At Length with Steve Scher

At Length with Kathy Najimy

Prior to her Weight & Wellness series lecture, Women & Body Image, producer, actor and activist Kathy Najimy sat down for a conversation with At Length host Steve Scher, ’87.

Recorded on May 21, 2015.
Weight & Wellness Poster

Poster from the Weight & Wellness lecture series. Click to enlarge.

Known for her memorable performances on both stage and screen (including Sister Act, Hocus Pocus, VEEP and 14 seasons as the voice of Peggy Hill on the award-winning animated series, King of the Hill), Kathy Najimy is also an outspoken voice in culture-wide conversations on issues of women’s and LGBTQ rights. Named Ms. Magazine’s ‘Woman of the Year,’ she is producing a new HBO series based on Ms. Magazine and the work of Gloria Steinem and the feminists of the 70’s. In the 80’s she co-wrote and co-starred with Mo Gaffney in the Obie award winning feminist comedy hit, “The Kathy and Mo Show.” Two productions were later broadcast on HBO.

In this conversation with Steve Scher, Najimy discusses drawing inspiration from 1970’s feminism, everyday prejudice in Hollywood and how women could change the world if they weren’t constantly struggling against society’s expectations for body image.