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Debi Mazar is an actress known for roles in films such as Goodfellas and The Doors and the TV series Entourage.
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Actress. Debi Mazar was born on August 13, 1964, on Manhattan's Lower East Side. Her father, Harry Mazar, was a blue-collar Latvian Jewish immigrant who fled the former Soviet Union to start a new life in New York City. Her mother, Nancy, was an American-born Catholic who converted to Judaism upon marrying her father. As a child, Debi Mazar was exposed to a remarkable diversity of faiths as her parents struggled to find spiritual satisfaction from different religions. According to Mazar, her mother "was born Catholic, converted to Judaism, then she became a Buddhist, then she became a Jehovah's Witness. Then she was kicked out of Jehovah's Witness for taking a blood transfusion." Her father's religious past was equally complex; born Jewish, he had spent World War II passing as a Catholic to escape Nazi anti-Semitism. "It was a big secret which I didn't find out until I was in my 20s," Debi Mazar says. She also says that this early exposure to a myriad of religious influences later prevented her from latching onto any of the spiritual trends that periodically sweep Hollywood. "I could never be pushed into something," she says. "It's just not my thing. But I think if people find happiness in it, then good for them!"
When Mazar recalls her childhood in the multicultural immigrant havens of Brooklyn and Queens, what she remembers most vividly are the smells. "Every day I smelled garlic, sofrito and rice, pork and beans and God knows what else floating through the windows," she says. Perhaps reflecting her working-class background, as a child she dreamed mostly about growing up to stability and comfort. "I always had dreams," she said. "I knew I wanted to have money to buy things at the flea market. That's worked out well."Madonna.
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