Cheryl Hines achieved success midcareer after being cast as Larry David’s fictional wife, Cheryl, on HBO’s hit comedy “Curb Your Enthusiasm.”
Hines’ dry delivery and ability to expertly improvise with David made her a favorite with viewers. The show was loosely scripted with lots of room for witty banter, especially when it came to David’s trademark pet peeves, of which there were many. Hines became known as the only woman who could effectively shrug off his neuroses.
After gaining a name with “Curb,” Hines made guest appearances on popular TV shows including “Scrubs” and “Everybody Loves Raymond.” In 2009 she made her directorial debut with “Serious Moonlight,” starring Meg Ryan. More recently she has played Dallas Royce on the ABC sitcom “Suburgatory.”
Born in 1965 in Miami Beach, Fla., Hines grew up in Tallahassee and moved to Los Angeles after college. She worked as a personal assistant to Rob Reiner but didn’t land her first role, in “Swamp Thing,” until 1993. She played three other roles between that time and 1999, when she was cast in “Curb Your Enthusiasm.” She has said that the “Curb” team was looking for an unknown actress, so her lack of resume ultimately worked in her favor.
She was nominated for two Emmys for her work on “Curb” and won a Gracie Award.
Hines married Paul Young, who founded the management firm Principato-Young, in 2002. The couple filed for divorce in 2010. They have one daughter named Catherine Rose Young.