Zach Galifianakis is taking an 87-year-old formerly homeless woman to the Hangover III premiere last night in Los Angeles.
And no, this isn’t just some last minute decision the eccentric star will make on his way to the theater. Nope, Galifianiakis and Elizabeth “Mimi” Haist actually have a pretty interesting history together.
The New York Post reports that Galifianakis and Haist became friends back in 1994 when Haist was working at a laundromat in Santa Monica.
At the time, Galifianakis was just another guy living in California with the hopes of making it big. He landed his first TV role in 1996 and since then he’s gone on to star in some of the highest grossing comedies of all-time.
But Galifianakis never forgot the friendly woman from the laundromat. Two years ago he found out that the 87-year-old was homeless and got her a one bedroom apartment in California. Galifianakis has been paying the rent and utilities for the last two years and he recently enlisted the help of Renee Zellweger to help decorate the apartment.
The NY Daily News notes that this isn’t the first time that Galifianakis has taken Haist to a Hollywood party. The comedian even took Mimi to the Hangover II premiere.
Mimi said: “All the fans were taking photos and I waved at them, I said, ‘They don’t know who I am!’ ” said Haist of her prior premiere experiences. Afterwards, they have a party at somewhere close by and you meet the stars. I drink lemon drop martinis with Grey Goose vodka.”
Here’s a video about Zach Galifianakis and his formerly homeless friend Elizabeth “Mimi” Haist.