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Laraine Newman
Cast Laraine Newman
Biographical
Full Name Laraine Newman
Gender Female
Date of Birth March 2, 1952
Birthplace Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Occupation Comedienne, actress, writer, and editor, voice actress
Website http://www.larainenewman.com/
Role Kaia

Laraine Newman (born March 2, 1952) is an American comedienne, actress, and writer, and was part of the original Saturday Night Live cast. She provides the voice for Kaia in Motorcity .


Personal life

Newman was born on March 2, 1952, in Los Angeles, California, the granddaughter of a Jewish cattle rancher from Arizona. She is the youngest of four children and a twin. Her sister, Tracy Newman is an Emmy Award winning Television writer. Newman attended Beverly Hills High School in Beverly Hills, California. Newman married actor-writer-director Chad Einbinder in 1991. They have two daughters, Lena (born 1991) and Hannah (born 1995). Newman and Einbinder, a Philadelphia native, regularly join comedian Craig Shoemaker and other friends at Braemar Country Club in Tarzana, California, to watch Philadelphia Eagles games.

Career

She began her comedy career as a founding member of The Groundlings and is best known for being an original cast member on NBC'sSaturday Night Live, appearing on the show from its inception in 1975 through 1980. She originated the characters of Sheri the Valley Girl and Connie Conehead, among others.

Newman's post-SNL film career has been in supporting roles and as a voice artist on television and features. She made appearances on such programs as Laverne & Shirley, as Donut Rooter in Devo's We're All Devo VHS, According to Jim, St. Elsewhere, Amazing Stories, Friends, The Tick, 3rd Rock from the Sun, Curb Your Enthusiasm, Histeria!, Wayside, Danny Phantom, CatDog, As Told By Ginger, Rugrats (in "All Growed Up", an episode which would form the basis of the spinoff All Grown Up!, for which she also provided voice work), 7th Heaven, The Flintstones, Avatar: The Last Airbender and Metalocalypse. Most recently she appeared in an episode of Entourage and Brothers & Sisters, provided voice work for WALL-E, Battle for Terra, Ponyo,Jungle Junction, Cars, Up!, Finding Nemo, and Monsters Inc. She made a guest voice appearance in SpongeBob SquarePants. She also voices Queen Jipjorrulac, the mother of Mark Chang, in The Fairly OddParents.

She voiced the Wicked Witch of the West in Tom and Jerry and the Wizard of Oz, an animated direct-to-DVD midquel/parallel of the classic 1939 film.

Newman also works as a writer and editor. She is a contributing editor for the online magazine One For The Table, and she is an occasional contributor to the Huffington Post. She has contributed articles for the Los Angeles Times, The Believer, and McSweeney's. She wrote the foreword to the book version of the UCB Production "Worst Laid Plans".

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