Louise Lasser (born April 11, 1939) is a comic actress, best known for her starring role on the TV cult favorite "Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman," and her appearances in the early films of Woody Allen such as "Take The Money and Run" and "Bananas." Born in New York City, Lasser began her career on the New York stage and performing improvisation routines in Greenwich Village clubs. She met Woody Allen during that time, when he was working as a stand-up comedian. She co-starred in his first directorial effort, "What's Up, Tiger Lily?" as well as his early films through "Every Thing You Always Wanted to Know About Sex * But Were Afraid to Ask." After their 1970 divorce, she guested on TV shows like "Mary Tyler Moore," "The Bob Newhart Show" and "Love American Style." In 1976, she starred in "Mary Hartman," which lasted two seasons. In later years, she has continued to land roles in films such as "Happiness," "Mystery Men" and "Requiem for a Dream."