''Cheers'' farewell: Norm's wife -- We reveal the secrets of the George Wendt's mysterious on-screen wife

By EW Staff
Updated May 14, 1993 at 04:00 AM EDT

”I never thought, ‘I wonder what she looks like,”’ George Wendt claims of his barely glimpsed, long-suffering TV wife, Vera Peterson. Wendt may never have given it a thought, but we have. And while we might not be able to identify Vera in a lineup, we have been able to put together a sketch.

Only parts of Vera have appeared on the show: In an episode last month, her arm was seen waving from the window of the Petersons’ silver Honda Civic; she was also seen in a 1986 episode, but her face was covered with pie.

Her sweet off-camera voice has been provided by Wendt’s own wife, actress Bernadette Birkett (It’s Garry Shandling’s Show).

Her parents live in ”one of those rectangular states,” according to Norm.

She once worked as a hat checker at Melville’s, upstairs from Cheers.

According to Gus O’Malley, the original owner of Cheers, she and Norm frequented the bar as newlywed lovebirds and danced to the music on the jukebox.

The only reference to her looks came in 1992 when someone suggested Norm hire a Vera look-alike to join him on a trip. ”What do you expect me to do?” Norm cracked. ”Get Ed Asner to drop everything he’s doing and fly to Boston?”


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