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Lainie Kazan
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    (May 15, 1940- )
    Birth name is Lainie Levine
    Acted in ‘My Big Fat Greek Wedding,’ ‘The Crew,’ ‘The Big Hit,’ ‘The Associate,’ ‘29th Street,’ ‘Beaches,’ ‘Harry and the Hendersons,’ ‘My Favorite Year’ and ‘One From The Heart’
    Appeared on ‘The Nanny,’ ‘Veronica’s Closet,’ ‘St. Elsewhere’ and ‘The Paper Chase’
    Appeared on Broadway in ‘My Favorite Year’ and ‘Funny Girl’
    Made over 25 guest appearances on ‘The Mike Douglas Show’
    She is typecast as over-bearing mother characters.
    She joked she had ‘played everyone’s mother, except for Whoopi Goldberg’s.’
    She appeared in the Ben Affleck & Jennifer Lopez bomb ‘Gigli.’
    When appearing on the ‘Mike Douglas Show,’ her large family would flock to the tapings in a bus labeled ‘Kazan’s Clan.’
    As Barbra Streisand’s understudy in ‘Funny Girl,’ she was heckled by disappointed fans when substituting for her.
    She released two failed jazz albums.
    She changed her name from Lainie Levine because she said it sounded like the name of a stripper.
    She was Golden Globe nominated for her performance in ‘My Favorite Year (1982).’
    A decade later, she earned a Tony Award nomination for the stage version of ‘My Favorite Year.’
    She co-produced an Ethel Merman tribute show which benefited an AIDS charity.
    B’nai Brith, a Jewish community service organization, named her Woman of the Year (1997).
    She taught Master’s level drama classes at several colleges and universities.
    She attended Hofstra University.

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