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Biography #2 (for The Ring Two)

Elizabeth Perkins has been well known to film audiences since her breakthrough role in Penny Marshall's smash hit comedy Big, in which she starred opposite Tom Hanks.

Born in Queens, New York, and raised in Vermont, Perkins later attended the prestigious Goodman School of Drama in Chicago and began her career on the stage. Returning to New York, she made her theatrical debut in Neil Simon's Brighton Beach Memoirs, and subsequently performed with Playwrights' Horizon, the Ensemble Studio Theatre, the New York Shakespeare Festival, and the Steppenwolf Theater. She more recently appeared in John Patrick Shanley's dark comedy Four Dogs and a Bone at Los Angeles' Geffen Playhouse.

Perkins made her feature film debut in 1986 in Edward Zwick's About Last Night, a screen adaptation of the David Mamet play Sexual Perversity in Chicago. She went on to star in Big, as well as Robert Greenwald's drama Sweet Hearts Dance, with Susan Sarandon and Jeff Daniels; and Alan Rudolph's romantic thriller Love at Large, opposite Tom Berenger. She earned critical acclaim for her performances in Barry Levinson's Avalon and Randa Haines' drama The Doctor, opposite William Hurt. Perkins also starred in two classic family films: the live-action, big-screen adaptation of The Flintstones, in which she played the Stone Age housewife Wilma Flintstone; and the remake of the holiday favorite Miracle on 34th Street.

Perkins' other film credits include He Said, She Said, opposite Kevin Bacon; Indian Summer; Moonlight and Valentino, with Whoopi Goldberg, Gwyneth Paltrow and Jon Bon Jovi; Antonio Banderas' Crazy in Alabama; 28 Days, with Sandra Bullock; and Cats & Dogs. In addition, she lent her voice to the animated blockbuster Finding Nemo. Perkins has several films upcoming, including Kids in America, Fierce People, and Must Love Dogs.

On television, Perkins portrayed Marilyn Lovell in the Tom Hanks-produced miniseries From the Earth to the Moon, and starred in the acclaimed drama If These Walls Could Talk 2. Her credits also include such longform projects as My Sister's Keeper and What Girls Learn, and the series Battery Park. She also has a starring role in the NBC miniseries Hercules, to air in 2005.

Bio courtesy DreamWorks for "The Ring Two" (11-Apr-2005)

Biography #3

An actress who has distinguished herself with an eclectic mix of roles, Elizabeth Perkins made her New York theatrical debut in 1984 in Neil Simon's Brighton Beach Memoirs. She subsequently worked with Playwrights' Horizon, the Ensemble Studio Theatre, The New York Shakespeare Festival and the Steppenwolf Theater. More recently she starred on stage in John Patrick Shanley's black comedy Four Dogs and a Bone at the Geffen Playhouse in Los Angeles.

Perkins' recent feature credits include the hit comedy 28 Days, in which she co-starred with Sandra Bullock; Crazy in Alabama, directed by Antonio Banderas and co-starring Melanie Griffith and David Morse; and the 1998 drama I'm Losing You.

Perkins made her feature film debut in Ed Zwicks' About Last Night, an adaptation of David Mamet's play, Sexual Perversity in Chicago. Her breakthrough performance came in 1988 opposite Tom Hanks in the smash hit Big, directed by Penny Marshall, and she went on to receive critical acclaim for her performance in Barry Levinson's Avalon. She also starred in The Doctor, He Said, She Said, and Indian Summer before bringing cartoon character Wilma Flintstone to life in The Flintstones. Her other films include Miracle on 34th Street, Moonlight and Valentino, From the Hip; Sweethearts Dance, Love at Large; Enid is Sleeping, and Lesser Prophets.

Among her television projects are For Their Own Good, Baby 2000, The Rescuers" for Barbra Streisand's Barwood Productions, the acclaimed HBO series From the Earth to the Moon, If These Walls Could Talk 2 and, more recently, Battery Park.

Currently, Perkins is filming What Girls Learn, for Showtime.

Bio courtesy Warner Bros. (01-Jan-2000)