Lainie Kazan is a visiting associate professor at the UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television.
She is the embodiment of the word entertainer — an 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 .
Once she was able to display her 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 .
She even hosted her own variety special for NBC, and at the Playboy Clubs in Los Angeles and New York, opened the popular Lainie's Room and Lainie's Room East, respectively.
The sensual magnetism Kazan exuded in her variety shows and nightclub acts attracted film directors and producers, leading quickly to roles in both film and television.
After watching her perform at San Francisco's Fairmont Hotel, filmmaker Francis Ford Coppola offered her a prominent role in (2006).
Kazan has performed to sold-out engagements at Los Angeles’ Cinegrill and Catalina Bar & Grill; Atlantic City’s Atlantic City Hilton, Harrah’s Casino and Resort and Trumps Castle; and New York City’s Feinstein’s at the Regency, Rainbow and Stars, Tavern on the Green and the famed Oak Room at the Algonquin Hotel.
She has also performed with such symphonies as The Boston Pops, The Palm Beach Pops and The Cleveland Symphony, and has sung throughout the United States, Europe and Asia.
She released two albums, 1995’s , an all-star Broadway tribute to Ethel Merman to benefit Gay Men's Health Crisis that also featured Patti Lu Pone, Elaine Stritch, Andrea Martin, Madeline Kahn and Bette Midler.
She serves on the Board for the Young Musicians Foundation, B'nai Brith and AIDS Project Los Angeles.
Kazan received her bachelor of arts degree in speech and drama with a minor in education from Hofstra University.