Hocus Pocus ♦ Sister Act ♦ King of the Hill ♦ Wall-E ♦ Rat Race ♦ Bride of Chucky ♦ Veronica’s Closet ♦ Numb3rs
Kathy Najimy is known for her memorable performances in over 25 films and several TV projects. She can soon be seen in The Guilt Trip with Barbra Streisand. And can currently be seen in a recurring role on ABC’s hit show Make It or Break.” “Peggy Hill,” (14 seasons) on the Emmy Award-winning Fox hit King of the Hill, for which she received an Annie and 2 WIN Awards; Five directed by Jennifer Aniston. She also starred as Olive Massery, for three seasons on Veronica’s Closet, for which she received an American Comedy Award.
Najimy is internationally known for her portrayal of “Sister Mary Patrick” in the blockbuster hits Sister Act I and II, which won her an American Comedy Award for Funniest Supporting Actress and the Hollywood Women’s Press club – Female Discovery of the Year.
Kathy’s work includes over 20 films including starring roles in Hocus Pocus with Bette Midler, RatRace, and Say Uncle (Philadelphia Film Festival Best Actress), Hope Floats, Nevada, Step Up 3D, Cats Don’t Dance, Zack and Reba, This is My Life, The Fisher King, Soapdish, The Hard Way, Bam Bam and Celeste, Two Sisters, Bear City 2, Its Pat, The Wedding Planner with Jennifer Lopez, Jeffrey, The Big K and HBO’s If These Walls Could Talk 2 with Ellen DeGeneres.
It. Memorable TV roles: include Desperate Housewives; For Your Love, Clueless, a season on Chicago Hope, Drop Dead Diva; Franklin and Bash; Mr. Sunshine and Ugly Betty, Two appearances on Ellen, Men at Work, etc. And a season on CBS’s Numb3rs, portraying the brilliant head of the university, “Millie Finch
In the theater, she starred as legendary “Mae West” on Broadway in the hit play, “Dirty Blonde,” to critical acclaim and later reprised the role in the West coast premiere at The Old Globe Theater (Outer Critic’s Circle Best Actress). With Mo Gaffney, Najimy starred in and wrote the “Kathy and Mo Show,” her long-running off Broadway play that won an Obie Award and became two Hit HBO specials: Parallel Lives and Kathy and Mo: The Darkside, (Cable Ace and ACA awards for Actor and Executive Producer. Najimy has performed on Broadway and at Madison Square Garden to benefit V Day, in the “Vagina Monologues.
Kathy starred in Pixar’s animated feature Wall-E (Golden Globe and Oscar Winner) and
has voiced characters for the Animated Features: Tinkerbell, Brother Bear 2, Cat’s Don’t Dance and Jungle Book and for TV: The Sissy Ducking, Hey Arnold!, Pepper Ann, Smart Animals, Hercules, American Dad, and Little Bill, and many more.
Kathy is most proud of being honored as the Ms. Magazine Woman of the Year.
For her over 18 years of AIDS activism, Najimy has been honored with the L.A. Shanti’s Founder award as well as the L.A. Gay and Lesbian Center’s Distinguished Achievement award. She is an enthusiastic supporter of Women and Girls’ Rights, AIDS Awareness, Animal Rights, Womens’s Choice, and frequently travels around the country to keynote speak on these issues. She is currently helping helm the movement to abolish the NYC carriage horses. Najimy has lent her support to a variety of worthy organizations that include: NYClass, Project Angel Food, APLA, GLAAD, Human Rights Campaign Fund, Broadway Cares, Equity Fights AIDS, The Ms Foundation, AMFAR, Planned Parenthood, Voters for Choice, and NARAL. As a proud Lebanese/ American has received awards from the ACC and The ADC, and been honored with the Arabic Comedy Lifetime Achievement Award. Kathy has posed twice for People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals popular campaign, “I’d Rather Go Naked Than Wear Fur,” and in 2000, she received PETA’s Humanitarian of the Year Award from Paul McCartney
Najimy has been published in The New York Times, as well as several national magazines. She contributed a chapter to the book The Choices We Made, which was released on the anniversary of Roe vs. Wade as well as Five Minutes with the President, She contributed a monologue to Standing On Ceremony “ The Gay Marriage Plays and on tape, she voiced Wally Lamb’s best-selling novel She’s Come Undone.
Kathy is shamefully proud of the gold chip she won as tournament champion of Bravo Celebrity Poker Showdown, winning $100,000 for V-DAY (dedicating to stopping violence against women) and also won another $100,000 for at-risk teen girls as the first champion of CBS”s Game Show Marathon. She currently resides in New York City with her husband Dan Finnerty of The Dan band and their 15-year-old daughter, Samia.
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