Lainie Kazan headlines North Coast Rep gala

The “Spotlight Gala,” benefiting North Coast Repertory Theatre April 21 at the Del Mar Country Club, revolves around an evening with multi-award-winning singer and actress Lainie Kazan. During the course of her storied career, Kazan has received Tony, Golden Globe and Emmy-nominations.Tickets are on sale now and include a cocktail reception, dinner, silent and live auctions, Artists’ Advocacy and more. For tickets or information, call Kathryn Byrd at (858) 481-2155, ext. 211, or e-mail

Kazan first gained attention as Barbra Streisand’s understudy in the Broadway production of “Funny Girl.” She later received a Tony Award nomination for her role in the musical version of “My Favorite Year.” While appearing at San Francisco’s Fairmont Hotel, she was noticed by Francis Ford Coppola who offered her a movie role in “One from the Heart.” The next year, Kazan was nominated for a Golden Globe Award as Best Supporting Actress in Richard Benjamin’s “My Favorite Year” with Peter O’Toole. Her other films include “My Big Fat Greek Wedding.”

Kazan has two films due for release in 2013, “Divorce Invitation” and “Finding Joy.” She was nominated for an Emmy Award for “St. Elsewhere” and received a CableACE Award nomination for “The Paper Chase.” She has guest starred on “Will & Grace,” had recurring roles on “The Nanny,” “Desperate Housewives” and played Arthur’s romantic interest on “King of Queens.” She has appeared on “Modern Family” and the Disney Channel series “Jessie.”

As a recording artist, her CDs include her jazz collections, “Lainie Kazan-In The Groove” and “Body and Soul.” She has recorded under the MGM label and was awarded Best New Artist award in 1968. Kazan is now teaching at UCLA and is starting a Cabaret program there as well.

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