Lainie Kazan is an American singer and actress. She is well-known for acting in popular films such as ‘Delta Force,’ ‘Beaches,’ ‘My Big fat Greek,’ among others. Kazan is an icon in the acting industry as many people recognize her unique talent. She is still remains among the best actors in the American history. Here are the complete details about the career, biography, and net worth of Lainie Kazan in 2018.
Early Life & Biography
Her birth name is Lainie Levine and she was born in Brooklyn in the year 1940. She is the daughter of Carole, who was a Jewish and Benjamin Levine who is a Russian. She attended Erasmus Hall High School and later in 1960, she graduated at Hofstra University in New York.
Her passion for music started while she was still in school. She was a fellow classmate to a renowned celebrity by the name Francis Ford Coppola.
She was in a relationship with musical director Peter H.B for five years. They later got married and together they have a daughter by the name Jennifer. However, they separated and went their own ways.
Kazan has been suffering from deep vein thrombosis since 1970s and due to that, she has been educating the public about the disease. In 2016, she was involved in an accident and was hospitalized.
In the early 2012, she started working as a professor at UCLA where she taught acting classes and directed students in the drama department. In 2017, she was arrested for shoplifting groceries valued at $180 from a store in Los Angeles.
Career, Awards & Nominations
Her name came to the limelight in 1961 with the musical ‘The Happiest Girl in the World.’ She later appeared in ‘Bravo Giovanni’ and ‘Funny Girl in 1964.
She became a household name after acting several roles on different television works such as ‘The Nanny,’ ‘Veronica Closet,’ ‘St. Elsewhere,’ ‘ Touched by an Angel,’ and many others. Kazan was also featured in Playboy Jazz Clubs, which are owned by Hugh Hefner.
Her talent has helped her receive various nominations and awards in different categories. In 1993, she was nominated for Tony Award for the category of Best Featured Actress in a Musical. She has also received other nominations like Golden Globe Award in 1982, Primetime Emmy Award, and many others.
Net Worth & Earnings
Kazan has an estimated net worth of $1 million. She loves driving sports cars and even owns other posh cars. She lives a comfortable life as she gets her income from the films she has been featured. Her teaching career also played a part in her net worth.
Kazan is an example of many celebrities who look at the bright side of life. Despite controversies involving her life, she did not give up on her career to become what she wanted. She pursed her dream and now she is reaping the fruits of her hard work. She is a celebrity that is admired by many people around the globe.