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Lainie Kazan

Lainie Kazan was born in Brooklyn, New York, to a Russian father and a Turkish mother. Lainie graduated from Hofstra University, in Hempstead, New York. Her film career began in Dayton's Devils (1968), starring alongside Leslie Nielsen. Later, Lainie was nominated a Golden Globe for Best Actress in a Supporting Role - Motion Picture for her ... See full bio »
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  Back of Book (announced)
  Tango Shalom (pre-production)
Leah Zlotkin
 2015 Pixels (completed)
Mickey Lamonsoff
  Growing Defiant (announced)
 2015 Pearly Gates
 2014 The Cookie Mobster (TV Movie)
 2014 I'm a Mitzvah (Short)
 2013/II Persephone (Short)
Margot Herrera
 2013 Grey's Anatomy (TV Series)
- Two Against One (2013) ... C.J.
 2013 Jessie (TV Series)
Wanda Winkle
- Throw Momma from the Terrace (2013) ... Wanda Winkle
 2013 Modern Family (TV Series)
- New Year's Eve (2013) ... Eleanor
 2012 Divorce Invitation
Elaine Lipnicks
 2012 Sketchy (TV Series)
- Rabbi Burger (2012) ... Ma
 2010 Ollie Klublershturf vs. the Nazis (Short)
Sharon Klublershturf
 2010 'Til Death (TV Series)
- The Baby (2010) ... Donna
- Ally's Pregnant (2010) ... Donna
- Joy's Mom (2010) ... Donna
 2010 The Word Is Love (Video short)
Shirley hirsch
 2010 Ugly Betty (TV Series)
Dina Talercio
 2010 Medium Rare (TV Series)
Helga Costas
- Episode #1.1 ... Helga Costas
 2010 Expecting Mary
Lillian Littlefeather
 2009 Oy Vey! My Son Is Gay!!
Shirley Hirsch
 2008 Boston Legal (TV Series)
Judge Paula Stern
- Dances with Wolves (2008) ... Judge Paula Stern
 2008 Beau Jest
Miriam Goldman
 2007 Bratz
 2007 In the Motherhood (TV Series)
- The Mother of All Days (2007) ... Joyce
- Nightmare on a Plane! (2007) ... Joyce
 2006 Red Riding Hood
 2006 Living with Fran (TV Series)
- The Whole Clan with Fran (2006) ... Cookie
 2005 The Engagement Ring (TV Movie)
Alicia Rosa Anselmi
 2005 Whiskey School
Hedy Seligman
 2003 Guiding Light (TV Series)
Shirley Lupo
- Episode dated 14 October 2003 (2003) ... Shirley Lupo
 2003 Gigli
 2003 A Good Night to Die
 2003 Tempted (TV Movie)
 2002 Eight Crazy Nights
Old Woman (singing voice)
 1998-2002 Touched by an Angel (TV Series)
Aunt Meg / Doris Bernstein
- Deconstructing Harry (1998) ... Doris Bernstein
 2001 Will & Grace (TV Series)
Aunt Honey
- Moveable Feast (2001) ... Aunt Honey
 2001 Strong Medicine (TV Series)
Mrs. Biancavilla
- Maternity (2001) ... Mrs. Biancavilla
 2000 The Crew
Pepper Lowenstein
 2000 Bruno
Sister Mary Perpetua
 2000 If You Only Knew
 2000 What's Cooking?
Ruth 'Ruthie' Seelig
 1999 Kimberly
 1999 To Serve and Protect (TV Mini-Series)
- Episode #1.2 (1999) ... Francesca
- Episode #1.1 (1999) ... Francesca
 1998 The Unknown Cyclist
 1998 Permanent Midnight
Jerry's Mother at Funeral (uncredited)
 1998 The Big Hit
Jeanne Shulman
 1998 Safety Patrol (TV Movie)
Mrs. Day
 1997 Veronica's Closet (TV Series)
- Veronica's First Thanksgiving (1997) ... Dottie
 1997 Allie & Me
Camille Alexander
 1996 Movies Money Murder
 1996 The Associate
Cindy Mason
 1996 Life's Work (TV Series)
Connie Minardi
- Concert (1996) ... Connie Minardi
- Daycareless (1996) ... Connie Minardi
 1996 Love Is All There Is
Sadie Capomezzo
 1995 Prince for a Day (TV Movie)
 1995 Courthouse (TV Series)
Lila Winkleman
- One flew over the Courthouse (1995) ... Lila Winkleman
 1994 Murder, She Wrote (TV Series)
Anna Grimaldi
- Crimson Harvest (1994) ... Anna Grimaldi
 1994 Animaniacs (TV Series)
- Miami Mama-Mia/Pigeon on the Roof (1994) ... Molly (voice)
 1993 Tales from the Crypt (TV Series)
Mrs. Grafungar
- People Who Live in Brass Hearses (1993) ... Mrs. Grafungar
 1993 The Cemetery Club
 1992 I Don't Buy Kisses Anymore
Sarah Fishbine
 1991 29th Street
Mrs. Pesce
 1990/II Eternity
Mother / Berneice (uncredited)
 1990 Earthday Birthday (TV Movie) (voice)
 1989 Hägar the Horrible (TV Short)
Helga (voice)
 1988 The Van Dyke Show (TV Series)
- Fatal Condo (1988) ... Bunnie
 1988 Out of the Dark
Hooker / Nancy
 1987 Medium Rare
 1983-1987 Hotel (TV Series)
Beatrice Dolan / Fay Wells
- Desperate Moves (1987) ... Beatrice Dolan
- Hotel (1983) ... Fay Wells
 1987 Amazing Stories (TV Series)
Sister Teresa
- Gershwin's Trunk (1987) ... Sister Teresa
 1987 Karen's Song (TV Series)
Claire Steiner
- Take This Job and Shove It (1987) ... Claire Steiner
- My Boy Bill (1987) ... Claire Steiner
- High Noon (1987) ... Claire Steiner
- Don't Fence Me In (1987) ... Claire Steiner
- Aloha Oe (1987) ... Claire Steiner
 1986 Twisted Sister: Come Out and Play (Video short)
Lunch Lady
 1985-1986 The Paper Chase (TV Series)
Rose Samuels
- Graduation (1986) ... Rose Samuels
- Suppressed Desires (1986) ... Rose Samuels
- A Wounded Hart (1986) ... Rose Samuels
- It's Only a Show (1985) ... Rose Samuels
- The Choice (1985) ... Rose Samuels
 1986 Tough Cookies (TV Series)
- Temper Fidelis (1986) ... Rita
- The Stoolie (1986) ... Rita
- The Unfantasy (1986) ... Rita
- Naked City (1986) ... Rita
- Grudge Match (1986) ... Rita
 1986 The Delta Force
Sylvia Goldman
 1985 ABC Weekend Specials (TV Series)
Madam Zola
- The Adventures of a Two-Minute Werewolf (1985) ... Madam Zola
 1985 Lust in the Dust
Marguerita Ventura
 1984 Obsessive Love (TV Movie)
Margaret Chase
 1984 Faerie Tale Theatre (TV Series)
Sophia, the Blue Fairy
- Pinocchio (1984) ... Sophia, the Blue Fairy
 1984 The Jerk, Too (TV Movie)
Card Player
 1983 Sunset Limousine (TV Movie)
Jessie Durning
 1983 Too Close for Comfort (TV Series)
Mrs. Garibaldi
- Family Business (1983) ... Mrs. Garibaldi
 1982 My Favorite Year
Belle Carroca
 1981 One from the Heart
 1980 A Cry for Love (TV Movie)
Tina Weathersby
 1978 Columbo (TV Series)
Valerie Kirk
- Make Me a Perfect Murder (1978) ... Valerie Kirk
 1978 A Love Affair: The Eleanor and Lou Gehrig Story (TV Movie)
Sophie Tucker
 1977 Dancing in the Wings (TV Movie)
 1976 Baretta (TV Series)
- Murder for Me (1976) ... Lottie
 1975 When Things Were Rotten (TV Series)
- The Spy: Part 2 (1975) ... Tania
- The Spy: Part 1 (1975) ... Tania
 1971 Romance of a Horsethief
 1968 Lady in Cement
Maria Baretto
 1968 Dayton's Devils
Leda Martell
 1965 Ben Casey (TV Series)
- Why Did the Day Go Backwards? (1965) ... Della
 1962 Car 54, Where Are You? (TV Series)
Girl at bar
- Je T'Adore Muldoon (1962) ... Girl at bar (uncredited)
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I get a sensual feeling from my own singing voice. When I am right, whether I'm moaning or winging it, I just fly. I soar. I get all caught up in myself. And baby, when that happens, you just know the audience has to be with me, having a ball.


Attended and graduated from Hofstra University in Hempstead, New York. See more »


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