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