‘Big Fat Greek Wedding’ Star Avoids Jail after Alleged Shoplifting

U.S. celebrity gossip site TMZ.com is reporting My Big Fat Greek Wedding star Lainie Kazan will avoid jail after an arrest for alleged shoplifting by taking part in a neighborhood justice program.

Citing the LA City Attorney, TMZ on Saturday claimed New York-born Kazan — who played Maria Portokalos, mother of the 2002 hit film’s struggling Greek-American bride — will not have to attend court or plead guilty.

Kazan had been arrested for petty theft shortly before Christmas last year. Her lawyer claimed it was a misunderstanding over a failure to pay for goods.