From Homeless to Being Mistaken for Zach Galifianakis’ Girlfriend



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In 1994, Zach Galifianakis, who was then an unknown comic, met Elizabeth “Mimi” Haist, who volunteered at Fox Laundry, which Mr. Galifianakis frequented, in Los Angeles, California. At that time, Ms. Haist lived off the tips she received. In 2011, Mr. Galifianakis was a TV and movie star and Ms. Haist had fallen on hard times. When Mr. Galifianakis discovered that Ms. Haist was homeless, he got her a one-bedroom, one-bath apartment — he pays the rent and the utility bills. Mr. Galifianakis also occasionally takes her out to eat. Being friends with Mr. Galifianakis has additional benefits. Actress Renee Zellweger, who starred as Bridget Jones in two movies, decorated Ms. Haist’s apartment. Ms. Zellweger, whom Ms. Haist calls a “very sweet lady,” also buys groceries for her. Ms. Haist also gets to attend movie premieres with Mr. Galifianakis, such as the one for The Hangover Part III in May 2013. A reporter once asked her whether she was ever mistaken for Mr. Galifianakis’s mother; she joked that she was sometimes mistaken for his girlfriend. In 2013, she was 87; he was 43. She said about attending premieres, “All the fans were taking photos, and I waved at them. I said, ‘They don’t know who I am!’” She added, “Afterwards, they have a party at somewhere close by and you meet the stars. I drink lemon drop martinis with Grey Goose vodka.” 

For Further Information: Hugo Daniel, “Zach Galifianakis to take woman he rescued from homelessness as date to ‘Hangover Part III’ premiere.” New York Daily News. 20 May 2013; updated 21 May 2013

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