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Kathy Najimy Biography

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Birth Name: Kathy Najimy
Born: 02/06/1957
Birth Place: San Diego, California, USA

Najimy's TV career began as an extension of her stage work as one-half of the comedy duo Kathy & Mo, opposite Mo Gaffney, whose tall, angular form was the opposite of the short, zaftig Najimy. Both of the pair's Obie-winning off-Broadway revues were turned into cable comedy specials, "The Kathy & Mo Show: Parallel Lives" (HBO 1991) and "The Kathy & Mo Show: The Dark Side" (HBO 1995). Gaffney and Najimy produced, wrote and co-starred in the shows, which were tinged with feminist and Catholic humor. The pair portrayed a variety of characters ranging from teenagers to elderly women to angels. Gaffney also adopted male personae, ranging from a macho date to a gay bartender.

Najimy shed some 100 pounds before she re-appeared on the small screen in 1996 in the recurring role of Dr Barbara Konstadt, a physician struggling with manic-depression, on the medical drama "Chicago Hope" (CBS 1994-2000). The following year, she provided the voice of Hank Hill's schoolteacher wife, Peggy, in Mike Judge's affectionate look at modern Texas suburbia, "King of the Hill." After giving birth to a daughter in December 1996, Najimy reteamed with her "Nevada" co-star Kirstie Alley for the sitcom "Veronica's Closet" (NBC 1997-2000), in which she played Olive Massery, the best friend and co-worker of Alley's lingerie-company owner Veronica Chase. The sitcom received only middling reviews, although Najimy was frequently praised as its standout performer, and was canceled in the midst of its third season.

After starring on Broadway as Mae West in the biographical musical "Dirty Blonde," Najimy returned to the big screen with key roles in the Jennifer Lopez-starring romantic comedy "The Wedding Planner" (2001) and Jerry Zucker's madcap road trip comedy "Rat Race" (2001). Her voiceover work continued, including the preschool-oriented series "Oswald" (Nicktoons 2001-03), on which she voiced the recurring role of Bingette Bunny. While staying busy with guest shots on various TV cartoons, she co-starred opposite writer-director Peter Paige as a nosy neighborhood activist in the indie comedy "Say Uncle" (2005) and appeared in Margaret Cho's "Bam Bam and Celeste" (2005), and provided the voice of Axiom crewmember Mary in the Pixar fable "WALL-E" (2008).

Returning to network television, Najimy began a recurring role as Dr. Mildred Finch on the procedural drama "Numb3rs" (CBS 2005-2010) in 2007, followed by stints on the teen-oriented Olympics-training drama "Make It Or Break It" (ABC Family 2009-2012) and Laura Linney's black-humored comedy-drama "The Big C" (Showtime 2010-13). She alternated her TV work with film appearances including supporting roles in the teen dance drama sequel "Step Up 3D" (2010), Seth Rogen and Barbra Streisand's family comedy "The Guilt Trip" (2012), and Tyler Perry's holiday comedy-drama "A Madea Christmas" (2013). Najimy joined the supporting cast of Julia Louis-Dreyfus' critically-acclaimed political comedy "Veep" (HBO 2012- ) in the show's third season as political reporter Wendy Keegan, the wife of communications director Mike McLintock (Matt Walsh).