Lainie Kazan, an old Hollywood star, says, “There wasn’t a man I met who didn’t try to sleep with me.”
What’s her plan for defusing such a situation?
“At times, I pretended to be deafeningly deafeningly deafening I didn’t see it, and I didn’t understand it, as if I didn’t see it. It was, you know, amusing. There was no way we could have been as forthright as we are now.”
But, as Kazan points out, she didn’t get into a “entanglement” with a suitor “because the guy said, ‘You’re not getting the part otherwise.'”
Kazan, a voluptuous vixen who covered Playboy in October 1970, may be best known to younger viewers as Toula Portakalos’ domineering mother in “My Big Fat Greek Wedding” or Aunt Frieda in “The Nanny,” but she was a voluptuous vixen in the 1960s and 1970s.
Kazan, who describes herself as a “’60s child and a hippie,” had no regrets about posing for the magazine.
“I thought the human body was a lovely thing.”
She goes on to say that the stereotype of Jewish women as frumpy, motherly figures toiling over soup pots influenced her decision to strip.
Hugh Hefner, the founder of Playboy, pitched her as “the Jewish Sophia Loren,” which helped.
She said, “And everything was glamorous to me and so well presented.”
Kazan, who owned jazz nightclubs and appeared frequently on “The Dean Martin Show,” was a close friend of the Rat Pack, with Sinatra affectionately referring to her as the “Jew broad.”
Sinatra once summoned her to his dressing room, where she was introduced to none other than John Wayne.
She recalls pleasantly, “And they took me to lunch.”
“The banter will stay with me forever. I had the feeling of being a princess. There was always testosterone with these two males, yet they were always respectful of me. They were enamoured with my abilities. And I was blown away by who they were… it was a fantastic afternoon.”
Kazan has been an adjunct lecturer at UCLA for the past eight years.
She boldly declares, “I’ve survived this wild, fantastic profession and am still working.”
“It is an honour for me to teach; I have so much knowledge and so much to offer back to these children. And they’re so attentive and eager to learn, which I adore. I just adore it.”