Leslie Mann

Active - 1945 - 2022  |   Born - Mar 26, 1972 in San Fernando, California, United States  |   Genres - Comedy, Comedy Drama

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Biography by Jason Buchanan

With a golden-locked classic Hollywood beauty reminiscent of Mia Farrow, pretty Leslie Mann has been gracing the screens of both theaters and televisions since her film debut in 1991 (Virgin High).

A San Francisco native, Mann's striking blue eyes and softly high-pitched voice aren't the only factors that got her work in Hollywood amidst a sea of struggling actors; she credits much of her success to her three therapists, a psychic, and Susan Jeffers' popular self-help book Feel the Fear and Do It Anyway. Fidgety and energetic, Mann continued acting on television's Birdland (1994) before beating out 500 other aspiring actresses two years later for the role of Matthew Broderick's girlfriend in The Cable Guy. After turning up in She's the One the same year, Mann would take another high-profile role, as a period prostitute alongside Bruce Willis in Last Man Standing. Essaying the role of Ursula in George of the Jungle (1997) before taking on Adam Sandler in Big Daddy (1999), fans with a quick eye could later spot Mann in one of four screens in director Mike Figgis' Timecode in 2000. In the following years the attractive and increasingly prominent actress could be seen in such comedies as Orange County and The Promise (both 2002). In 1997 she married comedy writer/producer/director Judd Apatow, and he put her in a a great scene in 2005's The 40-Year-Old-Virgin which led to more high-profile parts in comedies such as Knocked Up, Funny People, 17 Again, I Love You Phillip Morris, and The Change-up. In 2012 she and Paul Rudd revived their characters from Knocked Up for the middle-age marriage comedy This Is 40.

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  • Began her career at 17 working in commercials.
  • Movie debut was in 1991 in Virgin High.
  • Met husband Judd Apatow on the set of The Cable Guy.
  • Wore prosthetic breasts for her role as the well-endowed former Hooters waitress in the comedy Big Daddy.
  • Apatow cast her and their two children in the movie Knocked Up and Funny People.