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Lainie Kazan

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Lainie Kazan Biography

Lainie Kazan is the embodiment of the word entertainer -- and artist who has reached the pinnacle in virtually every area of performance. She has come a long way since she was Barbra Streisand's Broadway understudy in "Funny Girl." Once she was able to display her electrifying talent in two shows, she became the "Chanteuse" of her native New York, with nightclub stints and guest appearances on virtually every top variety and talk show in network television, including an unparalleled 26 appearances on "The Dean Martin Show." She even hosted her own variety special for NBC and opened the popular "Lainie's Room" and "Lainie's Room East" at the Los Angeles and New York Playboy Clubs.

The sensual magnetism Lainie exuded in her variety shows and nightclubs attracted film directors and producers, leading her quickly into acting on both the gold and silver screens. After watching her coo through ballads and belt like a sassy blues woman at San Francisco's Fairmont Hotel, an astonished Francis Ford Coppola offered her a plum role on "One From The Heart." The rest, as they say, is history.

In 1983, Lainie received a Golden Globe nomination for her performance in Richard Benjamin's "My Favorite Year," starring Peter O'Toole. Other films include "Lust in the Dust" with Tab Hunter and Divine, "Delta Force" with Chuck Norris, "Beaches" with Better Midler and Barbara Hershey and "Harry and the Hendersons" directed by Steven Speilberg. Additional credits include the Disney film "The Cemetery Club," "29th Street" with Danny Aiello, "The Associate" with Whoopi Goldberg, "Love is All There Is" with Renee Taylor, Angelina Jolie and Paul Sorvino; "The Big Hit" with Mark Wahlberg, Disney's "The Crew" with Burt Reynolds, Richard Dreyfuss and Jennifer Tilly; "What's Cooking" with Mercedes Ruehl, Julianna Margulies, Kyra Sedgwick and Alfre Woodard; and "Gigli" with Ben Affleck and Jennifer Lopez.

Lainie has received critical acclaim for her role in the blockbuster comedy "My Big Fat Greek Wedding," which has grossed over $600 million worldwide and won the People's Choice Award. She reprised her role in CBS' "My Big Fat Greek Life" TV series. She recently completed filming "The Engagement Ring" which aired on TNT Nov. 28th, 2005, with Patricia Heaton, Vincent Spano, Tony Lo Bianco, directed by Steven Schachter (Emmy Nominated "Door to Door"). The feature film "Red Riding Hood," a musical retelling of the classic story with modern dialogue and original songs, was released in 2005. The film was directed by Randal Kleiser ("Grease") also stars Joey Fatone and Debi Mazar and features music written by Bruce Roberts. She was also featured in "You Don't Mess with The Zohan" starring Adam Sandler. Two new films, "Divorce Invitation" with Elliot Gould and Jamie Lynn Sigler as well as "Finding Joy" with Barry Bostwick will be released in the Summer of 2012.

Lainie also stormed series television, receiving an Emmy Award nomination for "St. Elsewhere" and a Cable ACE Award nomination for "The Paper Chase." Most recently she guest starred on "Will and Grace" as Grace's Aunt Honey. She has been featured on "Beverly Hills 90210" and has had recurring roles as Aunt Freida on "The Nanny," and as Dottie, Kirstie Alley's mom, on "Veronica's Closet."

Lainie also secured the starring role as Doris Bernstein in an episode of the top rated CBS show "Touched By An Angel." She also starred in a children's special, "Safety Patrol," a made for television movie by "The Wonderful World of Disney" which was directed by Savage Steve Holland and produced by Doug Drazin. The special also starred Leslie Nielsen and Curtis Armstrong. She recently co-starred with Virginia Madsen in the LIFETIME Original Movie "Tempted."

Lainie, however, has never forgotten her roots as a live performer. She reprised her role in the Broadway musical version of "My Favorite Year," which won her a Tony Award nomination for Best Featured Actress, and has also starred on Broadway in "The Government Inspector" with Tony Randall, and recently starred in the award winning drama "The Exonerated."

Some of her recent nightclub credits include sold out engagements in Los Angeles at the Cinegrill and The Catalina Bar and Grill, in NYC at Feinstine's @ The Regency, Las Vegas and Atlantic City at the Atlantic City Hilton, Harrah's Casino and Resort and Trumps Castle and the hallowed stages of New York's Rainbow and Stars, Tavern on the Green and the famed Oak Room at the Algonquin Hotel. She also just completed a sold-out run at The Cabaret at The Columbia Club in Indianapolis.Throughout the years, Lainie has also performed many symphonic concerts. She has sung with such symphonies as The Boston Pops, The Palm Beach Pops and The Cleveland Symphony to name just a few, and has sung at Performing Arts Centers throughout the United States. She has toured Europe and the Orient to sold-out houses and captivated audiences wherever she goes.

Lainie has always been a supporter of various charities. She received the "Woman of the Year" award from B'Nai Brith and has graced the stage for many AIDS benefits, telethons and non-profit organizations throughout the United States. Her most recent credit in this area includes "Doin' What Comes Natrur'lly," an all-star Broadway tribute to Ethel Merman to benefit Gay Men's Health Crisis that Lainie both produced and starred in. It also featured Patti LuPone, Elaine Stritch, Andrea Martin, Madeline Kahn and Bette Midler. Lainie was also named the reigning 1997 "Queen of Brooklyn" at a ceremony by Brooklyn Borough President, Howard Golden. She serves on the Board for the Young Musicians Foundation, AIDS Project LA and B'nai Brith to name just a few. In 1990 she was presented "The Israeli Peace Award."

Her voice has never sounded better either. Lainie admits that her voice has changed over the years, but critics and jazz lovers praise the maturity and depth of feeling that grew from years of experience.

Lainie's album, "Body and Soul" is a collection of graceful, feline sentiment that smolders with what Rex Reed called "more talent in her little finger than most singers have in their dreams."

Lainie's newest CD, "Lainie Kazan - In The Groove," was produced by Lainie, David Benoit and Clark Germain. Lainie's daughter, Jennifer Bena, sings on the album and award-winning pianist David Benoit also performs on the CD. She is also set to reprise her role as Maria Portokalos in 2016's "My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2."

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  • How do I book Lainie Kazan to speak at my event?

    Our experienced booking agents have successfully helped clients around the world secure speakers like Lainie Kazan for speaking engagements, personal appearances, product endorsements, or corporate entertainment since 2002. Click the Check Availability button above and complete the form on this page to check availability for Lainie Kazan, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to discuss your upcoming event. One of our experienced agents will be happy to help you get speaking fee information and check availability for Lainie Kazan or any other speaker of your choice.
  • What are the speaker fees for Lainie Kazan

    Speaking fees for Lainie Kazan, or any other speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. The estimated fees to book Lainie Kazan are available upon request for live events and available upon request for virtual events. For the most current speaking fee to hire Lainie Kazan, click the Check Availability button above and complete the form on this page, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak directly with an experienced booking agent.
  • What topics does Lainie Kazan speak about?

    Lainie Kazan is a keynote speaker and industry expert whose speaking topics include Actors, Comedians, Entertainers, Entertainment, Faith & Religion, Jewish Speakers, Television Personalities, Television Stars.
  • Where does Lainie Kazan travel from?

    Lainie Kazan generally travels from Los Angeles, CA, USA, but can be booked for private corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances across the country.
  • Who is Lainie Kazan’s agent?

    AAE Speakers Bureau has successfully booked keynote speakers like Lainie Kazan for clients worldwide since 2002. As a full-service speaker booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Please click the Check Availability button above and complete the form on this page including the details of your event, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book Lainie Kazan for your next private or corporate function.
  • What is a full-service speaker booking agency?

    AAE Speakers Bureau is a full-service speaker booking agency, meaning we can completely manage the speaker’s or celebrity’s engagement with your organization from the time of booking your speaker through the event’s completion. We provide all of the services you need to host Lainie Kazan or any other speaker of your choice, including offer negotiation, contractual assistance, accounting and billing, and event speaker travel and logistics services. When you book a speaker with us, we manage the process of hosting a speaker for you as an extension of your team. Our goal is to give our clients peace of mind and a best-in-class service experience when booking a speaker with us.
  • Why is AAE Speakers Bureau different from other booking agencies?

    If you’re looking for the best, unbiased speaker recommendations, paired with a top-notch customer service experience, you’re in the right place. At AAE Speakers Bureau, we exclusively represent the interests of our clients - professional organizations, companies, universities, and associations. We intentionally do not represent the speakers we feature or book. That is so we can present our clients with the broadest and best performing set of speaker options in the market today, and we can make these recommendations without any obligation to promote a specific speaker over another. This is why when our agents suggest a speaker for your event, you can be assured that they are of the highest quality with a history of proven success with our other clients.
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Lainie Kazan Biography

Lainie Kazan is the embodiment of the word entertainer -- and artist who has reached the pinnacle in virtually every area of performance. She has come a long way since she was Barbra Streisand's Broadway understudy in "Funny Girl." Once she was able to display her electrifying talent in two shows, she became the "Chanteuse" of her native New York, with nightclub stints and guest appearances on virtually every top variety and talk show in network television, including an unparalleled 26 appearances on "The Dean Martin Show." She even hosted her own variety special for NBC and opened the popular "Lainie's Room" and "Lainie's Room East" at the Los Angeles and New York Playboy Clubs.

The sensual magnetism Lainie exuded in her variety shows and nightclubs attracted film directors and producers, leading her quickly into acting on both the gold and silver screens. After watching her coo through ballads and belt like a sassy blues woman at San Francisco's Fairmont Hotel, an astonished Francis Ford Coppola offered her a plum role on "One From The Heart." The rest, as they say, is history.

In 1983, Lainie received a Golden Globe nomination for her performance in Richard Benjamin's "My Favorite Year," starring Peter O'Toole. Other films include "Lust in the Dust" with Tab Hunter and Divine, "Delta Force" with Chuck Norris, "Beaches" with Better Midler and Barbara Hershey and "Harry and the Hendersons" directed by Steven Speilberg. Additional credits include the Disney film "The Cemetery Club," "29th Street" with Danny Aiello, "The Associate" with Whoopi Goldberg, "Love is All There Is" with Renee Taylor, Angelina Jolie and Paul Sorvino; "The Big Hit" with Mark Wahlberg, Disney's "The Crew" with Burt Reynolds, Richard Dreyfuss and Jennifer Tilly; "What's Cooking" with Mercedes Ruehl, Julianna Margulies, Kyra Sedgwick and Alfre Woodard; and "Gigli" with Ben Affleck and Jennifer Lopez.

Lainie has received critical acclaim for her role in the blockbuster comedy "My Big Fat Greek Wedding," which has grossed over $600 million worldwide and won the People's Choice Award. She reprised her role in CBS' "My Big Fat Greek Life" TV series. She recently completed filming "The Engagement Ring" which aired on TNT Nov. 28th, 2005, with Patricia Heaton, Vincent Spano, Tony Lo Bianco, directed by Steven Schachter (Emmy Nominated "Door to Door"). The feature film "Red Riding Hood," a musical retelling of the classic story with modern dialogue and original songs, was released in 2005. The film was directed by Randal Kleiser ("Grease") also stars Joey Fatone and Debi Mazar and features music written by Bruce Roberts. She was also featured in "You Don't Mess with The Zohan" starring Adam Sandler. Two new films, "Divorce Invitation" with Elliot Gould and Jamie Lynn Sigler as well as "Finding Joy" with Barry Bostwick will be released in the Summer of 2012.

Lainie also stormed series television, receiving an Emmy Award nomination for "St. Elsewhere" and a Cable ACE Award nomination for "The Paper Chase." Most recently she guest starred on "Will and Grace" as Grace's Aunt Honey. She has been featured on "Beverly Hills 90210" and has had recurring roles as Aunt Freida on "The Nanny," and as Dottie, Kirstie Alley's mom, on "Veronica's Closet."

Lainie also secured the starring role as Doris Bernstein in an episode of the top rated CBS show "Touched By An Angel." She also starred in a children's special, "Safety Patrol," a made for television movie by "The Wonderful World of Disney" which was directed by Savage Steve Holland and produced by Doug Drazin. The special also starred Leslie Nielsen and Curtis Armstrong. She recently co-starred with Virginia Madsen in the LIFETIME Original Movie "Tempted."

Lainie, however, has never forgotten her roots as a live performer. She reprised her role in the Broadway musical version of "My Favorite Year," which won her a Tony Award nomination for Best Featured Actress, and has also starred on Broadway in "The Government Inspector" with Tony Randall, and recently starred in the award winning drama "The Exonerated."

Some of her recent nightclub credits include sold out engagements in Los Angeles at the Cinegrill and The Catalina Bar and Grill, in NYC at Feinstine's @ The Regency, Las Vegas and Atlantic City at the Atlantic City Hilton, Harrah's Casino and Resort and Trumps Castle and the hallowed stages of New York's Rainbow and Stars, Tavern on the Green and the famed Oak Room at the Algonquin Hotel. She also just completed a sold-out run at The Cabaret at The Columbia Club in Indianapolis.Throughout the years, Lainie has also performed many symphonic concerts. She has sung with such symphonies as The Boston Pops, The Palm Beach Pops and The Cleveland Symphony to name just a few, and has sung at Performing Arts Centers throughout the United States. She has toured Europe and the Orient to sold-out houses and captivated audiences wherever she goes.

Lainie has always been a supporter of various charities. She received the "Woman of the Year" award from B'Nai Brith and has graced the stage for many AIDS benefits, telethons and non-profit organizations throughout the United States. Her most recent credit in this area includes "Doin' What Comes Natrur'lly," an all-star Broadway tribute to Ethel Merman to benefit Gay Men's Health Crisis that Lainie both produced and starred in. It also featured Patti LuPone, Elaine Stritch, Andrea Martin, Madeline Kahn and Bette Midler. Lainie was also named the reigning 1997 "Queen of Brooklyn" at a ceremony by Brooklyn Borough President, Howard Golden. She serves on the Board for the Young Musicians Foundation, AIDS Project LA and B'nai Brith to name just a few. In 1990 she was presented "The Israeli Peace Award."

Her voice has never sounded better either. Lainie admits that her voice has changed over the years, but critics and jazz lovers praise the maturity and depth of feeling that grew from years of experience.

Lainie's album, "Body and Soul" is a collection of graceful, feline sentiment that smolders with what Rex Reed called "more talent in her little finger than most singers have in their dreams."

Lainie's newest CD, "Lainie Kazan - In The Groove," was produced by Lainie, David Benoit and Clark Germain. Lainie's daughter, Jennifer Bena, sings on the album and award-winning pianist David Benoit also performs on the CD. She is also set to reprise her role as Maria Portokalos in 2016's "My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2."

Lainie Kazan Videos

  • 22 Minutes With Lainie Kazan - YouTube
    right now. Please try again later. Published on Mar 23, 2016. 1010 WINS Anchor Brigitte Quinn talks to singer and actress Lainie Kazan.
  • Lainie Kazan (My Big Fat Greek Wedding) on Gay Rights & Cyprus ...

FAQs on booking Lainie Kazan

  • How do I book Lainie Kazan to speak at my event?

    Our experienced booking agents have successfully helped clients around the world secure speakers like Lainie Kazan for speaking engagements, personal appearances, product endorsements, or corporate entertainment since 2002. Click the Check Availability button above and complete the form on this page to check availability for Lainie Kazan, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to discuss your upcoming event. One of our experienced agents will be happy to help you get speaking fee information and check availability for Lainie Kazan or any other speaker of your choice.
  • What are the speaker fees for Lainie Kazan

    Speaking fees for Lainie Kazan, or any other speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. The estimated fees to book Lainie Kazan are available upon request for live events and available upon request for virtual events. For the most current speaking fee to hire Lainie Kazan, click the Check Availability button above and complete the form on this page, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak directly with an experienced booking agent.
  • What topics does Lainie Kazan speak about?

    Lainie Kazan is a keynote speaker and industry expert whose speaking topics include Actors, Comedians, Entertainers, Entertainment, Faith & Religion, Jewish Speakers, Television Personalities, Television Stars.
  • Where does Lainie Kazan travel from?

    Lainie Kazan generally travels from Los Angeles, CA, USA, but can be booked for private corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances across the country.
  • Who is Lainie Kazan’s agent?

    AAE Speakers Bureau has successfully booked keynote speakers like Lainie Kazan for clients worldwide since 2002. As a full-service speaker booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Please click the Check Availability button above and complete the form on this page including the details of your event, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book Lainie Kazan for your next private or corporate function.
  • What is a full-service speaker booking agency?

    AAE Speakers Bureau is a full-service speaker booking agency, meaning we can completely manage the speaker’s or celebrity’s engagement with your organization from the time of booking your speaker through the event’s completion. We provide all of the services you need to host Lainie Kazan or any other speaker of your choice, including offer negotiation, contractual assistance, accounting and billing, and event speaker travel and logistics services. When you book a speaker with us, we manage the process of hosting a speaker for you as an extension of your team. Our goal is to give our clients peace of mind and a best-in-class service experience when booking a speaker with us.
  • Why is AAE Speakers Bureau different from other booking agencies?

    If you’re looking for the best, unbiased speaker recommendations, paired with a top-notch customer service experience, you’re in the right place. At AAE Speakers Bureau, we exclusively represent the interests of our clients - professional organizations, companies, universities, and associations. We intentionally do not represent the speakers we feature or book. That is so we can present our clients with the broadest and best performing set of speaker options in the market today, and we can make these recommendations without any obligation to promote a specific speaker over another. This is why when our agents suggest a speaker for your event, you can be assured that they are of the highest quality with a history of proven success with our other clients.

Lainie Kazan is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics . The estimated speaking fee range to book Lainie Kazan for your event is available upon request. Lainie Kazan generally travels from Los Angeles, CA, USA and can be booked for (private) corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances. Similar motivational celebrity speakers are Adam Sandler, Emmanuelle Chriqui, Robert Smigel, Ian Gomez and Simon Helberg. Contact All American Speakers for ratings, reviews, videos and information on scheduling Lainie Kazan for an upcoming live or virtual event.

Lainie Kazan Speaker Videos

  • 22 Minutes With Lainie Kazan - YouTube
    right now. Please try again later. Published on Mar 23, 2016. 1010 WINS Anchor Brigitte Quinn talks to singer and actress Lainie Kazan.
    Lainie Kazan (My Big Fat Greek Wedding) on Gay Rights & Cyprus ...

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This website is a resource for event professionals and strives to provide the most comprehensive catalog of thought leaders and industry experts to consider for speaking engagements. A listing or profile on this website does not imply an agency affiliation or endorsement by the talent.

All American Entertainment (AAE) exclusively represents the interests of talent buyers, and does not claim to be the agency or management for any speaker or artist on this site. AAE is a talent booking agency for paid events only. We do not handle requests for donation of time or media requests for interviews, and cannot provide celebrity contact information.

If you are the talent and wish to request a profile update or removal from our online directory, please submit a profile request form.

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