Born: September 3, 1943
Birthplace: Galveston, Texas, U.S.
Valerie Ritchie Perrine (born September 3, 1943) is a retired American actress and model. For her role as Honey Bruce in the 1974 film Lenny, she won the BAFTA Award for Most Promising Newcomer to Leading Film Roles, the Cannes Film Festival Award for Best Actress, and was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actress. Her other film appearances include Superman (1978), The Electric Horseman (1979), and Superman II (1980).Perrine began her career as a Las Vegas showgirl. She played soft-core pornography actress Montana Wildhack in Kurt Vonnegut's Slaughterhouse-Five (1972). Perrine was photographed for a pictorial layout in the May 1972 issue of Playboy, later appearing on the cover in August 1981. She then became the first actress to purposely display herself nude on American television by completely baring her breasts during the May 4, 1973, PBS broadcast of Bruce Jay Friedman's Steambath on Hollywood Television Theater. (She was seen taking a shower from the side totally undressed.) Only a few PBS stations nationwide carried the program. Later in 1973, she appeared in the episode "When the Girls Came Out to Play" of the romantic anthology television series Love Story (1973).
In 1975, Perrine was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actress and the Golden Globe for Best Motion Picture Actress (Drama) and won the Best Actress Award at the Cannes Film Festival for her role as comedian Lenny Bruce's wife, stripper Honey Bruce, in Bob Fosse's Lenny (1974).
She was Carlotta Monti in the biopic W.C. Fields and Me (1976). She played Miss Eve Teschmacher, moll of criminal mastermind Lex Luthor, in Superman (1978). For this role, she was nominated for the 1979 Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actress. She reprised her role as Miss Teschmacher in Superman II (1980).
Perrine played Charlotta Steele, ex-wife of a rodeo champion played by Robert Redford, in The Electric Horseman (1979). Her career grew uneven after an appearance in Can't Stop the Music (1980), for which she was nominated for a Razzie Award for Worst Actress. This film has since become a cult classic. In 1982, she played the role of Marcy, the wife of a corrupt police officer, in The Border with Jack Nicholson. In the years since then, Perrine has worked in lower-profile projects, although she did have a small supporting role in the 2000 Mel Gibson film What Women Want. In 1995, Perrine made a guest appearance on the series Homicide: Life on the Street, playing an ex-wife of Richard Belzer's Detective John Munch.
|1973||The Last American Hero||Marge Dennison, Morley's Secretary||a.k.a. Hard Driver (USA: reissue title)|
|1974||Lenny||Honey Bruce||BAFTA Award for Most Promising Newcomer to Leading Film Roles|
Cannes Film Festival Best Actress Award
National Board of Review Award for Best Supporting Actress
New York Film Critics Circle Award for Best Supporting Actress
Nominated—Academy Award for Best Actress
Nominated—BAFTA Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role
Nominated—Golden Globe Award for Best Actress - Motion Picture Drama
|1976||W.C. Fields and Me||Carlotta Monti|
|1977||Mr. Billion||Rosie Jones||a.k.a. The Windfall|
|1978||Superman||Eve Teschmacher||Nominated—Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actress|
|1979||The Magician of Lublin||Zeftel|
|1979||The Electric Horseman||Charlotta Steele|
|1980||Agency||Brenda Wilcox||a.k.a. Mind Games (video title)|
|1980||Can't Stop the Music||Samantha Simpson|
|1980||Superman II||Eve Teschmacher|
|1981||The Cannonball Run||Traffic Cop Pulling Over Lamborghini Babes||(uncredited)|
|1982||Faerie Tale Theatre: The Three Little Pigs||Tina|
|1983||Malibu||Dee Staufer||TV miniseries|
|1983||When Your Lover Leaves||Ronda Thompson||TV movie|
|1985||Mask of Murder||Maria|
|1985||Water||Pamela Weintraub||a.k.a. The Investigator|
|1987||Maid to Order||Georgette Starkey|
|1991||Reflections in a Dark Sky||Caterina|
|1995||Girl in the Cadillac||Tilly|
|1995||The Break||Delores Smith|
|1998||Brown's Requiem||Marguerita Hansen|
|1998||A Place Called Truth||Estelle|
|1998||Shame, Shame, Shame||Maura's Mother|
|1998||54||Elaine's Patron||a.k.a. Fifty-Four|
|1998||My Girlfriend's Boyfriend||Rita Lindross|
|1999||Curtain Call||Monica Gilroy||(uncredited)|
|2000||What Women Want||Margo|
|2001||Directing Eddie||Gloria Vassick||a.k.a. Project: Indie (USA)|
|2002||The End of the Bar||Mrs. Duncan|
|2005||The Moguls||V||a.k.a. The Amateurs (USA: new title)|
|2005||The Californians||Lenora Tripp|
|2008||Redirecting Eddie||Gloria Vassick|
Perrine was born in Galveston, Texas, the daughter of Winifred "Renee" (née McGinley), a dancer who appeared in Earl Carroll's Vanities, and Kenneth Perrine, a Lieutenant Colonel in the U.S. Army. Her mother was Scottish (of Irish descent), from Helensburgh in Dunbartonshire. Owing to her father's career, Perrine lived in many locations as the family moved to different posts.
Now retired, Perrine has Parkinson's disease.
Valerie Perrine supports the following charitable cause: AIDS.