Her Dad is a Manhattan Doctor, Not Andy Kaufman

Leave it to Andy Kaufman to pull off, without even trying, the opposite of all those Twitter death hoaxes. Call it a “life hoax.”

Several days after the New York City awards show that caught the attention of each and every member of the Kaufman-obsessed world, The Smoking Gun has the real story. The woman who claimed Monday to be Kaufman’s daughter is an actress:

The woman who appeared onstage this week claiming Andy Kaufman was alive – and that she was his daughter – is a New York City actress whose actual father is a Manhattan psychiatrist, TSG has learned…

According to a source familiar with this week’s Kaufman stunt, Alexandra Tatarsky met Michael Kaufman earlier this year while working at a Manhattan gallery exhibiting a collection of Kaufman “ephemera and artifacts” from the comedian’s personal and professional life.

The Hollywood Reporter‘s Seth Abramovitch had his second scheduled interview with Kaufman’s instigator brother Michael canceled this morning. Meanwhile, the original THR item about all this mayhem was, at press time, the site’s most viewed article.

In the last paragraph of The Smoking Gun post, there is a shot taken at “the gossip rubes at TMZ.” Unlike Andy Kaufman, that media rivalry is very much alive and kicking.