03-02 Happy birthday to Laraine Newman, Born: March 2, 1952.
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:
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, American Hot Wax, Wholly Moses, Problem Child 2 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 1993 film Coneheads. 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 and Doc McStuffins. She also voices Queen Jipjorrulac, the mother of Mark Chang, in The Fairly OddParents.
She voiced the Wicked Witch of the West in Tom and Jerry and the Wizard of Oz, an animated direct-to-DVD film set during the events of the classic 1939 film.
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