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Leah Remini
Leah Remini - 31st People's Choice Awards
Leah at the 31st People's Choice Awards
Vital statistics
Born: (1970-06-13) June 13, 1970 (age 47)
Occupation Actress, model
Years active 1989-present
Family and Personal
Character information
Appeared on: King of Queens
Episodes appeared in: All during series, from Seasons 1-9
Appears as: Carrie Heffernan

Leah Marie Remini (born June 15, 1970) is the actress who played Carrie Heffernan on the King of Queens. She also played the part of high school student Stacey Carosi on CBS's Saturday morning series Saved by the Bell.

Early lifeEdit

Leah was born in Bensonhurst section of Brooklyn, New York, the daughter of Vicki Marshall, a private school teacher, and George Remini, who owned an asbestos removal company.[1] Her mother is of an Austrian-Jewish background and her father was Sicilian.[2][3] Remini has an older sister, Nicole Remini (born 1969). She also has four half-sisters, including Christina Marie Sabella AKA Christina Marie Castelluchi (born May 18, 1969).[4]

Remini moved to Los Angeles at the age of 13 with her mother.[5] When Remini was 14, she left school and worked as a hostess at a restaurant while auditioning for acting jobs.[6]

Television careerEdit

One of Leah's early television roles was on Who's The Boss as Charlie Briscoe, which led to a spin-off series entitled Living Dolls where Remini starred with Halle Berry. The show lasted twelve episodes in 1989. Remini also starred on Saved by the Bell, where she played Stacey Carosi. She then appeared in two short-lived series, First Time Out and Fired Up. In 1994, Remini auditioned for the role of Monica Geller in "Friends" but the role went to Courteney Cox; however, she did appear in the 1995 episode The One with the Birth. In 1998, Remini landed the role of Carrie Heffernan on the CBS sitcom The King of Queens. 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. The King of Queens ran for nine seasons, from September 21, 1998 to May 14, 2007. 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 appearance 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.[7] In fall of 2011, Leah Remini signed a talent deal with ABC-TV. [8]

Remini and Holly Robinson Peete both appeared on The Young and the Restless on July 28, 2011.[9]

In October 2011, it was announced that Remini signed a talent development deal at ABC and ABC Studios, which requires the network and the studio to develop a comedy project for Remini to star in and produce.[10]. In March 2012, it was announced that Remini will star in the ABC comedy Family Tools, a remake of the UK comedy series White Van Man.[11]

ReferencesEdit

  1. Leah Remini Biography (1970-) at Filmreference.com, accessed 2009-06-15.
  2. Leah Remini (TV and film actress) at Parade Magazine, October 26, 2003, accessed 2009-06-15.
  3. Leah Remini:Working hard as a queen among kings, by Daniel Sieberg, CNN.com, April 20, 2001, accessed 2009-06-15.
  4. The Bob Rivers Show: Leah Remini, star of 'King of Queens'
  5. "ref03"
  6. Tough Love, by Michael A. Lipton for People magazine, Vol. 51, issue #11, March 29, 1999.
  7. ‘In the Motherhood’: Thanks, but no thanks, for your ideas, mommies! ew.com article, by Rice Lynette, March 25, 2009, accessed 2009-07-21.
  8. Leah Remini Signs Talent Deal With ABC, by Nellie Andreeva for Deadline.com, November 2011, accessed 2012-01-17.
  9. SoapOperaDigest. Comings & Goings; pg. 12. August 2, 2011 issue.
  10. Leah Remini signs talent deal with ABC, Deadline.com article, November 2011.
  11. Leah Remini of "The Talk" signs ABC Comedy Pilot, by Lesley Goldberg for The Hollywood Reporter.

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