Neuwirth, Bebe 1958-

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Neuwirth, Bebe 1958-


Original name, Beatrice Neuwirth; born December 31, 1958, in Newark (some sources cite Princeton), NJ; daughter of Lee Paul (a mathematician) and Sydney Anne (an artist) Neuwirth; married Paul Dorman (a theatre director), 1984 (divorced, c. 1991). Education: Studied dance at the Juilliard School of Music, 1976-77; studied dance at the Princeton Ballet Society and elsewhere. Politics: Democrat. Religion: Judaism.


Agent—International Creative Management, 10250 Constellation Way, Ninth Floor, Los Angeles, CA 90067. Manager—Affirmative Entertainment and Productions, 425 North Robertson Dr., Los Angeles, CA 90048.


Actress, dancer, and singer. Moved to New York City to begin her career at the age of seventeen; danced with the Princeton Ballet Company; also a cabaret performer; also appeared in advertisements. Participated in benefits, galas, and telethons.

Awards, Honors:

Antoinette Perry Award, best supporting actress in a musical, and Drama Desk Award nomination, outstanding featured actress in a musical, both 1986, for Sweet Charity; Emmy awards, outstanding supporting actress in a comedy series, 1990 and 1991, for Cheers; Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Award, 1992, for Chicago; Emmy Award nomination, outstanding guest actress in a comedy series, 1995, and American Comedy Award nominations, funniest female guest appearance in a television series, 1999 and 2000, all for Frasier; Antoinette Perry Award, best leading actress in a musical, 1996, Drama Desk Award, outstanding actress in a musical, Outer Critics Circle Award, best actress in a musical, Drama League Award, distinguished performance, and Astaire Award, best female dancer, Theatre Development Fund, all 1997, for Chicago; Annie Award nomination, outstanding individual achievement for voice acting by a female performer in an animated television production, International Animated Film Society, 1998, for All Dogs Go to Heaven: The Series; Emmy Award nomination, outstanding supporting actress in a miniseries or movie, 1999, for Dash and Lilly; Seattle Film Critics Award, best supporting actress, 2002, Golden Satellite Award nomination, best performance by an actress in a supporting role, comedy or musical, International Press Academy, 2003, and Chlotrudis Award nomination, best supporting actress, 2003, all for Tadpole; Dance Magazine Award, 2007, for her achievements in the field of dance; also named an honorary Ziegfeld girl.


Stage Appearances:

Coppelia (ballet), Princeton Ballet Company, Princeton, NJ, c. 1970.

The Nutcracker (ballet), Princeton Ballet Company, Princeton, NJ, c. 1970.

Dancer, Dancin' (musical revue), Ambassador Theatre, New York City, 1982.

Monique (boom boom girl) and member of the ensemble, Little Me (musical), Eugene O'Neill Theatre, New York City, 1982.

Upstairs at O'Neal's (satirical revue), O'Neal's 43rd Street Theatre, New York City, 1982-83.

Lead dancer, Kicks, 1984.

Princess Dorothy, The Road to Hollywood (musical), Guinevere Theatre, New York City, 1984.

Just So (musical adaptation of Rudyard Kipling's Just So Stories), Pennsylvania Stage Company, Allentown, PA, 1985.

Waitin' in the Wings: The Night the Understudies Take Centerstage (benefit staging of musical revue), Triplex Theatre, New York City, 1986.

Nickie and standby for the role of Charity (title role), Sweet Charity (musical), Minskoff Theatre, New York City, 1986-87.

Showing Off (musical revue), 45th Street Theatre, New York City, 1989.

Cabaret Verboten (cabaret production), production in the Los Angeles area, c. 1990.

Velma Kelly, Chicago (musical), Long Beach Civic Light Opera, Long Beach, CA, 1992.

Aurora/the spider woman, Kiss of the Spider Woman (musical), Shaftesbury Theatre, London, 1992-93.

Lola, Damn Yankees (musical), Old Globe, San Diego, CA, 1993, Marquis Theatre, New York City, 1994-95.

Melba Snyder, "Pal Joey" (concert staging of musical), City Center Encores! (also known as Encores! and Encores! Great American Musicals in Concert), City Center Theatre, New York City, 1995.

Velma Kelly, "Chicago" (concert staging of musical), City Center Encores! (also known as Encores! and Encores! Great American Musicals in Concert), City Center Theatre, 1996.

Velma Kelly, Chicago (musical), Richard Rogers Theatre, New York City, 1996-97, Sam S. Shubert Theatre, New York City, beginning 1997.

(With others) Charity, Nickie, and Helene, Sweet Charity Benefit (benefit concert staging of musical), Lincoln Center, Avery Fisher Hall, New York City, 1998.

Jenny Diver, The Threepenny Opera (musical theatre), American Conservatory Theater, Geary Theater, San Francisco, CA, 1999.

Katherina, The Taming of the Shrew, Williamstown Theatre Festival, Adams Memorial Theatre, Williamstown, MA, 1999.

Performer, My Favorite Broadway: The Love Songs, City Center Theatre, New York City, 2000.

Fosse (musical revue), Broadhurst Theatre, New York City, 2001.

Anna and Nell, Everett Beekin, Lincoln Center, Mitzi E. Newhouse Theater, New York City, 2001-2002.

Fanny Brice, Funny Girl (benefit concert staging of musical), New Amsterdam Theatre, New York City, 2002.

The Exonerated, Bleecker Street Theatre, New York City, c. 2002-2003.

Carla, The 24 Hour Plays 2003, American Airlines Theatre, New York City, 2003.

Sheila, Writer's Block, Atlantic Theater, Linda Gross Theater, New York City, 2003.

Jenny, Here Lies Jenny (musical), Zipper Theatre, New York City, 2004, Post Street Theatre, San Francisco, CA, 2005.

Woman one, Ashley Montana Goes Ashore in the CaicosOr What Am I Doing Here?, The Flea (Flea Theater), New York City, 2005.

Velma Kelly, Chicago (benefit concert staging of musical), Ambassador Theatre, 2006.

Roxie Hart, Chicago (musical), Ambassador Theatre, 2006-2007.

At War: American Playwrights Respond to Iraq, The Fire Dept Theatre Company, Bleecker Street Theatre, 2008.

Stories with Piano (cabaret production), Feinstein's at Loew's Regency, New York City, 2008.

Some sources state that Neuwirth appeared as Velma Kelly and Roxie Hart in London productions of the musical Chicago. Affiliated with various benefits, galas, and telethons.

Major Tours:

Lois and understudies for the roles of Cassie and Sheila, A Chorus Line (musical), U.S. and international cities, 1978-81.

Anita, West Side Story (musical), U.S. and international cities, 1981.

Stage Work:

Choreographer, Kicks, 1984.

Television Appearances; Series:

Member of the Whitney Dance Theatre, The Edge of Night (also known as Edge of Night), ABC, 1981.

Dr. Lilith Sternin (later Dr. Lilith Sternin-Crane), Cheers, NBC, 1986-93.

Voice of Mirage, Aladdin (animated; also known as Disney's "Aladdin," Aladdin de Disney, and Aladino), CBS and syndicated, 1994-95.

Voices of Anabelle and Belladonna, All Dogs Go to Heaven: The Series (animated), ABC and syndicated, 1996-98, Fox Family Channel, 1998.

Nikki Masucci, Deadline, NBC, 2000-2001.

Faith O'Connor, Hack, CBS, 2003.

(In archive footage) Velma Kelly in footage from Chicago, Broadway: The American Musical (documentary), PBS, 2004.

Assistant district attorney Tracey Kibre, Law & Order: Trial by Jury (also known as Kova laki: Oikeuden ratkaisu, New York, cour de justice, and Nomos kai taxi—Aponomi dikaiosynis), NBC, 2005-2006.

Television Appearances; Miniseries:

Tabba Schwartzkopf, Wild Palms, ABC, 1993.

Television Appearances; Movies:

Gloria Allred, Without Her Consent (also known as A Matter of Trust), NBC, 1990.

Susan Maxwell, Unspeakable Acts, ABC, 1990.

Dorothy Parker, Dash and Lilly, Arts and Entertainment, 1999.

Trix, Getting to Know You (also known as Getting to Know All about You), Sundance Channel, c. 1999.

Television Appearances; Specials:

Herself, Stand-Up Comics Take a Stand, Family Channel, 1988.

Herself and Dr. Lilith Sternin, Cheers: 200th Anniversary Special, NBC, 1990.

Dr. Lilith Sternin, Disneyland's Thirty-Fifth Anniversary Celebration, NBC, 1990.

Stand-Up Comics Take a Stand!, Family Channel, 1990.

Last Call!: A Cheers Celebration, NBC, 1993.

In a New Light '94, ABC, 1994.

Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, NBC, 1996.

Pop Goes the Fourth, PBS, 1996.

(In archive footage) Herself, "The Music of Kander and Ebb: Razzle Dazzle," Great Performances, PBS, 1997.

Herself, Broadway '97: Launching the Tonys, PBS, 1997.

Herself, The 53rd Presidential Inaugural Gala (also known as The 53rd Presidential Inaugural Gala: An American Journey), CBS, 1997.

Performer, Banned in America: The Stars Speak Out, MSNBC, 1997.

Herself, "Stomp, Slide and Swing with Savion Glover," In Performance at the White House, PBS, 1998.

Host, Edith Piaf: La Vie en Rose, PBS, 1998.

Herself and Velma Kelly, "My Favorite Broadway: The Leading Ladies," Great Performances, PBS, 1999.

America's Millennium, CBS, 1999.

Fall in Love with a Stranger, PAX TV, 1999.

Francesca, "Cupid & Cate," Hallmark Hall of Fame, CBS, 2000.

Last woman on cellular phone, Sounds from a Town I Love (short), broadcast during The Concert for New York City, 2001.

Performer, "My Favorite Broadway: The Love Songs," Great Performances, PBS, 2001.

Herself, "30th Anniversary: A Celebration in Song," Great Performances, PBS, 2003.

Herself, Imagine New York (short), Fox, 2003.

(Uncredited; in archive footage) Dr. Lilith Sternin, Frasier: Analyzing the Laughter, NBC, 2004.

Host, "Broadway's Lost Treasures II," Great Performances, PBS, 2004.

Herself, Broadway under the Stars, CBS, 2006.

Herself, A Capitol Fourth, PBS, 2007.

Singer, Holiday in Bryant Park, CBS, 2007.

Television Appearances; Awards Presentations:

The 43rd Annual Primetime Emmy Awards Presentation, Fox, 1991.

Presenter, The 44th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards, Fox, 1992.

Presenter, The 48th Annual Tony Awards, CBS, 1994.

Performer, The 51st Annual Tony Awards, CBS, 1997.

Herself, The Kennedy Center Honors: A Celebration of the Performing Arts, CBS, 1997, 1998.

Presenter, The 52nd Annual Tony Awards, CBS, 1998.

Presenter, The 53rd Annual Tony Awards, CBS, 1999.

Presenter, The 57th Annual Tony Awards, CBS, 2003.

Herself, The Fourth Annual TV Land Awards, TV Land, 2006.

Presenter, The 60th Annual Tony Awards, CBS, 2006.

Herself, The 52nd Annual Drama Desk Awards, 2007.

Presenter, The 61st Annual Tony Awards, CBS, 2007.

Television Appearances; Episodic:

Phyllis Turner, "Stagefright," Fame, syndicated, 1986.

Receptionist, "Family Forecast," Simon & Simon, CBS, 1986.

Nurse Lanel, "First Contact," Star Trek: The Next Generation (also known as The Next Generation and Star Trek: TNG), syndicated, 1991.

Late Night with David Letterman, NBC, 1991.

Dr. Lilith Sternin-Crane, "Planes, Trains and Visiting Cranes," Wings, NBC, 1992.

Herself, Guest Night (also known as Bruce's "Guest Night"), BBC, 1993.

Mail lady McGintee, "The Call," The Adventures of Pete & Pete (also known as Pete and Pete and Pete & Pete), Nickelodeon, 1994.

Mail lady McGintee, "Sick Day," The Adventures of Pete & Pete (also known as Pete and Pete and Pete & Pete), Nickelodeon, 1994.

Herself, Late Show with David Letterman (also known as The Late Show, Late Show Backstage, and Letterman), CBS, 1994, 1997.

Dr. Lilith Sternin, Frasier (also known as Dr. Frasier Crane), NBC, multiple episodes, 1994-2003.

Sandi Angelini, "Friends," NewsRadio (also known as News Radio, The Station, Dias de radio, and Dies de radio), NBC, 1995.

Herself, "Bebe Neuwirth," Lauren Hutton and, 1996.

Voice of Deadpan, "The Wrath of Guitierrez," Freakazoid! (animated), The WB, 1996.

Voice of La La, "Old Green Teeth/The Elephant Who Couldn't Say No," Jungle Cubs (animated; also known as Disney's "Jungle Cubs"), ABC, 1996.

Voice of Tamara La Boinque, "Noir Gang," Duckman (animated; also known as Duckman: Private Dick/Family Man), USA Network, 1996.

Herself, The Rosie O'Donnell Show, syndicated, 1996, 2001.

Voice of Flora Whiff, "Makes a Stink," The Magic School Bus (animated; also known as Scholastic's "The Magic School Bus"), PBS, 1997.

Voice of Mirage, "You Say It's Your Birthday," 101 Dalmatians: The Series (animated; also known as Disney's "101 Dalmatians: The Series," 101 Dalmatians, and 101 Dalmatas), syndicated, 1997.

Herself, Showbiz Today, Cable News Network, 1997.

Voice of Mirage, "K Is for Kibble," 101 Dalmatians: The Series (animated; also known as Disney's "101 Dalmatians: The Series," 101 Dalmatians, and 101 Dalmatas), syndicated, 1998.

Herself, "Bob Fosse," The E! True Hollywood Story (also known as Bob Fosse: The E! True Hollywood Story and THS), E! Entertainment Television, 1999.

Nina Laszlo, "… Or Just Look Like One," Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (also known as Law & Order's Sex Crimes, Law & Order: SVU, and Special Victims Unit), NBC, 1999.

Voice of Juliette, "Salem and Juliette," Sabrina, the Teenage Witch (also known as Sabrina and Sabrina Goes to College), ABC, 1999.

Herself, The Daily Show (also known as A Daily Show with Jon Stewart, The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, The Daily Show with Jon Stewart Global Edition, Jon Stewart, Ha-Daily Show, and I satira tou Jon Stewart), Comedy Central, 1999, 2003.

Herself and Dr. Lilith Sternin, "Cheers," The E! True Hollywood Story (also known as Cheers: The E! True Hollywood Story and THS), E! Entertainment Television, 2000.

Herself, "To Love, Honor, and Pretend," Strangers with Candy, Comedy Central, 2000.

Herself, "Cheers," TVography (also known as TVography: Cheers), Arts and Entertainment, 2001.

The Isaac Mizrahi Show, Oxygen, 2001.

Voice of Binky the cat, "Clock Like an Egyptian," Cyberchase (animated), PBS, 2002.

Herself, The Late Late Show with Craig Kilborn (also known as The Late Late Show), CBS, 2002.

Herself, The View, ABC, 2002.

Herself, "Tadpole," Anatomy of a Scene, Sundance Channel, c. 2002.

Voice of Binky the cat, "The Eye of Rom," Cyberchase (animated), PBS, 2003.

Voice, "The Center of the World," New York: A Documentary Film, broadcast on The American Experience (also known as American Experience: New York—A Documentary Film), PBS, 2003.

Herself, "Frasier," VH1 Goes Inside (also known as VH1 Goes Inside: Frasier), VH1, 2004.

Herself, "No Sex 'N' the City," Will & Grace, NBC, 2004.

Herself, The Tony Danza Show, syndicated, 2004, 2006.

Assistant district attorney Tracey Kibre, "Night," Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (also known as Law & Order's Sex Crimes, Law & Order: SVU, and Special Victims Unit), NBC, 2005.

Herself, Celebrity Charades, American Movie Classics, 2005.

Herself, Character Studies, PBS, 2005.

Herself, Today (also known as NBC News Today and The Today Show), NBC, 2005.

Herself, "Liza-Palooza Two-za!," That's Kentertainment!, 2006.

Herself, Jeopardy!, syndicated, 2006.

Herself, The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson (also known as The Late Late Show), CBS, 2006.

Appeared in other programs, including an appearance in "Teddy Gets a Guru" (also known as "Teddy Pursues a Hollywood Guru"), an unaired episode of The Famous Teddy Z, CBS.

Television Appearances; Pilots:

Nikki Masucci, Deadline, NBC, 2000.

Appeared as Annie in Dear Diary, a pilot released theatrically as a short film by DreamWorks, 1996.

Film Appearances:

Mrs. Evans (career counselor), Say Anything (also known as … Say Anything …), Twentieth Century-Fox, 1989.

Felicia, Penny Ante, Motion Picture Corporation of America, 1990.

Lauren, Green Card, Buena Vista, 1990.

Countess di Frasso, Bugsy, TriStar, 1991.

Margaret, The Paint Job (also known as Painted Heart), Arrow Releasing, 1992.

Detective Dana Harris, Malice (also known as Bodily Harm), Columbia, 1993.

Aunt Nora Shepherd, Jumanji, TriStar, 1995.

Annie, Dear Diary (short film), DreamWorks, 1996, originally produced as a pilot for a television series.

Camille Scott, The Associate, Buena Vista, 1996.

Felinet, The Adventures of Pinocchio (also known as Carlo Collodi's "Pinocchio," Pinocchio, and Die Legende von Pinocchio), New Line Cinema, 1996.

Voices of Annabelle and Belladonna, All Dogs Go to Heaven 2 (animated), Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, 1996.

Principal Valerie Drake, The Faculty, Miramax, 1998.

Prostitute, Celebrity, Miramax, 1998.

Voices of Annabelle and Belladonna, An All Dogs Christmas Carol (animated), Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM)/United Artists (UA) Home Entertainment, 1998.

Ada Kurtzman, Liberty Heights, Warner Bros., 1999.

Gloria, Summer of Sam, Buena Vista, 1999.

Voice of Sylvia Marpole (head college librarian), An Extremely Goofy Movie (animated; also known as Another Goofy Movie, An X-tremely Goofy Movie, and A Goofy Movie 2), Buena Vista, 2000.

Voice of Thumbelina's mother, The Adventures of Tom Thumb and Thumbelina (animated musical), Miramax, 2000.

Diane, Tadpole, Miramax, 2002.

Julia Manchevering, Le Divorce, Fox Searchlight Pictures, 2003.

Lana Jong, How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days (also known as Wie werde ich ihn los in 10 Tagen), Paramount, 2003.

Alison Ritchie, The Big Bounce, Warner Bros., 2004.

Joanna Bourne, Game 6, Kindred Media Group, 2005.

Patricia, Adopt a Sailor, WonderStar Productions, 2008.

Internet Appearances:

Voice of the queen (stepmother), "Snow Glass Apples," Seeing Ear Theatre,, 2001, including in the audio recording Two Plays for Voices, by Neil Gaiman, HarperAudio, 2002.


Albums; Cast Recordings and Soundtracks; with Others:

Sweet Charity 1986 Broadway cast recording), 1986, DRG, 2005.

Damn Yankees 1994 Broadway cast recording), Decca Broadway, 1994.

Pal Joey 1995 original New York cast recording), DRG, 1995.

All Dogs Go to Heaven 2 (soundtrack), Angel Records, 1996.

Chicago 1996 Broadway revival cast; also known as Chicago—The Musical), RCA, 1997.

Chicago: The 10th Anniversary Edition (anniversary recording; also known as Chicago—The Musical: The 10th Anniversary Edition), RCA Victor Broadway, 2006.


Herself, Jerry Orbach Tribute (short), Universal Studios Home Video, 2005.

Herself, A Different Look at "Law & Order" (short featurette), Universal Studios Home Video, 2006.

Herself, Making "Game 6" (short documentary), Hart Sharp Video, 2006.


Robin Cook, Vital Signs, Simon & Schuster Trade, 1991.

William Steig, Doctor de Soto Goes to Africa, HarperCollins, 1995.

Neil Gaiman, "Snow Glass Apples," Two Plays for Voices, HarperAudio, 2002, originally broadcast on Seeing Ear Theatre,, 2001.

Diane Johnson, Le Divorce, HarperAudio, 2003.


Writings for the Stage:

Stories with Piano (cabaret production), Feinstein's at Loew's Regency, New York City, 2008.



American Fitness, May/June, 1992.

Dance Magazine, January, 2007, p. 20; November, 2007, pp. 42-46.

People Weekly, April 8, 1991, pp. 77-78; September 18, 2000, p. 130.

Premiere, August, 2002, p. 32.