Newman at the San Diego Comic-Con in 2011.
March 2, 1952 |
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
|Occupation||Comedian, actress, writer, and editor|
|Known for||Saturday Night Live|
|Spouse(s)||Chad Einbinder (m. 1991)|
|Children||Lena (b. 1991)
Hannah (b. 1995)
Newman was born on March 2, 1952, in Los Angeles, California, the granddaughter of a cattle rancher from Arizona. Her family is Jewish. 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).
She took her first improv classes when she was 15. After finishing high school she auditioned for four acting schools in England including Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art and Bristol Old Vic. After failing the second round of auditions for all four schools, she went to Paris to study mime with Marcel Marceau for a year.
She was a founding member of The Groundlings and is best known for being an original cast member on NBC's Saturday 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:
During her five years on SNL she became a close friend of co-star Gilda Radner (although there was also a degree of rivalry between them). However, by her own account, she was unhappy for much of her time with the show - she disliked living in New York, and as the series progressed she increasingly came to feel that she was not receiving enough airtime. By the fifth season (1979–80) she had developed serious eating disorders and was using heroin regularly; she left the show at the end of that season, along with all other original cast members.
Newman's post-SNL film career has been in both leading and supporting roles, as well as a voice artist on television and features. Among these were Perfect, starring Jamie Lee Curtis and John Travolta; American Hot Wax, starring Tim Mcintyre, Jerry Lee Lewis, Fran Drescher, Chuck Berry and Jay Leno; Wholly Moses, starring Dudley Moore; and a cameo in Mr. Mike's Mondo Video. She also had a small role in Woody Allen's Stardust Memories - (1980) and in the 1994 film Coneheads, though this time not playing Connie. Despite receiving third billing ahead of Chris Farley, Phil Hartman, Michael McKean, Jason Alexander and Dave Thomas, her role was quite small. In 1986, she starred in the syndicated B-movie comedy series, The Canned Film Festival, playing the lead role as Laraine the usherette. Additionally, 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, E.T. and Friends -(1983), in which she reprised her role as Connie Conehead, Steve Martin's Best Show Ever -(1981), 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, Monsters, Inc., Barnyard, Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs, Happily N'Ever After, Horton Hears a Who!, Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius, Dr. Seuss' The Lorax, and Wreck-It Ralph. She made a guest voice appearance in SpongeBob SquarePants & Doc McStuffins. She also voices Queen Jipjorrulac, the mother of Mark Chang, in The Fairly OddParents.
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".
- Saturday Night Live - 1975-1980
- 3rd Rock From the Sun - Episode "World's Greatest Dick" - Guidance Counselor
- Curb Your Enthusiasm - Episode, "The Group" - Wendy Prager/Gwendolyn - Director of the play, "The Vagina Monologues"/Incest Survivor
- Friends (1996) - Episode "The One With the Bullies" as Mrs. Buffay
- TunnelVision - 1976 - Sonja
- American Hot Wax - (1978) - Teenage Louise
- Mr. Mike's Mondo Video - (1978) -cameo
- Wholly Moses - (1980)
- Stardust Memories - (1980)
- Perfect - (1985)
- Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs - French Newscaster
- Despicable Me 2 - Additional Voices
- Finding Nemo - Pelicans, Additional Voices
- Happily N'Ever After - Additional Voices
- Horton Hears a Who! - Glummox Mom
- The Lorax - Additional Voices
- Monsters, Inc. - Mother, School Teacher
- Ponyo - Woman in the boat
- Shrek 2 - ADR Group
- Shrek Forever After - ADR Group
- Stardust Memories - Film Executive
- Surf's Up - Additional Voices
- Tangled - Additional Voices
- Tom and Jerry and the Wizard of Oz - The Wicked Witch of The West
- Tooth Fairy - Voice Cast
- Toy Story 3 - Additional Voices
- Up - Dogs, Additional Voices
- WALL-E - Beauty Bot, Paramedic Bot, Announcer Bot
- The Wild - Additional Voices
- Wreck-It Ralph - Additional Voices
Video game roles
- Laraine Newman at the Internet Movie Database
- Laraine Newman at AllRovi
- Laraine Newman at the Internet Broadway Database
- Writings at One for the Table