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.
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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 Movies And TV Shows
Year Film Role Notes 1997 Critics and Other Freaks Actress at audition 1998 Follow Your Heart Angie 2003 Old School Lara Campbell 2017 Mad Families Cheyenne 2017 The Clapper Producer Louise 2017 Handsome: A Netflix Mystery Movie Esta 2018 Second Act Joan Post-production
Year Title Role Notes 1988 Head of the Class Episode: “Let’s Rap” 1989 Who’s the Boss? Charlie Briscoe 2 episodes 1989 Living Dolls Charlie Briscoe 12 episodes 1990 Normal Life Carol Episode: “And Baby Makes…” 1991 Paradise Rose Episode: “Out of the Ashes” 1991 The Hogan Family Joanne Episode: “A Sneaking Suspicion” 1991 The Man in the Family Tina Bavasso 7 episodes 1991 Saved by the Bell Stacey Carosi 6 episodes 1991–93 Cheers Serafina Tortelli 2 episodes 1992 Blossom Ellen Episode: “You Must Remember This” 1992 Getting Up and Going Home Stephanie O’Neil TV film 1993 Evening Shade Daisy 3 episodes 1993 Harlan & Merleen Frankie TV film 1994 The Commish Gail Ross Episode: “Sergeant Kelly” 1994 Renegade Tina Episode: “The King and I” 1994–96 Phantom 2040 Sagan Cruz (voice) 22 episodes 1995 Diagnosis: Murder Agnes Benedetto Episode: “How to Murder Your Lawyer” 1995 Friends Lydia Episode: “The One with the Birth” 1995 First Time Out Dominique Costellano 12 episodes 1995 Star Witness TV film 1996 Biker Mice from Mars Carbine (voice) 2 episodes 1996 Home Improvement Maria Gomez Episode: “The Bud Bowl” 1996 NYPD Blue Angela Bohi Episode: “Closing Time” 1997–98 Fired Up Terry Reynolds 28 episodes 1998–2007 The King of Queens Carrie Heffernan Main role (207 episodes) 2001 Hooves of Fire (American redub) Vixen (voice) TV film 2002 Legend of the Lost Tribe (American redub) Koala (voice) TV film 2003 VH1 Inside Out: Leah Remini’s Wedding Special Herself Documentary 2004 VH1 Inside Out: Leah Remini’s Baby Special Herself Documentary 2005 Fat Actress Herself Episode: “The Koi Effect” 2007–08 In the Motherhood Kim 8 episodes 2009 Lopez Tonight Carrie Heffernan Episode: “December 15, 2009”; cameo appearance 2009 Married Not Dead Jessica TV film 2009 It Takes a Village Karen TV film 2010–11 The Talk Herself / Co-host 135 episodes 2011 Toddlers and Tiaras: Where Are They Now? Juana Short 2012 The High Fructose Adventures of Annoying Orange Polly Prune / Butch Ravioli 2 episodes 2013 Family Tools Terry Baumgardner Lead role (10 episodes) 2013 Phineas and Ferb Doreen/Mean Woman 2 episodes 2013
Dancing with the Stars Herself Contestant on season 17
Eliminated 8th; 5th place
Guest co-host for season 19 and season 21
2014 RuPaul’s Drag Race Herself / Guest Judge Episode: “Glamazon by Colorevolution” 2014 Hollywood Game Night Herself Episode: “A Hollywood Scandal” 2014–15 The Exes Nikki Gardner 15 episodes 2014–15 Leah Remini: It’s All Relative Herself TLC reality show (26 episodes) 2015 Repeat After Me Herself Episode: “#1.5” 2016–18 Match Game Herself / Panelist 4 episodes 2016–present Leah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath Herself Documentary series 2017 Milo Murphy’s Law Ms. Baxter (voice) Episode: “The Substitute/Time Out” 2017–present Kevin Can Wait Vanessa Cellucci Guest star (season 1, 2 episodes); series regular (season 2)
Year Title Voice role Notes 1993 Gabriel Knight: Sins of the Fathers Grace Nakimura
Leah Remini Awards
In 2017, Emmy — Outstanding Informational Series or Special: Winner