Kazan at the 79th Annual Academy Awards Children Uniting Nations/Billboard afterparty in February 2007
May 15, 1940
|Spouse(s)||Peter H. B. Danielson (1989 died of lung cancer)|
Lainie Kazan (born May 15, 1940)is an American actress and singer. She was nominated for the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series for St. Elsewhere and the 1993 Tony Award for Best Featured Actress in a Musical for My Favorite Year . She was nominated for a Golden Globe Award for her role in My Favorite Year (1982). Kazan played Maria Portokalos in My Big Fat Greek Wedding and its sequel film My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2 .
The Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series is an award presented annually by the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (ATAS). It is given in honor of an actress who has delivered an outstanding performance in a guest starring role on a television drama series for the primetime network season.
St. Elsewhere is an American medical drama television series that originally ran on NBC from October 26, 1982 to May 25, 1988. The series starred Ed Flanders, Norman Lloyd and William Daniels as teaching doctors at an aging, underrated Boston hospital who give interns a promising future in making critical medical and life decisions. The series was produced by MTM Enterprises, which had success with a similar NBC series, the police drama Hill Street Blues, during that same time. The series were often compared to each other for their use of ensemble casts and overlapping serialized storylines. St. Elsewhere was filmed at CBS/MTM Studios, which was known as CBS/Fox Studios when the show began. Coincidentally, 20th Century Fox owns the rights to the series when it bought MTM Enterprises in the 1990s.
The Tony Award for Best Performance by a Featured Actress in a Musical has been presented since 1950. The award was not given at the first three Tony Award ceremonies. Nominees were not announced publicly until 1956.
Kazan was born Lainie Levine in Brooklynas the daughter of Carole (née Kazan) and Benjamin Levine. Kazan's mother Carole was of Sephardic Jewish extraction, her family having originally come from Jerusalem; and her father Benjamin, who was of Russian Ashkenazi Jewish descent, worked as a gambling bookmaker. Kazan has described her mother as "neurotic, fragile and artistic." She attended Brooklyn's Erasmus Hall High School, where she was a senior while Barbra Streisand, whom she would later understudy, was a sophomore. She studied theatre at HB Studio and graduated from Hofstra University in Hempstead, New York, on Long Island, in 1960. While at Hofstra, Kazan appeared in school musicals written and directed by a classmate, future Academy Award-winning director Francis Ford Coppola.
Brooklyn is the most populous borough of New York City, with an estimated 2,648,771 residents in 2017. Named after the Dutch village of Breukelen, it borders the borough of Queens at the western end of Long Island. Brooklyn has several bridge and tunnel connections to the borough of Manhattan across the East River, and the Verrazzano-Narrows Bridge connects it with Staten Island. Since 1896, Brooklyn has been coterminous with Kings County, the most populous county in the U.S. state of New York and the second-most densely populated county in the United States, after New York County.
Jerusalem is a city in the Middle East, located on a plateau in the Judaean Mountains between the Mediterranean and the Dead Sea. It is one of the oldest cities in the world, and is considered holy to the three major Abrahamic religions—Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. Both Israel and the Palestinian Authority claim Jerusalem as their capital, as Israel maintains its primary governmental institutions there and the State of Palestine ultimately foresees it as its seat of power; however, neither claim is widely recognized internationally.
Jews in Russia have historically constituted a large religious diaspora; the vast territories of the Russian Empire at one time hosted the largest population of Jews in the world. Within these territories the primarily Ashkenazi Jewish communities of many different areas flourished and developed many of modern Judaism's most distinctive theological and cultural traditions, while also facing periods of anti-Semitic discriminatory policies and persecutions. The largest group among Russian Jews are Ashkenazi Jews, but the community also includes a significant proportion of other non-Ashkenazi Diasporan Jewish groups, such as Mountain Jews, Sephardic Jews, Crimean Karaites, Krymchaks, Bukharan Jews, and Georgian Jews.
Kazan made her Broadway debut in 1961 with the musical The Happiest Girl in the World. She appeared the following year in another musical, Bravo Giovanni, and understudied Barbra Streisand for the lead role of Fanny Brice in Funny Girl (1964). When Streisand herself could not 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.Her popularity increasing, Kazan posed nude for the October 1970 issue of Playboy, which was reused in Pocket Playboy #4, issued in 1974. Her appearance in the magazine opened the door for her to headline at, and operate, two different Playboy Jazz Clubs. Overseen by Hugh Hefner himself, the clubs were called "Lainie’s Lounge East" and "Lainie's Lounge West," each on opposite coasts, with the one located in Manhattan and the other in Los Angeles. Her Playboy photographs inspired the look of Jack Kirby’s DC Comics superheroine, Big Barda.
Broadway theatre, commonly known as Broadway, refers to the theatrical performances presented in the 41 professional theatres, each with 500 or more seats located in the Theater District and Lincoln Center along Broadway, in Midtown Manhattan, New York City. Along with London's West End theatre, Broadway theatre is widely considered to represent the highest level of commercial theatre in the English-speaking world.
The Happiest Girl in the World is a musical with a book by Fred Saidy and Henry Mayers, lyrics by E.Y. Harburg, and music taken from the works of Jacques Offenbach.
Bravo Giovanni is a musical with a book by A. J. Russell, lyrics by Ronny Graham, and music by Milton Schafer. It is based upon Howard Shaw's 1959 novel, The Crime of Giovanni Venturi. The musical was conceived as a vehicle for opera star Cesare Siepi, and the story concerned a family-owned Italian restaurant's efforts to compete with a restaurant chain.
Along with appearing in numerous supper clubs across the country, Kazan guest-starred on Dean Martin’s variety series twenty-six times. Other television work includes a recurring role as Aunt Frieda on the Fran Drescher sitcom The Nanny, the mother of Kirstie Alley's character on Veronica’s Closet, and such guest roles as one on St. Elsewhere, that resulted in an Emmy nomination. Her other television work has included The Paper Chase, Touched by an Angel, and Will & Grace as Grace's Aunt Honey.
Dino Paul Crocetti, known famously as Dean Martin, was an American actor, comedian and singer. One of the most popular and enduring American entertainers of the mid-20th century, Martin was nicknamed "The King of Cool" for his seemingly effortless charisma and self-assurance.
Francine Joy Drescher is an American actress, comedian, writer and activist. She is best known for her role as Fran Fine in the hit TV series The Nanny (1993–99), and for her nasal voice and thick New York accent.
Kirstie Louise Alley is an American actress and spokesmodel. She first achieved recognition in 1982, playing Saavik in the science fiction film Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan. Alley is best known for her portrayal of Rebecca Howe on the NBC sitcom Cheers (1987–1993), for which she received an Emmy Award and a Golden Globe in 1991. From 1997–2000, she starred on the sitcom Veronica's Closet, earning additional Emmy and Golden Globe nominations. Alley received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 1995.
Kazan played Maria Portokalos, the mother of Toula Portokalos (Nia Vardalos) in the films My Big Fat Greek Wedding and My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2. Following the first film in the franchise, Kazan was featured in My Big Fat Greek Life, a short-lived series based on the film. Other recent film work includes the mother of Adam Sandler’s character in I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry. Although the scene was deleted in the feature film, it is included on the DVD in the special features section. Kazan had appeared as the once-renowned singer Ava St. Clair with Chuck and Larry co-star Kevin James in two episodes of The King of Queens, a TV series with James in the lead role.
Antonia Eugenia "Nia" Vardalos is a Canadian-American actress, screenwriter, and producer of Greek descent. Her most notable work is the 2002 film My Big Fat Greek Wedding, which was based on a one-woman stage play she dramatized and in which she starred.
My Big Fat Greek Wedding is a 2002 independent romantic comedy film directed by Joel Zwick and written by Nia Vardalos, who also stars in the film as Fotoula "Toula" Portokalos, a middle class Greek American woman who falls in love with non-Greek upper middle class White Anglo-Saxon Protestant Ian Miller. The film received generally positive reviews from critics and, at the 75th Academy Awards, it was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay.
My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2 is a 2016 American romantic comedy film directed by Kirk Jones and written by Nia Vardalos. The film stars Vardalos, John Corbett, Lainie Kazan, Michael Constantine, Andrea Martin, Ian Gomez and Elena Kampouris. It is the sequel to the 2002 film My Big Fat Greek Wedding. Filming began in late May 2015 in Toronto.
A life member of The Actors Studio,Kazan returned to Broadway to recreate her film role for the musical adaptation of My Favorite Year, earning a Tony Award nomination for her performance. She completed a stint in The Vagina Monologues. She has also appeared in regional productions of A Little Night Music, Man of La Mancha, Gypsy, Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, Hello, Dolly!, and Fiddler on the Roof, among others. In 1984, she made a guest appearance on the Faerie Tale Theatre episode “Pinocchio” as Sophia the Blue Fairy.
My Favorite Year is a musical with a book by Joseph Dougherty, music by Stephen Flaherty, and lyrics by Lynn Ahrens. It is based on the film of the same name.
The Vagina Monologues is an episodic play written by Eve Ensler which developed and premiered at HERE Arts Center, Off-Off-Broadway in New York and was followed by an Off-Broadway run in 1996 at Westside Theatre. The play explores consensual and nonconsensual sexual experiences, body image, genital mutilation, direct and indirect encounters with reproduction, sex work, and several other topics through the eyes of women with various ages, races, sexualities, and other differences.
A Little Night Music is a musical with music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim and book by Hugh Wheeler. Inspired by the Ingmar Bergman film Smiles of a Summer Night, it involves the romantic lives of several couples. Its title is a literal English translation of the German name for Mozart's Serenade No. 13 for strings in G major, Eine kleine Nachtmusik. The musical includes the popular song "Send In the Clowns".
In the Ugly Betty episode "Fire and Nice," Kazan played Dina Talercio, the mother of Bobby (Adam Rodriguez), who becomes the character’s brother-in-law.In 2010, Kazan joined the cast of Desperate Housewives for Season 7. She played the role of a self-employed business owner and neighbor to Susan.
After meeting musical director-arranger Peter H.B. Daniels on the Broadway musical Funny Girl , in which Kazan was a cast-member and he was associate orchestra conductor, the two began a five-year relationship. They married sometime after the 1971 birth of their daughter, Jennifer.The marriage did not last, and Kazan was single again by 1976.
In the mid-1970s, Kazan was diagnosed with deep vein thrombosis (DVT). Since then, she has dedicated time to public education about DVT.On April 9, 2016, Kazan was injured in a head-on collision. Kazan was driving her sport utility vehicle when the collision occurred in front of a Greek restaurant in Sherman Oaks, California. Kazan was hospitalized following the crash.
Beginning in 2012, Kazan became an adjunct professor at UCLA, teaching acting classes and directing her students in drama-department production. She has served on the boards of the Young Musicians’ Foundation, AIDS Project LA, and B'nai Brith, the California Jazz Foundation, and her alma mater, Hofstra University.
|1968||Dayton's Devils||Leda Martell|
|1968||Lady in Cement||Maria Baretto|
|1971||Romance of a Horsethief||Estusha|
|1982||One from the Heart||Maggie|
|1982||My Favorite Year||Belle Carroca|
|1985||Lust in the Dust||Marguerita Ventura|
|1985||The Journey of Natty Gann||Connie|
|1986||The Delta Force||Sylvia Goldman|
|1987||Harry and the Hendersons||Irene Moffitt|
|1987||Medium Rare||Helga Costas|
|1988||Out of the Dark||Hooker / Nancy|
|1989||Eternity||Mother / Berneice||Uncredited|
|1991||29th Street||Mrs. Pesce|
|1992||I Don't Buy Kisses Anymore||Sarah Fishbine|
|1993||The Cemetery Club||Selma|
|1996||Love Is All There Is||Sadie Capomezzo|
|1996||Movies Money Murder||Sylvia|
|1996||The Associate||Cindy Mason|
|1997||Allie & Me||Camille Alexander|
|1998||The Big Hit||Jeanne Shulman|
|1998||Permanent Midnight||Jerry's Mother at Funeral||Uncredited|
|1998||The Unknown Cyclist||Rachel|
|1999||Mike & Spike Movie|
|2000||What's Cooking?||Ruth 'Ruthie' Seelig|
|2000||Bruno||Sister Mary Perpetua||Also known as The Dress Code|
|2000||The Crew||Pepper Lowenstein|
|2002||My Big Fat Greek Wedding||Maria Portokalos|
|2002||Eight Crazy Nights||Old Woman||Singing voice|
|2003||Broadway: The Golden Age, by the Legends Who Were There||Documentary|
|2003||A Good Night to Die||Diane|
|2004||Red Riding Hood||Grandma|
|2005||Whiskey School||Hedy Seligman|
|2007||Bratz: The Movie||Bubbie|
|2007||Beau Jest||Miriam Goldman|
|2008||You Don't Mess with the Zohan||Gail|
|2009||Oy Vey! My Son Is Gay!!||Shirley Hirsch|
|2010||Expecting Mary||Lillian Littlefeather|
|2012||Divorce Invitation||Elaine Lipnicks|
|2016||My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2||Maria Portokalos|
|2018||The Amityville Murders||Nona|
|1962||Car 54, Where Are You?||Girl at bar||Episode: "Je T'Adore Muldoon"|
|1965||Ben Casey||Della||Episode: "Why Did the Day Go Backwards?"|
|1969||The Dean Martin Show|
|1977||The Bobby Vinton Show|
|1978||A Love Affair: The Eleanor and Lou Gehrig Story||Sophie Tucker||Television film|
|1978||Columbo||Valerie Kirk||Episode: "Make Me a Perfect Murder"|
|1980||A Cry for Love||Tina Weathersby||Television film|
|1983||Sunset Limousine||Jessie Durning||Television film|
|1984||The Jerk, Too||Card Player||Television film|
|1984||Obsessive Love||Margaret Chase||Television film|
|1985–1986||The Paper Chase||Rose Samuels||15 episodes|
|1986||Tough Cookies||Rita||6 episodes|
|1987||Karen's Song||Claire Steiner||13 episodes|
|1989||Hägar the Horrible||Helga (voice)||Television short|
|1990||Earthday Birthday||(voice)||Television film|
|1992||Beverly Hills 90210||Rose Zuckerman||Episode: "Down and Out of District in Beverly Hills"|
|1995–1998||The Nanny||Aunt Freida||4 episodes|
|1995||Prince for a Day||Rose||Television film|
|1998||Safety Patrol||Mrs. Day||Television film|
|2001||Will & Grace||Aunt Honey||Episode: "Moveable Feast"|
|2002||Returning Lilly||Television film|
|2003||My Big Fat Greek Life||Maria Portokalos||7 episodes|
|2005||The Engagement Ring||Alicia Rosa Anselmi||Television film|
|2007||The King of Queens||Ava St. Clair||2 episodes|
|2008||Boston Legal||Judge Paula Stern||Episode: "Dances with Wolves"|
|2010||Medium Rare||Helga Costas||Episode: "Episode #1.1"|
|2010||'Til Death||Donna||3 episodes|
|2010||Desperate Housewives||Maxine Rosen||5 episodes|
|2012||Modern Family||Eleanor||Episode: "New Year's Eve"|
|2013||Jessie||Wanda Winkle||Episode: "Throw Momma From the Terrace"|
|2013||Greys Anatomy||C.J.||Episode: "Two Against One"|
|2014||RuPaul's Drag Race||Herself||Episode: "Glamazon"|
|2018||Young & Hungry||Susie Lowenstein||Episode: "Young and Third Wheel"|
|2018||Fuller House||Irma||Episode: "Angels' Night Out"|
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Barbara Joan "Barbra" Streisand is an American singer, actress, and filmmaker. In a career spanning six decades, she has achieved success in multiple fields of entertainment and has been recognized with two Academy Awards, ten Grammy Awards including the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award and the Grammy Legend Award, five Emmy Awards including one Daytime Emmy, a Special Tony Award, an American Film Institute award, a Kennedy Center Honors prize, four Peabody Awards, the Presidential Medal of Freedom, and nine Golden Globes. She is among a small group of entertainers who have been honored with an Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, and Tony Award – though only three were competitive awards – and is one of only two artists in that group who have also won a Peabody.
Funny Girl is a 1963 musical with a book by Isobel Lennart, music by Jule Styne, and lyrics by Bob Merrill. The semi-biographical plot is based on the life and career of Broadway star, film actress and comedian Fanny Brice featuring her stormy relationship with entrepreneur and gambler Nick Arnstein. Its original title was My Man.
Andrea Louise Martin is an American actress, singer, author and comedian, best known for her work in the television series SCTV and Great News. She has appeared in films such as Black Christmas (1974), Wag the Dog (1997), Hedwig and the Angry Inch (2001), My Big Fat Greek Wedding (2002), My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2 (2016), and Little Italy (2018). She has also lent her voice to the animated films Anastasia (1997), The Rugrats Movie (1998) and Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius (2001).
Fania Borach, known professionally as Fanny Brice or Fannie Brice, was an American illustrated song model, comedienne, singer, theater, and film actress who made many stage, radio, and film appearances and is known as the creator and star of the top-rated radio comedy series The Baby Snooks Show. Thirteen years after her death, Brice was portrayed on the Broadway stage by Barbra Streisand in the 1964 musical Funny Girl; Streisand also starred in its 1968 film adaptation, for which she won an Oscar.
Idina Kim Menzel is an American actress, singer, and songwriter.
Margarita Ibrahimoff better known as Rita Wilson is an American actress, singer, songwriter, and producer. She appeared in the films, It's Complicated (2009), Sleepless in Seattle (1993), Now and Then (1995), Jingle All the Way (1996), The Story of Us (1999) and Runaway Bride (1999), and the television series The Good Wife, and Girls. Wilson has performed on Broadway, and has produced several films, including My Big Fat Greek Wedding (2002).
Michael Constantine is an American actor of Greek descent.
Ann Hampton Callaway is a jazz singer, songwriter, and actress. She wrote and sang the theme song for the TV series The Nanny.
My Big Fat Greek Life is an American sitcom that ran on CBS in 2003. The series is a continuation of the 2002 movie My Big Fat Greek Wedding and was produced by Sony Pictures Television and Tom Hanks's Playtone Productions for CBS. The two lead characters' names are changed, from Toula and Ian, to Nia and Thomas.
The Barbra Streisand Album is the debut album by Barbra Streisand, released February 25, 1963, on Columbia Records, catalogue CL 2007 in mono and CS 8807 in stereo. It peaked at #9 on the Billboard pop albums chart, and has been certified a gold album by the RIAA.
The Second Barbra Streisand Album is the title of Barbra Streisand's second solo studio album. It was released in August 1963, just six months after the release of her debut album, The Barbra Streisand Album, and was recorded in four days in June 1963.
People is the title of Barbra Streisand's fourth solo studio album which was released in September 1964. The title track was a newly recorded version of the hit song from the Broadway musical Funny Girl in which Streisand starred.
Funny Girl, the film, is a 1968 American biographical romantic musical comedy-drama film directed by William Wyler. The screenplay by Isobel Lennart was adapted from her book for the eponymous stage musical. It is loosely based on the life and career of Broadway and film star and comedian Fanny Brice and her stormy relationship with entrepreneur and gambler Nicky Arnstein.
Elena Kampouris is an American actress. She is known for her roles as Allison Doss in the 2014 drama Men, Women & Children, Maya Decker in the NBC drama series American Odyssey, Paris Miller in the 2016 romantic comedy My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2, and Juliet Sykes in the 2017 drama Before I Fall. In 2016, Kampouris made her Broadway debut in Les Liaisons Dangereuses as Cécile Volanges.
David Hein is a Canadian librettist, composer-lyricist, musician, and actor best known for co-writing the Broadway musical Come from Away with his writing partner and wife, Irene Sankoff.
My Big Fat Greek Wedding is a franchise that consists of two films: My Big Fat Greek Wedding (2002), My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2 (2016), My Big Fat Greek Wedding 3 (2019) and one TV series: My Big Fat Greek Life (2003).
Irene Sankoff is a Canadian librettist and composer-lyricist, best known for co-writing the Broadway musical Come from Away with her writing partner and husband, David Hein.
Her 21-year-old daughter, Jennifer Daniels...
I had just changed my name from Lainie Levine to Lainie Kazan (Kazan being my mother’s maiden name).
In 1971, she became pregnant by her companion of five years, Peter Daniels, whom she'd met when he was the associate musical conductor on 'Funny Girl'. Kazan's daughter, Jennifer Bena, who now lives in L.A., was born at the end of 1971. After Jennifer's birth, Kazan and Daniels were married, although the match was only to last a few more years. In 1976, newly single and a mother...