Twenty years ago, Zach Galifianakis moved to Los Angeles to test his luck as an actor. At the time, he befriended a laundromat volunteer named Elizabeth “Mimi” Haist.
The two remained friends over the years, but after Galifianakis’ career skyrocketed after the first “Hangover,” the two friends lost touch.
In the time they lost touch, Haist became homeless. When Galifianakis heard the news, he quickly found her a modest apartment to live in. He still pays her rent and utilities.
Their friendship goes beyond Galifianakis’ financial support. The comedian has made it a habit to take Haist, now 87, with him to red carpet events in Hollywood.
“If he’s in town, he takes me. Otherwise he lets me take a friend,” Haist told the New York Daily News. “I dress up nice and a friend helps me with my makeup. It’s fun, not something I’ve ever dreamed I’d experience. The limo takes me home afterwards.”
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When out with the movie star, Haist likes to sip on lemon drop martinis with Grey Goose vodka.
Haist still works at Fox Laundry and will reportedly join Galifianakis at the premiere for “Hangover Part III” next week.
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