1948 - Mercedes Ruehl, born on the 28th of February in Queens, New York. Of Cuban and Irish descent, Ruehl was the daughter of FBI agents and moved frequently with her family before settling in Silver Spring, Maryland.
1969 - Graduated from the College of New Rochelle.
- She performed in community theater and supported herself with odd jobs in New York City while pursuing a stage career.
- She won two Obie awards and a Tony for Best Actress for Lost in Yonkers.
1988 - Her breakthrough came when she landed two scene-stealing supporting roles in feature films, that of Josh's mother in Big and a Mafia wife in Married to the Mob.
1990 - Turned her focus to television, engaging audiences with a recurring guest role on the sitcom Frasier.
1991 - Her next critical and commercial success was an Oscar®-winning supporting performance in The Fisher King.
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