The screen life of a sexy actress can go by in the blink of an eye- but occasionally they will appear in a film or two that will never seem to stop appearing on television. This is the case of Valerie Perrine. In the 70s and 80s, she was a staple sex-bomb chosen to play those hard-working babes (or gals working hard to keep that meal ticket) but Perrine projected a lady with smarts and determination beyond her curvy exterior.
She began her film career playing a soft-core porn actress Montana Wildhack in Slaughterhouse-Five (1972).
The Texas-raised Army brat turned Las Vegas showgirl turned Hollywood sexpot was nominated for a Best Actress Oscar for the 1974 film "Lenny" and a Razzie for the 1980 Village People bomb "Can't Stop the Music."
She shined as Miss Eve Teschmacher - Lex Luthor's moll with a conscience in Superman (1978) and returned in the role for Superman II (1981). That year Ms. Perrine was on the cover of Playboy. Valerie never married- her fiancee, a wealthy Los Angeles playboy and gun collector whom she met while a Las Vegas showgirl, accidentally shot himself to death after a gun discharged in a tragic gun accident a month before their wedding.
During the filming of the first Superman in London, Perrine was dating millionaire playboy Dodi Fayed. She partied with the best of them (as in Alan Carr presents! piles of coke !!) and even dated Mick Jagger. One of her other ex-lovers "Love At First Bite" & "Mr. Mom" director Stan Dragoti served time in a German prison for cocaine possession. (He was also the ex- Mr Cheryl Tiegs).
Perine co-starred in the **always on cable TV** film "Maid to Order" with Ally Sheedy in 1987, and still continues to make the occasional public appearance at age 67. She was last seen on the big screen looking dynamite at age 57 in Mel Gibson's What Women Want (2000).
Perrine has appeared on the covers of both Playboy and Playgirl.
Perrine told Playboy magazine in 1981 that she had her brass bed reinforced so her 4 large-breed dogs could sleep with her. Her dogs include Ching (Great Dane), Thurbur (Mastif), Oscar (Great Dane), Sasha (Mix) and Muffy (Great Dane).
Perrine said she experimented with many drugs including acid, mescaline, cocaine and opium.
Perrine is 5' feet 7.5" tall with measurements 38-24-35. A veteran Las Vegas showgirl, Perrine said she felt "dressed" in just a G-string and sent a photo of herself clad in one to Bob Fosse to help him recover from one of his heart attacks.
here is Valerie in 2010. Looking Great, Lady!