A MADEA CHRISTMAS
KATHY NAJIMY (Kim) was most recently seen in a recurring
role on Showtime's critically acclaimed "The Big C." Memorable TV roles: CBS's
"Numbers," portraying the brilliant head of the university, "Millie Finch;"
"Peggy Hill," (13 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; "Desperate Housewives;" "Drop Dead Diva;" "Make It of Break
It;" "Franklin and Bash;" "Mr. Sunshine" and "Ugly Betty." She also starred for
three seasons on "Veronica's Closet," for which she received an American Comedy
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 a nomination by the Hollywood Women's Press
club for female Discovery of the Year. 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 HBO specials: "Parallel Lives" (two Ace Awards and an
American Comedy Award Nomination) and "Kathy and Mo: The Darkside," (Cable Ace
Awards for actor and Executive Producer and ACA nomination.) "The Kathy and Mo
Show" complete DVD, with both HBO specials and more, is available on Amazon.com.
Najimy has performed on Broadway and at Madison Square Garden to benefit V-Day,
in the Vagina Monologues with Susan Sarandon, Queen Latifah, Gloria Steinem,
Alanis Morrisette and others.
Najimy's work includes over 20 films including The Guilt Trip alongside
Barbara Streisand and starring roles in Hocus Pocus with Bette Midler, Rat Race,
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, It's
Pat, The Wedding Planner with Jennifer Lopez, Jeffrey, The Big K and HBO's "If
These Walls Could Talk 2" with Ellen DeGeneres. Najimy has voiced animated
characters for Tinkerbell, Brother Bear 2, and Jungle Book as well as the "Sissy
Ducking," "Hey Arnold!," "Pepper Ann," "Smart Animals," "Hercules," "American
Dad," and "Little Bill." She can be heard in Pixar's animated feature Wall-E
(Golden Globe and Oscar Winner).
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 AIDS, NY
Class.org, Choice, Arabic pride, women's and animal rights and frequently
travels around the country to speak on these issues. Najimy has lent her support
to a variety of worthy organizations that include: 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, Najimy has received awards from the ACC and The ADC, and been
honored with the Arabic Comedy Lifetime Achievement Award. She was also honored
as the Ms. Magazine Woman of the Year.
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, and featured in the book Starpower, which showcases politically
active celebrities. On tape, she voiced Wally Lamb's best-selling novel She's
Kathy is shamefully proud of the gold chip she won as tournament champion of
Bravo Celebrity Poker Showdown, winning $100,000 for V-DAY and also winning
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 and daughter.
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