Caroline Rhea

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Known for her vibrant personality and charm, the perky blonde actress, Caroline Gilchrist Rhea was born on April 13, 1964 in Montreal, Quebec to David Rhea who was an obstetrician and Margery who was an antiques dealer. She did her high school from a private all-girls school, “The Study” which was located in Westmount, Quebec after which she enrolled herself in the Dalhousie University in Nova Scotia.

Caroline Rhea stepped in to the acting industry as an extra in the movie, “Meatballs III” which was being shot near Montreal. From that point onwards, there was no stopping her from becoming an actress. She moved to New York in late 1980s and subsequently enrolled herself at the New School for Social Research to be trained as a professional stand-up comedian. She accepted the offer to perform at, “Catch a Rising Star” which was a comedy club and according to her; this formed an integral part of her actual training. She quickly built a name for herself amid the stiff competition in the comedy turf. Alongside this, she also appeared in shows such as “Comic Strip Live”, “Caroline’s Comedy Hour” and “MTV’s Half-Hour Comedy Hour” though she was still struggling to get her career to flourish and as a result was seen waiting tables and being a sales representative at the Bloomingdales departmental store.

However, her talent did not go unnoticed for long and by 1992 she was making regular appearances on Comedy Central’s, “Women Aloud” and a year later in 1993 she not only co-hosted but also wrote the short lived sketch for the comedy show, “Fools for love”. Soon afterwards, she decided to move to Los Angeles to try making a career in Hollywood. She made a debut with the television series, “Pride & Joy” in which she starred with Jeremy Piven, in the role of Carol Green. Unfortunately the show was taken off air after only a couple of episodes but it was not long after that Caroline Rhea got handed a role as Aunty Hilda, in the popular television series, “Sabrina the Teenage Witch”. Simultaneously she was also cast as one of the regulars in the incarnation of “Hollywood Squares”.

Along with her work for television, she also appeared in movies such as, “Man on the Moon” in 1999. Her name was recommended as a replacement for Kathie Lee on “Live with Regis” but the part went to Kelly Ripa. In 2002, her career reached a massive height when she was offered her own daytime talk show named, “The Caroline Rhea Show”. Originally called, “The Rosie O’Donnell Show”, Rhea was recommended especially by O’Donnell herself when she quit the show. Rhea garnered substantial success by the way she conducted the show, engaging her guests in various stunts and games.

In 2004, she was offered to host the series, “The Biggest Loser” and in 2005, she appeared in the movie, “The Perfect Man”. Alongside this, in 2001 she appeared on the show, “Who Wants to be a Millionaire” and won a whopping amount of 125,000 USD which went to charity. She also appeared recurrently in the television series, “The Suite Life of Zack & Cody”. She lent her voice as Linda Flynn-Fletcher in the animated show, “Phineas and Ferb” and has also been a part of the television movie, “To Be Fat Like Me”.


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