Need a feel-good story to break up the flood of horrifying tornado news? This should do the trick: Zach Galifianakis’s date to yesterday’s premiere of The Hangover Part III was Elizabeth “Mimi” Haist, a formerly homeless octogenarian whom the comedian has been helping to support for the past two years.
Galifianakis first met 87-year-old Haist nearly 20 years ago — long before he was famous. According to the Daily News, she worked at his local laundromat, and over time, the two struck up a friendship. After the massive success of The Hangover in 2009, Galifianakis stopped going to the laundromat — “Maybe he has his own washer and dryer now,” Haist told the Daily News — but he never forgot about Mimi.
And when Galifianakis learned in 2011 that Haist had slipped into homelessness, he found her a one-bedroom apartment and began paying for her rent and utilities. The star also enlisted his friend Renee Zellweger to furnish Haist’s new apartment and buy her groceries.