Valerie Ritchie Perrine (born September 3, 1943) is a retired American actress and model. For her role as Honey Bruce in the 1974 film , she won the Lenny BAFTA Award for Most Promising Newcomer to Leading Film Roles, the Cannes Film Festival Award for Best Actress, and was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actress. Her other film appearances include (1978), Superman (1979), and The Electric Horseman (1980).
Perrine began her career as a
Las Vegas showgirl. She played soft-core pornography actress Montana Wildhack in Kurt Vonnegut's (1972). Perrine was photographed nude for a pictorial layout in the May 1972 issue of Slaughterhouse-Five , later appearing on the cover in August 1981. She then became the first actress to appear nude on American television by exposing her breasts during the May 4, 1973, Playboy PBS broadcast of Bruce Jay Friedman's on Steambath Hollywood Television Theater. Only a few PBS stations nationwide carried the program. Later in 1973, she appeared in the episode "When the Girls Came Out to Play" of the romantic anthology television series (1973).
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 Festival for her role as comedian  Lenny Bruce's wife, stripper Honey Bruce, in Bob Fosse's (1974). Lenny
Carlotta Monti, mistress of W.C. Fields, in the biopic (1976). She played Miss Eve Teschmacher, W.C. Fields and Me moll of criminal mastermind Lex Luthor, in (1978). For this role, she was nominated for the 1979 Superman Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actress. She reprised her role as Miss Teschmacher in (1980).
Perrine played Charlotta Steele, ex-wife of a
rodeo champion played by Robert Redford, in (1979). Her career grew uneven after an appearance in The Electric Horseman (1980), for which she was nominated for a Can't Stop the Music 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 with The Border Jack Nicholson. In 1986, she starred in the failed CBS comedy series with Leo & Liz in Beverly Hills Harvey Korman.
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 . In 1995, Perrine made a guest appearance on the series What Women Want , playing an ex-wife of Homicide: Life on the Street Richard Belzer's character, Detective John Munch.
Perrine was born in
Galveston, Texas, the daughter of Winifred "Renee" (née McGinley), a dancer who appeared in , and Kenneth Perrine, a lieutenant colonel in the U.S. Army. Earl Carroll's Vanities Kenneth Perrine was the grandson of Robert Allen Perrine, a descendant of Staten Island pioneer and French Huguenot  Daniel Perrin, and Mary Staats, the latter of Dutch ancestry. Her mother was  Scottish (of Irish descent), from Helensburgh in Dunbartonshire.
Owing to her father's career, Perrine lived in many locations as the family moved to different posts.
Now retired, Perrine has
Awards and nominations
"Oscar Ceremony 1975 (Actress)". Oscars.org. Academy Awards . Retrieved . 11 January 2019
"Winners & Nominees : Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Drama (1975)". GoldenGlobes.com. Golden Globe Awards . Retrieved . 11 January 2019
"Valerie Perrine". festival-cannes.com. Cannes Film Festival . Retrieved . 11 January 2019
"Overview for Valerie Perrine". TCM.com. Turner Classic Movies . Retrieved . 10 January 2019
O'Connor, John J. (April 24, 1986). ". 'LEO AND LIZ' AND 'BRIDGES TO CROSS '" New York Times. The New York Times.
"Valerie Perrine Biography (1943–)". FilmReference.com. NetIndustries, LLC . Retrieved . 2010-09-07
^ Perrine, Howland Delano. Daniel Perrin, "The Huguenot," and his descendants in America : of the surnames, Perrine, Perine, and Prine, 1665-1910, page 328.
Staff, Variety (24 January 2001). "Winifred 'Renee' Perrine".
Valerie Perrine on Inside Edition video, published on YouTube Dec. 13, 2017