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Elizabeth Berridge

Elizabeth Berridge

Elizabeth Berridge, who plays Constanze in Amadeus, Mozart's wife in Amadeus was born in New Rochelle, New York in 1962. She grew up in Larchmont, where she began acting. Her next-door neighbor, a member of the Lee Strasberg Theater, urged her to pursue a television career. She made 30 TV commercials between the ages of 13 and 17, in addition to half a dozen daytime serials. Acting and attending school at the same time, she was accepted into the adult program of the prestigious Strasberg Theater.

Her first feature film was The Funhouse, a horror film with Sylvia Miles. Still in school, she played Hal Holbrook's daughter in Natural Enemies and was featured in the TV movie Soldier's Home. She made a guest appearance in Mickey Rooney's situation comedy, One of the Boys.

After graduating high school, Beth played six months on Texas and studied with Warren Robertson, whom she credits as being a major influence on her acting career. (Robertson is well-known for his association with Diane Keaton and Jessica Lange.) It was Robertson who recommended Beth to the casting agent of Amadeus.

"On the sets in Prague, Milos kept telling us to forget the sets, the costumes. He didn't want a costume epic, but simple, unadorned performances. ‘Don't do anything,' he kept saying, ‘just be there.' I came to think of Constanze not as the wife of Mozart, the historical genius, but as a woman whose husband was an irresponsible guy who couldn't take care of himself without my help—and relate to Mozart the husband on that level.

Ms. Berridge was a continuing character on The John Larroquette Show" playing the part of Officer Eve Eggers. Among her other film and television credits are Payback, Broke Even, and the part of Rosie Casals in When Billie Beat Bobby.

Note: This profile was written in or before 2002.

Elizabeth Berridge Facts

BirthdayMay 2, 1962 (61)
BirthplaceWestchester, New York, USA
Height5' 2" (1m57)  How tall is Elizabeth Berridge compared to you?

Selected Filmography

Amadeus: Director's Cut
The Funhouse
4 Movie Marathon: Cult Horror Collection
When the Party's Over
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