Leah Remini Biography
Leah Remini born Leah Marie Remini, is an American actress, producer, and anti-Scientology activist. She was born on June 15, 1970, in Brooklyn, New York City, to Vicki Marshall and George Remini.
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.
Leah Remini Acting Career
Remini was raised on 70’s comedy and inspired by great artists like Carroll Burnett, Lucille Ball and Gilda Radner. Her 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. Remini then appeared in two more series, First Time Out (1995) and Fired Up (1997–98).
In 1993, she appeared on Cheers. Remini later appeared in the 1995 Friends episode “The One with the Birth.” In 1998, Remini landed the role of Carrie Heffernan on the CBS sitcom The King of Queens. She had a supporting role in the comedy film Old School (2003) and also starred in her own reality show, which aired on VH1. The King of Queens.
Since The King of Queens ended on May 14, 2007, 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.
Remini competed on season 17 of Dancing with the Stars. 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 premiered on TLC on July 10, 2014 and it focuses on Remini’s family life. Remini developed an eight-episode series for A&E focusing on ex-Scientologists speaking candidly about their experiences entitled Leah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath. The show premiered November 29, 2016. In early 2017, Remini returned to acting and was announced as one of the leads in NBC’s sitcom What About Barb?. In March 2017, it was announced Remini would reunite with Kevin James on the season finale of Kevin Can Wait.
Remini was a co-host on The Talk, a CBS talk show which premiered October 18, 2010. Julie Chen, Sara Gilbert, Holly Robinson Peete, and Sharon Osbourne were her co-hosts. The show is similar to The View and seeks to address motherhood and contemporary issues. Remini drew criticism within the first week of the show’s debut, accused of being too loud, brash, and obtrusive. It was stated on one episode that she had received a significant amount of negative Twitter feedback on this subject. Remini addressed the issue, stating she refused to change who she is and asserting that thousands of fans like her for who she is. Her co-hosts supported her response.
A refusal to disclose why Remini and Peete were fired brought on a great deal of criticism of the show and protests from the stars’ fans. While there was much speculation that their former Talk co-host, Julie Chen, had involvement in the decision, as she is married to CBS President/CEO Leslie Moonves, it was Sharon Osbourne who stated, regarding their dismissals, in December 2011 on The Howard Stern Show: “Some people don’t really know who they are. And you have to know who you are when you’re in something like this. You can’t pretend to be something you’re not. You have to know your brand. You can’t be all things to everyone.” Osbourne replied to criticism about the refusal to inform Remini and Peete why they were let go, rhetorically stating, “Why should we call them to discuss?”
While co-hosting The Talk, Remini turned down various parts on situation comedies, stating that any new role would make her feel as if she were cheating on Doug Heffernan, her character’s husband on The King of Queens. She added that she needs to spend more time with her child and family.
Leah Remini Scientology
She was baptized Christian in a Roman Catholic Church 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. Remini left the Church of Scientology in July 2013.
Remini released her memoir Troublemaker: Surviving Hollywood and Scientology on November 3, 2015. 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.
Leah Remini Age
She was born on June 15, 1970.
Leah Remini Family – Leah Remini Sisters
Her mother is of Austrian Jewish descent, while her father has Italian ancestry rooted in Sicily. Remini has an older sister named Nicole and four half-sisters: Christine, Stephanie (died of cancer in 2013), Elizabeth, and Shannon.
Leah Remini Husband
Remini met actor Angelo Pagán at a Cuban restaurant in 1996. They were married on July 19, 2003.
Leah Remini Children – Leah Remini Kids
Actor Angelo Pagán has three sons from previous relationships. Leah Remini’s daughter, Sofia, with Angelo Pagán, was born on June 16, 2004.
Leah Remini Net Worth
She has an estimated net worth of $20 million.
Leah Remini Book
She released Troublemaker: Surviving Hollywood and Scientology, her memoir about her experience with Scientology and reasons for leaving it.
Leah Remini Awards
In 2017, Emmy — Outstanding Informational Series or Special: Winner