- Inspired by her mother, writer/director Elaine May, to pursue a career in the entertainment industry.
- First acted in a stage production of Rumpelstiltskin at the age of 14.
- Attended NYU's Tisch School of the Arts for a short time.
- Breakout role was in her mother's 1972 film The Heartbreak Kid, a part that earned her the New York Film Critics Award for Best Supporting Actress.
- Took a break from acting for more than 20 years before returning to film in 1990.
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