Actress-comedian Kathy Kinney

Celebrities, Celebrity Q&A, People
on September 8, 2002

Tell me about Kathy Kinney, who plays Mimi on The Drew Carey Show.
—Tony Y., Georgia

The Wisconsin native performed at New York comedy clubs at the beginning of her career. Then her friend, Bill Sherwood, cast her in the 1986 film, Parting Glances. Kinney, 47, moved to Los Angeles soon after and guest-starred on several shows, including Seinfeld, The Larry Sanders Show, Dream On, and Fallen Angels. She played the town librarian on Newhart for two seasons. Her film credits include Mr. Jones, Arachnophobia, Stanley & Iris, and Scrooged. Can you imagine The Drew Carey Show without Mimi antagonizing Drew in every episode? The character wasn't meant to be a show regular, but Kinney was such a scene-stealer that she got herself a steady part.