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Lainie Kazan (born May 15, 1940) is an American actress and singer. Kazan was born Lanie Levine in Brooklyn, New York City to an Ashkenazi Jewish father who worked as a bookie and a Sephardic Jewish mother, Carole, whom Kazan has described as "neurotic, fragile and artistic". She serves on the boards of the Young Musician`s Foundation, AIDS Project LA, and B`nai Brith. Kazan made her Broadway debut in The Happiest Girl in the World in 1961, followed by Bravo Giovanni (1962). She served as understudy to Barbra Streisand in Funny Girl, finally getting to go on eighteen months into the run when the star was felled by a serious throat problem.
As her popularity increased, Kazan posed for a spread in the October 1970 issue of Playboy, which was reused in Pocket Playboy #4, issued in 1974. Lainie`s appearance in the magazine opened the door for her to headline and operate two different Playboy Jazz Clubs under Hugh Hefner`s oversight called Lainie`s Lounge East and West on opposite coasts, one in Los Angeles and the other in Manhattan. Her Playboy photographs also inspired the look of Jack Kirby`s DC Comics superheroine Big Barda. Kazan appeared in numerous supper clubs across the country, and she guested on Dean Martin`s variety series twenty-six times. Other television work includes a recurring role as Aunt Freida on the Fran Drescher sitcom The Nanny and as Kirstie Alley`s mother on Veronica`s Closet, and guest shots on St. Elsewhere (resulting in an Emmy nomination), The Paper Chase, Touched by an Angel, and Will & Grace. She also was featured in My Big Fat Greek Life, a short-lived series based on the Nia Vardalos hit film My Big Fat Greek Wedding, in which she also starred. She appeared in a scene as the mother of Adam Sandler`s character in I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry, but it was deleted in the feature film. It is however, included in the special features on disc.
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