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Born: March 2, 1952 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Los Angeles, California, USA Profession: actor

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An accomplished improvisational actor and mime, Laraine Newman helped found the legendary Groundlings comedy troupe before achieving permanent pop culture fame as one of the original Not-Ready-For-Primetime-Players on "Saturday Night Live" (NBC, 1975- ) from 1975 to 1980. But frustrated by her third-wheel status behind fellow female castmates Gilda Radner and Jane Curtin, and suffering from both eating disorders and heroin addiction, Newman left the series following its infamously tumultuous fifth season to pursue a film career. Though she had prominent roles in movies like "Coneheads" (1993), "The Flintstones" (1994) and "Jingle All the Way" (1996), Newman was given little room to show her true talents and failed to achieve the same level of superstardom as her male counterparts from "SNL." She kept busy, however, with numerous supporting roles in films and on television, while becoming a much sought-after voiceover artist for big animated films like "Finding Nemo" (2003), "Cars" (2006), "WALL-E" (2007), "Up" (2009) and "Toy Story 3" (2010). While she may not have been a household name to a later generation, Newman nonetheless managed to forge a successful career both on and off the screen decades...

An accomplished improvisational actor and mime, Laraine Newman helped found the legendary Groundlings comedy troupe before achieving permanent pop culture fame as one of the original Not-Ready-For-Primetime-Players on "Saturday Night Live" (NBC, 1975- ) from 1975 to 1980. But frustrated by her third-wheel status behind fellow female castmates Gilda Radner and Jane Curtin, and suffering from both eating disorders and heroin addiction, Newman left the series following its infamously tumultuous fifth season to pursue a film career. Though she had prominent roles in movies like "Coneheads" (1993), "The Flintstones" (1994) and "Jingle All the Way" (1996), Newman was given little room to show her true talents and failed to achieve the same level of superstardom as her male counterparts from "SNL." She kept busy, however, with numerous supporting roles in films and on television, while becoming a much sought-after voiceover artist for big animated films like "Finding Nemo" (2003), "Cars" (2006), "WALL-E" (2007), "Up" (2009) and "Toy Story 3" (2010). While she may not have been a household name to a later generation, Newman nonetheless managed to forge a successful career both on and off the screen decades after he glory years from studio 8H.

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 Despicable Me 2 (2013)
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 Tangled (2010)
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 Ponyo (2008)
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Studied mime with Marcel Marceau
1972:
Was one of the founding members of The Groundlings improvisational group
1975:
Was regular on the CBS summer variety series "Manhattan Transfer"
1975:
Was one of the Not Ready For Prime Time Players on NBC's "Saturday Night Live"
1976:
Feature film debut in "Tunnelvision"
1978:
Had prominent role in ensemble cast of "American Hot Wax"
1980:
Played featured role in the screen comedy "Wholly Moses"
1982:
Made guest appearances on the NBC drama "St. Elsewhere"
1984:
TV-movie debut in "Her Life As a Man"
1985:
Co-starred in "Perfect"
1991:
Appeared in "Problem Child 2"
1994:
Played supporting role in "The Flintstones"
1996:
Played Phoebe's stepmother in an episode of "Friends" (NBC)
1996:
Had small role in "Jingle All the Way"
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Had regular role on the ABC children's series "Bone Chillers"
1999:
Cast in "I'm Losing You"
1998:
Provided character voices for The WB animated series "Histeria!"
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companion:
Chad Einbinder. Actor. Born c. 1963.

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daughter:
Lena N Einbinder. Born in August 1991; father, Chad Einbinder.
daughter:
Hannah Einbinder. Born on May 21, 1995; father, Chad Einbinder.

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