Beatrice Neuwirth was born on the 31st December 1958, in Newark, New Jersey USA, and is an actress perhaps best known to the world as Dr. Lilith Sternin in the TV series “Cheers” (1989-1993), and the same role in “Frasier” (1994-2003). Furthermore, she portrays Nadine Toliver in TV series “Madam Secretary” (2014-2016), among other roles. Her career started in the early 1980s.
Have you ever wondered how rich Bebe Neuwirth is, as of late-2016? According to authoritative sources, it has been estimated that Nene `s net worth is as high as $10 million, earned through her successful career as an actress. Apart from appearing on screen, Bebe has also found success on stage, appearing in such plays as “Sweet Charity” (1986), “Chicago” (1996), and “The Addams Family” (2010).
Bebe Neuwirth Net Worth $10 Million
Bebe is the daughter of Sydney Anne and her husband Lee Paul Neuwirth; she grew up in her hometown with her older brother, and was raised as Jewish.
Bebe practiced ballet from the age of five; she went to Princeton High School, from which she matriculated in 1976, and then enrolled at the prestigious Julliard School in New York City, where she was a part of the Princeton Ballet Company, and participated in plays “Peter And The Wolf”, “The Nutcracker” and “Coppelia, among others.
Bebe`s professional career began on stage, with the role of Sheila in “A Chorus Line” (1980), and continued by being a replacement in “Dancin`” (1981). She continued to appear on stage through the 1980s, and recorded appearances in “Little Me” (1982) and “Sweet Charity” (1986). By that time her screen career began, but she has made several more stage appearances, in “Damn Yankees” (1994), “Funny Girl” (2002), “Chicago” (2007), and “The Addams Family” (2010), all of which increased her net worth.
Bebe started off her TV career with a brief appearance in series “Simon & Simon” (1986), but the same year she was cast as Dr. Lilith Sternin in the TV series “Cheers” (1986-1993), which only increased her net worth. She moved to films in 1989, appearing in “Say Anything”, and in 1990 Bebe had a supporting role in “Green Card” with Gerard Depardieu and Andie MacDowell. Furthermore, she had a notable role in the film “Without Her Consent”, which also added to her net worth.
Bebe started the 1990s with a part in the film “Bugsy” (1991) starring Warren Beatty and Harvey Keitel, while in 1993 she appeared in “Malice”, with Nicole Kidman and Alec Baldwin, and also in “The Paint Job”, as one of the leads alongside Will Patton. Two years later she portrayed Nora Shepherd in “Jumanji”, and through the 1990s featured in such films as “The Associate” (1996), “The Faculty” (1998), “Getting To Know You” (1999), “Dash And Lilly” (1999), and “Liberty Heights” (1999) with Adrien Brody and Joe Mantegna.
New millennium started successfully for Bebe as she appeared in the film “Cupid & Cate”, alongside Peter Gallagher and Mary Louise Parker, and three years later featured in “How to Lose a Guy In 10 Days” with Kate Hudson, Matthew McConaughey and Adam Goldberg, increasing further her net worth. In 2005, Bebe portrayed Joanna Bourne in “Game 6”, starring Michael Keaton and Robert Downey Jr., and also the same year played Tracey Kibre in the TV series “Law & Order: Trial by Jury” (2005-2006). Two years later, Bebe had the leading role in the film “Adopt A Sailor”, and in 2009 played Ms. Kraft in the film “Fame”, featuring Kelsey Grammer and Megan Mullally as leads.
She then became focused on TV series, and appeared in “Bored To Death” (2009-2011), “The Good Wife” (2012-2013), “Blue Bloods” (2013-2014), and since 2014 she is one of the lead characters in the TV series “Madam Secretary”, which has certainly added a substantial amount to her net worth.
Thanks to her skills, Bebe has received several prestigious awards, including a Primetime Emmy in the category Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series for her work on “Cheers” She received Tony Awards for “Sweet Charity”, and “Chicago”, as well as a Drama Desk Awards in category Outstanding Actress in a Musical for the latter, among others.
Regarding her personal life, Bebe has been married to Chris Calkins since 2009. Previously she was married to Paul Dorman from 1984 until 1991.
As of mid-January 2014, Bebe Neuwirth will have played all three of the principle female roles in the long-running Broadway Revival of Chicago. She was in the revival's original cast as Velma Kelly, and won the 1997 Tony Award for Best Actress in a Musical. In 2007, Neuwirth did a stint as Roxie Hart, and in 2014, she returned to the show again, this time playing Warden "Mama" Morton.
She has played the same character (Dr. Lilith Sternin) in three different series: Cheers (1982), Wings (1990) and Frasier (1993).
She had hip replacement surgery in 2006.
She is from a Jewish family (from Austria, Germany, and Russia).
Her husband, Chris Calkins is is the founder of Destino vineyards in Napa Valley.
Has won two Emmys, two Tonys, two Drama Desks, an LA Drama Critics Circle award, an Astaire Award, an Outer Critics Circle award, among others.
She claims the role of the hooker teaching Judy Davis how to perform oral sex on a banana in Woody Allen's Celebrity (1998) was written specifically for her.
After Cheers (1982) went off the air, she got a lot of offers from TV and film essentially asking her to pretty much play the same character. She was offered a regular role as Lilith on the Cheers (1982) spin-off, Frasier (1993) but she turned it down so she could go back to Broadway. She did guests spots on the show instead.
Danced with the Princeton Ballet Company.
She raises money to help stray cats and dogs.
Has won two Tony Awards: in 1986 as Best Actress (Featured Role - Musical) for playing Nicki in a revival of "Sweet Charity;" and in 1997 as Best Actress (Musical) for playing Velma Kelly in a revival of "Chicago."
Education: Graduated from Princeton High School (Princeton, New Jersey, 1976) Majored in dance at The Juilliard School (New York, New York 1976-7)
Ballet has always been how I defined myself - even as a child. It's never been just a thing to do.
I've always loved to dance on stage. I've been doing ballet since I was five, and stage dancing since I was seven.
[about the film Tadpole (2000)] It's more about who Oscar is that these women are falling in love with him than just his age. In that sense, it's a little more European than we're used to.
(on her cameo in Celebrity (1998)) He offered me the hooker part with a great deal of respect. He wrote me, "Please don't be offended". That didn't offend me. I would do pretty much anything for him.
[about her work] I know when I'm bad, I know when I'm good, and I know when I'm everything in between. I don't have any delusions of grandeur or delusions of failure. In terms of my work, I've got a pretty cold honest eye.
If you have to ask how to be sexy after 40, you probably can't do it.
In a really well-written musical, you talk until you just can't talk anymore, you're going to have to sing. And when you're just so full you can't sing anymore, then you have to dance. It's a natural progression.