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Cheryl Hines (born September 21, 1965) is an Americamarker actress, best known for her role as Larry David's wife on HBO's Curb Your Enthusiasm. In 2009 she made her directorial debut at the Tribeca Film Festival with Serious Moonlight.

Early life

Hines was born in Miami Beachmarker, Floridamarker, the daughter of Rosemary Graham Harbolt and James Hines, whom she has described as "sort of a redneck." Part of the family came from Frostproof, Floridamarker; Hines grew up in Tallahasseemarker, Floridamarker, where she was a member of the Young Actors Theatre throughout high school. Hines also attended Lively Technical Center and Tallahassee Community College in Tallahassee.

Hines attended both West Virginia Universitymarker and Florida State Universitymarker, before graduating from the University of Central Floridamarker.


Before making her break in Hollywoodmarker, Hines worked as a waitress, television reporter, telephone operator as well as a personal assistant to Rob Reiner when she moved to LA. Though Reiner did not play a critical role in her career, he would come watch her shows when she began acting. Hines moved to Los Angeles, Californiamarker, to pursue an acting career and began by doing improvisational comedy at The Groundlings Theater. Among the people she studied with was Lisa Kudrow. She also learned to write comedy sketches, which served her well when working on Curb Your Enthusiasm on HBO as Larry David's wife, Cheryl. The show is written as retroscripting in which the plot outlines are generally and loosely drawn and the individual actors improvise to create the dialogue.
“When the show first came out, people from Tallahassee thought, ‘Well, maybe Cheryl got married,’” she recalls of the show’s initial reception. “Sometimes, I do feel like I live two lives.”

In July 2006, Hines received an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series for her work on Curb Your Enthusiasm.

In films, she was one of the stars of RV opposite Robin Williams, Waitress with Keri Russell, and the 2008 mockumentary comedy The Grand, a spoof of the World Series of Poker.

Her 2009 directorial debut Serious Moonlight stars Meg Ryan with a script by the late Adrienne Shelly, Hines' co-star in Waitress.

Personal life

She has been married to Paul Young, founder of the management firm Principato-Young, since December 30, 2002, and their daughter, Catherine Rose, was born on March 8, 2004.


Year Title Role Notes
1997 Unsolved Mysteries Nurse Episode 9.18
1998 The Wayans Bros. Helen 1 episode "Six Degrees of Marlon"
1998-1999 Suddenly Susan Debbie 2 episodes; "The Cheerleaders", "Poetry in Notion"
1999 Larry David: Curb Your Enthusiasm Cheryl David HBO special
2000 Friends Woman no. 2 1 episode "The One with Rachel's Sister ". Uncredited
2000-present Curb Your Enthusiasm Cheryl David Series regular, 58 episodes
2002 So Little Time 1 episode "The Job"
Everybody Loves Raymond Spencer's mother 1 episode "Annoying Kid"
2003 Reno 911! Trailer Park Lady 1 episode "Terrorist Training: Part 1"
Double Bill Rose Goodman TV movie
Wanda at Large Dr. Linda 1 episode "Did Wanda Say a Four Letter Word?"
2004-2005 Father of the Pride Kate Animated television series. 13 episodes
2006 Scrubs Paige Cox 1 episode "My New God"
2007 Jack's Big Music Show Sudsy 1 episode "Mel's Bath Day"
2009 Hannah Montana Catherine York 1 episode
In the Motherhood Jane 6 episodes
Labor Pains Lisa TV movie

Year Film Role Notes
1996 Cheap Curry and Calculus Short film
2004 Along Came Polly Catering Manager Worldwide Total Gross: $171,963,386
2005 Herbie: Fully Loaded Sally Worldwide Total Gross: $144,146,816
Our Very Own Sally Crowder Festival and DVD-release only
2006 Bickford Shmeckler's Cool Ideas Professor Adams Limited release
RV Jamie Munro Worldwide Total Gross: $86,892,180
Keeping Up with the Steins Casey Nudelman Domestic Total Gross: $4,339,241 (limited release)
2007 Waitress Becky Worldwide Total Gross: $22,179,430 (limited release)
Goodnight Vagina Meg March Short film
2008 The Grand Lainie Schwartzman Zak Penn film. Domestic Total Gross: $115,879 (limited release)
Henry Poole Is Here Meg Worldwide Total Gross: $1,879,368 (limited release)
Bart Got a Room Beth Stein Domestic Total Gross: $53,760 (limited release)
Space Chimps Luna (voice) Worldwide Total Gross: $64,787,979
The Legend of Secret Pass Nitika (voice)
2009 All in the Bunker Eva Braun Short film
The Ugly Truth Georgia
Serious Moonlight Directorial debut


  1. Heeb Magazine, Issue #15, Features

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