Beloved character actress and musical performer Lainie Kazan (best known for her role as the overbearing mother Maria Portokalos in "My Big Fat Greek Wedding" and "My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2") was arrested after shoplifting at a local grocery store.
According to E!, Kazan was shopping at a Gelson's supermarket in Los Angeles. The 77-year-old loaded up her cart with around $180 dollars of food. She then placed the items into reusable bags and simply walked past the checkout and out of the store. An employee approached Kazan, and police were called.
The incident occurred at around 4 PM on December 24.
Kazan was handcuffed and taken to a police station in the San Fernando Valley (a suburb next to LA). She was officially charged with petty theft and released later that day without bail. The incident was confirmed by a police officer who offered no other comments on the matter.
Spokespeople for Kazan have offered no comment on the matter. A TMZ source said that the reason for the heist was that Kazan did not have any money on her at the time.
Kazan is an award-winning thespian who has garnered both an Emmy and a Tony for her roles in "St. Elsewhere" and "My Favorite Year," respectively. She also has around 50 film credits and has appeared in notable movies like "The Delta Force" (1986), "Harry and the Hendersons" (1987) and "Beaches" (1988). In her spare time, Kazan serves on the boards of the Young Musicians’ Foundation, AIDS Project LA and B'nai Brith and educates the public about her medical condition, deep vein thrombosis.
Kazan has no known prior criminal record.
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