Leslie Mann is an American actress born on 26th March 1972 in San Francisco, California. She is especially known for her comic acting. Her height is 5' 6½". Her most striking features are her enchanting blue eyes and her high pitched voice. She is best known for her performances in movies like The 40-Year-Old Virgin, Knocked Up,
Funny People and This Is 40. Her net worth is $18 million. Details of her early life Leslie lived with her mother Janet in Newport Beach. Her mother was a single parent and worked in the real estate. While Leslie’s maternal grandmother was of Finnish origin and her maternal grandfather a Scottish person, her father’s ancestors were German and Irish. Leslie’s mother married thrice, and Leslie never developed any close relationship with her father. She went to Corona del Mar High School. In school, she was a shy and introvert kid. She attended The Joanne Baron/D. W. Brown Studio in Santa Monica to study acting and worked on comedy improvisation with a group called The Groundlings, based in Los Angeles. She joined college to study communications but dropped out before graduating from there. Mann‘s life in her late teens and early twenties wasn’t as quite as expected. She describes the period as abstruse, confused and unpleasing. She was interested in acting since her childhood. She felt, through her acting she could readily express herself in a character, and it would enable her to share every emotion and thought. She always fantasized about winning an award. Acting Career She began early with her acting career. While she was still 17, she auditioned for and advertised Coke and Nouvage, a nail paint brand. She started as an extra in her first project Virgin High. But owing to her acting school lessons, she managed to get roles in films like Birdland (she played Nurse Mary)
Last Man Standing and Things I Never Told You. These movies weren’t very popular. In 1996, she was chosen among the 500 candidates in an open audition for a movie which also proved to be her first blockbuster The Cable Guy in which she portrayed Robin Harris, the girlfriend of Matthew Broderick’s character. The movie was a dark comedy and starred
Jim Carrey; the direction of that movie was done by Ben Stiller.
In the same year she starred in She’s the One with Ed Burns, the film was another success for her. In 1997, she was seen co-starring with Ben Fraser in George of the Jungle and Big Daddy in 1997. She was continuously offered comic roles, and this proved to be her USP. In the following years Leslie appeared as a guest in an episode of Freaks and Geeks, and then she starred in Timecode (2000), in Orange Country (2002) opposite
Jack Black and, in Perfume (2001). The following years witnessed a sharp rise in Mann’s career graph. She did movies like The 40-Year Old Virgin alongside
Steve Carell, Knocked up (the film’s box office collection crossed $218 Million worldwide and was also named one of the AFI’s the top ten movies of the year), 17 Again in which her co-star was
Zac Efron which again earned $215 million worldwide, Funny People, I Love You, Phillip Morris, This is 40, The Change-Up opposite
Ryan Reynolds and
The Other Woman, and Vacation. Leslie’s high pitched voice also proved to be one of her most valuable assets. She has also given her voice to many animated characters in Rio, Rio2, ParaNorman, Allan Gregory (television series), Mr. Peabody and Sherman. She also narrated Women in Comedy, which was an episode of the series Makers: Women Who Make America season 2, in 2014. Personal Life And Family Mann married
Judd Apatow on June 1997. She first met him during her auditions for The Cable Guy. Apatow was the producer of the film. Rumors have it that after Leslie had left after the screenings, Apatow, told his colleagues that she could be his wife in future. They have two daughters Maude Apatow, who was born in 1997 and Iris Apatow who was born in the year 2002. She had tried kickboxing after her first daughter was born. Her daughters have appeared in several movies with Mann as her character’s children in each film. They starred in This is 40, Knocked Up, Funny People. Mann loves to spend time with her kids and family. Recalling the time when her daughters were very young she said that she could not leave home without worrying about them. She also cherishes the fact that her husband is also working in the same industry as her.
Leslie says that due to this they have a lot in common and never run out of thoughts during conversations. Leslie and her husband both have been supporting 826LA, a non-profit organization that aims to encourage the writing skills of disadvantaged youth. They also help the sexually abused children and their families while working with UCLA Rape Treatment Centre’s Stuart House. They have often received awards for such initiatives. In 2009 Mann and Apatow were honored by The Fulfilment Fund and in 2012, they received Children’s Choice Award by Bogart Pediatric Cancer Research Program for the work they did for the families and children suffering from pediatric cancer. Leslie loves being surrounded with funny and humorous people. She has two best friends since junior high. She meets them once in a while and cherishes the quality time with them. Leslie is afraid of speaking in public. Her favorite movie is Terms of Endearment. She always carries a poofy gray jacket with her wherever she goes. Although the jacket is for winter use, she uses it during the summers mostly, while everyone is complaining about the air-conditioning.