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Overview (3)

Born in Brooklyn, New York City, New York, USA
Birth NameLeah Marie Remini
Height 5' 3" (1.6 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Leah Marie Remini (born June 15, 1970) is an American actress, author, former Scientologist and anti-Scientology activist. She starred as Carrie Heffernan on the long-running CBS comedy series The King of Queens (1998-2007) and later co-hosted The Talk in 2010-11. Since 2016 she has co-produced and hosted the Emmy Award-winning A&E documentary series Leah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath.

Raised as a member of the Church of Scientology from childhood, Remini left the organization in 2013 and began public criticism of Scientology. Two years later, she released Troublemaker: Surviving Hollywood and Scientology, her memoir about her experience with Scientology and reasons for leaving it. In 2016, she followed up her memoir with an Emmy Award-winning documentary television series on the A&E network, Leah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath, to highlight other former Scientologists' experiences. After a successful first season, the series was renewed by A&E, and the second season debuted in late summer 2017. On March 14, 2018, A&E announced that the series would return for a third season. Since May 2017, Remini has also starred in the 2016 television sitcom Kevin Can Wait as Vanessa Cellucci, alongside Kevin James, her former co-star on The King of Queens; this was later cancelled after two seasons.

Remini was born June 15, 1970, in Brooklyn, New York City, to Vicki Marshal, a schoolteacher, and George Remini, who owned an asbestos removal company. Her mother is of Austrian Jewish descent, while her father has Sicilian ancestry. Remini has a brother, Michael, an older sister named Nicole and four half-sisters: Christine, Stephanie (died of cancer in 2013), Elizabeth, and Shannon.

She was baptized Roman Catholic and raised in the Catholic tradition during her early childhood; when she was nine years old, her mother joined the Church of Scientology, and Remini was thereafter raised as a Scientologist. At thirteen years old, Remini moved to Los Angeles, California, with her mother, where she spent the remainder of her teenage years.

One of Remini's early television roles was on Who's the Boss? as Charlie Briscoe, which led to a spin-off series entitled Living Dolls, in which Remini starred with Halle Berry. The show premiered in late 1989 and ran for 12 episodes before being canceled.

In 1991, Remini had a supporting role on the short-lived ABC comedy The Man in the Family. She then had recurring roles on Saved by the Bell, where she played Stacey Carosi, and on Evening Shade as Daisy, the girlfriend of Taylor Newton (Jay R. Ferguson). Remini then appeared in two more short-lived series, First Time Out (1995) and Fired Up (1997-98). In 1993, she appeared on Cheers as Serafina, the daughter of Carla and Nick Tortelli (Rhea Perlman and Dan Hedaya). In 1994, Remini auditioned for the role of Monica Geller on Friends, but the role went to Courteney Cox. Remini later appeared in the 1995 Friends episode "The One with the Birth" in which she played a pregnant woman. In 1998, Remini landed the role of Carrie Heffernan on the CBS sitcom The King of Queens. The series was successful, and ran for nine seasons from September 21, 1998, to May 14, 2007.

During her time on the show, she had a supporting role in the comedy film Old School (2003). Remini also starred in her own reality show, which aired on VH1. Since The King of Queens ended, Remini has starred in nine-episode webisodes of In the Motherhood, along with Chelsea Handler and Jenny McCarthy. She has made two guest appearances on Chelsea Lately. On December 15, 2009, Remini appeared as Carrie Heffernan on Lopez Tonight, with George Lopez as Doug Heffernan in an episode reuniting the cast of the George Lopez sitcom. Remini and Holly Robinson Peete appeared on The Young and the Restless on July 28, 2011.

In October 2011, Remini signed a talent development deal at ABC and ABC Studios that required the network and the studio to develop a comedy project for Remini to star in and produce. In March 2012, it was announced that Remini would star in an ABC comedy Family Tools, a remake of the UK comedy series White Van Man. The series premiered on May 1, 2013, and was not renewed owing to low ratings, ending its run on July 10, 2013.

Remini competed on season 17 of Dancing with the Stars, in which she was partnered with professional dancer Tony Dovolani. The couple made it to the 10th week of competition and reached 5th place. Remini later returned in season 19 as a guest co-host on week 6. She returned as guest co-host on season 21 during weeks 6 and 7.

In 2013, Remini joined the cast of the TV Land comedy The Exes, filling a recurring role starting in season three.

Remini and her husband Angelo starred in a reality television series titled Leah Remini: It's All Relative. The show focuses on Remini's family life. It premiered on TLC on July 10, 2014. According to Remini, the purpose of the show is to highlight the fact that she's a normal person just like everyone else and that celebrity doesn't change that.

In August 2013, it was disclosed that Remini had filed a missing person report with the Los Angeles Police Department concerning Shelly Miscavige, the wife of Scientology leader David Miscavige, who had not been seen in public since 2007. After the report was filed, the Los Angeles Police Department looked into the matter, met with and spoke with her before closing the investigation and stating Remini's report was "unfounded". The Church said in a statement that the whole affair was simply harassment and a publicity stunt for Remini.

In October 2013, it was reported that Remini had been subpoenaed to testify in a Comal County, Texas, lawsuit against the Church of Scientology and its leader David Miscavige, regarding acts of alleged harassment and surveillance against the wife of a former member, Monique Rathbun (who was married to ex-Scientology executive Mark Rathbun). Rathbun's attorney, Ray Jeffery, says he wants Remini, a former Scientologist, to give a deposition in the hopes she could testify that Miscavige has vast influence over the operations of the church and had to have known about the alleged harassment.

Remini released her memoir Troublemaker: Surviving Hollywood and Scientology on November 3, 2015. In a 2015 interview with People magazine, Remini stated that she was embracing Catholicism and found comfort in the religion's practices, contrasting her experiences with Scientology.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: ahmetkozan

Spouse (1)

Angelo Pagán (19 July 2003 - present) ( 1 child)

Trade Mark (1)

Distinct husky voice and thick New York accent

Trivia (23)

Auditioned for Courtney Cox's role of "Monica" on Friends (1994). Coincidentally, both actors share the same birthday, but not the same year. (Although she didn't get the role, she later guest-starred in one episode: Friends: The One with the Birth (1995).
Once worked as a telemarketer.
Worked with personal trainer Gina Lombardi to lose 20 pounds for her role in Fired Up (1997).
Described by Kevin James as having "the mouth of a construction worker in the body of a model."
Met her husband Angelo Pagán, in 1996 at a Cuban restaurant.
May 2002: Has joined the nationally syndicated Don and Mike radio show.
Announced engagement to longtime boyfriend Angelo Pagán. [January 2003]
Her wedding to longtime boyfriend Angelo Pagán was featured in the February 2004 issue of InStyle Magazine.
16 June 2004 - gave birth to 6 lb 7.4 oz daughter, Sofia Bella, a day after her 34th birthday.
Her mother is of Ashkenazi Jewish descent (from Austria). Her father's ancestry is Sicilian.
Ranked #19 in Stuff magazine's "102 Sexiest Women in the World" (2002).
Moved to Los Angeles with her mother and sister at the age of 13, and left school at 14.
Wore a two-piece Les Habitudes ensemble that included a duchesse satin bustier with silver beads and ivory pearls, and an organza skirt consisting of five layers in her July 2003 wedding to Angelo Pagán.
In a 2006 TV Guide /Bravo poll, her The King of Queens (1998) character "Carrie Heffernan" was voted the "hottest housewife" on TV with 31% of the vote narrowly besting characters from Medium (2005), My Name Is Earl (2005) and The O.C. (2003).
Was among the guests at Tom Cruise's and Katie Holmes' wedding ceremony in Italy.
Loves to sing Karaoke.
Younger sister of Nicole Remini.
Daughter of Vicki Marshall.
Stepdaughter of George Marshall.
Older half-sister of Shannon Farrara.
Close friends with Jennifer Lopez.
Quit the Church of Scientology in July 2013 after disputes with its management and questioning leader David Miscavige's rule.
Good friends with her The King of Queens (1998) and Kevin Can Wait (2016) co-star Kevin James.

Personal Quotes (21)

But inside, I'm going, 'Oh my God, is my zipper up? Do I have a booger in my nose?' That's my inner monologue.
I applaud my mother now for getting me through that time and making me believe in myself.
I try to be a good person. I know what my downfalls are, so that's a good thing.
I love men who know when to put their foot down and when not to.
I love a man in a suit. Men should stay clothed, even if they have nice bodies.
There's a lot involved in going to the bathroom for women.
The guy has to kill the spider and get the dead mouse outta the pool.
Men stop trying after a while and get lazy.
Men have just come up to me and asked for my number right away. That doesn't work. You have to know somebody and have a conversation.
I used to do skits for my mom... and I was always entertaining as a kid.
Are you trying to give me a hint that I should drop it? I can lose the accent; I just have to really focus on what I'm saying. And I have to talk slowly.
I always was trying to make people laugh as a kid. I was a big fan of Carol Burnett and Gilda Radner. I watched them and I remember feeling as a child, when I heard the laughter they got, a little jealous that they made someone laugh like that.
I'm not a neat freak. I don't mind things being messy but I mind them being dirty. I just can't relax in a dirty environment. I like things organized.
I've always had a show that went seven episodes or 13 episodes or whatever. And I've never had a show that's gone past a first season. It really is a lot of work.
My actions and the things I say and do, I wonder if they have an effect on my daughter and the way she's going to be as a person. I just want her to be a good person.
[asked if Tom Cruise is a good person] No! Just going to get straight to it, no! There is a public persona of the guy who looks at you directly in the eye and shakes your hand and hugs you and is an attentive person to you and there's the person behind the mask who is a completely different person. Someone could say we all have that - what we are to the public and who we are behind the scenes, but the people who are around Tom and work for Tom, not even people who are Scientologists, they will say he is diabolical. People who've worked with me will say I can be an asshole - all actors can be. That is different. He's very similar to David Miscavige [the leader of the Church of Scientology], they could be twins. [Reddit, Aug. 2017]
[after leaving the Church of Scientology]I'm finally at peace knowing who I am and who I want to be. I just want to be happy and I want to help people
[on whether Jada Pinkett Smith is a Scientologist]I know Jada's in. She's been in Scientology a long time. I never saw Will Smith there, but I saw Jada at the Celebrity Centre. They opened up a Scientology school called New Village Leadership Academy and have since closed it. But Jada, I had seen her at the Scientology Celebrity Centre all the time
[referring to the Church of Scientology trying to convince her to recruit her former King of Queens co-star Kevin James] They always tried to get me to. Why is he not in? Why have you not promoted it to him? I was like, because he's Catholic. He doesn't want anything to do with it. They let it go after a while, but usually you'd be expected to recruit, especially with somebody you work with for nine years
[on the people interviewed in the A&E series], These people who are speaking to me, they're getting bullied by Scientology, their children are disconnecting, their parents are disconnecting, and I just hope that I've helped even one person to not give up their lives for an ideology
[on leaving the Church of Scientology] If they're going to come for me, they're going to come. I'm not afraid of it. I think it's disgusting, and the more they do it, the more they expose who they really are. I would like to be the face of resistance to abuse

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