Louise Lasser

Actor, Screenwriter, Acting teacher
A dizzy comic presence in films and television in the early 1970s, actress Louise Lasser came to fame in "Take the Money and Run" (1969) and other early films by her then-husband Woody Allen before achieving stardom as ... Read more »
Born: 04/10/1939 in New York City, New York, USA

Filmography

Actor (43)

Girls 2015 (Tv Show)

Actor

National Lampoon's Gold Diggers 2004 (Movie)

Doris (Actor)

Fast Food, Fast Women 2001 (Movie)

Emily (Actor)

Queenie in Love 2001 (Movie)

Martha (Actor)

Requiem for A Dream 2000 (Movie)

Ada (Actor)

Mystery Men 1999 (Movie)

Violet (Actor)

Happiness 1998 (Movie)

Mona Jordan (Actor)

Layin' Low 1997 (Movie)

Mrs Muckler (Actor)

Sudden Manhattan 1997 (Movie)

Dominga (Actor)

The Night We Never Met 1993 (Movie)

Mrs Winkler (Actor)

Empty Nest 1991 - 1992 (Tv Show)

Actor

Frankenhooker 1990 (Movie)

Jeffrey's Mom (Actor)

Modern Love 1990 (Movie)

Greg's Mom (Actor)

Rude Awakening 1989 (Movie)

Ronnie (Actor)

Sing 1989 (Movie)

Rosie (Actor)

St. Elsewhere 1982 - 1988 (TV Show)

Actor

Nightmare at Shadow Woods 1987 (Movie)

Maddy (Actor)

Surrender 1987 (Movie)

Joyce (Actor)

Crimewave 1986 (Movie)

Mrs Helene Trend (Actor)

The Perils of P.K. 1986 (Movie)

(Actor)

Bedrooms 1983 - 1984 (TV Show)

Actor

Taxi 1978 - 1983 (TV Show)

Actor

The Doctors 1962 - 1983 (TV Show)

Actor

In God We Trust 1980 (Movie)

Mary (Actor)

Stardust Memories 1980 (Movie)

Secretary (Actor)

Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman 1975 - 1977 (TV Show)

Actor

Saturday Night Live 1976 (Tv Show)

Actor

Isn't It Shocking? 1973 - 1974 (TV Show)

Actor

Mo and Jo 1973 - 1974 (TV Show)

Actor

Slither 1973 (Movie)

(Actor)

Masquerade 1971 - 1972 (TV Show)

Actor

Bananas 1971 (Movie)

Nancy (Actor)

Such Good Friends 1971 (Movie)

(Actor)

Men of Crisis: The Harvey Wallinger Story 1970 (Movie)

Wallinger's Girlfriend (Actor)

Take the Money and Run 1969 (Movie)

Kay Lewis (Actor)

What's Up Tiger Lily? 1966 (Movie)

voice dubbing (Voice)

What's New, Pussycat? 1965 (Movie)

The Nutcracker (Actor)

Club Land (TV Show)

Actor

Coffee, Tea or Me? (TV Show)

Actor

For Ladies Only (TV Show)

Actor

Just Me and You (TV Show)

Actor

Making a Living (TV Show)

Actor

Biography

A dizzy comic presence in films and television in the early 1970s, actress Louise Lasser came to fame in "Take the Money and Run" (1969) and other early films by her then-husband Woody Allen before achieving stardom as a bewildered housewife on Norman Lear's controversial "Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman" (syndicated, 1976-77). Lasser's distracted, slightly anesthetized persona was perfect as the frazzled Mary, but the pressures of television soon drove her to abandon the series and plunge into an apparent psychological funk for several years. When she rebounded in the 1980s, an older, heavier Lasser segued into a string of neurotic matriarch roles, the best of which was as Ben Gazzara's damaged wife in Todd Solondz's "Happiness." Though she never resumed the heights of her popularity in the 1970s, Lasser remained one of Hollywood's most eclectic personas.

Relationships

Woody Allen Actor

Husband
Married Feb. 2, 1966 Divorced in January 1970 Lasser appeared in Allen's "Bananas" (1971)

Sol Lasser

Father
Famed writer of annual guide to income tax Committed suicide

EDUCATION

studied acting with Sanford Meisner

Brandeis University

Waltham , Massachusetts
studied for three years

New School for Social Research

New York , New York

Milestones

2004

Starred in the comedy "National Lampoon's Gold Diggers"

2000

Cast as widow who places a personal ad in Amos Kollek's "Fast Food, Fast Women"; screened at Cannes

2000

Cast in Darren Aronofsky's "Requiem for a Dream," starring Ellen Burstyn and Jared Leto

1998

Played an unhappily married retiree in "Happiness"

1997

Returned to feature films in "Sudden Manhattan"

1992

Made memorable guest appearance on episode of "Empty Nest" (NBC)

1989

Cast in featured roles in "Sing" and "Rude Awakening"

1982

Made memorable guest appearance on "St. Elsewhere" (NBC)

1981

Briefly returned to series TV on the ABC sitcom "It's a Living"

1980

Landed bit role in Allen's "Stardust Memories"

1978

Wrote and starred in the NBC TV-movie "Just Me and You"

1978

Played Judd Hirsch's ex-wife on "Taxi" (ABC)

1976

Had greatest moment of fame in the title role of syndicated TV series "Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman"

1973

Starred in "Slither"

1973

Made TV-movie debut in "Coffee, Tea or Me?" (CBS)

1972

Last screen collaboration with Allen for eight years, "Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Sex* (*but were afraid to ask)"

1970

First film not in collaboration with Allen, "Such Good Friends"

1967

Cast as one of the leads in the short-lived Broadway musical "Henry Sweet Henry"

1966

With Allen, wrote the English dialogue for "What's Up Tiger Lily?"

1965

Made film debut in "What's New Pussycat?" scripted by and co-starring Woody Allen; first of seven screen collaborations with Allen

1964

Appeared on the NBC daytime drama "The Doctors"

1964

Appeared in Elaine May's "The Third Ear" improvisational revue

1962

Made Broadway debut in "I Can Get It For You Wholesale" replacing Barbra Streisand in the role of Miss Marmelstein

Began to teach acting classes

Bonus Trivia

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"I think we all go through cycles of getting knocked down to our knees and getting up again. But one day, you get knocked down and you can't get up." – Lasser in The New York Post, March 5, 1997

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Louise Lasser on her marriage to Woody Allen and his publicized troubles with Mia Farrow: "When you fall in love with somebody and marry them, are you all of a sudden going to stop loving them? Something went awry or you wouldn't be apart, but you still care about them, and always will...Who knows if anybody's right? But when you're close to someone, you'll stand by them through thick or thin. And I stand by Woody Allen." – quoted in The New York Post, March 5, 1997

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"I hated how I looked, like a whale. And I am still dieting, because I want to do more and more acting. For that, you have to look as good as you possibly can." – Lasser to The New York Post, March 5, 1997

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On her "Mary Hartman" year: "I could go into anyone's kitchen in America and have dinner. It was the best and worst of times."

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