Leslie Mann is an American actress who is known for her performances in comedic films. Mann had an interest in acting right from the time she was a teenager. In fact, she appeared in commercials of various brands as a teenager. Her love for acting was the reason why she did not complete her college education and instead trained as an actor in order to become a professional. Mann auditioned for plenty of roles and it was in 1995 that she got her first break when she was chosen to be part of the movie ‘The Cable Guy.’ Since then, she has gone from strength to strength as an actress. Although she has acted in movies of various genres, she has primarily carved a niche for herself in the romantic comedy genre. Her 2007 film ‘Knocked Up’ is an example of what she can bring to the table as far as comic timing is concerned. Leslie Mann is an actress who has successfully identified the genre where she is at her best as an actor. Over the years, she has given her fans some of the best romantic comedy movies and continues to entertain movie lovers all over the world.
Childhood & Early Life
Leslie Mann was born on 26 March 1972, in San Francisco, California, USA, to single mother Janet Mann. Her father had left her mother before she was born and she does not know him at all. Mann’s mother Janet, who worked as a real estate agent, raised her.
The family moved to Newport Beach, California at some point during her childhood. Leslie Mann grew up in Newport Beach. She studied at the ‘Corona del Mar High School’ in Newport Beach where she developed an interest in acting. In fact, she started attending auditions while she was still in school.
Leslie Mann decided against continuing with her college education since she had decided to pursue a career in acting following her appearance in commercials for brands like ‘Coke’ when she was still a teenager. She had also joined the ‘Joanne Baron Studio’ in order to study acting. She learned acting from the comedy troupe ‘The Groundlings.’
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Leslie Mann had started auditioning for roles in movies. In the year 1995, she got her first big break when the casting directors of the film ‘The Cable Guy’ chose her from hundreds of candidates for the role of the female lead. The following year, she starred in the movie ‘George of the Jungle’ in a minor role.
Following her debut, Mann appeared in the movie ‘Freaks & Geeks’ in a guest role. In 1999, she was paired with comedy star Adam Sandler in the movie ‘Big Daddy’ which was a success.
In 2002, she appeared in the movie ‘Orange County.’ She was then cast in the hugely popular Steve Carell-starrer ‘The 40 Year Old Virgin.’
In 2007, Leslie Mann starred in the biggest hit of her career when she was cast in the romantic comedy movie ‘Knocked Up.’ The film, which garnered global recognition and raked in more than $200 million at the box office, catapulted Mann into the big league of comedy genre. Her role in the film was widely appreciated.
The year 2009 saw Leslie Mann star in the comedy film ‘Funny People’ with Adam Sandler and Seth Rogen. The film was one of the biggest hits of the year and collected in excess of $100 million worldwide. The film was rated among the top movies of the year by reputed publications and Mann’s role was appreciated by many critics. Two years later, she starred in ‘Change Up’ with Ryan Reynolds, which was another comedy.
Following the global success of ‘Knocked Up,’ its maker Judd Apatow decided to make a sequel titled ‘This is 40’ in 2012 and Leslie Mann reprised her role in the film. The sequel was well-received and Mann’s portrayal of ‘Debbie’ was universally lauded by films critics. She went on to win an award for her role as well. The following year, she was cast with Emma Watson in the Sofia Coppola film ‘The Bling Ring.’
From 2014 to 2019, she was seen in movies like ‘The Other Woman,’ ‘Vacation,’ ‘How to Be Single,’ ‘The Comedian,’ ‘Motherless Brooklyn,’ and ‘Blockers.’ She has also voiced characters in many animated movies.
Leslie Mann is one of the most recognisable names in the romantic comedy genre and her 2007 film ‘Knocked Up’ has to be the most important work of her career so far.
Awards & Achievements
Leslie Mann has not won any major awards but was a nominee in the ‘Best Actress in Comedy’ category at the ‘Critics’ Choice Movie Awards.’
Personal Life & Legacy
Leslie Mann got married to her ‘Knocked Up’ director Judd Apatow in 1997. The couple has two daughters, namely Iris and Maude.
Leslie Mann has an estimated net worth of $20 million.