In the early 1970s, she was in the Detroit, Michigan, try-out for the before-Broadway tour of the play "Seesaw". She was fired from the show while in Detroit and replaced by her then-New York City neighbor & close friend, Michele Lee
, who went on to acclaim in that play.
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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.
Her father was of Russian Jewish descent, and her maternal grandfather was a Russian Jewish immigrant. Lainie's maternal grandmother was born in Jerusalem, to a Jewish family that had lived there for generations.