Caroline Rhea simply put, is a double-threat entertainer, a stand-up comedian, and an actress all in one. Rhea is good at sending crowds laughing as she is at impressing directors on a film set. Atypical with most stand-up performers, Caroline Rhea has hosted many TV shows including the eponymous The Caroline Rhea Show, a syndicated talk-show created by fellow entertainer, Rosie O’Donnell. She has made many guest and cameo appearances on a host of TV shows from The Suite Life of Zack & Cody to 2 Broke Girls. Perhaps, her most recognized TV role is that of Hilda Spellman in ABC’s Sabrina the Teenage Witch. Rhea’s journey to Hollywood stardom is detailed in the paragraphs below, as well as facts about her romantic life – read on.
Caroline Rhea’s Bio
Caroline Rhea was born on 13 April 1964 in Westmount, Quebec, Canada to Margery (an antique dealer) and David Rhea (an obstetrician and gynecologist). She has two siblings, Cynthia and Celia. For her education, she chose to attend The Study – an all-girls private school in Westmount, Quebec. Rhea then proceeded to study at Dalhousie University in Nova Scotia. She also studied acting and stand-up comedy at the New School for Social Research, New York.
In 1986, Caroline Rhea relocated to New York to pursue a career in comedy and acting. She started performing at comedy venues like Catch a Rising Star and The Comic Strip where she performed alongside future superstar comedians like Chris Rock, Dave Attell, Jim Gaffigan, Louis C.K. and Marc Maron.
Her first stand-up comedy performances to be filmed include MTV’s Half-Hour Comedy Hour, Caroline’s Comedy Hour and Comic Strip Live. Rhea featured in a one-hour special for Home Box Office (HBO) called One Night Stand which resulted in a huge success for her. She followed it up with her one-hour special called Rhea’s Anatomy which was aired on Bravo network as well as Showtime’s comedy special, Give Me My Remote.
After claiming huge success as a comedian in New York, Caroline Rhea relocated to Los Angeles to pursue an acting career in Hollywood. Her first appearance as an actress was on the NBC TV series titled Pride & Joy where she starred alongside the famous actor Jeremy Piven. Following her debut as an actress, she later became a cast in a show that would gain her widespread popularity – ABC’s Sabrina the Teenage Witch where she played the role of Aunt Hilda and for her recurring role on the latest incarnation of Hollywood Squares.
In September of 2002, Caroline Rhea kicked-off The Caroline Rhea Show which was fast to amass positive reviews for comic skills and direct interview style.
She has also appeared in television series such as Fools for Love, The Drew Carey Show, Happily Ever After among others. In 2018, she began hosting Caroline & Friends a series which features hilarious footages of children and animals. In 2019, Rhea began appearing as the grandmother, Judy, in the Disney Channel sitcom Sydney to the Max which premiered on 25 January 2019.
Caroline Rhea has been involved in charity work. In 2001, she made an appearance as a contestant on a special edition of Who Wants to Be a Millionaire and donated her $125,000 winnings to charity.
Caroline Rhea earns an impressive income from her career as a comedian and her appearances in movies have simultaneously increased her fortune. Though Rhea has never made her earnings public, credible sources have pegged her net worth at $2 million.
Is She Still Married? Who Is Her Husband?
Caroline Rhea has never been married though she has been involved in multiple relationships. She was engaged to Bob Kelty, a project director of a non-profit organization in April 1999. Unfortunately, the couple had to part ways in 2003 and the reason behind the break-up was not made known.
Following the break-up, she went ahead to date comedian Costaki Economopoulos. Both of them dated for a couple of years, from 2004 to 2010 and had a daughter together in October 2008. Rhea was 44 years old when she birthed their daughter. Unfortunately, the relationship between the couple was not meant to last forever as they had to part ways. While Caroline has since not married anyone else, Coskaki found love in the eyes of Christa Meola whom he made his wife in December 2013.