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Kathy  Najimy

Kathy Najimy

Award-Winning Actress & Activist

Biography

Kathy Najimy is known for her memorable performances in over 25 films including Sister Act and Hocus Pocus…and several TV projects. She is very proud to have been named Ms. Magazine WOMAN OF THE YEAR! Read More >

Najimy is currently recurring on HBO’s Veep, and debuted in the entire last season of The Big C as Laura Linney’s character’s therapist. Najimy reccurs on Younger and just wrapped filming The Descendants for The Disney Channel and the film: A Change of Heart in Miami both directed by Kenny Ortega. For TV she voiced “Peggy Hill” (14 seasons) on the Emmy Award-winning Fox hit King of the Hill, for which she received several Awards.

Najimy is internationally known for her portrayal of “Sister Mary Patrick” in the blockbuster hits Sister Act and Sister Act 2, which won her an American Comedy Award for Funniest Supporting Actress and the Hollywood Women's Press Club - Female Discovery of the Year.

Her work includes over 20 films including starring roles in Hocus Pocus with Bette Midler, Rat Race, Tyler Perry’s Madea Christmas and Say Uncle (Philadelphia Film Festival Best Actress), Hope Floats, Step Up 3D, The Wedding Planner with Jennifer Lopez and HBO’s If These Walls Could Talk 2 with Ellen DeGeneres. Najimy also recently filmed two indie films, Blowtorch and Clutter, and was seen in The Guilt Trip with Barbra Streisand and Seth Rogen. She starred in Pixar’s animated feature WALL-E and has voiced characters for the animated features Tinkerbell, Brother Bear 2, Cats Don’t Dance, and The Jungle Book.

A first-time entrepreneur, Najimy successfully created, designed, and sells a garment for women: Ch’Arms nationally and abroad on home shopping and ecommerce venues. She is currently executive producing a series for HBO based on The Women’s Movement and has created Broadway show idea that will be produced by Lincoln Center Theater in 2015.

For her over 18 years of AIDS activism, Najimy has been honored with the L.A. Shanti’s Founder award as well as the LA Gay and Lesbian Center's Distinguished Achievement award. She is an enthusiastic supporter of women’s and girls’ rights, AIDS awareness, animal rights, Children’s rights, and education, Reproductive Rights and frequently travels around the country to keynote speak on these issues. Najimy has lent her support to a variety of worthy organizations that include: NYClass, Project Angel Food, APLA, GLAAD, Urban Arts, 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, she has received awards from the ACC and The ADC, and been honored with the Arabic Comedy Lifetime Achievement Award. She has posed twice for People for the Ethical Treatment of Animal (PETA)’s popular campaign “I’d Rather Go Naked Than Wear Fur,” and, in 2000, she received PETA’s Humanitarian of the Year Award from Sir 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. She contributed a monologue to “Standing on Ceremony – The Gay Marriage Plays.” On tape, she voiced Wally Lamb's best-selling novel She’s Come Undone.

She is tournament champion of Bravo Celebrity Poker Showdown, winning $100,000 for V-DAY (dedicating to stopping violence against women) and also won another $100,000 for at-risk teen girls as the first champion of the CBS Game Show Marathon. Read Less ^

Speaker Videos

On Being an Actor and an Activist

The State of Women Rights

Speaking Reel

FemSalon: Kathy Najimy

Speech Topics

Advocating for Rights of Girls & Women

Women Supporting Each Other, Locally & Globally

Women, Body Image & Reproductive Rights

AIDS Awareness & Prevention

Gay & Lesbian Rights: The Time Is Now

Speaking Out on Violence Against Women & Children