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1. Rhea Perlman: American actress best known for role in Cheers
2. A large flightless bird of South America
3. The second largest moon of Saturn
Common clues: Ostrich relative; Three toed bird; Perlman of "Cheers"; Carla’s portrayer; Mother of Zeus; Moon of Saturn; Satellite of Saturn
Crossword puzzle frequency: 5 times a year
Frequency in English language: 65207 / 86800
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Rhea Perlman (born March 31, 1948) is an American actress, best known for her role as Carla Tortelli on the popular sitcom Cheers. She is married to actor Danny DeVito. She received an unprecedented 10 Emmy Award nominations for Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series (Cheers ran 11 seasons). She won the Emmy four times. She later starred in the short-running sitcom "Pearl" as the title character, and was featured on the show "Kate Brasher."

Perlman met actor Danny DeVito on January 17, 1971, when she went to see a friend in the single performance of the play The Shrinking Bride, which also featured DeVito. They moved in together two weeks after meeting. The couple married on January 28, 1982. They have three children: Lucy Chet DeVito (born March 1983), Grace Fan DeVito (born March 1985), and Jacob Daniel DeVito (born October 1987). Throughout their relationship, Perlman and DeVito acted alongside each other several times, including in the TV show Taxi and the feature film Matilda. DeVito and Perlman separated in October 2012. Prior to this, the family lived in Beverly Hills, California, and also spent time at their vacation home in Interlaken, New Jersey.


Rheas are large flightless birds native to South America. The name was given in 1752 by Paul Mohring; his reason for choosing this name, from classical mythology, is not known.

Rheas are omnivorous, preferring broad-leafed plants, but also eating seeds, roots, fruit, insects, and small vertebrates.


Rhea is the second-largest moon of Saturn and the ninth largest moon in the Solar System. It was discovered in 1672 by Giovanni Domenico Cassini.

Cassini view of Rhea's anti-Saturn hemisphere, showing the moon's two largest impact basins (Mamaldi above and left of center, and adjacent Tirawa to its upper right)

Rhea is named after the Titan Rhea of Greek mythology, "mother of the gods". It is also designated Saturn V (being the fifth major moon going outward from the planet).

Cassini named the four moons he discovered (Tethys, Dione, Rhea and Iapetus) Sidera Lodoicea (the stars of Louis) to honor King Louis XIV. Astronomers fell into the habit of referring to them and Titan as Saturn I through Saturn V. Once Mimas and Enceladus were discovered, in 1789, the numbering scheme was extended to Saturn VII.

The names of all seven satellites of Saturn then known come from John Herschel (son of William Herschel, discoverer of the planet Uranus, and two other Cronian moons, Mimas and Enceladus) in his 1847 publication Results of Astronomical Observations made at the Cape of Good Hope, wherein he suggested the names of the Titans, sisters and brothers of Cronos (Saturn, in Roman mythology), be used.

These articles licensed under the GNU Free Documentation License. They use material from the Wikipedia articles "Rheas", “Rhea Perlman”, and “Rhea (moon)”.