Leisha Hailey

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Leisha Hailey
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Leisha Hailey
Born (1971-07-11) July 11, 1971 (age 43)
Okinawa, Japan
Occupation Actress, musician
Years active 1991–present
Partner(s) Camila Grey

Leisha Hailey (born July 11, 1971) is an American actress and musician most widely known for playing Alice Pieszecki in the Showtime Networks production The L Word. Hailey first came to the public's attention as a musician in the pop duo The Murmurs and has continued a music career as part of the band Uh Huh Her.

Early life[edit]

Born in the United States Civil Administration of the Ryukyu Islands, Japan to American parents, Hailey grew up in Bellevue, Nebraska.[1][2][3] At 17, she came out as a lesbian before moving to New York City to attend the American Academy of Dramatic Arts.[4]

Career[edit]

Music[edit]

With her Academy classmate Heather Grody, she formed the pop duo The Murmurs in 1991. In the 1990s, they released several albums and toured on the Lilith Fair.[citation needed] In 2001, Hailey and Grody changed their name to Gush. The band split when Hailey began working for The L Word. In 2005, Hailey founded Marfa Records.[5]

In July 2007, Uh Huh Her, an electropop duo consisting of Hailey and Camila Grey, released an EP entitled I See Red; over a year later they released their first album Common Reaction.

Hailey also co-wrote the Shakira hit song "Don't Bother" for her 2005 hit album Oral Fixation Vol. 2.

Leisha Hailey performing at Shepherd's Bush Empire in London, April 2012

Acting[edit]

Hailey's television debut was in 1996 when she played a struggling musician on an episode of Boy Meets World.[6] Her first major film role was in the 1997 movie All Over Me.[7]

From 2004 to 2009, she starred as Alice Pieszecki, a bisexual journalist, on The L Word.

In September 2008, Showtime announced Hailey would star in The Farm,[8] a "pilot presentation spinoff" of The L Word, to be written and produced by Ilene Chaiken, creator and executive producer of The L Word.[9] It was announced in April 2009 that the show would not be picked up by Showtime.[10][11]

Hailey's award winning indie film La Cucina premiered on Showtime in December 2009, where she plays a straight pregnant newlywed.

Hailey has appeared in several Yoplait yogurt commercials[12] as well as a BMW commercial.[13] In April 2008, Hailey was named spokesperson for Olivia Cruises, a travel company which sells cruises and resort vacations marketed towards lesbian customers.[14] She also stars in the psychological thriller Fertile Ground.[15]

Acclaim[edit]

In 2007, Hailey was named the sexiest woman in the AfterEllen Hot 100 list compiled by AfterEllen.com.[16]

Personal life[edit]

Openly a lesbian, Hailey dated k.d. lang for nearly five years until the relationship ended in 2001.[4] In 2011, news of her relationship with Uh Huh Her bandmate Camila Grey became public after the two were ejected from a Southwest Airlines flight for arguing with a flight attendant who asked them to stop kissing.[17]

Filmography[edit]

Film
Year Film Role Notes
1996 All Over Me Lucy
1998 Some Girl The Murmurs
1999 Sleeping Beauties Sno Blo Band
2002 The Snowflake Crusade Marigold
2007 La Cucina Shelly
2009 Make Up Shelley Cabot
2010 Fertile Ground Emily Weaver
2015 Love Is All You Need? Coach Jenkins
Television
Year Title Role Notes
1996 Boy Meets World Corinna 1 episode
1997 Ellen Woman in Gay Bar 1 episode
2004–2009 The L Word Alice Pieszecki 70 episodes
2006 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Allison Bradford 1 episode
Grey's Anatomy Claire Solomon 1 episode
2007–2011 American Dad! Lily (Voice) 4 episodes
2009 Maneater Harriet 1 episode
2010 Drop Dead Diva Hope Prentiss 1 episode
2010 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Dana Carlston 1 episode
2012 The New Normal Victoria 1 episode
2014 Constantine Lanni's wife 1 episode

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