- Was a member of the Sisters on Stage, a feminist theater group based in San Diego.
- Cowrote and directed The Kathy and Mo Show, which ran off-Broadway and won an Obie Award; it was later produced as an HBO special.
- Contributed to the book The Choices We Made: 25 Women and Men Speak Out About Abortion (1991), and was a contributing writer for the play Words of Choice II (2008), a pro-choice theater performance.
- Was named Ms Magazine's "Woman of the Year" in 2005.
- Husband Dan Finnerty is the lead singer of the Dan Band, the lewd wedding band featured in Old School.
- Appeared with her family as contestants on Family Feud in 1981; in 2006, she was a contestant on CBS' Gameshow Marathon, on which Family Feud was played in the season-finale episode.
- Participates in celebrity poker tournaments.
- Created the shapewear collection Ch'Arms, which she debuted on HSN in 2010.
- Is involved in numerous humanitarian efforts, including Project Angel Food and PETA; has been a keynote speaker at many humanitarian organizations.
- Is an AIDS activist and a gay and lesbian rights activist.
- Is a vegetarian.
- Fred Najimy — Father
- Dan Finnerty — Husband
- Samia Najimy Finnerty — Daughter
- Samia Najimy — Mother
- San Diego State University, San Diego, California, United States (BA in drama)
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