- 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.
- 2002, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture: Nominee
- 1993, Tony — Actress (Featured Role--Musical): Nominee
- 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
- 2003, Critics' Choice Awards — Best Acting Ensemble: Nominee
- Peter Daniels — Ex-husband
- Carole Kazan Levine — Mother
- Jennifer Bena — Daughter
- Hofstra University, Hempstead, NY (1960)
- Birth Name: Lainie Levine
- Birth Place: New York, NY
- Profession: Actor, Singer
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