Mercedes Ruehl is an American actress. She had her career beginnings in the 1970s, debuting as an extra in the film Dona Flor and Her Two Husbands. Later in 1984, she made her television debut in ABC Afterschool Specials. She next appeared in the films Heartburn and Twisted. During the 1990s, Ruehl had performances in the movies Crazy People, Another You, The Fisher King, Lost in Yonkers, Last Action Hero, Roseanna’s Grave, and The Minus Man, among others. She also played recurring character Kate Costas in Frasier. More recently, she appeared as Connie Teresi in 7 episodes of the Starz series Power. This year, she had a supporting role in the film Hustlers.