PROFILE
Name:
Laraine Newman
Birth Date:
March 2, 1952
Birth Place:
Los Angeles, California, USA
Nationality:
American
BIOGRAPHY
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The Groundlings

Background:

A founding member of the noted Los Angeles based comedy troupe The Groundlings, American comedian and actress Laraine Newman, the sister of Emmy winner writer/producer Tracy Newman, gained fame as a regular cast member of the NBC comedy show “Saturday Night Live” from 1975 to 1980 where she picked up an Emmy nomination in 1979. While on the show, the accomplished comic played such characters as The Valley Girl and Connie Conehead. After “Saturday Night Live,” Newman was also successful as a supporting performer and voice artist in motion pictures and television and appeared in Woody Allen's “Stardust Memories” (1980), the John Travolta and Jamie Lee Curtis starring movie “Perfect” (1985), “The Coneheads” (1993, worked again with “SNL” members Dan Aykroyd and Jane Curtin), “The Flintstones” (1994), “Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas” (1998) and more recently, “The Twenty” (2009). She has also appeared in episodes of TV series like “St. Elsewhere” (1982), “Amazing Stories” (1987), “Friends,” “Chicago Hope,” “3rd Rock from the Sun” (all 1996), “Curb Your Enthusiasm” (2000), “According to Jim” (2003-2004), “7th Heaven” (2002-2004), “Brothers & Sisters” (2006) and “The Goode Family” (2009). As an in demand voiceover actress, Newman is known for her work in the popular animated movies “Monsters, Inc.” (2001), “Ice Age 2” (2006) and “Cars” (2006) and the TV programs “Histeria” (1998), “All Grown Up” (2003) and “Avatar: The Last Airbender” (2006), to name a few.

Newman is the wife of actor Chad Einbinder and the mother of two girls.


California Institute of the Arts

Childhood and Family:

Laraine Newman was born in Los Angeles, California, on March 2, 1952. She was educated at the prestigious Beverly Hills High School in Beverly Hills, California, and the California Institute of the Arts. In the early 1970s, she went to Paris to study mime with Marcel Marceau. Her sister is writer/producer Tracy Newman of the 1990s sitcom “Ellen” fame.

In 1991, Laraine tied the knot with actor Chad Einbinder (born in 1963). The couple welcomed their first child, daughter Lena, in August 1991. Their second daughter, Hannah, was born on May 21, 1995.


Saturday Night Live

Career:

Hailing from Los Angeles, Laraine Newman discovered an early interest in improvisational comedy. She joined the Richmond Shepard Mime Troup in the late 1960s before living in Paris in the early 1970s to study with mime artist Marcel Marceau. Upon returning to Los Angeles in 1972, Newman launched her professional career when she helped establish the comedy group The Groundlings. While performing with the company, she caught the attention of Lily Tomlin and was invited to appear in one of her television specials.

Newman worked as a regular sketch player on the CBS variety show “Manhattan Transfer” in 1975. The next year, she made her feature acting debut in “Tunnel Vision.” Her next big screen appearance occurred in the film “American Hot Wax” (1978).

Newman did not achieve real success until producer Lorne Michael chose her as one of the original cast members of the NBC sketch comedy series “Saturday Night Live” in 1975. For the next five years, Newman created many characters for the show, including alien Laarta, The Valley Girl and Connie Conehead and impersonated such public figures as Barbra Streisand, First Lady Rosalyn Carter and Indira Gandhi. In 1979, she jointly nabbed an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Comedy-Variety or Music Program.

After leaving the ground breaking show in 1980, Newman took on an unaccredited part in the Woody Allen dramatic comedy “Stardust Memories” (1980) and costarring roles in Gary Weis' “Wholly Moses” (1980, opposite Dudley Moore) and “We're All Devo” (1983, with Timothy Leary). She then supported John Travolta and Jamie Lee Curtis in the James Bridges’ movie “Perfect” (1985) and played a mom in “Invaders from Mars” (1986). On the small screen, Newman could be seen making guest appearances in “Laverne & Shirley” and NBC's “St. Elsewhere” (both 1982) and the TV film “Her Life as a Man” (1984). She also provided voiceover work with Dan Aykroyd and Jane Curtin in the animated “The Coneheads” (1983) and the movie “Sesame Street Presents: Follow that Bird” (1985). She was then hired to host the syndicated TV anthology “Canned Film Festival” (1986) and spent the reminder of the decade having episodic roles in Shelley Duvall's “Faerie Tale Theatre” (1987), Steven Spielberg's “Amazing Stories” (1987) and “Monsters” (1988), to name a few.

A supporting role as a local bank owner in the comedy “Problem Child 2” (1991), starring John Ritter, was Newman's opening performance in the 1990s before she reprised her TV role of Laarta for the movie “The Coneheads” (1993). She then played Susan Rock in the fantasy film “The Flintstones” (1994). She went on to appear in such movies as “Jingle All the Way” (1996), Adam Weissman's “The Modern Adventures of Tom Sawyer” (1998, as Aunt Polly), Terry Gilliam's “Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas” (1998), which was adapted from a book by Hunter S. Thompson, and Bruce Wagner's “I'm Losing You” (1998). She also booked numerous guest shots in TV shows like “Friends” (as the stepmother of Phoebe), “Chicago Hope,” “3rd Rock from the Sun” (all 1996) and “Ellen” (1997) and contributed vocals to the TV series version of “Problem Child” (1993), the WB animated series “Histeria” (1998), and episodes of “Superman: The Animated Series” (1998), “The New Batman Adventures” (1998) and “Hey Arnold” (1999).

The new millennium saw Newman concentrate more as a voice artist. She did voiceover work for the series “As Told by Ginger” (20, episodes, 2000-2004), “The Oblongs” (2001, as Mrs. Hubbard), “All Grown Up” (2003, as Samantha Shane) and “Danny Phantom” (5 episodes, 2004-2006) and the motion pictures “Monsters, Inc.” (2001), “Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius” (2001), “Ice Age 2” (2006), “Cars” (2006), “The Wild” (2006), “Barnyard: The Original Party Animals” (2006), “Happily N'Ever After” (2007), “Surf's Up” (2007) and “Terra” (2007). Her voice could also be heard in a number of episodes of TV series, including “Oswald,” “Grim & Evil” (both 2001), “The Fairly OddParents” (2002), “Justice League,” “Johnny Bravo” (both 2004), Disney's “The Buzz on Maggie” (2005) and “Avatar: The Last Airbender” (2006). Newman also appeared in front of the camera as Wendy in the 2000 episode “The Group” of “Curb Your Enthusiasm,” Officer Laraine Elkin in two episodes of “According to Jim” (2003-2004) and Rosina Glass in eight episodes of “7th Heaven” (2002-2004). More recently, she

played Mrs. Van Stone in the TV film “Van Stone: Tour of Duty” (2006), directed by Troy Miller, Lyla in an episode of the drama series “Brothers & Sisters” (2006) and was cast with Clancy Brown and Stephanie Niznik in the dramatic film “The Twenty” (2009).


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