Rhea Perlman is an American actress best known for her starring role as Carla Tortelli on the television sitcom Cheers, appearing in 269 episodes from 1982-1993.
She is the sister of Heide Perlman, who worked as a writer, story editor and producer on the show, and the daughter of Phil Perlman, who occasionally appeared as bar regular Phil.
She is married to actor Danny DeVito, with whom she has three children - Lucie Chet DeVito (born March 1983), Grace Fan DeVito (born March 1985) and Jacob Daniel DeVito (born October 1987).
Perlman received an unprecedented 10 Emmy Award nominations for Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series (Cheers ran 11 seasons, from 1982-1993; the only year in which Perlman wasn't nominated was 1992).
She won the Emmy four times: in 1984, 1985, 1986, and 1989.
She later starred in the short-running 1996 sitcom Pearl as the title character and was featured on the 2001 TV drama Kate Brasher. She also starred in the TV Land sitcom Kirstie, from 2013-2014.
Perlman also played the role of "Honey" in Michael Moore's film Canadian Bacon and she appeared in the movie Matilda opposite her husband Danny DeVito, Pam Ferris and Mara Wilson.
She is the author of the successful illustrated children's book series "Otto Undercover".
She attended Hunter College in New York and is an active Democrat.