Lainie Kazan

Singer, Actor, Nightclub owner
Tall, high-energy nightclub chanteuse and actress who in the 1980s concentrated on a successful feature film and TV acting career. A little bit manic, sometimes sultry, typically frizzy-haired, Kazan received her big ... Read more »
Born: 05/14/1940 in New York City, New York, USA

Filmography

Actor (88)

Beau Jest 2014 (Movie)

Miriam Goldman (Actor)

Red Riding Hood 2014 (Movie)

Grandma (Actor)

Whiskey School 2014 (Movie)

(Actor)

Divorce Invitation 2013 (Movie)

Elaine Lipnick (Actor)

Finding Joy 2013 (Movie)

Gloria (Actor)

Grey's Anatomy 2013 (Tv Show)

Actor

I'm a Mitzvah 2013 (Movie)

(Actor)

Jessie 2013 (Tv Show)

Actor

Modern Family 2013 (Tv Show)

Actor

'Til Death 2010 (Tv Show)

Actor

Desperate Housewives 2010 (Tv Show)

Actor

Expecting Mary 2010 (Movie)

Lillian Littlefeather (Actor)

Oy Vey! My Son is Gay! 2010 (Movie)

Shirley Hirsch (Actor)

Ugly Betty 2010 (Tv Show)

Actor

Boston Legal 2008 (Tv Show)

Actor

You Don't Mess With the Zohan 2008 (Movie)

Gail (Actor)

Bratz: The Movie 2007 (Movie)

Bubbie (Actor)

The King of Queens 2007 (Tv Show)

Actor

Living with Fran 2006 (Tv Show)

Actor

Strong Medicine 1999 - 2005 (TV Show)

Actor

Broadway: The Golden Age 2004 (Movie)

Herself (Actor)

Las Vegas Live! 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

Tempted 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

A Good Night to Die 2003 (Movie)

Debra (Actor)

Gigli 2003 (Movie)

Mother (Actor)

My Big Fat Greek Life 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Actor

Adam Sandler's Eight Crazy Nights 2002 (Movie)

Voice of Singing Old Woman (Actor)

Allie & Me 2002 (Movie)

Camille Alexander (Actor)

My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2002 (Movie)

Maria Portokalos (Actor)

The Test 2000 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

Touched By an Angel 1995 - 1999, 2002 (Tv Show)

Actor

Shelley Winters: Full Disclosure 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

Will & Grace 2001 (Tv Show)

Actor

Bruno 2000 (Movie)

Sister Mary Shirley (Actor)

Kimberly 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

The Crew 2000 (Movie)

Pepper Lowenstein (Actor)

What's Cooking? 2000 (Movie)

Ruth Seelig (Actor)

If You Only Knew 1999 (Movie)

Bess (Actor)

Murder, She Wrote 1994 - 1999 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Nanny 1995 - 1999 (Tv Show)

Actor

Veronica's Closet 1995 - 1999 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Big Hit 1998 (Movie)

Jeanne Shulman (Actor)

Life's Work 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

The Unknown Cyclist 1997 (Movie)

Rachel (Actor)

Courthouse 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

Love Is All There Is 1996 (Movie)

Sadie (Actor)

The Associate 1996 (Movie)

Cindy Mason (Actor)

People Who Live in Brass Hearses 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

The Life and Times of Charlie Putz 1994 (Movie)

(Actor)

The Cemetery Club 1993 (Movie)

Selma (Actor)

I Don't Buy Kisses Anymore 1992 (Movie)

Sarah Fishbine (Actor)

Street Scenes: New York on Film 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

29th Street 1991 (Movie)

Mrs Pesce (Actor)

Beverly Hills 90210 1991 (Tv Show)

Actor

Eternity 1990 (Movie)

Bernice/Mother (Actor)

The Earthday Birthday 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Voice

Out of the Dark 1989 (Movie)

Hooker Nancy (Actor)

Beaches 1988 (Movie)

Leona Bloom (Actor)

Medium Rare 1988 (Movie)

(Actor)

Take Charge! 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Actor

Harry and the Hendersons 1987 (Movie)

Irene Moffitt (Actor)

Karen's Song 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Actor

The Delta Force 1986 (Movie)

Sylvia Goldman (Actor)

Tough Cookies 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

Actor

The Journey of Natty Gann 1985 (Movie)

Connie (Actor)

Lust in the Dust 1984 (Movie)

Marguerita Ventura (Actor)

My Favorite Year 1982 (Movie)

Belle Carroca (Actor)

One From the Heart 1981 (Movie)

Maggie (Actor)

Romance of a Horse Thief 1971 (Movie)

Estucha (Actor)

The George Kirby Special 1970 - 1971 (TV Show)

Actor

Dayton's Devils 1968 (Movie)

Leda Martell (Actor)

Lady in Cement 1968 (Movie)

Maria Baretto (Actor)

The Rowan and Martin Show 1965 - 1966 (TV Show)

Actor

A Cry For Love (TV Show)

Actor

Hagar the Horrible (TV Show)

Voice

Hotel (TV Show)

Actor

Obsessive Love (TV Show)

Actor

Prince For a Day (TV Show)

Actor

Safety Patrol (TV Show)

Actor

Sunset Limousine (TV Show)

Actor

The Engagement Ring (TV Show)

Actor

The Jerk, Too (TV Show)

Actor

The Robert Goulet Special (TV Show)

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To Serve and Protect (TV Show)

Actor

Biography

Tall, high-energy nightclub chanteuse and actress who in the 1980s concentrated on a successful feature film and TV acting career. A little bit manic, sometimes sultry, typically frizzy-haired, Kazan received her big break, when, as Barbra Streisand's understudy in the Broadway musical "Funny Girl", she got to go on for one matinee and one evening performance. Her forceful singing and performing style received some notice, and within several years, Kazan had an album, a TV special, and several feature roles to her credit. She wasn't typical leading lady material and her films were largely unworthy of her; "Dayton's Devils" (1968), for instance, was distinguished largely by her rendition of "Sunny". For a number of years, she concentrated on her singing, and in the late 1970s, successfully opened cabarets, Lainie's Room and Lainie's Room East, in Los Angeles and New York, respectively.

EDUCATION

Hofstra University

Hempstead , New York
Classmates included Francis Ford Coppola

Milestones

2008

Cast in the Adam Sandler comedy "You Don't Mess with the Zohan"

2003

Appeared in the box office flop "Gigli"

2002

Played the matriarch in the run-away box office hit "My Big Fat Greek Wedding"

1997

Played Veronica's (Kirstie Alley) mother on NBC's "Veronica's Closet"

1995

Had a recurring role on the CBS sitcom "The Nanny" as Fran's Aunt Freida

1994

Cast in the Broadway play, "The Government Inspector"

1992

Returned to Broadway to recreate her film role for the musical adaptation of "My Favorite Year"

1988

Cast as Bette Midler's overbearing stage mother in Garry Marshall's "Beaches"

1987

Earned an Emmy nomination for her guest role on NBC's hospital drama, "St. Elsewhere"

1986

Played Rita on the short-lived CBS sitcom, "Tough Cookies"

1982

Cast as Benjy's Jewish mother, Belle in "My Favorite Year"

1982

Returned to films after a decade long absence to co-star in Francis Ford Coppola's "One from the Heart"

1976

Opened Lainie's Room at the Los Angeles Playboy Club; also opened one in NY the following year

1969

Posed for the October issue of Playboy magazine

1968

First leading role in a feature, "Dayton's Devils"

1968

Appeared in concert on the syndicated variety special, "The Lainie Kazan Show"

1968

Made feature film debut in "Lady in Cement"

1964

Served as understudy to Barbra Streisand in "Funny Girl"

1961

Made her Broadway debut in "The Happiest Girl in the World"

Made frequent appearances on "The Dean Martin Show"

Bonus Trivia

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Received NARAS New Artist of the Year Award for her debut album in the late 1960s

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Kazan's 1970 Playboy magazine spread inspired the look of Jack Kirby's DC Comics superheroine Big Barda.

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