998
  • 1997
  • 1996
No Score Yet The Magic School Bus
1994-1997
Voice
  • 1997
95% NewsRadio
1995-1999
Beth's friend
  • 1995
No Score Yet The Adventures of Pete & Pete
1993-1996
Mailwoman McGinty
  • 1994
No Score Yet Cheers
1982-1993
Dr. Lilith Sternin-Crane
  • 1993
  • 1992
  • 1991
  • 1990
  • 1989
  • 1988
  • 1987
  • 1986
  • 1985
  • 1984
No Score Yet Wings
1990-1997
Lilith
  • 1992
  • 1991
89% Star Trek: The Next Generation
1987-1994
Lanel
  • 1991

QUOTES FROM Bebe Neuwirth CHARACTERS

Principal Valerie Drake
Coach Willis. What can I do for you?
Coach Joe Willis
You look...very, very pretty tonight, Miss Drake.
Coach Joe Willis
You look very, very pretty tonight, Miss Drake.
Principal Valerie Drake
Have you been drinking, Coach?
Coach Joe Willis
I'm sorry to bother you, but...I can't seem to find a pencil.
Coach Joe Willis
I'm sorry to bother you, but I can't seem to find a pencil.
Principal Valerie Drake
You don't need a pencil, Coach. You need a good night's sleep.
Coach Joe Willis
I need a pencil.
Principal Valerie Drake
Sleep it off, Coach.
Coach Joe Willis
Do you have a pencil?
Principal Valerie Drake
Jesus Christ, yes, I have a pencil. I have plenty of pencils. Look, why don't you and your pencil go home. It's late.
Coach Joe Willis
You look...very, very pretty tonight.
Coach Joe Willis
You look very, very pretty tonight.
Principal Valerie Drake
Harassment has a really fine line, Coach. Haven't you read your handbook?
Coach Joe Willis
(stabs Principle Drake in the hand with a pencil) - I've always wanted to do that.
Coach Joe Willis
(stabs Principle Drake in the hand with a pencil) I've always wanted to do that.