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  • Was Barbara Streisand's understudy in the Broadway musical Funny Girl.
  • Appeared on The Dean Martin Show 26 times.
  • Spent a month in the hospital receiving treatment for deep-vein thrombosis in the 1970s. The condition was discovered after she fell over her dog while on a photo shoot for Playboy magazine.
  • Was the inspiration for the comic-book character Big Barda.
  • Has served on the advisory board of her alma mater, Hofstra University.
  • Was concerned that her birth name sounded more like a stripper than an actor, so her classmate Francis Ford Coppola suggested she take her mother's maiden name professionally. 
  • Appeared in the October 1970 edition of Playboy magazine and ran successful Playboy cabaret clubs in New York and Los Angeles.
  • Established the Lainie Kazan Endowed Scholarship at Hofstra University, which is annually awarded to outstanding students majoring in Music or Drama.


  • 1983, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture: Nominee
  • 1988, Emmy — Outstanding Guest Performer in a Drama Series: Nominee
  • 1993, Tony — Actress (Featured Role--Musical): Nominee
  • 2002, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture: Nominee
  • 2003, Critics' Choice Awards — Best Acting Ensemble: Nominee


  • Carole Kazan Levine — Mother
  • Peter Daniels — Ex-husband
  • Jennifer Bena — Daughter


  • Hofstra University, Hempstead, New York, United States (1960)

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  • Birth Name: Lainie Levine
  • Birth Place: New York, New York, United States
  • Profession: Actor, Singer

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