Julia Elizabeth Perkins was born in Queens, New York City on November 18, 1960, to parents Jo Williams, a drug treatment counselor and concert pianist, and James Perkins, a farmer, writer and businessman.
Her paternal grandparents who were Greek immigrants from Salonika changed their surname from "Pisperikos" to "Perkins" when they emigrated to the United States. Elizabeth Perkins was raised in Colrain, Massachusetts and her parents divorced in 1963.
She began working in theatre with Arena Civic Theatre, a non-profit community theatre group based out of Greenfield, Massachusetts and after finishing high school at Northfield Mount Hermon School she spent three years in Chicago studying acting at the famous Goodman School of Drama.
Elizabeth Perkins made her theatrical debut on
Broadway in Neil Simon's "Brighton Beach Memoirs" in 1984, and afterward worked in a number of ensemble companies like The New York Shakespeare Festival and the Steppenwolf Theater. She has always considered theater work to be a priority in her career.
Elizabeth Perkins played Celia Hodes, an alcoholic and image-obsessed “parent-teacher association” mother, with Mary-Louise Parker and Justin Kirk on the Showtime series “Weeds” from 2005 to 2009.
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Elizabeth Perkins is an American actress.
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Elizabeth Perkins was nominated twice at the Golden Globe for “Best Supporting Actress in a TV Series, Miniseries or Made for TV Motion Picture” in 2006 and 2007 for her work on “Weeds” and she was also nominated three times for an Emmy Award for “Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series” for her work on “Weeds”.
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