Lainie Kazan

Lainie Kazan

Highest Rated: 100% The Journey of Natty Gann (1985)

Lowest Rated: 6% Gigli (2003)

Birthday: May 15, 1940

Birthplace: Not Available

Hofstra-educated singer/actress Lainie Kazan became a celebrity by indirection. In 1964, Kazan was engaged to understudy Barbra Streisand in the Broadway production of Funny Girl; the disappointed boos and catcalls that often greeted Kazan when she subbed for Streisand were generally dissipated by the standing ovations she'd receive at performance's end. In 1966, Kazan was hired for her first weekly-TV stint on The Dean Martin Summer Show, exhibiting a keen sense of comic timing in the presence of such funsters as Dom DeLuise and Rowan & Martin. A firmly established nightclub star by 1980, Kazan made her official screen bow in 1980's One From the Heart (her actual screen debut in an obscure 1968 film was passed over in the studio publicity). In 1982, she essayed her most memorable screen role, as the brash, blunt Brooklynite Bella Carroca in My Favorite Year; she would repeat this role many years later in the Broadway musical version of that film. She had a memorable turn in the weepie Beaches, and appeared in a variety of projects including Honeymoon in Vegas and Love Is All There Is. Kazan had the biggest movie success of her career at the beginning of the 21st century when she was one of the leads in the indie smash My Big Fat Greek Wedding, setting in motion a career resurgence that included the short-lived TV spinoff of that movie as well as Gigli, Red Riding Hood, and the Adam Sandler movie You Don't Mess With the Zohan. Kazan's series-TV assignments included the role of Rita in the 1986 Robby Benson detective series Tough Cookies, the "best friend" part of Claire Steiner in the Fox Network Patty Duke sitcom Karen's Song, and recurring appearances in the hospital drama St. Elsewhere. Few of these appearances, however were of the zany calibre of Kazan's outrageous portrayal of an Italian-accented fairy godmother in Shelley Duvall's Faerie Tale Theatre's version of "Pinocchio." Still a top attraction on the supper-club circuit, Lainie Kazan has opened two cabarets bearing her name in New York and Los Angeles.


Highest Rated Movies



28% My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2 Maria Portokalos $52.1M 2016
16% Pixels Ludlow's Mom $66.5M 2015
No Score Yet The Cookie Mobster Mama 2014
No Score Yet Finding Joy Gloria 2013
No Score Yet Divorce Invitation Actor 2013
No Score Yet Ollie Klublershturf vs the Nazis Actor 2010
No Score Yet Expecting Mary Lillian Littlefeather 2010
No Score Yet Oy Vey! My Son Is Gay!! Shirley Hirsch $87.7K 2009
37% You Don't Mess With the Zohan Gail $100.1M 2008
No Score Yet Beau Jest Miriam Goldman 2008
10% Bratz: The Movie Bubbie $9.9M 2007
No Score Yet The Engagement Ring Alicia Rosa Anselmi 2005
No Score Yet Whiskey School Hedy Seligman 2005
No Score Yet Daddy Who? Actor 2005
83% Broadway: The Golden Age Actor 2004
No Score Yet Red Riding Hood Actor 2004
6% Gigli Mrs. Gigli $5.7M 2003
No Score Yet A Good Night to Die Diane 2003
No Score Yet Tempted Julia 2003
12% Adam Sandler's Eight Crazy Nights Singing Old Woman $23.4M 2002
76% My Big Fat Greek Wedding Maria Portokalos $241.3M 2002
20% The Crew Pepper Lowenstein $12.5M 2000
No Score Yet If You Only Knew Bess 2000
52% What's Cooking? Ruth Seelig $0.7M 2000
No Score Yet Daddy Who? (Kimberly) Actor 1999
No Score Yet To Serve and Protect Francesca 1999
No Score Yet The Unknown Cyclist Rachel 1998
No Score Yet Allie & Me Camille Alexander 1998
41% The Big Hit Jeanne Schulman 1998
No Score Yet Safety Patrol (Disney's Safety Patrol) Mrs. Day 1998
No Score Yet Love Is All There Is Sadie Cappamezza 1997
28% The Associate Cindy Mason 1996
No Score Yet Prince for a Day Rose Bitondo 1995
57% The Cemetery Club Selma 1993
63% Honeymoon in Vegas Actor 1992
No Score Yet I Don't Buy Kisses Anymore Sarah Fishbine 1992
82% 29th Street Mrs. Pesce 1991
No Score Yet The Adventures of a Two-Minute Werewolf Actor 1991
No Score Yet Eternity Bernice/Mother 1990
19% Rude Awakening Actor 1989
50% Out of the Dark Hooker/Nancy 1989
39% Beaches Leona Bloom 1988
42% Harry and the Hendersons Irene Moffat 1987
18% The Delta Force Sylvia Goldman 1986
100% The Journey of Natty Gann Connie 1985
33% Lust in the Dust Marguerita Ventura 1985
No Score Yet Obsessive Love Actor 1984
No Score Yet Sunset Limousine Jessie Durning 1983
96% My Favorite Year Belle Carroca 1982
52% One From the Heart Maggie 1982
No Score Yet A Cry for Love Actor 1980
No Score Yet A Love Affair: The Eleanor and Lou Gehrig Story Sophie Tucker 1978
No Score Yet Romance of a Horsethief Estusha 1971
50% Lady in Cement Maria Baretto 1968
No Score Yet Dayton's Devils Leda 1968


No Score Yet Hell's Kitchen
Appearing 2016
83% RuPaul's Drag Race
Judge 2014
86% Modern Family
Eleanor 2013
No Score Yet 'Til Death
Donna 2010
72% Desperate Housewives
Maxine Rosen Maxine 2010
97% Ugly Betty
Dina Talercio 2010
86% Boston Legal
Judge Paula Stern 2008
No Score Yet The King of Queens
Ava St. Clair 2007
0% Living with Fran
Cookie 2006
0% My Big Fat Greek Life
Maria Portokalos 2003
No Score Yet Touched by an Angel
Aunt Meg 2002
No Score Yet Will & Grace
Aunt Honey 2001
No Score Yet Veronica's Closet
Dottie 1997
No Score Yet Murder, She Wrote
Anna Grimaldi 1994
82% Tales from the Crypt
No Score Yet Beverly Hills, 90210
Grandma Rose 1991
No Score Yet St. Elsewhere
Frieda 1987
No Score Yet Columbo
Valerie Kirk 1978


Belle Carroca says: Welcome to our humble chapeau.

Benjy Stone says: 5 years at the Sorbonne and she still gets it wrong.

Benjy Stone says: Two years at the Sorbonne and she still can't get it right.

Maria says: So, Voula. How is business?

Aunt Voula says: Oh, woe to me. Business is bad.

Dalia says: Really? He's usually as hard as trigonometry.

Gail says: Usually he's harder than trigonometry.

Maria says: Let me tell you something Toula; the man is the head, but the woman is the neck and she can turn the head any way she wants.

Maria says: Let me tell you something, Toula. The man is the head, but the woman is the neck. And she can turn the head any way she wants.