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Valerie Ritchie Perrine (born September 3, 1943) is an American actress and model.

Early life

Perrine was born in Galvestonmarker, Texasmarker, the daughter of Winifred (née McGinley), a dancer who appeared in George White's Scandals, and Kenneth Perrine, a Lieutenant Colonel in the US Army. Owing to her father's career, Perrine lived in many locations as the family moved to different posts.


Perrine began her career as a Las Vegas showgirl. She made her motion picture debut with an uncredited part in Diamonds Are Forever (1971). She played soft-core porn actress Montana Wildhack in Slaughterhouse-Five (1972).

Perrine was photographed as a model for a pictorial layout in the May 1972 issue of Playboy magazine, later appearing on the cover in August 1981. She then became the first actress to purposely display herself nude on American television by completely baring her breasts during the May 4, 1973 Public Broadcasting Service broadcast of Bruce Jay Friedman's Steambath on Hollywood Television Theater. (She was seen taking a shower from the side totally undressed.) Only a few PBS stations nationwide were adventurous enough to carry the program.

In 1975, Perrine was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actress and the Golden Globe for Best Motion Picture Actress (Drama) and won the Best Actress Award at the Cannes Film Festivalmarker for her role as comedian Lenny Bruce's wife, stripper Honey Bruce, in Bob Fosse's Lenny (1974).

She was Carlotta Monti in the biopic W.C. Fields and Me (1976) and one of her best remembered movie roles came as Miss Eve Teschmacher, moll of criminal mastermind Lex Luthor, in Superman (1978). For this role she was nominated for the 1979 Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actress. She reprised her role as Miss Teschmacher in Superman II (1980).

Perrine played Charlotta Steele, ex-wife of a rodeo champion played by Robert Redford, in The Electric Horseman (1979). Her career grew uneven after an appearance in Can't Stop the Music (1980), for which she was nominated for a Razzie Award for Worst Actress. This film has since become a cult classic. In 1982 she played the role of Marcy, the wife of a corrupt police officer, in The Border with Jack Nicholson. In the years since then, Perrine has worked in lower-profile projects, although she did have a small supporting role in the 2000 Mel Gibson film What Women Want. In 1995, Perrine made a guest appearance on the series Homicide: Life on the Street, playing an ex-wife of Richard Belzer's Detective John Munch.


Year Film Role Notes
1971 Diamonds Are Forever Shady Tree's Acorn (uncredited)
1972 Slaughterhouse-Five Montana Wildhack
1973 The Last American Hero Marge Dennison, Morley's Secretary aka Hard Driver (USA: reissue title)
1974 Lenny Honey Bruce BAFTA Award for Most Promising Newcomer to Leading Film Roles
Cannes Film Festival Best Actress Award
National Board of Review Award for Best Supporting Actress
New York Film Critics Circle Award for Best Supporting Actress
Nominated — Academy Award for Best Actress
Nominated — BAFTA Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role
Nominated — Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Motion Picture Drama

1976 W.C. Fields and Me Carlotta Monti
1977 Mr. Billion Rosie Jones aka The Windfall
1978 Superman Eve Teschmacher Nominated — Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actress
1979 The Magician of Lublin Zeftel
The Electric Horseman Charlotta Steele
1980 Agency Brenda Wilcox aka Mind Games (video title)
Can't Stop the Music Samantha Simpson
Superman II Eve Teschmacher
1981 The Cannonball Run Female Cop Pulling Over Lamborghini Babes (uncredited)
1982 The Border Marcy
1983 Malibu Dee Staufer TV miniseries
1985 Mask of Murder Maria
Water Pamela Weintraub aka The Investigator
1987 Maid to Order Georgette Starkey
1991 Reflections in a Dark Sky Caterina
Bright Angel Aileen
1993 Boiling Point Mona
1995 Girl in the Cadillac Tilly
The Break Delores Smith
1998 Brown's Requiem Marguerita Hansen
A Place Called Truth Estelle
Shame, Shame, Shame Maura's Mother
54 Elaine's Patron aka Fifty-Four
1999 My Girlfriend's Boyfriend Rita Lindross
Picture This
Curtain Call Monica Gilroy (uncredited)
2000 What Women Want Margo
2001 Directing Eddie Gloria Vassick aka Project: Indie (USA)
2002 The End of the Bar Mrs. Duncan
2005 The Moguls V aka The Amateurs (USA: new title)
The Californians Lenora Tripp
2008 Redirecting Eddie Gloria Vassick


  1. Valerie Perrine Biography (1943-)

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