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Overview (3)

Born in Brooklyn, New York City, New York, USA
Birth NameLainie Levine
Height 5' 6" (1.68 m)

Mini Bio (1)

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 perform, due to a throat condition, Kazan took her place in both a matinee and evening performance for one day of the show's run. Always the tireless entertainer, Kazan has contributed her talents to an endless list of film and television projects roles; perhaps her most talked-about role is of the hilarious mom Maria Portokalos in My Big Fat Greek Wedding (2002), and its sequel, My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2 (2016).

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Anthony Ronald Vario

Spouse (1)

Peter Daniels (28 February 1971 - 1989) ( his death) ( 1 child)

Trade Mark (4)

Natural brunette hair
Large brown eyes
Voluptuous figure
Deep sultry voice

Trivia (19)

Understudied Barbra Streisand in the original Broadway production of the musical "Funny Girl".
Her father was of Russian Jewish descent, and her maternal grandfather was a Belarusian Jewish immigrant, from Vitebsk. Lainie's maternal grandmother was born in Jerusalem, to a Jewish family that had lived there for generations.
Hit #123 on the Billboard 'Bubbling Under' singles chart in 1967 with "Kiss Tomorrow Goodbye" (MGM 13657).
Was named as "Queen of Brooklyn" at the Welcome Back to Brooklyn Festival in 1997.
In 1993, received a Tony Award nomination as Best Actress (Featured Role - Musical) for "My Favorite Year", reprising her original role from the earlier film version of the same title, My Favorite Year (1982).
Was the visual inspiration for the comic book character Big Barda.
Appeared in the October 1970 issue of Playboy magazine.
She studied drama at HB Studio in Greenwich Village, New York City.
Profiled in the book, "Funny Ladies", by Stephen M. Silverman. [1999]
Attended and graduated from Hofstra University in Hempstead, New York.
Has one daughter with Peter Daniels: Jennifer Daniels. Has a granddaughter, born in 1999.
Close friends with Michele Lee.
Despite playing her mother in Beaches (1988), Kazan is only 5 years older than Bette Midler in real life. And despite playing her grandmother on Beverly Hills, 90210 (1990), Kazan is only 20 years older than Gabrielle Carteris in real life.
Her husband was diagnosed in September 1988 with lung cancer and passed away five months later.
Appearing at the Catalina Jazz Club in Hollywood, California. [November 2008]
She teaches theater at Hofstra University in Hempstead, New York.
Formed a business partnership with Hugh Hefner, who created performance venues Kazan East and West to help nurture the singing aspect of her career.
Friends with Joseph Bologna.
Taken to police station (Dec. 2017) on charges of shoplifting from a grocery store.

Personal Quotes (1)

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.

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