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Lainie Kazan


Lainie Kazan was born Lainie Levine in Brooklyn, New York, to Carole (Kazan) and Ben Levine. She 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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Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 3 wins & 7 nominations. See more awards »

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My Big Fat Greek Wedding
My Big Fat Greek Wedding Maria Portokalos
(2002)
Pixels
Pixels Mickey Lamonsoff
(2015)
Beaches
Beaches Leona Bloom
(1988)

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 2017 Unorganized Crime (TV Movie)
Angela Cicasi
 2014 The Cookie Mobster (TV Movie)
Mama
 2013 Grey's Anatomy (TV Series)
C.J.
- 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)
Eleanor
- New Year's Eve (2013) ... Eleanor
 2012 Sketchy (TV Series)
Ma
- Rabbi Burger (2012) ... Ma
 2010 'Til Death (TV Series)
Donna
- The Baby (2010) ... Donna
- Ally's Pregnant (2010) ... Donna
- Joy's Mom (2010) ... Donna
 2010 Ugly Betty (TV Series)
Dina Talercio
 2010 Medium Rare (TV Series)
Helga Costas
- Episode #1.1 ... Helga Costas
 2008 Boston Legal (TV Series)
Judge Paula Stern
- Dances with Wolves (2008) ... Judge Paula Stern
 2007 In the Motherhood (TV Series)
Joyce
- The Mother of All Days (2007) ... Joyce
- Nightmare on a Plane! (2007) ... Joyce
 2006 Living with Fran (TV Series)
Cookie
- The Whole Clan with Fran (2006) ... Cookie
 2005 The Engagement Ring (TV Movie)
Alicia Rosa Anselmi
 2003 Guiding Light (TV Series)
Shirley Lupo
- Episode dated 14 October 2003 (2003) ... Shirley Lupo
 2003 Tempted (TV Movie)
Julia
 1998-2002 Touched by an Angel (TV Series)
Aunt Meg / Doris Bernstein
- The Princeless Bride (2002) ... Aunt Meg
 2001 Will & Grace (TV Series)
Aunt Honey
- Moveable Feast (2001) ... Aunt Honey
 2001 Strong Medicine (TV Series)
Mrs. Biancavilla
- Maternity (2001) ... Mrs. Biancavilla
 1995-1999 The Nanny (TV Series)
Aunt Freida / Freida
- The Ex-Niles (1997) ... Aunt Freida
- Freida Needa Man (1996) ... Freida (as Laine Kazan)
 1999 To Serve and Protect (TV Mini-Series)
Francesca
- Episode #1.2 (1999) ... Francesca
- Episode #1.1 (1999) ... Francesca
 1998 The Wonderful World of Disney (TV Series)
Mrs. Day
- Safety Patrol (1998) ... Mrs. Day
 1997 Veronica's Closet (TV Series)
Dottie
- Veronica's First Thanksgiving (1997) ... Dottie
 1996 Life's Work (TV Series)
Connie Minardi
- Concert (1996) ... Connie Minardi
- Daycareless (1996) ... Connie Minardi
 1995 Prince for a Day (TV Movie)
Rose
 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)
Molly
- 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
 1990 Earthday Birthday (TV Movie) (voice)
 1989 Hägar the Horrible (TV Short)
Helga (voice)
 1988 The Van Dyke Show (TV Series)
Bunnie
- Fatal Condo (1988) ... Bunnie
 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
 1985-1986 The Paper Chase (TV Series)
Rose Samuels
- Graduation (1986) ... Rose Samuels
- Suppressed Desires (1986) ... Rose Samuels
- A Wounded Hart (1986) ... Rose Samuels
- Lasting Impressions (1985) ... Rose Samuels (credit only)
- Security (1985) ... Rose Samuels
 1986 Tough Cookies (TV Series)
Rita
- Temper Fidelis (1986) ... Rita
- The Stoolie (1986) ... Rita
- The Unfantasy (1986) ... Rita
- Naked City (1986) ... Rita
- Grudge Match (1986) ... Rita
 1985 ABC Weekend Specials (TV Series)
Madam Zola
- The Adventures of a Two-Minute Werewolf (1985) ... Madam Zola
 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
 1980 A Cry for Love (TV Movie)
Tina Weathersby
 1978 Columbo (TV Series)
Valerie Kirk
- Make Me a Perfect Murder (1978) ... Valerie Kirk
 1977 Dancing in the Wings (TV Movie)
 1976 Baretta (TV Series)
Lottie
- Murder for Me (1976) ... Lottie
 1975 When Things Were Rotten (TV Series)
Tania
- The Spy: Part 2 (1975) ... Tania
 1974 Police Surgeon (TV Series)
Ann Raymond
- Secrets (1974) ... Ann Raymond
 1965 Ben Casey (TV Series)
Della
- 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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Achieved fame as Barbra Streisand's understudy in the Broadway play "Funny Girl". At various times, people like Carol Burnett & Eydie Gormé auditioned to replace Lainie as Barbra's understudy but she lasted in the job. Finally, she was able to go on and left the show to pursue new horizons. She later became a major Las Vegas ... See more »

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Alternate Names:

Laine Kazan

Height:

5' 6" (1.68 m)
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Personal Quote:

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.

Trivia:

Her husband was diagnosed in September 1988 with lung cancer and passed away five months later. See more »

Trademark:

Large brown eyes See more »

Star Sign:

Taurus

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