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Also Known As: Died:
Born: November 3, 1954 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Stevens Point, Wisconsin, USA Profession: actor, comedian, carpenter, bartender, secretary

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With her outlandish costumes, heavy make-up (especially an abundance of blue eye shadow) and snarling delivery, the character of Mimi Bobeck on "The Drew Carey Show" (ABC, 1995- ) proved to be a formidable nemesis for the title character. Mimi embodied everyone's worst nightmare of the co-worker from hell, but the character brought TV fame to the rotund, diminutive, blonde comedian who created the part.Born and raised in Stevens Point, WI, Kinney relocated to NYC to pursue a career as a comedian and stage actress. While working as a secretary at the local CBS affiliate, she met Bill Sherwood who later cast her in her first feature role as a downtown artist in "Parting Glances" (1986). The following year, Kinney moved west, and began appearing in guest spots on TV sitcoms ("Seinfeld", "Dream On", "Grace Under Fire") and playing small roles in features ("Scrooged" 1988, "Stanley and Iris" 1990, "Mr. Jones" 1993). She also landed a recurring role as the town librarian in "Newhart" (CBS, 1989-90) before stardom arrived thanks to the nasty Mimi.

With her outlandish costumes, heavy make-up (especially an abundance of blue eye shadow) and snarling delivery, the character of Mimi Bobeck on "The Drew Carey Show" (ABC, 1995- ) proved to be a formidable nemesis for the title character. Mimi embodied everyone's worst nightmare of the co-worker from hell, but the character brought TV fame to the rotund, diminutive, blonde comedian who created the part.

Born and raised in Stevens Point, WI, Kinney relocated to NYC to pursue a career as a comedian and stage actress. While working as a secretary at the local CBS affiliate, she met Bill Sherwood who later cast her in her first feature role as a downtown artist in "Parting Glances" (1986). The following year, Kinney moved west, and began appearing in guest spots on TV sitcoms ("Seinfeld", "Dream On", "Grace Under Fire") and playing small roles in features ("Scrooged" 1988, "Stanley and Iris" 1990, "Mr. Jones" 1993). She also landed a recurring role as the town librarian in "Newhart" (CBS, 1989-90) before stardom arrived thanks to the nasty Mimi.

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CAST: (feature film)

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 Picking Up the Pieces (2000) Mrs Tattler
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 This Boy's Life (1993) Marian
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 Mr. Jones (1993) Homeless Lady
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 Arachnophobia (1990) Blaire Kendall
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 Stanley And Iris (1990) Bernice
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 Three Fugitives (1989) Receptionist
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 Inherit The Wind (1988) Woman At Depot
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 Scrooged (1988) Ibc Nurse
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Began career working in improvisational comedy in NYC
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Worked at CBS News; office mate was Bill Sherwood
1986:
Feature film debut, "Parting Glances", directed by Sherwood
1987:
Moved to L.A.
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Had recurring role of Miss Goddard, the town librarian, on the CBS sitcom "Newhart"
1995:
Played Mimi, the office nemesis of the title character, on the ABC sitcom "The Drew Carey Show"
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Education

University of Wisconsin, Stevens Point: Stevens Point , Wisconsin -

Notes

"I was going to have a card printed that said 'Kathy Kinney--Nurses, Nuns, Nazis and Nuts', because it seemed that's all I played." --Kinney on her career before "The Drew Carey Show", quoted in USA TODAY, October 15, 1996

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