Zach Galifianakis pays for homeless woman's apartment, takes her to movie premieres
Comic actor Zach Galifianakis isn't joking about his date for the Monday premiere of The Hangover Part III. He took an 87-year-old former laundry worker whom he saved from homelessness. What? We told you it wasn't funny.
Galiafianakis has known Elizabeth "Mimi" Haist for almost 20 years, the New York Daily News says, meeting her in 1994 when he moved into an apartment around the corner from the L.A. laundromat where she volunteered for tips.
He stopped going to the business after The Hangover caught fire, but two years ago found out Haist was homeless. So he did what any rich person would obviously do: He set her up in a one-bedroom apartment in Santa Monica, and has been paying her rent and buying her groceries ever since. He even got Renee Zellweger to furnish the place for Haist.
The Monday event was nothing new for Haist, who also went to the premieres of The Hangover Part II and The Campaign.
“If he’s in town, he takes me. Otherwise he lets me take a friend. 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,” Haist told the newspaper. But not before she goes to the after-parties, where she downs "lemon drop martinis with Grey Goose vodka."
Apparently Galifianakis' wife Quinn Lundberg is fine with all this, even though she claims she is often mistaken for his girlfriend.