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In a career that lasted for more than 4 decades, Valerie Perrine attained the zenith of her career as an actress and model. In addition, she was also a soft-core porn actress. Valerie has to her credit, scores of films and television works which however stopped when she retired in 2016.
Perhaps you already know a thing or two about her career, but do you know that in her heydays, she pulled off several feats including becoming the first actress to appear nude on American television. This and many other events mark the high points of Perrine’s career which we are going to tell you all about here.
Valerie Perrine – Bio, Age
On the 3rd of September, 1943, Valerie Perrine whose full name is Valerie Ritchie Perrine was born in Galveston, Texas, the United States of America. She was born to Kenneth Perrine and Winifred McGinley. Her father was a former United States Army officer while her mother worked as a Broadway dancer. She grew up traveling the world as her father’s job demanded.
After Valerie Perrine’s high school studies, she enrolled in a university to study psychology but soon dropped out to kick start her show business career. She first worked as a topless dancer in Las Vegas. Around this time, she landed her first screen gig, an uncredited role in Diamonds are Forever (1971). The following year, the budding actress played the character of Montana Wildhack in Slaughterhouse-Five, a science fiction film adapted from ‘s novel that has the same name.
Her commendable portrayal of her character in this film opened the doors for more acting gigs to come her way. Valerie had what still stands out as her best acting role till date in her role as Honey Bruce in Lenny (1974). The role earned her the 1974 National Board of Review and New York Film Critics Circle Best Supporting Actress award, 1975 Cannes Film Festival as Best Actress, and the 1976 British Academy Film Awards as the Most Promising Newcomer to Leading Film Roles.
In the years that followed, Valerie Perrine starred in films like Superman (1978, as Eve Teschmacher), The Border (1982, as Marcy), Reflections in a Dark Sky (1991, as Caterina) and My Girlfriend’s Boyfriend (1999, as Rita Lindgross). In the new millennium, she recorded acting credits in a couple of films some of which include What Women Want (2000) where she played the character of Margo, The Californians (2005) as Lenora Tripp and Silver Skies (2016) where we last saw on her on screen as Ethel.
On television, Valerie Perine had her debut in The Couple Takes a Wife (1972) before Lady Luck (1973), Ziegfeld: The Man and His Women (1978) and a couple of other works which endeared her to TV series watchers. She then starred in other television series like Faerie Tale Theatre (1985), Sweet Bird of Youth (1989), Homicide: Life on the Street (1995), Just Shoot Me! (2001) and Lights Out (2011).
Not only did Valerie Perrine have a rich career in the entertainment industry, but her talent was also recognized across the world. On the monetary aspect, her actual net worth is not known, however, some available estimates have it that she is certainly worth over a million dollars while others put their estimates as much as $12 million.
With regards to her family, the details that we have pertains to mainly her father and mother. As mentioned earlier, her father, Kenneth Perrine, was a US Army personnel while her mother, Winifred McGinley, was a Broadway dancer. Apparently, Valerie Perrine inherited her artistic nature from her mother. Aside from her parents, there is hardly any information out there about her siblings if she has any.
Height And Other Facts
• Valerie Perrine stands at a height of 5 feet 7 inches (1.70m) tall.
• Despite being the epitome of beauty in Hollywood at the time, Valerie never got settled with a man in marriage.
• She was in a couple of relationships with men but none led her to the altar, or perhaps, she didn’t allow any lead her to the altar.
• Reports have it that Valerie Perrine now suffers from Parkinson’s disease.
• As a model, She posed nude for Playboy magazine in the May 1972 issue and also appeared on the cover of their August 1981 issue.