Curb Your Enthusiasm
“It makes me happy to work. And it makes me a better mother to be a happy person.” Cheryl Hines
American actress Cheryl Hines reached television stardom while portraying the open-minded and sardonic wife to Larry David’s hopeless and bothersome self-parody on the HBO hit sitcom “Curb Your Enthusiasm” (2000-2005). For her outstanding performance, Hines won a 2005 Gracie Allen Award, as well as received a Golden Globe and two Emmy nominations. Other TV credits include guest starring roles in such popular series as “Suddenly Susan” (1998), “Friends” (2000), “Everybody Loves Raymond” (2002) and “Scrubs” (2006), and a voice-over in NBC’s series “Father of the Pride” (2004-2005), as mother lion.
With a newfound fame, Hires ventured into feature films. She has acted in such movies as the popular comedy Along Came Polly (2004), Herbie: Fully Loaded (2005) and the blockbuster hit RV (2006, with Robin Williams). Hires’ admirers should not miss her imposing performance in the forthcoming comedies Waitress (2006) and The Grand (2007), and the animated film The Legend of Secret Pass (2007, voice of Nitika).
Off screen, Hines is known as one of Hollywood actresses to have a no-nudity clause in her contract. It means that she will not go naked for a film role. Ironically, she was photographed topless by the paparazzi while she was on a St. Martin Beach in April 2006. On a personal note, 5’ 5” tall Hires is married to Paul Young and has a daughter with him.
Childhood and Family:
In Miami Beach, Florida, Cheryl Hines was born on September 21, 1965 to mother Rosemary Harbolt. She spent her sophomore years at Tallahassee, Florida, where she enrolled at Young Actors Theatre throughout high school. After graduating from Leon High School where she was voted homecoming queen her senior year, she studied briefly at Florida State University and West Virginia University and finally earned a B.A in Radio and Television from University of Central Florida.
On December 30, 2002, Cheryl tied the knot with Paul Young, Chairman of L.A.’s Groundlings Theater. She gave birth to a baby daughter named Catherine Rose Young on March 8, 2004.
Cheryl Hines moved to Los Angeles after university in pursuit of a career in acting. There, the intense actress got her first break with a desirable gig as a regular for the Groundlings Theater, which housed numerous up-and-coming improv big-shots. Under the guidance of expert comedic talents like Lisa Kudrow, she honed her crafts of improvisation and sketch writing while doing several local showcases, and she still sporadically performs with the group.
Hines’s TV and movie career dismounted to a slow start, with only some small parts to her credit during the late 1990s. In 1996, she portrayed Sheila in the independent feature film Cheap Curry and Calculus, and had an episodic role as a nurse in the long-running TV series “Unsolved Mysteries,” the following year. She continued with guest spots in 1998 segments of “Suddenly Susan” and “Six Degrees of Marlon.” At the end of the decade, she was cast as Cheryl David in the HBO special Larry David: Curb Your Enthusiasm, a mockumentary about Larry David, the co-creator of “Seinfeld” considering a return to stand-up comedy.
Entering the new millennium, Hines’ small-screen career received much boost when in 2000 she won the coveted role of Cheryl David, wife to Larry David’s desperate character, on the revolutionary HBO sitcom “Curb Your Enthusiasm” (2000-2005). Her wiliness improvisational skills soon garnered the burgeoning actress praise, and she was handed an Emmy (2003) and Golden Globe (2004) nominations for Best Supporting Actress. Her guest appearances on popular, Emmy-Award winning sitcoms like “Friends” (2000) and “Everybody Loves Raymond” (2002), helped propel her visibility as a serious comedic actress.
With so much notice, Hines broke into the silver screen film with a small, but memorable part as catering manager in 2004’s hit comedy Along Came Polly, starring Ben Stiller and Jennifer Aniston. The same year, the adored performer also found herself providing the voice of mother lion, Kate, in the new NBC CGI-animated series, “Father of the Pride,” an assignment she kept until the next year. She then appeared with Lindsay Lohan, Michael Keaton, Matt Dillon and Justin Long in the G-rated kiddy feature Herbie: Fully Loaded (2005), and in the straight-to-video romantic comedy Cake (2005), which starred Heather Graham, David Sutcliffe and Taye Diggs, she offered a jagged portrayal of a rapier-tongued ad saleswoman named Roxanne.
Hines continued enjoying her TV success by taking home a 2005 Gracie Allen for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series for her work in “Curb Your Enthusiasm,” and in 2006, she gained even more attention when she received her second Emmy nod in the series. Her ascending career was further established when she was hired to appear in three films, that same year. She first teamed up with Patrick Fugit in the comedy Bickford Shmeckler’s Cool Ideas, and then was cast as Casey Nudelman, opposite Jeremy Piven and Garry Marshall in Keeping Up with the Steins, a comedy helmed by Marshall’s son Scott. She also costarred with Robin Williams in the box office hit RV (2006), playing the wife of an over-worked executive who drags his family on a road trip from hell to Colorado in an RV he hardly knows how to drive. On television, she executive produced and directed an episode in the comedy series “Campus Ladies” (2006) and guest starred in one episode of the acclaimed series “Scrubs” (2006, as Paige Cox).
The 41-year-old actress will be cast opposite Keri Russell, Nathan Filion and Jeremy Sisto in the comedy-romance Waitress (2006) for director/writer Adrienne Shelly. The following year, she is set to play supporting role Lainie Schwartzman in the comedy film The Grand (2007) and lend her voice for the animated movie The Legend of Secret Pass (2007), as Nitika, opposite Frankie Muniz, Ron Perlman, David Cross, and others.
- Gracie Allen: Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series, “Curb Your Enthusiasm,” 2005