Zane Buzby is an American actress, philanthropist, film director and television director.

Life and career

Zane Buzby grew up in New York and graduated with honors from Hofstra University with degrees in Performance and Dramatic Literature.[1] She began her show business career as a film editor and actress. Her first major acting credit was in the Carl Reiner film Oh, God! (1977). She later appeared in the films Up in Smoke (1978) (opposite Cheech & Chong), Americathon (1979) (opposite John Ritter), National Lampoon's Class Reunion (1982) scripted by John Hughes, Jerry Lewis' film Cracking Up and the Rob Reiner film This Is Spinal Tap (1984). She also co-starred in and directed the feature film comedy, Last Resort (1986), starring Charles Grodin.[2]

She later became a television director mentored by James Burrows and Producer Edgar J. Scherick. She went on to amass over two hundred directing credits in episodic television, directing episodes of Dads, Married... with Children, Newhart, My Sister Sam, Head of the Class, My Two Dads, The Van Dyke Show, Charles in Charge, The Golden Girls, Blossom and Sister, Sister. Buzby also directed HBO's "Women of the Night" starring Martin Short, Joy Behar, Ellen DeGeneres, Rita Rudner and Judy Tenuta. Buzby had a television production/development deal at Paramount where she Executive Produced several television pilots.

Buzby has devoted herself to philanthropy, assisting Holocaust survivors in Eastern Europe.[3] She is the founder of The Survivor Mitzvah Project.[4] She has been awarded the KCET LOCAL HERO AWARD for her humanitarian work, and has been profiled as a "Hero At Home" by KTLA Television. In June 2014 Zane Buzby was named a CNN HERO.

Personal life

She and partner Conan Berkeley are currently working on a documentary film titled Family of Strangers, about The Survivor Mitzvah Project's emergency efforts to help the last survivors of the Holocaust. Shot on location in 4 countries, the film spans 6 years of emergency aid expeditions led by Buzby in remote areas of Belarus, Latvia, Lithuania and Ukraine [5]


  1. ^ Lester, Peter. "First Came Cheech, Then John Ritter Was in Reach, and Now Zane Buzby Is Smoking". Retrieved 2013-05-06. 
  2. ^ camero23 says : (2011-10-25). "2011 Local Hero: Zane Buzby | Jewish American Heritage Month | Local Heroes". KCET. Retrieved 2013-05-06. 
  3. ^ "Survivor Mitzvah Project helps the last, lost Holocaust survivors - LA Daily News". 2013-04-06. Retrieved 2013-05-06. 
  4. ^ "Zane Buzby | Jewish Heroes 2011". Retrieved 2013-05-06. 
  5. ^ Heller, Rachel (2013-04-05). "Boldface Aid for Shoah Victims: Blossom director Zane Buzby offers financial support to a group of tragically overlooked Holocaust survivors". Tablet Magazine. Retrieved 2013-05-06.