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Cheryl Ruth Hines (born September 21, 1965) is an American actress who played the role of Larry David's wife, Cheryl, on HBO's Curb Your Enthusiasm, for which she was nominated for two Emmy Awards.

Cheryl Hines
Cheryl Hines 2011 AA.jpg
Hines at the 83rd Academy Awards in 2011
Born Cheryl Ruth Hines
(1965-09-21) September 21, 1965 (age 52)
Miami Beach, Florida, U.S.
Occupation Actress
Years active 1993–present
Television Curb Your Enthusiasm
Father of the Pride
Spouse(s) Paul Young (m. 2002; div. 2010)
Robert F. Kennedy Jr. (m. 2014)
Children 1

She also starred as Dallas Royce on the ABC sitcom Suburgatory. In 2009, she made her directorial debut with Serious Moonlight. She is also a poker enthusiast with career winnings totaling $50,000.[1]


Early lifeEdit

Hines was born Cheryl Ruth Hines in Miami Beach, Florida, a daughter of James and Rosemary Hines.[2]

Part of her family came from Frostproof, Florida,[3] but she grew up in Tallahassee,[3] where she was a member of the Young Actors Theatre throughout high school. Hines also attended Lively Technical Center and Tallahassee Community College in Tallahassee. She was raised Catholic[4] and has two brothers and a sister. She attended West Virginia University and Florida State University before graduating from the University of Central Florida.


Before getting her break in Hollywood, Hines worked as a waitress, television reporter, and telephone operator, as well as personal assistant to Rob Reiner, when she moved to Los Angeles to pursue acting. Though Reiner did not play a critical role in her career, he would watch her shows when she began acting.[citation needed] She has had guest appearances on television shows such as Swamp Thing and Unsolved Mysteries.

Hines and Meg Ryan at the premiere of Serious Moonlight, Hines' directorial debut

Hines began her acting career by doing improvisational comedy at The Groundlings Theater. Among the people she studied with was Lisa Kudrow.[3] She also learned to write comedy sketches, which served her well when working on HBO's Curb Your Enthusiasm as Larry David's fictional wife, Cheryl. The show is written using the retroscripting technique, in which the plot outlines are generally and loosely drawn, and the individual actors improvise to create the dialogue.

Hines, Grand Marshal of the Springtime Tallahassee Grand Parade, providing autographs and pictures for residents of Tallahassee on April 6, 2013

"When the show first came out, people from Tallahassee thought, 'Well, maybe Cheryl got married'", she recalls of the show's initial reception. "Sometimes, I do feel like I live two lives."[5] Hines received an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series for her work on Curb Your Enthusiasm in 2003 and 2006.[6] Speaking about being cast on the show, Hines has said that "Until Curb, I’d done small roles, really small roles. They wanted to cast an unknown actress. It worked in my favor that I hadn’t done anything. It changed my life."[7]

In movies, she was one of the stars of RV opposite Robin Williams, Waitress with Keri Russell, and the 2008 mockumentary comedy The Grand, a spoof of the World Series of Poker. Her 2009 directorial debut Serious Moonlight stars Meg Ryan with a script by the late Adrienne Shelly, Hines's co-star in Waitress.

In 2009, Hines starred in the ABC sitcom In the Motherhood. It was loosely an adaptation to the web series. She played Jane. The series was short-lived lasting 5 out of 7 episodes due to low ratings.

During the 2009-2010 season of Brothers and Sisters, she guest-starred as Kitty Walker McCallister's campaign manager, Buffy. It was announced in July 2010 that Hines would be joining the cast of the new Nickelodeon films based on their series The Fairly OddParents, A Fairly Odd Movie: Grow Up Timmy Turner! and A Fairly Odd Christmas. She played Wanda, the main character's (Timmy's) godmother.[8]

Hines serves as the executive producer for the 2010 reality series School Pride, which follows the renovation of a different school each week.[9] Hines starred as Dallas Royce on the ABC sitcom Suburgatory[10] and in We Need Help a web series aired on Yahoo Screen.

On January 29, 2014, Hines received the 2,516th star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.[11]

Personal life and charitiesEdit

Hines married Paul Young, founder of the management firm Principato-Young, on December 30, 2002. They have one child, daughter Catherine Rose Young, b. March 8, 2004. On July 20, 2010, Hines and Young filed papers for their divorce after nearly eight years of marriage.[12]

Upon discovering that her nephew was born with cerebral palsy, Hines contacted United Cerebral Palsy for answers and resources. Over time, she became involved with UCP and has used her celebrity status to help elevate its visibility.[13] Hines serves on the Board of Trustees of United Cerebral Palsy. Hines and her family won $25,000 for UCP on the July 12, 2015 episode of Celebrity Family Feud.

In December 2011 Hines began dating activist Robert F. Kennedy, Jr.[14] They announced their engagement late April 2014[15] and were married on August 2, 2014.[16]


Film and television roles
Year Title Role Notes
1993 Swamp Thing Louise Brenner Episode: "Heart of the Mantis"
1996 Cheap Curry and Calculus Sheila Short film
1997 Unsolved Mysteries Sharon Berman (Ashely's mother) Episode: "9.18"
1998 Wayans Bros., TheThe Wayans Bros. Helen Episode: "Six Degrees of Marlon"
Suddenly Susan Debbie Episode: "Poetry in Notion"
1999 Suddenly Susan Marla Episode: "The Cheerleaders"
Larry David: Curb Your Enthusiasm Cheryl David TV movie
2000 Friends Woman #2 Episode: "The One with Rachel's Sister"
2000–2011; 2017 Curb Your Enthusiasm Cheryl David Main Role; 70 episodes
2002 So Little Time Episode: "The Job"
Everybody Loves Raymond Lauren Williamson Episode: "Annoying Kid"
2003 Reno 911! Trailer Park Lady Episode: "Terrorist Training: Part 1"
Tale of Two Wives, AA Tale of Two Wives Rose Goodman TV movie
Wanda at Large Dr. Linda Episode: "Did Wanda Say a Four Letter Word?"
2004 Along Came Polly Catering Manager
2004–2005 Father of the Pride Kate (voice) 14 episodes
2005 Cake Roxanne
Herbie: Fully Loaded Sally
Our Very Own Sally Crowder
2006 Scrubs Paige Cox Episode: "My New God"
Bickford Shmeckler's Cool Ideas Professor Adams
RV Jamie Munro
Keeping Up with the Steins Casey Nudelman
2007 Waitress Becky
Jack's Big Music Show Sudsy Bubblestein Episode: "Mel's Bath Day"
Goodnight Vagina Meg March Short film
Grand, TheThe Grand Lainie Schwartzman
2008 Hollywood Residential herself
Henry Poole Is Here Meg Wyatt
Bart Got a Room Beth Stein
Space Chimps Luna (voice)
2009 All in the Bunker Eva Braun Short film
Hannah Montana Catherine York Episode: "What I Don't Like About You"
Labor Pains Lisa DePardo
In the Motherhood Jane 7 episodes
Ugly Truth, TheThe Ugly Truth Georgia
2010 Legend of Secret Pass, TheThe Legend of Secret Pass Nitika (voice)
Wright vs. Wrong Keri Daly TV movie
Love Bites Kristen Lerner Episode: "TMI"
Super Hero Squad Show, TheThe Super Hero Squad Show Stardust (voice) Episode: "Last Exit Before Doomsday"
Episode: "This Al Dente Earth"
Brothers & Sisters Buffy McCreary 3 episodes
Space Chimps 2: Zartog Strikes Back Luna (voice)
2011 Fairly Odd Movie: Grow Up, Timmy Turner!, AA Fairly Odd Movie: Grow Up, Timmy Turner! Wanda TV movie
2011–2014 Suburgatory Dallas Royce Main role; 56 episodes
2012 A Fairly Odd Christmas Wanda TV movie
2013 Hollywood Game Night Herself Episode: "Don't Kill My Buzz-er"
Episode: "T'was the Game Night Before Christmas"
2014 Life After Beth Judy Orfman
The Crazy Ones Beth Minker Episode: "Zach Mitzvah"
Think Like a Man 2 Andrea
2015 Christmas Eve Dawn Also known as Stuck
The Middle Dr. Sommer Samuelson Episode: "The Convention"
2016 Young & Hungry Kathy Kaminski Episode: "Young & Parents"
Nine Lives Madison Camden
2016–2017 Son of Zorn Edie Main role
2017 Wilson Polly
A Bad Moms Christmas Sandy
Year Title Notes
2006–2007 Campus Ladies 3 episodes
2008 Hollywood Residential TV series
Year Title Notes
2006 Campus Ladies Episode: "No Means No"
2009 Serious Moonlight

Awards and nominationsEdit

List of awards and nominations
Year Award Category TV Series Result
2003 Emmy Awards Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series Curb Your Enthusiasm Nominated
2005 Gracie Award Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series Curb Your Enthusiasm Won
2006 Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series Curb Your Enthusiasm Nominated
2006 Emmy Awards Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series Curb Your Enthusiasm Nominated
2007 Monte Carlo TV Festival Outstanding Actress – Comedy Series Curb Your Enthusiasm Nominated
2010 Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series Curb Your Enthusiasm Nominated
2012 Critics' Choice Television Award Critics' Choice Television Award for Best Comedy Supporting Actress Suburgatory Nominated


  1. ^ "Cheryl Hines". The Hendon Mob Poker Database. Retrieved 24 March 2015. 
  2. ^ The Washington Post Company (2007-05-10). "Cheryl Hines balances tragic with the comic". MSNBC. Retrieved 2007-05-24. 
  3. ^ a b c Moore, Roger (2007-05-24). "Improv skills earn Hines some really big winners". Orlando Sentinel. Retrieved 2007-05-24. 
  4. ^ "The Accidental Shiksa". Heeb. 2007-12-13. Retrieved 2011-07-27. 
  5. ^ Heeb Magazine, Issue #15, Features Archived April 21, 2008, at the Wayback Machine.
  6. ^ Awards for Cheryl Hines
  7. ^ "The TV Guy - Hal Boedeker's Blog - Orlando Sentinel". Archived from the original on 15 October 2012. Retrieved 24 March 2015. 
  8. ^ "Exclusive: Nickelodeon Orders Live-Action Movie Adaptation of The Fairly Oddparents". 
  9. ^ "NBC Empowers Communities to Take Charge and Transform Their Broken Schools in New Two-Hour Special 'School Pride'". The Futon Critic. January 10, 2010. Retrieved October 4, 2010. 
  10. ^ 'Curb' star cast in new comedy pilot, Digital Spy, Mar 12 2011 By Tom Ayres
  11. ^ Rossman, Sean (28 January 2014). "Tallahassee actress Cheryl Hines to get star on Hollywood Walk of Fame". Retrieved 2 February 2014. 
  12. ^ "Curb Your Enthusiasm's Cheryl Hines Getting Divorced". TV Guide. Retrieved August 23, 2010. 
  13. ^ "Cheryl Hines - Interview". ABILITY Magazine (Cheryl Hines Issue). Feb–Mar 2008. 
  14. ^ Krupnick, Ellie (December 1, 2013). "PHOTOS: Kyra Kennedy, Great-Niece Of JFK, Debuts At Glam Deb Ball". Huffington Post. 
  15. ^ "'Suburgatory's' Cheryl Hines engaged to Robert F. Kennedy Jr". Retrieved 10 May 2014. 
  16. ^ "'RFK Jr., actress Hines wed at Kennedy compound". 

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