Elizabeth Perkins is an American actress best known for playing Celia Hodes in Showtime’s television series ‘Weeds,’ for which she garnered two Golden Globe nominations and three Primetime Emmy nominations. She is also known for her film roles in ‘The Flintstones,’ ‘Avalon,’ ‘Miracle on 34th Street,’ and ‘Big.’ Perkins, along with her two elder sisters, was raised in her maternal grandmother’s farm in Vermont following her parents’ divorce. After high school, the amber-eyed girl moved to Chicago and attended DePaul University, eventually graduating in 1981 with a BFA in acting. She made her theatrical debut in 1984 in the Broadway production of ‘Brighton Beach Memoirs’ and then went on to work in numerous plays, films, and television programs. Perkins’ natural acting skills and charismatic personality have made her one of the all-time favorite actresses of many across the globe. On a personal note, the talented actress is married to cinematographer Julio Macat. She has one daughter and three stepsons.
Elizabeth Perkins started her acting career in 1984 with Neil Simon's Broadway play ‘Brighton Beach Memoirs.’ She then worked with a number of theatrical companies including the Steppenwolf Theater and The New York Shakespeare Festival. Her first film role was in Edward Zwick's 1986 romantic drama ‘About Last Night…’ In 1988, the actress had a career breakthrough appearing in the flick ‘Big’. Two years later, she appeared as Ann Kaye in Barry Levinson's ‘Avalon,’ for which she garnered critical acclaim for her performance.
In 1991, Perkins was cast in the role of June Ellis opposite William Hurt in the drama movie ‘The Doctor,’ earning critical acclaim for her performance as a cancer patient. From 1993 to 1995, she featured in the TV film ‘For Their Own Good’ as well as in a number of big screen projects including ‘Indian Summer’, ‘The Flintstones’ and ‘Miracle on 34th Street’. The American actress did the television movie ‘Cloned’ in 1997. She next had a role in the comedy-drama film ‘28 Days’ in 2000. That year, Perkins also starred as Captain Madeline Dunleavy in the sitcom ‘Battery Park’.
She then had a small voice role in the 2003 flick ‘Finding Nemo.’ From 2005 to 2009, she played Celia Hodes in the dark comedy-drama series ‘Weeds’ and garnered a number of awards and accolades for her performance in the same. During this time, the actress also featured in the movies ‘The Ring Two’, ‘Must Love Dogs’ and ‘Kids in America’. In 2011, she played Bonnie O'Hare in the 3D live-action animated flick ‘Hop’. Two years later, Perkins starred in ABC’s ‘How to Live with Your Parents (for the Rest of Your Life)’. In 2017 and 2018, she appeared in three episodes and two episodes of ‘This Is Us’ and ‘Curb Your Enthusiasm’ respectively. She also starred as Jackie O'Neill in the psychological thriller miniseries ‘Sharp Objects’ during this period.
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Family & Personal Life
Elizabeth Ann Perkins was born on November 18, 1960 in Queens, New York City, USA. Her father, James, was a farmer, businessman and writer and her mother, Jo, was a concert pianist and drug treatment counselor. She has two elder sisters. Perkins’ parents divorced in 1963, after which she and her sisters were raised in their maternal grandmother’s place. The actress studied at Northfield Mount Hermon School and later spent three years at DePaul University’s Goodman School of Drama.
Coming to her love life, Perkins was married to actor Terry Kinney from 1984 to 1988. After this, she married cinematographer Julio Macat, becoming the step-mother of his three sons, Alexander, Andreas and Maximillian. The actress also has one daughter named Hannah Jo Phillips with Maurice Phillips. She loves pets and currently has two dogs named Buster and Lulu.