Elizabeth Perkins took birth on November 18, 1960, in Queens,
New York, graduated from the Goodman School Drama at DePaul University in Chicago and made her theatrical debut on Broadway in Neil Simon’s Brighton Beach Memoirs (1984) and has since appeared in some movies and TV Series. Her mother was a concert pianist and a drug treatment counselor, and father was a businessman, a writer, and a farmer. She got her surname as Perkins when her grandparents emigrated from Greece to U.S. and changed their surname from “pisperikos” to “Perkins”. She was raised in Massachusetts after her parents got divorced just three years after her birth. Her first major project in Hollywood was her debut movie ‘
About Last Night’ alongside
Demi Moore directed by
Edward Zwick. She was then cast opposite
Tom Hanks in the 1988 comedy movie ‘Big’ in which she played the role of a business executive. In 1991, she appeared opposite
Aidan Quinn as his wife in the movie ‘Avalon’ directed by Barry Levinson starred with
Kevin Bacon in the 1991 American romantic comedy ‘He Said, She Said’, playing the “She.”
Then she portrayed the role of a terminal cancer patient in the 1991 drama movie ‘The Doctor’ opposite
William Hurt, for which she received widespread acclaim from critics, with many calling her acting as one of the highlights of the entire movie. She was nominated for a CFCA Award for Best Supporting Actress. The biggest box office success that she tasted was the one that came with the buddy comedy ‘The Flinstones’ in 1994, inspired by the animated series, playing the role of Wilma Flinstone starring opposite
John Goodman along with Rick Moranis and Rosie O’ Donnell. The movie although failed to impress any critics. She then decided to take her career a step further and made her Television debut with the TV film ‘For Their Own Good’ inspired by a true story. She then appeared in other TV films including ‘Cloned’, ‘Rescuers: Stories of Courage: Two Women’ and the comedy ‘Battery Park’. She also appeared in an episode of the highly praised and acclaimed miniseries ‘From the Earth to the Moon’ (1998).
She featured in two episodes of the TV series ‘King of the Hill’. She was also seen regularly for six episodes in the comedy series ‘Battery Park’ playing the role of a police precinct. While doing these small screen acting, she was working on the big screen too and was cast as the sister of Sandra Bullock’s character in ‘28 Days’. She was also the member of the ensemble cast in the 1994 remake if ‘Miracle on 34th Street’. She then appeared in the horror thriller ‘The Ring 2’ as a psychiatrist having a small role alongside
Naomi Watts. She was also the member of the highly successful animated movie ‘Finding Nemo’ playing the role of Nemo’s mother who gets killed at the beginning of the film. With doing all these small screen projects and short roles in films and finding difficulty in getting any big meaningful project, she began a successful run when she got the role of an alcoholic single mother in the hit Showtime series ‘Weeds’ (2005-2009). The series also starred Mary-Louise Parker and
Justin Kirk. Because of her comic talent discovered, the TV series earned her a Golden Globe nomination, two Satellite Awards, and three Primetime Emmy Awards nominations for Supporting Actress in a TV series along with several award nominations and widespread praises and acclaim. She also said that playing the role of Celia Hodes in Weeds is her favorite role she has ever done in her career. Her other TV projects include ‘
Hercules’, ‘Vince Uncensored’, ‘How To Live With Your Parents(For the Rest of Your Life)’ and ‘How to Get Away with Murder’. Her latest projects are ‘One Child’ (2016) in which she has a regular role and ‘Preacher’ (2016), which has a recurring role of Perkins.
Her cute looks and talented acting skills have ensured that she is constantly offered movies. Her latest movies include Le Chat Est Mort (2009), ‘Hop (2011)’ and ‘Ghostbusters (2016)’ ‘Dumb Prince (2016)’ and a short comedy film named ‘Super Sex’ alongside Kevin Nealon. She has been married twice. Her first marriage was with the Chicago actor Terry Kinney from (1984-1988). She then married the Argentinian cinematographer Julio Macat giving birth to three stepsons. She has one daughter too named Hannah Jo Phillips. In 2005, she discovered that she was suffering from latent autoimmune diabetes. But her illness hasn’t affected her acting talents, and she has been a regular face in the Hollywood ever since.