Galveston, Texas, USA
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Slaughterhouse Five; Superman (1978)
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Valerie Ritchie Perrine
Actress (70 credits) Model
Kenneth Perrine (US Army Lt. Col.)
Winifred McGinley (dancer)
Valerie Ritchie Perrine (born September 3, 1943) is an American actress and model.
Talent Agency (e.g. Modelling)
Imperium 7, Bensky Entertainment
Voluptuous figure, Lispy, breathless voice
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Active - 1972 - 2006 | Born - Sep 3, 1943 in Galveston, TX | Genres - Drama, Comedy, Science Fiction
Biography by Hal Erickson
The daughter of a military officer, Valerie Perrine spent her childhood hopscotching from one country to another. Her early plans to become a psychologist were abandoned when she parlayed her svelte figure and sparkling personality into a brief career as a Las Vegas showgirl. Perrine then settled into a lucrative, active career upon being cast as habitually naked movie queen Montana Wildhack in Slaughterhouse Five (1971). While her talk show persona was that of a typically airheaded starlet, Perrine was in fact a serious, dedicated actress; she won an Oscar nomination for her performance as Honey Bruce in 1974's Lenny, and was no less impressive as Carlotta Monti in 1976's W.C. Fields and Me. Despite her acting accomplishments, Perrine was most often cast on the basis of her top-heavy physical attributes; it is said that she was cast as the leading lady in Can't Stop the Music (1980) in order to attract those "straight" filmgoers that might have otherwise avoided a film starring the Village People. More recently, Valerie Perrine has excelled in eccentric character roles on such TV series as Northern Exposure and ER.
Valerie Ritchie Perrine (born September 3, 1943) is an Academy Award-nominated American actress and model.
Perrine began her career as a Las Vegas showgirl. She made her motion picture debut with an uncredited part in Diamonds Are Forever (1971). She played soft-core porn actress Montana Wildhack in Slaughterhouse-Five (1972). Perrine was photographed as a model for a pictorial layout in the May 1972 issue of Playboy magazine, later appearing on the cover in August 1981. She then became the first actress to purposely display herself nude on American television by completely baring her breasts during the May 4, 1973 Public Broadcasting Station broadcast of Bruce Jay Friedman`s Steambath on Hollywood Television Theater. (She was seen taking a shower fully nude from the side.) Only a few PBS stations nationwide were adventurous enough to carry the program.
In 1975, Perrine was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actress and the Golden Globe for Best Motion Picture Actress (Drama) and won the Best Actress Award at the Cannes Film Festival for her role as comedian Lenny Bruce`s wife, stripper Honey Bruce, in Bob Fosse`s Lenny (1974).
She was Carlotta Monti in the biopic W.C. Fields and Me (1976) and one of her most famous movie roles came as Miss Eve Teschmacher, moll of criminal mastermind Lex Luthor, in Superman (1978). For this role she was nominated for the 1979 Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actress.
Perrine played Charlotta Steele, ex-wife of a rodeo champion played by Robert Redford, in The Electric Horseman (1979). Her career grew uneven after an appearance in Can`t Stop the Music (1980), for which she was nominated for a Razzie Award for Worst Actress. This film has since become a cult classic. In 1982 she played the role of Marcy, the wife of a corrupt police officer, in The Border with Jack Nicholson. In the years since Perrine has worked in lower-profile projects, although she did have a small supporting role in the 2000 Mel Gibson film What Women Want. In 1995, Perrine made a guest appearance on the series Homicide: Life on the Street, playing an ex-wife of Richard Belzer`s Detective John Munch.
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