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Kathy Najimy

Actor & Activist

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Kathy Najimy talks about her childhood in San Diego, her acting career, and her life of activism.
Kathy Najimy is a director, producer and award-winning actress known for her memorable performances in over 25 films, several TV projects and her appearances on and off Broadway. She is currently producing a TV series about the women’s movement and created an idea for a play about Gloria Steinem, slated for production at Lincoln Center Theater.   Najimy, a proud feminist and social justice advocate, recently received the Lilly Actress/Activist award from Steinem. She's also been awarded and recognized for her AIDS activism and enthusiastic work supporting the rights of women, girls, the LGBTQA community and animals.   Najimy loves playing ANY game, twirls poi balls and is proud to be one of the founding members of V-Day, a global movement to end violence against women.   She lives in New York and shares her life with husband Dan Finnerty and their 20-year-old daughter, Samia.

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How About...
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The Gloriousness of Gloria
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Game Shows
Kathy Najimy talks about how game shows were always part of her childhood.

Feminism Is Freedom
Kathy Najimy talks about how feminism is for everybody and how it's about breaking down stereotypes.

I Can’t Even Get Angry
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Just Enough Fire
Kathy Najimy talks about making home economics a class for both boys and girls in her middle school.

What Happens in Hollywood
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Marlo Thomas
Kathy Najimy talks about Marlo Thomas, the woman on television who shaped her because she was also Lebanese and a feminist.

Our LGBT Community
Kathy Najimy talks about addressing the LGBT community and how sexuality is not something anyone can say is right or wrong.

Meet the Dishes
Kathy Najimy talks about doing away with sexism and introducing her nephews to doing dishes and other domestic work.