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Born: May 15, 1940 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: New York City, New York, USA Profession: Cast ...
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1961:
Made her Broadway debut in "The Happiest Girl in the World"
1964:
Served as understudy to Barbra Streisand in "Funny Girl"
1968:
Made feature film debut in "Lady in Cement"
1968:
Appeared in concert on the syndicated variety special, "The Lainie Kazan Show"
1968:
First leading role in a feature, "Dayton's Devils"
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Made frequent appearances on "The Dean Martin Show"
1970:
Posed for the October issue of <i>Playboy</i> magazine
1976:
Opened Lainie's Room at the Los Angeles Playboy Club; also opened one in NY the following year
1982:
Returned to films after a decade long absence to co-star in Francis Ford Coppola's "One from the Heart"
1982:
Cast as Benjy's Jewish mother, Belle in "My Favorite Year"
1986:
Played Rita on the short-lived CBS sitcom, "Tough Cookies"
1987:
Earned an Emmy nomination for her guest role on NBC's hospital drama, "St. Elsewhere"
1988:
Cast as Bette Midler's overbearing stage mother in Garry Marshall's "Beaches"
1992:
Returned to Broadway to recreate her film role for the musical adaptation of "My Favorite Year"
1994:
Cast in the Broadway play, "The Government Inspector"
1995:
Had a recurring role on the CBS sitcom "The Nanny" as Fran's Aunt Freida
1997:
Played Veronica's (Kirstie Alley) mother on NBC's "Veronica's Closet"
2002:
Played the matriarch in the run-away box office hit "My Big Fat Greek Wedding"
2003:
Appeared in the box office flop "Gigli"
2008:
Cast in the Adam Sandler comedy "You Don't Mess with the Zohan"

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