Elizabeth Ann Perkins is an actress whose film roles have included About Last Night… (1986), Big (1988), The Flintstones (1994), Miracle on 34th Street (1994), and Avalon (1990). She is also well known for her role as Celia Hodes in the Showtime TV series Weeds, for which she received three Primetime Emmy nominations and two Golden Globe nominations.

Perkins was born in Queens, New York City on November 18, 1960, to James Perkins and Jo Williams. Her paternal grandparents were Greek immigrants who anglicized their surname from Pisperikos to Perkins when they immigrated to the United States. Perkins was raised in Vermont; her parents divorced in 1963.

After finishing high school she spent three years in Chicago studying acting at the famous Goodman School of Drama. In 1984 made her theatrical debut on Broadway in Neil Simon’s “Brighton Beach Memoirs”, and afterward worked in a number of ensemble companies, including The New York Shakespeare Festival and the Steppenwolf Theater. She has always considered theater work to be a priority in her career.

Is Elizabeth Perkins Greek?

Yes, she’s half-Greek on her father’s side. Her paternal grandparents were Greek immigrants who anglicized their surname from Pisperikos to Perkins when they immigrated to the United States.

In a 1990 interview at LA Times Perkins says:

“Me and Aidan Quinn playing Jews–kind of interesting,” mused Perkins, who is herself Greek. – LA Times, March 14, 1990

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