The American entertainment industry is globally recognised today, thanks to personalities like Valerie Perrine who gave their best in the various roles they portrayed in several films and television series. Now retired, Perrine is one of those actresses whose talents were understated in the ’70s but her roles in films like Diamonds are Forever, Lenny and Leo & Liz in Beverly Hills, helped her build people’s confidence in her performing skills.
Valerie Perrine officially distanced herself from both the big and small screens in 2017 after taking a role with Jack Nicholson in The Border and appearing in television series, Leo & Liz in Beverly Hills. Despite her absence from the show business, her fans are still digging to know more about her. Here are facts to know about Valerie Perrine’s personal and professional life.
Valerie Perrine’s Biography
The American actress was born in Galveston, Texas, as Valerie Ritchie Perrine, her birth date is September 3, 1943, and she grew up traveling to different countries due to the nature of her father’s job. Her father Kenneth Perrine, was a U.S Army lieutenant colonel while her mother Winifred McGinley was a Broadway dancer. It is not known if Valerie is an only child but we do know that her mother belongs to Irish descent.
While it is not yet clear what high school and college Valerie Perrine attended, information about her educational background has it that she did attend a university to study psychology but she later dropped out to pursue her acting career.
Movies and TV Show
Valerie joined the show business not as an actress but as a showgirl in Las Vagas and while doing that, she got a role as Montana Wildhack a soft-porn actress in a 1972 fictional film, Slaughterhouse-Five. The same year, she debuted in a TV series The Couple Takes a Wife, where she acted as Jennifer Allen. 1974 was quite a remarkable year for the young actress as she received her very first award and multiple award nomination for her role as stripper Honey Bruce, in the biographical film, Lenny. Her role as Honey Harlowe, the stripper and drug addict wife of Lenny Bruce is perhaps her best to date. The film not only earned her a Golden Globe and Academy Award nomination in the Best Actress category, but it also earned her a Cannes Film Festival Award. For the same role she portrayed, Valerie also received the National Board of Review Award, as well as the New York Film Critics Circle Award.
Although she took limited lead roles in TV series like Leo & Liz in Beverly Hills, Faerie Tale Theatre, Nash Bridges and Walker, they still played a role in her rise to fame. Between 2001 and 2011, she appeared in TV series like Just Shoot Me! (as Carol), Family Law (as Hele Watson), The Beast (as Mrs. Siberger), Grounded for Life (as Maureen Bustamante), Third Watch (as Merlene) and Lights Out (as Mae).
In a nutshell, her commendable career in the entertainment industry rewarded her with huge income which she currently enjoys. Valerie’s net worth is estimated at $12 million.
Valerie’s Family Life
Not much is known about Valerie Perrine outside the family she shares with her parents. The American actress is a descendant of French Huguenot pioneer Daniel Perrin. Her American father had a touch of Dutch, English, French and Welsh ancestry.
Valerie has never been married before but she has been in numerous relationship. She also has no record of children either biological or adopted.
Facts to Know about Actress Valerie Perrine
- Valerie Perrine was the first actress to appear nude on the American motion picture. She appeared as Meredith, exposing her breasts in Bruce Jay Friedman’s Steambath.
- Screenwriter Larry Karaszewski describes Valerie Perrine as ‘the thinking man’s sex symbol’, simply because she is not only honest and real with every role she portrays but also because of how she was upfront about her sexual freedom at the time when topics and roles like that were rarely seen.
- Valerie spent much of her childhood in a convent in Japan but her teens were spent shuffling between Paris and Rome.
- Valerie retired from acting in 2017 due to health challenges. She is said to be suffering from Parkinson’s disease.