Perrine, Valerie 1943–

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Perrine, Valerie 1943–


Full name, Valerie Ritchie Perrine; born September 3, 1943, in Galveston, TX; daughter of Kenneth (an army officer) and Winifred (some sources cite first name as Renee; a dancer; maiden name, McGinley) Perrine. Education: Attended University of Arizona, 1961, and University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Avocational Interests: Dogs, needlepoint and sewing, reading, writing, painting, gardening, traveling.

Career: Actress. Worked as a showgirl in Las Vegas, NV. Appeared in photography layouts in Playboy magazine.

Member: Screen Actors Guild, American Federation of Television and Radio Artists.

Awards, Honors: National Board of Review Award and New York Film Critics Circle Award, both best supporting actress, 1974, Cannes International Film Festival Award, best actress, United Motion Pictures Association Award, actress of the year, Academy Award nomination, best actress in a leading role, and Golden Globe Award nomination, best motion picture actress in a drama, all 1975, Film Award, most promising newcomer to leading film roles, British Academy of Film and Television Arts, and Film Award nomination, best actress, British Academy of Film and Television Arts, both 1976, all for Lenny; Saturn Award nomination, best supporting actress, Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Horror Films, 1979, for Superman; CableACE Award nomination, outstanding actress in a comedy series, National Cable Television Association, 1985, for "The Three Little Pigs," Faerie Tale Theater. Some sources cite a Hollywood Women's Press Club Award as the newcomer of the year.


Film Appearances:

Las Vegas showgirl, Diamonds Are Forever (also known as Ian Fleming's "Diamonds Are Forever"), Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, 1971.

Montana Wildhack, Slaughterhouse-Five, Universal, 1972.

Marge, The Last American Hero (also known as Hard Driver), Twentieth Century-Fox, 1973.

Honey Bruce, Lenny United Artists, 1974.

Carlotta Monterey (some sources cite Carlotta Monti), W. C. Fields and Me, Universal, 1976.

Rosie Jones, Mr. Billion (also known as The Windfall), Twentieth Century-Fox, 1977.

Eve Teschmacher, Superman (also known as Superman: The Movie), Warner Bros., 1978.

Charlotta Steele, The Electric Horseman, Columbia, 1979.

Zeftel, The Magician of Lublin (also known as Der Magier and Ha-Kosem Mi'Lublin), Cannon, 1979.

Samantha Simpson, Can't Stop the Music, Associated Film Distributors, 1980.

Brenda Wilcox, Agency (also known as Mind Games, L'agence de la peur, and Les espions dans la ville), Jensen Farley, c. 1980.

Eve Teschmacher, Superman II, Warner Bros., 1981.

Marcy, The Border, Warner Bros., 1982.

Pamela, Water (also known as Water: The Movie), Handmade Films, 1986.

Georgette Starkey, Maid to Order, New Century/Vista, 1987.

Maria, Mask of Murder (also known as The Investigator), Master Films, 1989.

Aileen Russell, Bright Angel, Hemdale Releasing, 1990.

Caterina, Riflessi in un cielo scuro (also known as Reflections in a Dark Sky), Starlet Film, 1991.

Mona, Boiling Point (also known as L'extreme limite), Warner Bros., 1993.

Delores Smith, The Break, Trimark Pictures, 1995.

Tilly Baker, Girl in the Cadillac, Overseas FilmGroup, 1995.

Elaine's patron, 54 (also known as Fifty-Four), Miramax, 1998.

Marguerita Hansen, Brown's Requiem, Avalanche Releasing, 1998.

Rita Lindross, My Girlfriend's Boyfriend, Enlightenment Productions, 1998.

Picture This, 1999.

Margo, What Women Want, Paramount, 2000.

Gloria Vassick, Directing Eddie (also known as Project: Indie), Kaldor Productions, 2001.

Mrs. Duncan, The End of the Bar, Carbonated Films/Sub Q Films, 2002.

Lenora Tripp, The Californians, Fabrication Films, 2005.

V, The Moguls (also known as The Amateurs), Bauer Martinez Studios, 2006.

Some sources cite appearances in other films, including Doppio sogno, 1990; Men in Heels, Women in Tights, 1996; and Claudine's Return (also known as Fire of Love and Kiss of Fire), Jazz Pictures, c. 1997.

Television Appearances; Series:

Liz Green, Leo & Liz in Beverly Hills, CBS, 1986.

Dolores Pierce, As the World Turns, CBS, 1998–99.

Television Appearances; Miniseries:

Dee Staufer, Malibu, NBC, 1983.

Honey Potts Atkins, The Secrets of Lake Success (also known as Great Escapes and Lake Success), NBC, 1993.

Television Appearances; Movies:

Jennifer Allen, The Couple Takes a Wife, ABC, 1972.

Lillian Lorraine, Ziegfeld: The Man and His Women, NBC, 1978.

Stella White, Marian Rose White, CBS, 1982.

Ronda Thompson, When Your Lover Leaves, 1983.

Isabelle, Mountain of Diamonds (also known as Burning Shore, Gluehender Himmel, La montagna dei diamanti, and La montagne de diamants), 1990.

(Uncredited) Monica Gilroy, Curtain Call, Starz!, 1998.

Estelle, A Place Called Truth, The Movie Channel, 1999.

Maura's mother, Shame, Shame, Shame (also known as Climax), The Movie Channel, 1999.

Television Appearances; Specials:

Meredith, Steambath, PBS, 1972.

Female team captain, Celebrity Challenge of the Sexes, CBS, 1977.

Circus of the Stars, CBS, 1977.

Circus of the Stars #2, CBS, 1977.

The Making of "Superman: The Movie," 1978.

Circus of the Stars #3, CBS, 1979.

Cohost, Allan Carr's "Magic Night" (also known as Magic Night), 1980.

Ringmaster, Circus of the Stars #5, CBS, 1980.

It's Not Easy Bein' Me: The Rodney Dangerfield Show, ABC, 1982.

Miss Lucy, Tennessee Williams's "Sweet Bird of Youth" (also known as Sweet Bird of Youth), NBC, 1989.

Television Appearances; Awards Presentations:

Presenter, The 51st Annual Academy Awards, ABC, 1979.

Television Appearances; Episodic:

Guest, The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson (also known as The Best of Carson), NBC, 1972, 1973, 1976.

Marlene, "When the Girls Came Out to Play," Love Story, NBC, 1973.

Guest, Omnibus, ABC, 1980.

Tina, "The Three Little Pigs," Faerie Tale Theater (also known as Shelley Duvall's "Faerie Tale Theater"), Showtime, 1982.

"The Couch," George Burns Comedy Week, CBS, 1985.

Jackie Vincoeur, "The Bad Seed," Northern Exposure, CBS, 1992.

Suzanne Dubonet, "Who Killed the Romance?," Burke's Law, CBS, 1994.

Brigitta, "Law and Disorder," Homicide: Life on the Street (also known as H: LOTS and Homicide), NBC, 1995.

Cookie Lewis, "And Baby Makes Two," ER (also known as Emergency Room), NBC, 1995.

Cookie Lewis, "Motherhood," ER (also known as Emergency Room), NBC, 1995.

Mrs. Nassiter, "The Brothers McMillan," Nash Bridges (also known as Bridges), CBS, 1996.

Mrs. Nassiter, "Internal Affairs," Nash Bridges (also known as Bridges), CBS, 1996.

The widow, "Key Witness," Nash Bridges (also known as Bridges), CBS, 1996.

Jane Elaine, "Hide and Seek," The Practice, ABC, 1997.

Marge Wyman, "Eyes of a Ranger," Walker, Texas Ranger, CBS, 1998.

Barbara Silberger, "The Delivery," The Beast, ABC, 2001.

Carol, "Where's Poppa?," Just Shoot Me!, NBC, 2001.

Helen, "The Gay Divorcee," Family Law, CBS, 2001.

Herself, "Dick Van Patten: The Sure Bet," Biography (also known as A&E Biography: Dick Van Patten), Arts and Entertainment, 2001.

Maureen Bustamante, "I Fought the In-Laws," Grounded for Life, Fox, 2002.

Merlene, "Welcome Home," Third Watch, NBC, 2005.

Television Appearances; Pilots:

Laura (title role), Lady Luck, NBC, 1973.

Molly, "Changing Patterns," CBS Summer Playhouse, CBS, 1987.

Some sources cite an appearance in Some Nerve!, c. 1999.

Television Appearances; Other:

Rose (also known as The Story of Rose), 1986.

Rosa, Rosa, quattre storie di donne, 1987.

Una casa a Roma (also known as Un'americana a Roma), 1987.

Stage Appearances:

Steel Magnolias, 1992.

The Man Who Came to Dinner, 1995.

Later Life, Merrimack Repertory Theatre, Lowell, MA, 1997.

Performed as a showgirl at various venues.



More, June, 1999, p. 40.


Valerie Perrine Official Site,, March 11, 2006.

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