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Cheryl Hines Biography


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Birth Name: Cheryl Hines
Born: 09/21/1965
Birth Place: Miami Beach, Florida, USA


Born on Sept. 21, 1965 in Miami Beach, FL, Hines had the notion early in life that acting would be her path. She studied theater and television production at West Virginia University and Florida State University before finally graduating from the University of Central Florida with a BA. Hines soon moved to Los Angeles to find acting work, but had little luck. While bartending at a hotel, she met the sister of comedic actor Phil Hartman. She mentioned to Hines that she was trying out for The Groundlings, Los Angeles' premier comedy improv group - the same place her brother, who was then on "Saturday Night Live" (NBC, 1975- ), had his start. Soon Hines found herself auditioning. Trained by experienced comedic talents like Lisa Kudrow, Hines perfected her craft of improvisation and refined her comedic chops while doing several local showcases. Her charismatic and unique presence on the stage quickly landed her onscreen, with the budding actress showcasing her talents; small bits on "Friends" (NBC, 1994-2004) and "Everybody Loves Raymond" (CBS, 1996-2005) put Hines front and center and helped catapult her visibility as a serious comedic actress.

While gaining credibility on the small screen, Hines continued to perform at the Groundlings Theater, which provided her the much-needed improvisation experience for her later portrayal of Cheryl David on "Curb Your Enthusiasm." It was during a performance outside The Groundlings, however, that brought Hines to the show. She was doing sketch comedy at another club where the director and producer of "Larry David: Curb Your Enthusiasm" (HBO, 1999), a one-hour mockumentary depicting David preparing to shoot a standup comedy special for HBO, noticed her skills and felt her comedic sense matched well with David's. Following an audition that consisted of a lot of improv and even more laughs, Hines landed the part of David's skeptical, no-nonsense, but fiercely devoted wife who seems about the only person able to tolerate his loutish behavior. Hines quickly garnered praise for her cunning improvisational skills, earning a Golden Globe nomination for Best Supporting Actress in 2004. She also earned two Emmy Award nominations for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series in 2003 and 2006. With so much attention on the small screen, it was only a matter of time before Hines made the leap into feature films. She landed a small, but memorable role in the hit comedy "Along Came Polly" (2004), starring Jennifer Aniston and Ben Stiller, then played the girlfriend of an overprotective father (Michael Keaton) trying to keep his daughter (Lindsey Lohan) from being the third generation of race car drivers in "Herbie: Fully Loaded" (2005).

After a sharp performance as a rapier-tongued ad saleswoman in the straight-to-video romantic comedy, "Cake" (2005), Hines appeared in the studio comedy "RV" (2006), playing the wife an over-worked executive who drags his family on a road trip from hell to Colorado in an RV he barely knows how to drive. Along the way, they encounter a clan of fanatical RV enthusiasts, forcing them to band together and become a family again. Despite poor reviews, "RV" took its opening weekend with a $16 million haul at the box office. Meanwhile, Hines took more of a dramatic turn with a supporting role in "Waitress" (2007), the late Adrienne Shelly's hopeful dark comedy about a pie-making waitress (Keri Russell) with a loutish husband (Jeremy Sisto) struggling to find the right recipe for love. Hines played a fellow waitress and supportive friend also trying her hand at pie-making. Meanwhile, her character on "Curb Your Enthusiasm" - in mimicking Larry David's real life - separated from the fictional Larry during season six. Though the promise of reconciliation was made the following year, Cheryl divorces Larry at the beginning of season eight, marking Hines' last appearance as a regular on the show.

Hines made her directorial debut with the black comedy "Serious Moonlight" (2009), starting Meg Ryan and Timothy Hutton, while joining the cast of the short-lived and critically maligned sitcom "In the Motherhood" (ABC, 2009), which failed to survive past seven episodes. After co-starring as an anchor of a morning show opposite Katherine Heigl and Gerard Butler in the romantic comedy "The Ugly Truth" (2009), she appeared in an episode of the short-lived anthology series "Love Bites" (NBC, 2011) and voiced Stardust for a couple of episodes of "The Super Hero Squad Show" (Cartoon Network, 2009-2011). Sticking with television for the short term, Hines had a recurring guest stint on "Brothers & Sisters" (ABC, 2006-2011), where she played the campaign manager of former television and radio host-turned-politician Kitty Walker (Calista Flockhart). She next returned to regular series status with "Suburgatory" (ABC, 2011- ), a satirical sitcom about a single father (Jeremy Sisto) who moves to the suburbs with his sexually active teenage daughter (Jane Levy), where she begins to question their new Stepford Wife-like environs. Meanwhile, after nearly eight years of marriage, Hines divorced husband Paul Young, founder and manager of the literary and talent management firm Principato-Young. She moved on to a relationship with Robert F. Kennedy, Jr., which gained exposure after his estranged wife, Mary Kennedy, was found dead from suicide in her New York home in May 2012.