Lainie Kazan is a multi-award winner in film, television, and theatre. Kazan began her career as Barbra Streisand’s understudy in the Broadway production of “Funny Girl.” She soon became the “chanteuse” of her native New York, appearing in nightclubs and as a guest on virtually every top variety and talk show on television. She appeared on “The Dean Martin Show” an unequaled 26 times, hosted her own variety special on NBC, and partnered with Hugh Hefner to open “Lainie’s Room” and “Lainie’s Room East” at the Los Angeles and New York Playboy Clubs.
Appearing at San Francisco’s Fairmont Hotel, Lainie attracted the attention of Francis Ford Coppola who offered her a role in “One from the Heart.” The following year, Kazan was nominated for a Golden Globe for Best Supporting Actress in Richard Benjamin’s “My Favorite Year” with Peter O’Toole. She was nominated for an Emmy Award for “St. Elsewhere” and received a CableACE Award nomination for “The Paper Chase.” Kazan guest starred on “Will & Grace,” recurred on “The Nanny” and “Desperate Housewives”, and played Arthur’s main squeeze on “King of Queens.” Kazan has appeared in countless films and television series, most recently guest starring on “The Kominsky Method” and “Fuller House.”
Kazan received a Tony nomination for her role in the musical version of “My Favorite Year” at the Lincoln Center. She produced and starred on Broadway with Bette Midler, Madeline Kahn, Patti LuPone, Elaine Stritch and Andrea Martin in “Doin’ What Comes Natur’lly,” an all-star tribute to Ethel Merman. In her music career, Kazan has sung with the Boston Pops and the Cleveland Pops. She has performed to sold-out houses throughout Europe, Asia, and Australia and in renowned venues such as The Greek Theatre, Carnegie Hall and New York’s Rainbow and Stars. Recently she performed at Feinstein’s at Vitello’s in Los Angeles, Feinstein’s/54 Below in New York, and The Purple Room in Palm Springs. She has recorded five albums under the MGM label and was awarded Best New Artist award in 1968.