|Showbiz legend Lainie Kazan|
Bugs' interview with Lainie Kazan originally ran in Three Dollar Bill on October 22, 2009.
Broadway legend Lainie Kazan is a brassy broad but she says she really ain’t. Then Lainie, who chews up the scenery in the new Hollywood comedy !, tells me, "At first I thought people would be offended by the title of the movie, so I wanted the director to change it to ‘Oh Fuck! My Son’s a Shmuck!’"
Kazan inspired Jack Kirby's
comic book superheroine
Ladies and gentlemen, Lainie Kazan.
Most young people know Kazan as the in-your-face mom in the classic comedy with Peter O’Toole, or the mom in , or Bette Midler’s mom in , and now the mom of a Jewish gay son in
But Broadway audiences first fell head over heels for Lainie back in 1964 when she was the understudy for Barbra Streisand in at NYC’s Winter Garden Theatre. Fifteen months passed before Lainie, then 24, got her first real shot at the big time and she remembers it like it happened yesterday.