Laraine Newman (born March 2, 1952) is an American actress, voice actress, comedian and writer, who was part of the original cast of NBC's Saturday Night Live and played the main villain Lawanda Dumore in the 1991 film Problem Child 2.
Newman in 2011
|Known for||Saturday Night Live|
Problem Child 2
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 (brother Paul). Her sister, Tracy Newman, is an Emmy Award-winning television writer. Newman attended Beverly Hills High School in Beverly Hills, California and graduated from there in 1970. Newman married actor-writer-director Chad Einbinder (born 1963) in 1991. They have two children, Spike (born 1991) and Hannah (born 1995).
Early life and careerEdit
Newman took her first Improvisational theatre 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. She was not accepted after the second round of auditions for all four schools, so she went to Paris to study mime with Marcel Marceau for a year.
By the age of 19, Newman returned to the United States, and moved to Los Angeles, where she did a brief stint at a secretarial school. Committed to continue performing, she was a founding member of the pioneering comedy improvisational group The Groundlings. At the same time, Newman was working for a booking agent who worked with rock bands, typing up contracts.
Saturday Night LiveEdit
In 1974, Lorne Michaels hired 22-year-old Newman for a Lily Tomlin special, impressed with her work as founder and original member of The Groundlings. A year later, she became an original cast member on NBC's Saturday Night Live, appearing on the show from its inception in 1975 through 1980.
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. The instant success of SNL propelled her to stardom very quickly. Newman recalled being stopped in the street in New York City by John Lennon and Yoko Ono, who introduced themselves to her.
Newman admits that she was "never a good improviser," but when in character, like an angry Jewish poet, a flight attendant, an eccentric chef or a British groupie, she was "free."
Commenting on her early experiences during Saturday Night Live she said: "When I first performed (my characters) and the audience responded, I felt like crying, I mean the idea that what I saw—what other people saw—(meant) I wasn't so alone in my perspective. I hope this doesn’t sound too overblown, but it really did feel like a Communion."
However, by her own account, she was unhappy for much of her time with the show—she disliked living in New York. During her years on SNL, Newman had developed serious eating disorders, as well as heroin addiction. She spent so much time in her dressing room playing solitaire that for Christmas 1979, castmate Radner gave her a deck of playing cards with a picture of Newman on the face of each card.
Recurring characters on Saturday Night LiveEdit
She is best known for her roles as Connie Conehead and Sherry. Newman decided not to repeat her characters so fewer signature characters are remembered, in contrast to some of her other fellow cast members on SNL, such as Dan Aykroyd or Chevy Chase. Still, she created many important SNL characters and helped, as part of the whole ensemble cast, to shape the early years of SNL.
Newman states when asked about her favorite Saturday Night Live character: "My favorite character that I created at Saturday Night Live, which, I think, only pleased me and no one else, was Lina Wertmüller (based on the actual Lina Wertmüller)."
Later life and careerEdit
Newman's post-SNL film career has been in both leading and supporting roles, as well as a voice artist on television and features.
Newman continued to appear in film and television productions during the 1980s. Among these were Wholly Moses, Voltar The Invincible and Invaders from Mars. She also had a small role in Woody Allen's Stardust Memories (1980). 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, St. Elsewhere, E.T. and Friends (1983), in which she reprised her role as Connie Conehead, Steve Martin's Best Show Ever (1981) and Amazing Stories.
In the 90s, she had roles in Problem Child 2 and in the 1993 film Coneheads. Newman further appeared in episodes of Friends, The Tick, 3rd Rock from the Sun, Histeria!, CatDog, Sonic the Hedgehog, 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, and in The Flintstones movie. During this time she started to focus on voice acting.
In the 2000s she lent her voice to many characters in animated movies and television productions. Among these were Danny Phantom, As Told By Ginger, Avatar: The Last Airbender, Metalocalypse and Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius. She further 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, and Horton Hears a Who!.
She continues to provide her voice for movies like Dr. Seuss' The Lorax and Wreck-It Ralph. Newman made guest voice appearances in SpongeBob SquarePants, Doc McStuffins, and Harvey Street Kids . She also voices Queen Jipjorrulac, the mother of Mark Chang, in The Fairly OddParents.
On July 9, 2014, Newman appeared on Ken Reid's TV Guidance Counselor podcast.
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.
|1978||American Hot Wax||Teenage Louise|
|1979||Mr. Mike's Mondo Video||Herself||Cameo appearance|
|1980||Stardust Memories||Film Executive||Uncredited|
|1986||Invaders from Mars||Ellen Gardner|
|1991||Problem Child 2||Lawanda Dumore|
|Witchboard 2: The Devil's Doorway||Elaine|
|Revenge of the Red Baron||Carol Spencer|
|1994||The Flintstones||Susan Rock|
|1996||Jingle All the Way||First Lady|
|1997||Demolition University||Professor Harris|
|1998||Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas||Frog-Eyed Woman|
|1999||Baby Huey's Great Easter Adventure||Minnie||Direct-to-video|
|2014||Ready or Knot||Joanne|
|2016||The Late Bloomer||Noema Willcoxen|
|1975–1980||Saturday Night Live||Herself||Cast Member. 106 episodes|
|1982||Laverne & Shirley||Sheba||2 episodes|
|St. Elsewhere||Jane Zontell||3 episodes|
|1986||Alfred Hitchcock Presents||Periwinkle||Episode: "The Jar"|
|The Canned Film Festival||Laraine the usherette||13 episodes|
|1988||Monsters||Episode: "Rouse Him Not"|
|1996||3rd Rock from the Sun||Guidance Counselor||Episode: "World's Greatest Dick"|
|Friends||Mrs. Buffay||Episode: "The One With the Bullies"|
|2000||Curb Your Enthusiasm||Wendy Prager/Gwendolyn, director of the play, "The Vagina Monologues"/Incest Survivor||Episode: "The Group"|
|2002–2004||7th Heaven||Rosina Glass|
|2006||Brothers & Sisters||Lyla|
|2012||Easy to Assemble||The Neighbor||2 episodes|
|2013||The Birthday Boys||President of the Network|
|1985||Voltar The Invincible||Wondra/Mrs. Lawrence||Uncredited|
|2001||Monsters, Inc.||Mother/School Teacher|
|2003||Finding Nemo||Additional Voices|
|Charlotte's Web 2: Wilbur's Great Adventure||Gwen|
|2004||Shrek 2||ADR Group|
|The Incredibles||Squeaker's Owner||Uncredited|
|2006||The Wild||Girl Monkey|
|2007||Happily N'Ever After||Additional Voices|
|Surf's Up||Female Penguin #3|
|2008||Horton Hears a Who!||Glummox Mom|
|Ponyo||Woman in the boat|
|WALL-E||Beauty Bot/Paramedic Bot/Announcer Bot|
|2009||Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs||French Newscaster|
|2010||Shrek Forever After||ADR Group|
|Toy Story 3||Additional Voices|
|2011||Tom and Jerry and the Wizard of Oz||The Wicked Witch of The West|
|Wreck-It Ralph||Various Nicelanders|
|2013||Despicable Me 2||Woman|
|2014||Tom and Jerry: The Lost Dragon||Elf Elder's Wife|
|The Boxtrolls||Female Townsfolk 1/Female Townsfolk 2|
|2015||Inside Out||Jill Andersen's Fear|
|2016||The Secret Life of Pets|
|Sing||Meena's Grandmother/Additional Voices|
|2017||Despicable Me 3||Additional Voices|
|The Emoji Movie|
|The Nut Job 2: Nutty by Nature||Daredevil Chipmunk|
|2018||The Grinch||Additional Voices|
|2019||The Secret Life of Pets 2||Cow|
|1998||The New Batman Adventures||Baby Doll||Episode: "Love is a Croc"|
|1999||Detention||Ms. Treacle||Episode: "The Contest"|
|2000||The Oblongs||Ms. Hubbard||8 episodes|
|2000–2006||As Told by Ginger||Lois Foutley||43 episodes|
|2001–2003||Oswald||Madame Butterfly||22 episodes|
|2001–2013||The Fairly OddParents||Alien Queen Jipjorrulac/Mother Nature||9 episodes|
|2003||What's New, Scooby-Doo?||Wor-El|
|2004–2007||Danny Phantom||Pam/Mrs. Tetslaff||6 episodes|
|2005||The Buzz on Maggie||Lacey Ladybug|
|2006||Avatar: The Last Airbender||Lily|
|2006–2012||Metalocalypse||Pickles' Mom/News Anchor/Dory McClean/Additional Characters||15 episodes|
|2009–2013||Jungle Junction||Carla||14 episodes|
|2010–2018||SpongeBob SquarePants||Ella Plankton/Crab Lady||3 episodes|
|2011||The Garfield Show||Aunt Ivy/Chicken/Winona||4 episodes|
|Beavis and Butt-head||Biology Teacher||3 episodes|
|2011–2013||Winx Club||Queen Ligea||Seasons 3-5|
|2012–2014||Doc McStuffins||Aurora, Professor Hootsburgh and Southwest Sal||25 episodes|
|2012||Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated||Granny Snaggletooth|
|2013||Turbo FAST||Queen Invicta||Episode: "Ants Ants Revolution/Clamsquatch"|
|Kung Fu Panda: Legends of Awesomeness||Yan Fan|
|2015||The Adventures of Puss in Boots||Pajuna/Piper||37 episodes|
|Be Cool, Scooby-Doo!||Professor Salazar / Running Girl|
|2015–2017||Dawn of the Croods||Gran/One-Eyed Amber/Mosh/Pram||52 episodes|
|2016||Milo Murphy's Law||Ms. White|
|2016–2018||Trollhunters: Tales of Arcadia||Nana/Ms. Janeth||27 episodes|
|2017||Dorothy and the Wizard of Oz||Wicked Witch of the West||6 episodes|
|2017–2018||Talking Tom and Friends||Ms. Vanthrax||5 episodes|
|2018||The Epic Tales of Captain Underpants||Ms. Tara Ribble|
|2018–2019||3Below: Tales of Arcadia||Nana/Ms. Janeth||18 episodes|
|2019–2020||Harvey Girls Forever!||Ryan Ninaman||3 episodes|
|2019||Summer Camp Island||Hedgehog's Mother||1 episode|
|2020||Apple & Onion||Banana||Episode: "Apple's Formula"|
|2020||Bob's Burgers||Dove Shannon||Episode: "Local She-ro"|
|2000||Stupid Invaders||Additional Voices|
|2003||The Fairly OddParents: Breakin' da Rules||Alien Queen Jipjorrulac|
|True Crime: New York City||Additional Voices|
|2007||Bee Movie Game|
|Neverwinter Nights 2: Mask of the Betrayer||Sheva Whitefeather/NPC (Wise Woman)|
|2008||The Rise of the Argonauts||Additional Voices|
|2011||Star Wars: The Old Republic|
|2013||Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII|
|2016||Let It Die||Mother Barb (voice)|||
|2019||Dota 2||Snapfire (voice)|
|1979||Primetime Emmy Awards||Outstanding Writing in a Comedy – Variety or Music Series
(shared with the other writers)
|Saturday Night Live||Nominated|
|2016||Annie Award||Outstanding Achievement in Voice Acting in an Animated TV/Broadcast Production (Voice of "Amber" for the episode "The First Picture Show")||Dawn of the Croods||Nominated|
|2012||Behind the Voice Actors Awards||Best Vocal Ensemble in a TV Special/Direct-to-DVD Title or Short
(shared with the other cast)
|Tom and Jerry & The Wizard of Oz||Nominated|
|2017||Best Vocal Ensemble in a New Television Series
(shared with the other cast)
|Milo Murphy's Law||Nominated|
|Best Female Vocal Performance in a Television Series in a Supporting Role
(Voice of "Miss Janeth")
- "Laraine Newman - About This Person - Movies & TV - NYTimes.com".
- "California Birth Index, 1905–1995 (Laraine Newman)". United States: The Generations Network. Retrieved May 5, 2009.
- "Live From Hillel—It's Laraine! - Arts". Jewish Journal.
- @larainenewman (June 11, 2019). "So excited to be in an episode of this great show. Acting with my firstborn Spike Einbinder and the wonderful Fred Armisen and Julio Torres. Thanks for the gig guys. xx" (Tweet) – via Twitter.
Samantha Maffucci (November 7, 2019). "Meet Hannah Einbinder — A Comedian To Watch In 2020". Your Tango. Retrieved March 7, 2020.
Einbinder’s mother is none other than Laraine Newman, who was an original cast member on Saturday Night Live! Lorne Michaels hired Newman in 1974 after seeing her work with The Groundlings, an improv and sketch group. Following in her mom’s footsteps!
- "SNL Reunion".
- "Laraine Newman Biography".
- "Finally ready for prime time: Newman closes week with laughs".
- "Finally ready for prime time: Newman closes week with laughs".
- Shales, Tom; Miller, James Andrew (June 4, 2008). "It's Saturday Night!". Vanity Fair. New York City: Condé Nast.
- "Laraine Newman". biography.com.
- Prosser, Maggie (July 12, 2018). "Finally ready for prime time: Newman closes week with laughs". The Chautauquan Daily.
- Lev Grossman. "And They All Hate Chevy". Time.
- Megh Wright. "Saturday Night's Children: Laraine Newman (1975-1980)".
- Comcast Interactive Media (June 6, 2009). "SNL's Laraine Newman: Where Is She Now?".
- Laraine Newman – The Huffington Post
- "Meet the deadly cast of Suda51's new PS4 action game, Let It Die: Mark Hamill, Verne Troyer, Billy Dee Williams and Traci Lords provide voices". PlayStation. November 3, 2016. Retrieved June 10, 2018.
- Official website
- Laraine Newman on IMDb
- Laraine Newman at AllMovie
- Laraine Newman at the Internet Broadway Database
- Writings at One for the Table
- Laraine Newman at The Interviews: An Oral History of Television