Kathy Najimy Biography (1957-)

Full name, Katherine Ann Najimy; born February 6, 1957, in San Diego, CA; daughter of Fred (a postal worker) and Samia Najimy; married Dan Finnerty (an actor, musician, and leader of the Dan Band), August 8, 1995; children: Samia.Addresses: Agent: Creative Artists Agency, 9830 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills, CA 90212-1804; International Creative Management, 8942 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills, CA 90211.

Nationality
American
Gender
Female
Occupation
Actress, writer, director
Birth Details
February 6, 1957
San Diego, California, United States

Famous Works

  • CREDITS
  • Film Appearances
  • Crazed video store customer, The Fisher King, TriStar, 1991
  • Lang's girl Friday, The Hard Way, Universal, 1991
  • Tawny Miller, Soapdish, Paramount, 1991
  • (Uncredited) Other People's Money (also known as Riqueza ajena), Warner Bros., 1991
  • (As Kathy Ann Najimy) Angela, This Is My Life, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1992
  • Marge, Topsy and Bunker: The Cat Killers, 1992
  • Sister Mary Patrick, Sister Act, Buena Vista, 1992
  • Mary Sanderson, Hocus Pocus, Buena Vista, 1993
  • Sister Mary Patrick, Sister Act 2: Back in the Habit, Buena Vista,1993
  • Tippy, It's Pat (also known as It's Pat: The Movie), BuenaVista, 1994
  • Acolyte, Jeffrey, Orion Classics, 1995
  • Ruby, Nevada, Storm Entertainment, 1997
  • Toyota Carter, Shantay, 1997
  • Voice of Tillie Hippo, Cats Don't Dance (animated musical), WarnerBros., 1997
  • Toni Post, Hope Floats, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1998
  • Mrs. Simpson, Zack and Reba, 1998
  • Motel maid, Bride of Chucky (also known as Chucky), Universal, 1998
  • Voice of Chil the vulture, The Jungle Book: Mowgli's Story (animated), Buena Vista Home Video, 1998
  • Angela, Attention Shoppers (also known as Blue Light Special), Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Home Entertainment, 1999
  • Journey to a Hate Free Millennium: Stories of Hope and Compassion(also known as Journey to a Hate Free Millennium), New Light Media, 1999
  • Life after Donna Dell (musical), 1999
  • Dr. Albright, Leaving Peoria (short film), 2000
  • Beverly "Bev" Pear, Rat Race (also known as Course folle),Paramount, 2001
  • Geri, The Wedding Planner (also known as Wedding Planner--verliebt, verlobt, verplant), Columbia, 2001
  • Curve (documentary), Prince Street Productions, 2002
  • Voice of Dipsy, Balto III: Wings of Change (animated), Universal Studios Home Video, 2004
  • Fortune teller, Bam Bam and Celeste, Salty Features, 2005
  • Maggie, Say Uncle (also known as Donut Hole), Lantern LaneEntertainment, 2005
  • Getting Played, New Line Home Video, 2005
  • Television Appearances
  • Series
  • Olive Massey, Veronica's Closet, NBC, 1997-2000
  • Voices of Coach Doogan, Margot Lesandre, and other characters, PepperAnn (also known as Disney's "Pepper Ann"), ABC and syndicated, 1997-2000
  • Voices of Peggy Hill and other characters, King of the Hill (animated), Fox, beginning 1997
  • The College of Comedy with Alan King (also known as The Collegeof Comedy with Alan King, Part II), PBS, c. 2000
  • Voice of Margalo the bird, Stuart Little (animated), HBO Family, 2003
  • Movies
  • Kathy Lane, In Search of Dr. Seuss, TNT, 1994
  • Lola Molina, Jackie's Back! (also known as Jackie's Back: Portrait of a Diva), Lifetime, 1999
  • Doctor, "2000" (segment), If These Walls Could Talk 2, HBO, 2000
  • Mariah, The Scream Team, The Disney Channel, 2002
  • Specials
  • "Kathy & Mo: Parallel Lives" (also known as "The Kathy and Mo Show: Parallel Lives"), HBO Comedy Hour, HBO, 1991
  • Out There, Comedy Central, 1993
  • Host, Let's Make Sure Everybody Eats '95, TV Food Network, 1995
  • "Kathy and Mo: The Dark Side," HBO Comedy Hour, HBO, 1995
  • Comic Relief VII, HBO, 1995
  • Lifetime Applauds: The Fight against Breast Cancer, Lifetime, 1995
  • Cashier, Women without Implants, Lifetime, 1996
  • Voice of Peggy Hill, Comic Relief VIII, HBO, 1998
  • Stepmother, CinderElmo, Fox, 1999
  • Voice of first mother duck, The Sissy Duckling (animated), HBO, 1999
  • Voice of Tiny, Snowden's Christmas (animated), CBS, 1999
  • Celebrity Weddings: InStyle, Lifetime, 1999
  • Equality Rocks, VH1, 2000
  • He's Having a Baby (documentary), Cinemax, c. 2003
  • Herself, Boomer Nation (documentary), Arts and Entertainment, 2004
  • Herself, American Express Jam Sessions, 2005
  • Awards Presentations
  • The 67th Annual Academy Awards, ABC, 1995
  • Presenter, The 19th Annual CableACE Awards, TNT, 1997
  • The 24th Annual People's Choice Awards, CBS, 1998
  • The 51st Annual Primetime Emmy Awards, Fox, 1999
  • Presenter, The Second Annual Women Rock: Girls and Guitars, Lifetime, 2001
  • Preshow host, TV Land Awards: A Celebration of Classic TV (also known as First Annual TV Land Awards), TV Land, 2003
  • Episodic
  • Contestant, The Family Feud, 1981
  • Theresa, "So Funny," Ellen (also known as These Friends of Mine), ABC, 1994
  • She TV, ABC, 1994
  • Voice, "Cellar Beware," Duckman (animated; also known as Duckman: Private Dick/Family Man), USA Network, 1995
  • Buyer number one, "Cher, Inc.," Clueless, ABC, 1996
  • Dr. Barbara "Bix" Konstadt, "Hearts and Minds," Chicago Hope, CBS,1996
  • Dr. Barbara "Bix" Konstadt, "Life Lines," Chicago Hope, CBS, 1996
  • Dr. Barbara "Bix" Konstadt, "Women on the Verge," Chicago Hope, CBS, 1996
  • Lorna Irons, "Go Girlz," Ellen (also known as These Friends ofMine), ABC, 1996
  • Voice, "The Color of Naught," Duckman (animated; also known as Duckman: Private Dick/Family Man), USA Network, 1996
  • Claire, "The Psychic," Early Edition, CBS, 1997
  • Voice of Madame Blanche, "Helga's Love Potion/Gerald's Secret," Hey Arnold! (animated), Nickelodeon, 1997
  • Dr. Tyra, "The Good Doctor," For Your Love, The WB, 1998
  • Herself, "Ellen: A Hollywood Tribute," Ellen (also known as These Friends of Mine), ABC, 1998
  • Voice of ostrich, "Have Yourself a Thornberry Little Christmas," The Wild Thornberrys (animated), Nickelodeon, 1998
  • Voice of Thespis the muse, "Hercules and the Muse of Dance," Hercules (animated; also known as Disney's "Hercules"), ABC and syndicated,1998
  • Narrator, Intimate Portrait: Cyndi Lauper, Lifetime, 1998
  • The Rosie O'Donnell Show, syndicated, 1998
  • Voice of Madame Blanche, "Headless Cabbie/Friday the 13th," Hey Arnold! (animated), Nickelodeon, 1999
  • Narrator, Intimate Portrait: Melissa Etheridge, Lifetime, 1999
  • Panelist, The List, VH1, 1999
  • Happy Hour, USA Network, 1999
  • Herself, Intimate Portrait: Kathy Najimy, Lifetime, 2000
  • Herself, Joan Rivers: The E! True Hollywood Story, E! Entertainment Television, 2001
  • "Scene Stealers Edition," Weakest Link, NBC, 2001
  • Hollywood Unleashed, Animal Planet, 2001
  • Pajama Party, Oxygen, 2001
  • Herself, Tracey Ullman's "Visible Panty Lines" (also known as Visible Panty Lines), Oxygen, c. 2001
  • Inside TV Land: 40 Greatest Theme Songs (documentary), TV Land, 2002
  • Pyramid, syndicated, multiple episodes in 2002 and 2003
  • Voices of Calliope and second aglaophone, "The Enemy of My Enemy," TheMummy: The Animated Series (animated), The WB, 2003
  • Judge, Star Search, CBS, 2003
  • The Late Late Show with Craig Kilborn, CBS, 2003
  • The Sharon Osbourne Show (also known as Sharon), syndicated, 2004
  • The Wayne Brady Show, syndicated, 2004
  • "Perfect 10s the Women," TV Land's Top Ten, TV Land, 2005
  • "Sexiest Men," TV Land's Top Ten, TV Land, 2005
  • "Small Screen, Big Stars," TV Land's Top Ten, TV Land, 2005
  • "Tournament 6, Game 3," Celebrity Poker Showdown, Bravo, 2005
  • "Tournament 6 Championship," Celebrity Poker Showdown, Bravo, 2005
  • Appeared as the voice of an old woman, Adventures from the Book of Virtues (animated), PBS. Appeared in London Underground, Comedy Central; Storytime, PBS; What's Up, Dr. Ruth?; and other programs.
  • Pilots
  • Olive Massey, Veronica's Closet, NBC, 1997
  • Voices of Peggy Hill, King of the Hill (animated), Fox, 1997
  • Television Executive Producer
  • "Kathy and Mo: The Dark Side," HBO Comedy Hour (special), HBO, 1995
  • The Gumm Sisters (pilot), Lifetime, 2005
  • Stage Appearances
  • The Kathy and Mo Show, Old Town Opera House, San Diego, CA, 1984,produced at other venues, including nightclubs in New York City, beginning c.1985
  • The Further Adventures of Kathy and Mo, Second Stage Theatre, McGinn-Cazale Theatre, New York City, 1986
  • The Kathy and Mo Show: Parallel Lives, Westside Arts Theatre, NewYork City, beginning c. 1988
  • Mae, Dirty Blonde, Helen Hayes Theatre, New York City, 2000
  • Afterbirth: Kathy & Mo's Greatest Hits, Second Stage Theatre,New York City, beginning 2004
  • Appeared in the solo show It's My Party; appeared in several musicals, including Godspell and Grease; appeared in The Vagina Monologues, New York and Los Angeles productions.
  • Stage Director
  • Director of Back to Bacharach and David, Los Angeles and other productions; Don't Get Me Started, off-Broadway production; and I CanPut My Fist in My Mouth.
  • RECORDINGS
  • Albums; Soundtracks
  • Sister Act, Hollywood Records, 1992
  • Sister Act 2: Back in the Habit, Hollywood Records, 1993
  • Cats Don't Dance, PolyGram, 1997
  • Music Videos
  • Lady Soul, "If My Sister's in Trouble," c. 1992
  • Appeared as a fairy godmother in Rebecca Lynn Howard's music video "WhenMy Dreams Come True."
  • Audiobooks
  • Wally Lamb, She's Come Undone, Simon & Schuster, 1997
  • WRITINGS
  • Writings for the Stage with Mo Gaffney
  • The Kathy and Mo Show, Old Town Opera House, San Diego, CA, 1984,produced at other venues, including nightclubs in New York City, beginning c.1985
  • The Further Adventures of Kathy and Mo, Second Stage Theatre, McGinn-Cazale Theatre, New York City, 1986
  • The Kathy and Mo Show: Parallel Lives, Westside Arts Theatre, NewYork City, beginning c. 1988, published as Parallel Lives--Based on the Kathy and Mo Show, Dramatists Play Service, 1998
  • Afterbirth: Kathy & Mo's Greatest Hits, Second Stage Theatre,New York City, beginning 2004
  • Appeared in the solo show It's My Party.
  • Teleplays with Mo Gaffney
  • Specials
  • "Kathy & Mo: Parallel Lives" (also known as "The Kathy and Mo Show: Parallel Lives"), HBO Comedy Hour, HBO, 1991
  • "Kathy and Mo: The Dark Side," HBO Comedy Hour, HBO, 1995
  • Teleplays
  • Episodic
  • (With others) She TV, ABC, 1994
  • Pilots
  • With Eve Ensler, author of a pilot.
  • Humor
  • With Mo Gaffney, author of The Kathy and Mo Book.
  • Nonfiction
  • Contributor
  • Angela Bonavoglia, editor, The Choices We Made: Twenty-Five Women andMen Speak Out about Abortion, foreword by Gloria Steinem, Random House, 1991
  • Larry King, Remember Me When I'm Gone: The Rich and Famous Write TheirOwn Epitaphs and Obituaries, Nan A. Talese, 2004
  • Contributor to various periodicals, including the New York Times.Featured in the book Starpower.

Further Reference

OTHER SOURCES

    Periodicals
    • Biography, February, 1999, p. 18
    • InStyle, June, 1998, p. 172; February 1, 1999, p. 222
    • People Weekly, May 1, 1989, p. 123; June 22, 1992, p. 63; August 31, 1998, p. 115; July 5, 1999, p. 83
    Electronic
    • Kathy Najimy Official Web Site, http://www.kathynajimy.com, November 17, 2005

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