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Beatrice Neuwirth is an American actress, singer and dancer, known as Bebe.
Neuwirth was born in Princeton, New Jersey, the daughter of Sydney Anne, an artist, and Lee Paul Neuwirth, a mathematician.
Neuwirth is Jewish and attended the Chapin School of Princeton, but graduated from Princeton High School in 1976. She began to study dance at the age of five, and when she attended Juilliard in New York City in 1976 and 1977, she chose it as her field of concentration.
During this period, she performed with the Princeton Ballet Company in Peter and the Wolf, The Nutcracker, and Coppelia and appeared in Community Theatre musicals.
Neuwirth made her Broadway debut in the role of Sheila in A Chorus Line in 1980. She has been featured in revivals of Little Me and Sweet Charity for which she received a Tony Award for Best Featured Actress in a Musical, and Damn Yankees.
It was with the 1996 revival of Chicago that she gained her greatest stage recognition. Her performance garnered her Tony and Drama Desk Awards as Best Lead Actress in a Musical. She voiced Binky in the series CyberChase.
In 2004 she mounted a show, Here Lies Jenny that featured songs by Kurt Weill, sung and danced by Neuwirth, as part of an unspoken ambiguous story in an anonymous squalid bar possibly in Berlin in the 1930s. This show was performed in the Zipper Theater on W. 37 St. in New York, initially only on weekends.
It was eventually expanded to include an earlier show. Here Lies Jenny was also presented by Ms. Neuwirth in San Francisco in 2005. On December 31, 2006, Neuwirth returned to the still-running Broadway production of Chicago, this time in the role of Roxie Hart.
Neuwirth recently did a reading for the upcoming musical adaption of The Addams Family as Morticia. The show is currently scheduled to debut next year with a 2010 Broadway opening.
Her screen credits include Green Card, Bugsy, Say Anything, Jumanji, Summer of Sam, Liberty Heights, Tadpole, How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days, Malice, The Big Bounce, The Faculty and Woody Allen's Celebrity.
On television, Neuwirth had a recurring role from 1986 to 1993 as Dr. Lilith Sternin, the conventionally dressed and emotionally reserved psychiatrist who married Dr. Frasier Crane on the hit comedy series Cheers. She auditioned for this role with her arm in a sling, because of a fall a week earlier.
She won two Emmy Awards for the role, in 1990 and 1991. The character also made an appearance in the series Wings and 11 episodes of the Cheers which was the follow-up of Frasier, which earned her a 1995 Emmy Award nomination as Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series.
Her additional small screen credits include three short-lived dramatic series, Deadline (2000), Hack (2003) and Law & Order: Trial by Jury in (2005), as well as the miniseries Wild Palms and an episode of Star Trek: The Next Generation. She has appeared as herself in episodes of Will and Grace, Strangers with Candy and Celebrity Jeopardy.