In real life, Kathy Kinney looks like a sweet grandma, but she became famous for a much different image — Drew Carey’s big haired, blue eye-shadowed, loudmouth co-worker Mimi on The Drew Carey Show! It’s no wonder why it’s hard to imagine the now-64-year-old larger-than-life actress without her makeup, since we saw her in the role for nearly a decade. If you just can’t picture it, we have a picture right here for you:
Weird, right?! Despite the fact that she looks totally different in her everyday life, Kathy revealed to Oprah in 2014 that she gets “recognized more often than I expect. I really enjoyed playing that character. Halloween every day, that’s what it was like,” she joked.
Even though the show ended in 2004, the cast is still super close. “We did become a family,” she explained. “We don’t get to see each other as often [now], but when we do… you always remember, ‘Gee, I love you.’… We do still see each other. We are bonded, all of us, forever.” So sweet! Kathy even did Drew a solid by appearing on The Price Is Right in 2010!
The Drew Carey Show cast
Believe it or not, you may have seen Kathy in several other projects and just didn’t realize it. She’s a master character actor that can transform to fit any role perfectly, from a hard-ass cop to a goofy chef or an endearing grandma. Some of her credits include hit shows like The Secret Life of the American Teenager and My Name is Earl, and she even voiced Rhonda in the Penguins of Madagascar TV show!
See some of Kathy’s most amazing transformations in the gallery below!
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