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Lainie Kazan

Birth Place: New York, NY, USA

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Lainie Kazan 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.

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[New York]
New York Concert, 2006

Original Off-Broadway Production, 1999
Performer [Replacement]


Original Broadway Production, 1992

Belle Steinberg Carroca

Original Broadway Production, 1973
Performer [Replacement]

Original Broadway Production, 1964


Ensemble/Other Roles

Fanny Brice (Standby)

Original Broadway Production, 1962
La Contessa


Original Broadway Production, 1961


Juno (Understudy)

Myrrhina (Understudy)

Spartan Woman (Understudy)

Original Off-Broadway Production, 1960

[US Tour]
Touring Revival, 1979
Performer [Replacement]

Lainie Kazan Movies

Lady in Cement
[ 1968 ] Maria Baretto
Dayton's Devils
[ 1968 ] Leda Martell
Romance of a Horsethief
[ 1971 ] Estusha
One from the Heart
[ 1981 ] Maggie
My Favorite Year
[ 1982 ] Belle Steinberg Carroca
Lust in the Dust
[ 1984 ] Marguerita
The Journey of Natty Gann
[ 1985 ] Connie
The Delta Force
[ 1986 ] Sylvia Goldman
Medium Rare
[ 1987 ] Helga Cost
Harry and the Hendersons
[ 1987 ] Irene Moffitt
Out of the Dark
[ 1988 ] Hooker, Nancy
[ 1988 ] Leona Bloom
29th Street
[ 1991 ] Mrs. Pesce
I Don't Buy Kisses Anymore
[ 1992 ] Sarah Fishbine
Movies Money Murder
[ 1993 ] Sylvia
The Cemetery Club
[ 1993 ] Selma
Love Is All There Is
[ 1996 ] Sadie
The Associate
[ 1996 ] Cindy Mon
Allie & Me
[ 1997 ] Camille Alexander
The Big Hit
[ 1998 ] Jeanne Shulman
The Unknown Cyclist
[ 1998 ] Rachel
[ 1999 ] Hanna
If You Only Knew
[ 1999 ] Bess
What's Cooking?
[ 2000 ] Ruth Seelig
The Crew
[ 2000 ] Pepper Lowenstein
[ 2000 ] Sister Mary Perpetua
Eight Crazy Nights
[ 2002 ] Old Woman'singing
My Big Fat Greek Wedding
[ 2002 ] Maria Portokalos
A Good Night to Die
[ 2003 ] Diane
[ 2003 ] Mother
Whiskey School
[ 2005 ] Hedy Seligman
Red Riding Hood
[ 2006 ] Grandma
[ 2007 ] Bubbie
Beau Jest
[ 2008 ] Miriam Goldman
You Don't Mess with the Zohan
[ 2008 ] Gail
Oy Vey! My Son Is Gay!!
[ 2009 ] Shirley Hirsch
Expecting Mary
[ 2010 ] Lillian Littlefeather
Divorce Invitation
[ 2012 ] Elaine Lipnicks
Finding Joy
[ 2013 ] Gloria
Pearly Gates
[ 2015 ] Millie
[ 2015 ] Mickey Lamonsoff
My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2
[ 2016 ] Maria
Garlic & Gunpowder
[ 2017 ] Rose Lusconi, Sonny's Mother
The Amityville Murders
[ 2018 ] AngelaNonnaBrigante
Tango Shalom
[ 2021 ] Leah Zlotkin

Lainie Kazan TV Shows

Beatrice Dolan, Fay Wells
St. Elsewhere
Frieda Fiscus, Mrs. Fiscus
The Nanny
Aunt Freida, Freida
The Paper Chase
Rose Samuels
Touched by an Angel
Aunt Meg, Doris Bernstein

Lainie Kazan Awards and Nominations

Outer Critics Circle Awards - 1993 - Best Actress - Musical

Lainie Kazan, My Favorite Year

Tony Awards - 1993 - Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Musical

Lainie Kazan , My Favorite Year

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Lainie Kazan News

Lainie Kazan's Four Classic 60s Albums Available for the First Time in Almost 60 Years

Available for the first time in the nearly 60 years since they were introduced, the four 1960s vocal albums from Lainie Kazan are now streaming on all digital platforms.

Robert Klein and Julie Gold Among The 14 Honorees At The 39th Annual BISTRO AWARDS GALA

Celebrate the musical and comedy artistry of Robert Klein, Julie Gold, and more at the 39th Annual Bistro Awards Gala on April 1 at Gotham Comedy Club. Hosted by Steve Hayes, the event honors exceptional artists with performances and special awards.

Actress Rita McKenzie Passes Away at 76

Remembering the legacy of Rita McKenzie, a powerhouse on stage with a theatrical career spanning Broadway, TV, and symphony performances.

CHAGALL IN SCHOOL to be Presented At The Kentucky Center in February

CHAGALL IN SCHOOL, a dramatic comedy, presents the story of Marc Chagall and the social change after the Russian Revolution. This Louisville premiere explores art, connection, and freedom.


'All Things Equal - The Life and Trials of Ruth Bader Ginsburg' is coming to San Francisco. Don't miss this captivating show about the iconic Supreme Court Justice.

Barry Bostwick to Join Debbie Wileman at Carnegie Hall Concert

Peabody and Tony Award winner, Barry Bostwick will join Debbie Wileman’s “Judy Garland” We Need a Little Christmas one night only concert on Sunday, December 10, 2023 at Carnegie Hall. 

Review: A Dazzling Revival of FUNNY GIRL Ushers in All the Laughs at Straz Center for The Performing Arts

Funny Girl is a semi-autobiographical comedic musical about the life and times of comedian and Broadway star Fanny Brice, and her tumultuous relationship with entrepreneur and gambler Nick Arnstein. With a musical score by Jules Styne, lyrics by Bob Merill, and featuring a book by Isobel Lennart, Funny Girl first opened on Broadway in 1964 featuring Barbara Streisand in the starring role, and was produced by Fanny’s own son-in-law Ray Stark. The first Broadway production received 8 Tony Nominations at the 18th Annual Awards Ceremony, and the OBC (Original Broadway Cast) Recording was inducted into the Grammy’s Hall of Fame in 2004.


All Things Equal – The Life and Trials of Ruth Bader Ginsburg is coming to the Fisher Theatre. Get ready for an inspiring and thought-provoking show about the iconic Supreme Court Justice.

A GREY GARDENS CHRISTMAS to Debut at Cre8tive NYC Studios in December 

'A Grey Gardens Christmas: A Loving Parody' brings the eccentricities of the Beales to life in a seasonal tribute. Created by real-life couple Peter Mac and Dr. John Mac, this theatrical alchemy will debut in December at Cre8tive NYC Studios.

MY BIG FAT GREEK WEDDING 3 Coming to Blu-ray & Digital Next Week

My Big Fat Greek Wedding 3 stars Nia Vardalos along with John Corbett ('Sex and the City,' 'And Just Like That...), Louis Mandylor ('NCIS,' 'Desperate Housewives,'), Elena Kampouris (My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2), Joey Fatone (My Big Fat Greek Wedding), Maria Vacratsis (Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again), and Andrea Martin (“Only Murders in the Building').

Debbie Wileman Will Bring 'Judy Garland' We Need a Little Christmas to Carnegie Hall With Chita Rivera and Margaret O'Brien

Debbie Wileman, the singing sensation who captured world-wide attention during the global pandemic with her uncanny recreation of Judy Garland’s legendary voice, will make her return to Carnegie Hall on Sunday, December 10, 2023 as the star of “Judy Garland” We Need a Little Christmas.”

Telly Leung & More to Star in HAS ANYONE SEEN MY MIND? Industry Readings

Private industry readings of 'Has Anyone Seen My Mind?' by Bill Russell, are scheduled for October 26 & 27.

Photos: First Look at RENT Star Jesse L. Martin in NBC's New Series THE IRRATIONAL

A new spin on the procedural genre, “The Irrational” follows world-renowned professor of behavioral science Alec Mercer (RENT star Jesse L. Martin) as he lends his unique expertise on an array of high-stakes cases involving governments, law enforcement and corporations. Check out the photos now!

Agent and DGRW Founding Partner Jim Wilhelm Passes Away at 68

Theatrical agent JIM WILHELM passed away early Monday morning, April 24th, 2023 in New York City at the age of 68 after a short, quiet fight with cancer.

Julia Lester, Aaron Lazar, John-Michael Lyles & More Complete the Cast of Sierra Boggess Led THE SECRET GARDEN

The complete cast has been announced for “The Secret Garden” at Center Theatre Group / Ahmanson Theatre. See who will star in the show, performance dates, how to purchase tickets and more!

The LA Premiere of THE NEW ABOLITIONISTS Will Be Launched By 'Kat Kramer's Films That Change The World'

Katharine 'Kat' Kramer, a founder of 'Kat Kramer's Films That Change The World,' international cinema series to showcase motion pictures and documentaries that raise awareness of important social issues, will launch the LA Premiere of 'The New Abolitionists' - a film by Christina Zorich, on Friday October 21st at the Laemmle Monica Film Center in Santa Monica.


All Things Equal – The Life and Trials of Ruth Bader Ginsburg, a new play by multiple-Tony Award winning playwright Rupert Holmes, will launch its 16 city, 2022-2023 National Tour on Oct. 5th in St. Petersburg, FL.  

Hell in a Handbag Productions to Present World Premiere of FRANKENSTREISAND by Tyler Anthony Smith

The music... the mem’ries... the magic... the dog cloning! This Halloween season, Hell in a Handbag Productions kicks off its 2022-23 season with the world premiere of FRANKENSTREISAND by Tyler Anthony Smith* and directed by Stephanie Shaw, playing September 29 – October 31, 2022 at Redline VR.

THE BOOMER BOYS MUSICAL Arrives February 2022 At The Palm Springs Cultural Center 

“The Boomer Boys Musical” arrives at The Palm Springs Cultural  Center for five performances on February 11, 12, and 13, 2022, for a hilarious night of songs, jokes, and stories about what happens to men when they reach a “certain age.” Lyrics are by BillyVan Zandt and Jane Milmore, music is by Wayland Pickard. The evening is produced  by Scott Stander.  

BWW Interview: Robert Yacko - Singing With Kritzerland & Many, Many Others

Kritzerland celebrates their eleventh anniversary of producing monthly shows with KRITZERLAND’s 115th September 12, 2021 at Feinstein’s at Vitello’s. Had the chance to talk to Robert Yacko, a Kritzerland staple on his long relationship with Kritzerland, as well as on fun stuff on his resume.


How many Broadway shows has Lainie Kazan been in?

Lainie Kazan has appeared on Broadway in 6 shows.

How many West End shows has Lainie Kazan been in?

Lainie Kazan has not appeared in the West End.

What awards has Lainie Kazan been nominated for?

Lainie Kazan has been nominated for the following awards: Best Actress - Musical by the Outer Critics Circle Awards for My Favorite Year and Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Musical by the Tony Awards for My Favorite Year.

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