Her deceptively soft-spoken delivery shatters the stereotype of brassy, tough comedians with poise and sophistication. Her carefully structured, beautifully written and impeccably timed material is unique. Only Rita can write a Rita Rudner joke. And only Rita Rudner can have a career like Rita.
Rita co-wrote and co-starred in "a Weekend In The Country" an independent feature, which made its world premier on the USA Network. "A Weekend In The Country" was a romantic comedy that followed the inter-connecting love stories of several very different individuals and starred Rita, Jack Lemmon, Christine Lahti, Dudley Moore, Richard Lewis and Faith Ford.
In 1992 she made her film debut alongside Emma Thompson and Kenneth Branagh in "Peters Friends" which she also co-wrote with her husband. "Peters Friends" was 1992s top-grossing independent film in England (out-grossing both "Howards End" and "The Crying Game") and won the UKs Best Comedy Film of the Year Award. Her performance as Carol, the nightmare Hollywood actress, Rita earned a nomination as Funniest Comedy Actress of the Year from the American Comedy Awards.
Most recently, Rita starred in her second HBO special entitled "Rita Rudner: Married Without Children," which premiered in June of 1995 and was nominated for a Cable ACE Award. Other memorable career highlights include a Command Performance before Prince Charles and Princess Diana; her own comedy/variety series for BBC TV in England, questing on George Burns 95th Birthday Special," as will as the "Bob Hope Christmas Special." Rita also made Friars Club history (1990) by being the first female comedian ever invited to be a "roaster" (the victim was Chevy Chase).
A native of Miami, Rita left home at age 15 to seek fame and fortune on the Broadway stage. Her numerous credits include appearing in the legendary original production of Stephen Sondheimss "Follies" and "Annie." While on Broadway, Rita snuck into a comedy club and tried her hand at stand up comedy. She hasnt looked back since.
Before long, Rita was making regular appearances on "The Tonight Show," "Late Night With Letterman" and "Comic Relief," establishing her with the American public. This was followed by winning the 1990 American Comedy Award for Funniest Stand-Up Comedienne and soon afterwards, Rita starred in her first hour long special for HBO "Born To Be Mild."
Rita took on the world of publishing with her first book, Naked Beneath My Clothed published by Viking-Penguin which quickly became a bestseller. The audio version of the book received a 1993 Grammy nomination for Best Comedy Album. Her latest, Rita Rudners Guide To Men (Viking) came out last May and contains 202 tips about who men are, how they think, and who they think they are.