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Lainie Kazan

Actress and singer Lainie Kazan first made her mark with her Broadway debut in 1961 with the musical The Happiest Girl in the World. The following year, she appeared in another musical, Bravo Giovanni. She eventually served as Barbra Streisand's understudy for the lead role of Fanny Brice in Funny Girl (1968), and when Streisand was unable to ... 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
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  Back of Book (announced)
  Turnover (pre-production)
  Tango Shalom (filming)
Leah Zlotkin
 2017 Garlic & Gunpowder
Rose Lusconi, Sonny's Mother
 2017 Unorganized Crime (TV Movie)
Angela Cicasi
 2015 Pearly Gates
 2015 Pixels
Mickey Lamonsoff
 2014 The Cookie Mobster (TV Movie)
 2014 I'm a Mitzvah (Short)
 2013/II Persephone (Short)
Margot Herrera
 2013 Grey's Anatomy (TV Series)
 2013 Jessie (TV Series)
Wanda Winkle
 2013 Finding Joy
 2013 Modern Family (TV Series)
 2012 Divorce Invitation
Elaine Lipnicks
 2012 Sketchy (TV Series)
 2011 Good Vibes (TV Series)
Nurse Nachama Fingerman
 2010 Desperate Housewives (TV Series)
Maxine Rosen
 2010 Ollie Klublershturf vs. the Nazis (Short)
Sharon Klublershturf
 2010 'Til Death (TV Series)
 2010 The Word Is Love (Video short)
Shirley hirsch
 2010 Ugly Betty (TV Series)
Dina Talercio
 2010 Medium Rare (TV Series)
Helga Costas
 2010 A Very Mary Christmas
Lillian Littlefeather
 2009 Oy Vey! My Son Is Gay!!
Shirley Hirsch
 2008 Boston Legal (TV Series)
Judge Paula Stern
 2008 Beau Jest
Miriam Goldman
 2007 Bratz
 2007 In the Motherhood (TV Series)
 2007 The King of Queens (TV Series)
Ava St. Clair
 2006 Red Riding Hood
 2006 Living with Fran (TV Series)
 2005 The Engagement Ring (TV Movie)
Alicia Rosa Anselmi
 2005 Whiskey School
Hedy Seligman
 2003 Guiding Light (TV Series)
Shirley Lupo
 2003 Gigli
 2003 A Good Night to Die
 2003 My Big Fat Greek Life (TV Series)
Maria Portokalos
 2003 Tempted (TV Movie)
 2002 Eight Crazy Nights
Old Woman (singing voice)
 1998-2002 Touched by an Angel (TV Series)
Aunt Meg / Doris Bernstein
 2002 My Big Fat Greek Wedding
Maria Portokalos
 2001 Will & Grace (TV Series)
Aunt Honey
 2001 Strong Medicine (TV Series)
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 To Serve and Protect (TV Mini-Series)
 1999 Kimberly
 1995-1999 The Nanny (TV Series)
Aunt Freida / Freida
 1998 The Unknown Cyclist
 1998 Permanent Midnight
Jerry's Mother at Funeral (uncredited)
 1998 The Big Hit
Jeanne Shulman
 1998 The Wonderful World of Disney (TV Series)
Mrs. Day
 1997 Veronica's Closet (TV Series)
 1997 Allie & Me
Camille Alexander
 1996 Movies Money Murder
 1996 The Associate
Cindy Mason
 1996 Life's Work (TV Series)
Connie Minardi
 1996 Love Is All There Is
Sadie Capomezzo
 1995 Prince for a Day (TV Movie)
 1995 Courthouse (TV Series)
Lila Winkleman
 1994 Murder, She Wrote (TV Series)
Anna Grimaldi
 1994 Animaniacs (TV Series)
 1993 Tales from the Crypt (TV Series)
Mrs. Grafungar
 1993 The Cemetery Club
 1992 I Don't Buy Kisses Anymore
Sarah Fishbine
 1991 29th Street
Mrs. Pesce
 1991 Beverly Hills, 90210 (TV Series)
Rose Zuckerman
 1990/II Eternity
Mother / Berneice (uncredited)
 1990 Earthday Birthday (TV Movie) (voice)
 1989 Hägar the Horrible (TV Short)
Helga (voice)
 1988 Beaches
Leona Bloom
 1988 The Van Dyke Show (TV Series)
 1988 Out of the Dark
Hooker / Nancy
 1987-1988 St. Elsewhere (TV Series)
Mrs. Fiscus
 1987 Karen's Song (TV Series)
Claire Steiner
 1987 Medium Rare
Helga Costas
 1983-1987 Hotel (TV Series)
Beatrice Dolan / Fay Wells
 1987 Harry and the Hendersons
Irene Moffitt
 1987 Amazing Stories (TV Series)
Sister Teresa
 1986 Twisted Sister: Come Out and Play (Video short)
Lunch Lady
 1985-1986 The Paper Chase (TV Series)
Rose Samuels
 1986 Tough Cookies (TV Series)
 1986 The Delta Force
Sylvia Goldman
 1985 Lust in the Dust
Marguerita Ventura
 1985 ABC Weekend Specials (TV Series)
Madam Zola
 1984 Obsessive Love (TV Movie)
Margaret Chase
 1984 Faerie Tale Theatre (TV Series)
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
 1982 My Favorite Year
Belle Carroca
 1981 One from the Heart
 1980 A Cry for Love (TV Movie)
Tina Weathersby
 1979 Greatest Heroes of the Bible (TV Series)
 1978 Columbo (TV Series)
Valerie Kirk
 1977 Dancing in the Wings (TV Movie)
 1977 A Love Affair: The Eleanor and Lou Gehrig Story (TV Movie)
Sophie Tucker
 1976 Baretta (TV Series)
 1975 When Things Were Rotten (TV Series)
 1974 Police Surgeon (TV Series)
Ann Raymond
 1971 Romansa konjokradice
 1968 Lady in Cement
Maria Baretto
 1968 Dayton's Devils
Leda Martell
 1965 Ben Casey (TV Series)
 1962 Car 54, Where Are You? (TV Series)
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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. See more »

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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.


Appeared in the October 1970 issue of Playboy magazine. See more »


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