About Lainie Kazan (Levine)
Lainie Kazan (born May 15, 1940) is an American actress and singer. Kazan was born Lanie Levine in Brooklyn, New York City, the daughter of a Russian Ashkenazi Jewish father who worked as a bookie and a Turkish Sephardic Jewish mother, Carole, whom Kazan has described as "neurotic, fragile and artistic." She serves on the boards of the Young Musician's Foundation, AIDS Project LA, and B'nai Brith. She is a graduate of Hofstra University.
In recent years, Kazan has performed on concert stages and in Las Vegas and Atlantic City showrooms.
She appeared in an episode of Ugly Betty, playing the mother of Bobby, who was soon to become the central character's brother-in-law. Thus, her character was soon to become the mother-in-law of the central character.
On August 17, 2010, The Hollywood Reporter announced that Kazan will join the cast of Desperate Housewives for Season 7. She will play the role of a self-employed business owner and neighbor to Susan. ( Lainie Kazan - Wikipedia ).