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Rudner, Rita

Born: 1956 AD
Currently alive, at 62 years of age.
2.8 (55%) 8 votes

1956 – She was born on the 17th day of September of this year in Miami, Florida.


1971 – An only child, Rudner graduated from high school in this year and by the following year had convinced her father to let her move from the Miami, FL, area to NYC in order to pursue a career as a dancer.


1975 – She subsequently appeared in the Broadway productions of "Mack and Mabel" in this year, "They’re Playing Our Song" in 1979 and played Miss Hannigan’s gangster moll sister-in-law Lily in "Annie" in 1980.


1985 – By this year, she had made her first TV appearance as a comic in "Rodney Dangerfield Hosts the 9th Annual Young Comedians Special" (HB0).


1987 – Rudner made numerous appearances on "The Morning Program" (CBS’ ill-fated alternative to "Today") in this year. However disastrous the show was for the network, it gave Rudner the national exposure she needed.


1988 – She moved to Hollywood and hosted the short-lived NBC series "George Schlatter’s Funny People"  in this year and also appeared in two films, the cub scout reunion mess "The Wrong Guys" in the same year and in the small role of Max Perlich’s mother in "Gleaming the Cube" in 1989.


1990 – After her marriage to the Australian writer-producer Martin Bergman, Rudner began diving her time between the USA and the UK. In this year, she starred in her own variety series, "Rita Rudner", for the BBC.


1992 – The couple also began to write screenplays together. Kenneth Branagh directed their script "Peter’s Friends" this year, about a reunion of a collegiate theater troupe.


1996 – The couple returned L.A., Rudner and Bergman co-wrote "A Weekend in the Country", originally made as a theatrical release but later aired on the USA Network.


2001 – Since this year, Rudner has performed almost exclusively in Las Vegas, selling close to one million tickets.

2.8 (55%) 8 votes