Galifianakis relocated to Los Angeles at the start of his comic career. He aspired to be a celebrity, but like many celebrities, he had to start small and work his way up to his big break. The comic accomplished this by doing odd jobs and performing stand-up comedy.
His favorite gigs were at the rear of burger establishments, where he could show off his ability before obtaining any important roles, such as Alan in the “The Hangover” franchise. Meeting Hollywood directors was vital, but Galifianakis also met other key acquaintances along the way.
While his jobs improved his life, the lady who kept him company over those years was someone he met in the most unexpected of places. The couple proved to be a powerful partnership in the years to come.
Galifianakis met a lady in 1994 who would have a huge effect on his life in the years to come. Marie “Mimi” Haist was helping at a laundry at the time she met Galifianakis, surviving on client tips.
The “Hangover” celebrity frequented Fox Laundry, where Haist was helping, since he lived only around the block. Despite the fact that they originally met over 20 years ago, the pair has maintained a close friendship.
Although Haist had previously been married, she had been single for some time before meeting Galifianakis. She lived on the streets after her divorce and started hunting for a job or a place to sleep. She discovered both of those items in the same location.
Haist started working at the laundry, where her manager let her survive for over 20 years. Haist admitted to sleeping between the washing and drying machines so that customers couldn’t see her.
After meeting and becoming friends, Galifianakis learned that Haist was living at the laundry and promised her that he would find her a comfortable place to live. Despite his lack of success, Galifianakis discovered and paid for Haist’s residence.
Galifianakis later connected Haist to Reneé Zellwegger, who assisted Haist in furnishing her residence. While Haist had no idea who Galifianakis was, she recognized Zellwegger and was eager to meet her.
While Galifianakis had an effect on Haist’s life, she also had someone else to thank. Haist expressed her appreciation for Zellwegger and Galifianakis’ efforts.
Meeting Haist had an influence on Galifianakis, but her life was irrevocably transformed after meeting the rising celebrity. The duo had formed a deep connection by the time Galifianakis got his breakout role in “The Hangover” in 2009.
This link opened up a new opportunity for Haist to enjoy the better things in life. When Galifianakis didn’t have someone to accompany him to a film premiere or other Hollywood event, he would invite Haist to be his date.
Despite the fact that Galifianakis has been in the public spotlight for so long, he has yet to grow accustomed to Hollywood events, but he believes Haist manages them effectively. Galifianakis claimed he liked walking the red carpet with Haist.
Haist commented on the red carpet treatment she has received since meeting Galifianakis.
While Haist enjoys attending the activities, she is not the only one who is pleased to be there. Galifianakis admitted that, while he dislikes red carpets, Haist makes them more bearable, noting that he feels better when Haist is beside him on the red carpet.
Being in the limelight of Galifianakis reflected part of it on Haist. “Queen Mimi,” a documentary on Haist, was released in 2016. The documentary’s director, Yaniv Rokah, stated that he was interested by Haist’s narrative and desired to make a film about it.
He described the process of meeting Haist and wanting to learn more about her life by saying that she desired to understand who she was, why she was there, and what her story was.
Customers at the laundry recognized Haist after the film debuted and told her she was a celebrity. Haist, on the other hand, went about her business as normal, with just a few deviations while she was on the red carpet with Galifianakis.
Even after becoming a household celebrity in and around Hollywood, she continued to clean the machines at the laundromat since she thought no one else could do the job as effectively as she could.
Considering her challenging circumstances, Haist never believed herself to be homeless. She stated that she never let herself to fall involved with the wrong crowd or to grow unhappy about anything.
Haist claimed that when her friends came to see her, they would tell her she was popular, even though she did not believe this and was simply enjoying her life. Sadly, Haist died in late 2021, but her legacy lives on through her documentary.