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Actress Lainie Kazan attends the "You Don't Mess With The Zohan" premiere at the Ziegfeld Theater on Wednesday, June 4, 2008 in New York. (AP Photo/Evan Agostini)

'My Big Fat Greek Wedding' star Lainie Kazan was arrested for allegedly stealing groceries



Actress Lainie Kazan was recently arrested in California for allegedly stealing food, according to TMZ.

Law enforcement sources on Saturday told TMZ that Kazan went to a Gelson’s supermarket in the San Fernando Valley around 4 p.m. local time that afternoon.

TMZ’s sources said that Kazan loaded her cart with $180 worth of groceries, ultimately putting them into several reusable bags and walking out to her car.

An individual from Gelson’s saw Kazan leaving the store, however, and called the police on the movie star.

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Kazan told police officers that she did not have any money on her when asked why she left the business without paying for her groceries first.

The actress was then arrested for petty theft, handcuffed and taken to an area police station where she was cited and released without bail.

Kazan, 78, has decades of acting experience and has appeared in multiple movies, television series and theater productions.

The performer was nominated for a 1988 Primetime Emmy Award for outstanding guest actress for her work on “St. Elsewhere,” a television series that originally ran on NBC.

The performer is perhaps best known, however, for her role in the 2002 film “My Big Fat Greek Wedding.”

Kazan played Maria Portokalos in the sleeper hit, who was the mother of the movie’s main character.

“My Big Fat Greek Wedding” features actress Nia Vardalos playing Fotoula “Toula” Portokalos-Miller, the daughter of proudly Greek parents who marries a non-Greek man.

The film was an unexpected success, raking in $368.7 million at the box office, according to Box Office Mojo, against a $5 million production budget.

The romantic comedy inspired “My Big Fat Greek Life,” a CBS television series that lasted for one season in 2003, and “My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2,” a sequel which premiered in 2016.

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