Louise Lasser (born April 11, 1939) is an American actress. She is known for her portrayal of the title character on the soap opera parody Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman. She was married to Woody Allen and appeared in several of his films.
Lasser was born in New York City, New York of Jewish heritage, the daughter of tax authority S. Jay Lasser (not J.K. Lasser as is often indicated). Lasser studied political science at Brandeis University. She was married to Woody Allen from 1966 to 1969.
Lasser appeared in the Woody Allen films Take the Money and Run, Bananas, and Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Sex (But Were Afraid to Ask), as well as being one of the voices for his spoof dubbing of a Japanese spy movie What's Up Tiger Lily? She also had a brief cameo in his 1980 film Stardust Memories. She became a household name for starring as the neurotic, unhappy housewife Mary Hartman on the outrageous soap opera parody Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman which aired five nights a week in 1976-1977. She hosted Saturday Night Live during Season 1. Lasser also wrote the telemovie Just Me and You (1978), starring in it alongside Charles Grodin. She had a recurring role as Alex's ex-wife on the hit series Taxi, and starred in the 1981-82 season of the TV series It's a Living.