Sunday, April 21, 2024

Danny DeVito Says He’s Separated from Rhea Perlman After 46 Years of Marriage


There’s a very nice piece on Danny DeVito today by Martha Teichner on “CBS Sunday Morning.” But sadly, Danny conceded to Teichner that he and Rhea Perlman are indeed separated. They got marred in 1971. “We’re separated,” he says as the answer to Teichner’s gentle query. “We’ve been friends for over 40 years.”

The couple separated once before in 2013 and headed for divorce, but then got back together. Maybe that will happen again.

Indeed, Perlman was at DeVito’s Broadway premiere a couple of weeks ago in Arthur Miller’s “The Price.” When I asked her, sort of rhetorically, “Hey, how about Danny? Not bad!” referring to his Broadway debut, she gave me kind of a shrug and a “Yeah.”

They understand it, and it’s none of our business really. Except in our minds, they’re Carla Tortelli and Louie dePalma, respectively, from “Cheers” and “Taxi,” fictional characters who are real in our minds. We want them to be happy. But then think if Carla and Louie were really married– it would be worse than Carla with her own husband, the conniving louse, Nick. Carla and Louie would always be yelling at each other. On second thought, don’t think of it!

Meantime, Danny is like a dozen cherry bombs going off in “The Price.” He may get a Tony nomination.  And hopefully a happy ending.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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