Alexandra Tatarsky: Andy Kaufman "Daughter" Really a New York Actress?

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Alexandra Tatarsky, a New York actress, bears a striking resemblance to the young woman claiming to be the late (or not) Andy Kaufman's this week.

She appeared at the Andy Kaufman Awards - an annual comedy event - to not only claim she's his child, but that Andy Kaufman is alive today.

The woman claiming to be his daughter says she's 24, which puts her birth years after Kaufman's death. She is also reportedly a theater student.

A photo of Tatarsky on a theater website looks very much like the woman, and The Smoking Gun says she has met Michael Kaufman, Andy's brother.

Allegedly, TSG claims they met at a New York gallery featuring a collection of "artifacts" from Andy Kaufman's life and planned this week's stunt.

Gawker found her biography, which notes that the actress is "inspired by Russian absurdism." Andy Kaufman himself has been said to be an absurdist.

Tatarsky's actual father is a psychologist, apparently.

Conspiracy theorists have long posited that the comedian, who died in 1984 at 35 of cancer, faked his death. The story gained fresh legs this week.

The woman told the audience, gathered to celebrate performers who embody the spirit of the comedian, that her "dad" was still very much alive.

He faked his death to escape the limelight and to be a stay-at-home dad, she claimed, noting that he was going to reveal this himself, but backed out.

"I don't know how much longer he can keep everything away," she said.

She appeared on stage with Andy's brother, Michael, who asked her questions as she happily responded, pushing her brown hair behind her ears.

Michael also told a story about his brother reaching out to him in 1999, only to stand him up ... save for a note revealing that Andy had faked his death.

It's unconfirmed whether Michael definitively believes this, but he was certainly pushing the theory that his famous brother is alive at the event.

Kaufman has one known child, daughter Maria Colonna. She lives in upstate New York, and by all accounts was not involved in this announcement.

What do you think: Is Andy Kaufman really alive?

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