Zane Buzby

Zane Buzby is an American film & TV director, philanthropist.

Zane Buzby
OccupationTelevision director, actress, philanthropist, film director,

Life and career

Zane Buzby grew up in East Meadow, New York[1] and graduated with honors from Hofstra University with degrees in performance and dramatic literature.[2] She began her show business career as an assistant film editor working for The Beatles' Apple Films on The Concert for Bangladesh, and The Holy Mountain by filmmaker Alexjandro Jodorowsky. Her first major acting credit was in the Carl Reiner film Oh, God! (1977). She 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.[3]

Zane became a television director (mentored by James Burrows and producer Edgar J. Scherick). Zane went on to amass over 200 directing credits in episodic television, including directing episodes of The Golden Girls, Married... with Children, Newhart, My Sister Sam, Head of the Class, My Two Dads, Charles in Charge, Blossom, and Sister, Sister. Buzby directed the pilot of Paramount's Sister, Sister as well as the pilot of HBO's comedy concert "Women of the Night" starring Martin Short, Ellen DeGeneres, Rita Rudner, Judy Tenutaand Paula Poundstone. Buzby executive produced and co-produced several pilots including and The Rock starring Joy Behar. Buzby had a television production/development deal at Paramount where she and partner Conan Berkeley Executive Produced several television pilots including ADAM starring comedian/actor Adam Ferrara.

Buzby has devoted herself to philanthropy, assisting Holocaust survivors in Eastern Europe.[4] She is the founder of The Survivor Mitzvah Project [SMP], an urgent humanitarian effort bringing emergency aid to the last survivors of the Holocaust in Eastern Europe. She is also the founder of SMP's Holocaust Educational Archive, a growing repository of thousands of letters and photographs from Holocaust survivors in nine countries and hundreds of hours of videotape shot in 6 countries in Eastern Europe, depicting never before recorded testimony and locations illustrating the "Holocaust in the East."

She and partner Conan Berkeley are 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 six countries, the film spans seventeen years of emergency aid expeditions led by Buzby in remote areas of Belarus, Latvia, Lithuania, Moldova, Transnistria, and Ukraine [5]


Zane Buzby has received numerous awards and honors for her humanitarian work and commitment to the plight of over 2500 Holocaust survivors helped through the organization she founded.[6] In 2014 Zane Buzby was named a CNN HERO. In 2017 she received the ANTI-DEFAMATION LEAGUE'S DEBORAH AWARD, honoring outstanding women whose professional leadership, philanthropy, and civic contributions exemplify the ideals of the Anti-Defamation League. She has also received the 2017 INTERNATIONAL MENSCH FOUNDATION AWARD along with former director of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, MIchael Berenbaum. In 2013 she was profiled as a "Hero at Home" by KTLA and in 2011 Buzby was awarded the KCET LOCAL HERO AWARD for her humanitarian work.


  1. Ulman, Jane (November 23, 2005). "Meet the multitalented, endlessly energetic Zane Buzby". Jewish Journal. Retrieved 20 February 2019.
  2. Lester, Peter. "First Came Cheech, Then John Ritter Was in Reach, and Now Zane Buzby Is Smoking". Retrieved 2013-05-06.
  3. camero23 says : (2011-10-25). "2011 Local Hero: Zane Buzby | Jewish American Heritage Month | Local Heroes". KCET. Retrieved 2013-05-06.CS1 maint: extra punctuation (link)
  4. "Survivor Mitzvah Project helps the last, lost Holocaust survivors - LA Daily News". 2013-04-06. 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.
  6. "Zane Buzby | Jewish Heroes 2011". Retrieved 2013-05-06.
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