Bebe Neuwirth Biography

The Big Bounce

The Big Bounce

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Released: January 30, 2004
Director: George Armitage
Producer: Jorge Saralegui, George Armitage, Steve Bing
Studio: Warner Bros. Pictures
Cast: Owen Wilson, Morgan Freeman, Gary Sinise, Charlie Sheen, Sara Foster, Vinnie Jones, Bebe Neuwirth, Willie Nelson, Harry Dean Stanton
Genre: Comedy
Length: 88 minutes
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Bebe Neuwirth Biography


Birth Name: Beatrice Neuwirth

Date of Birth: December 31, 1958

A native of Newark, New Jersey, Bebe was the daughter of a mathematician father and an artist mother. Bebe always wanted to be a dancer and began to train when she was five at The Julliard School. There, she trained for a musical career, and her diligence paid off with a stellar Broadway career appearing in A Chorus Line and Damn Yankees (as well as the 1992 revival of Damn Yankees).

Bebe's biggest fan following rests upon her frequent appearances between 1986 and 1992 as Dr. Lilith Sternin-Crane, the uptight, politically correct psychologist wife of Frasier Crane on the long-running comedy series Cheers, a role that won the actress Emmys in both 1990 and 1991. The role unfortunately stuck to Bebe, who at times will get called by her character name rather than her own. "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." In 1992, she requested that her character be written out of Cheers so that she could focus her energies on feature film work.

Though Lilith divorced Frasier during the course of Cheers, Bebe did return as the character in a couple of Kelsey Grammer's spin-off sitcom Frasier. Yet through her many roles, she has proven time and again that can portray a wide variety of characters.

In 1982 she met theater director Paul Droman, and in 1984 they were married. The two remained together for seven years.

Through the '90s she has successfully balanced work in television, film and theater, but it is on stage where she has received the accolades she deserves. For her performance in the 1997 production of Chicago, she won Best Actress in a Musical, Most Outstanding Actress in a Musical, Best Female Dancer, and Most Distinguished Performance. However, she often returns to both the big and small screens, playing a regular role as A.D.A. Tracey Kibre on Law & Order: Trial by Jury and playing supporting roles in films such as How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days (2003), The Big Bounce (2004) and Fame (2009).


Adopt a Sailor(2008)
Game 6(2005)
The Big Bounce(2004)
Le Divorce(2003)
How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days(2003)
The Adventures of Tom Thumb and Thumbelina (2002) (V) (voice)
An Extremely Goofy Movie (2000) (V)
Liberty Heights(1999)
Getting to Know You (1999)
Summer of Sam(1999)
An All Dogs Christmas Carol (1998) (voice)
The Faculty(1998)
The Associate (1996)
The Adventures of Pinocchio (1996)
All Dogs Go to Heaven 2 (1996) (voice)
Dear Diary (1996)
Jumanji (1995)
Malice (1993)
The Paint Job (1992)
Bugsy (1991)
Green Card (1990)
Say Anything... (1989)


Actor The Big Bounce (2004)
Actor Le Divorce (2003)
Actor Tadpole (2002)
Actor Celebrity (1999)
Actor Liberty Heights (1999)
Actor Summer Of Sam (1999)
Actor The Faculty (1998)
Actor Say Anything (1989)
Actor Fame (1980)