A very popular face with most of you, Kathy Najimy was born on 6th February, 1957 in San Diego, California. An actress of Lebanese descent, Kathy is best known for her role as Olive Massery on the television series Veronica’s Closet, Sister Mary Patrick in Sister Act and the voice of Peggy Hill on the animated television series King of the Hill.
Kathy’s film career kicked off in the early 90s with a number of minor roles in various movies, but her first major role same in the very successful 1992 comedy Sister Act. Here Kathy placed the role of Sister Mary Patrick and she played this role again a year later in Sister Act 2. Among her various roles, Kathy also starred in Hocus Pocus with Bette Midler and in 2001 she co-starred in the hit comedy film Rat Race alongside John Cleese, Rowan Atkinson, Cuba Gooding, Jr., Whoopi Goldberg , Jon Lovitz and Seth Green.
Reaching out to the television audience, Kathy also was part of the cast of Veronica’s Closet from 1997 to 2000. She co-created and starred in the hit off-broadway show and HBO specials “Kathy & Mo, with friend and actress Mo Gaffney. She garnered rave reviews for her performance as Mae West in the Broadway hit “Dirty Blonde”.
In 2005 Kathy was chosen by Ms. Magazine as Woman of the Year. She is also very vocal about issues regarding weight and body imaging among females.
Kathy is married to comedic actor/singer Dan Finnerty and together they have one daughter. A proud feminist, Kathy is also noted as an activist for human rights and gay rights. She uses her celebrity to donate money to charities by appearing on game shows. She appeared as a contestant on a celebrity version of The Weakest Link where she won $50,000 for The Feminist Majority Foundation’s Campaign to Stop Gender Apartheid in Afghanistan. She has appeared three times on Celebrity Poker Showdown and won the season six tournament, donating the $100,000 to V-Day, an organization that help stop violence against women. She was also crowned Grand Champion on CBS’s Gameshow Marathon in 2006, donating the $100,000 winnings to Girls Best Friend, a charity that helps empower girls.