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Lainie Kazan



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.

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Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
30% My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2
  • Maria Portokalos
2016
16% Pixels
  • Ludlow's Mom
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
2009
38% You Don't Mess With the Zohan
  • Gail
2008
No Score Yet Beau Jest
  • Miriam Goldman
2008
9% Bratz: The Movie
  • Bubbie
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
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
2002
76% My Big Fat Greek Wedding
  • Maria Portokalos
2002
No Score Yet Allie and Me
  • Actor
2002
20% The Crew
  • Pepper Lowenstein
2000
No Score Yet If You Only Knew
  • Bess
2000
52% What's Cooking?
  • Ruth Seelig
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
67% The Cemetery Club
  • Selma
1993
61% Honeymoon in Vegas
  • Actor
1992
No Score Yet I Don't Buy Kisses Anymore
  • Sarah Fishbine
1992
No Score Yet Obsessive Love
  • Actor
1992
80% 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
29% Beaches
  • Leona Bloom
1988
44% Harry and the Hendersons
  • Irene Moffat
1987
20% The Delta Force
  • Sylvia Goldman
1986
100% The Journey of Natty Gann
  • Connie
1985
38% Lust in the Dust
  • Marguerita Ventura
1985
No Score Yet Obsessive Love
  • Actor
1984
No Score Yet Sunset Limousine
  • Jessie Durning
1983
100% My Favorite Year
  • Belle Carroca
1982
48% 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 Abraham's Sacrifice
  • Actor

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT
No Score Yet 'Til Death
2006-2010
  • Donna
No Score Yet Desperate Housewives
2004-2012
  • Maxine Rosen Maxine
No Score Yet Ugly Betty
2006-2010
  • Dina Talercio
No Score Yet Hell's Kitchen
2005
  • Appearing
Boston Legal
2004-2008
  • Judge Paula Stern
No Score Yet Will & Grace
1998-2006
  • Aunt Honey
85% Modern Family
2009
  • Eleanor
RuPaul's Drag Race
2009
  • Judge

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