Leslie Bibb

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Leslie Bibb
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Bibb at the 2011 Tribeca Film Festival premiere of A Good Old Fashioned Orgy
Born Leslie Louise Bibb
(1973-11-17) November 17, 1973 (age 41)
Bismarck, North Dakota[1]
Nationality American
Education Saint Gertrude High School
Occupation Fashion model, actress
Years active 1996–present
Spouse(s) Rob Born (m. 2003–04) (divorced)
Partner(s) Sam Rockwell (2007–present)

Leslie Louise Bibb (born November 17, 1973)[2][3][4][5] is an American fashion model and actress. Bibb transitioned into film and television during the late 1990s. She played minor roles in a few television series before making her film debut in the Howard Stern biopic Private Parts. She scored her first recurring role in the show The Big Easy, followed by a film role in This Space Between Us.

Bibb's role as Brooke McQueen on the WB Network dramedy series Popular (1999–2001) brought her to the attention of a wider audience; she received a Teen Choice Award for Television Choice Actress for the role. During breaks in filming the series, she also played notable roles in the films The Skulls and See Spot Run. She had a recurring role in the television roles in ER, Line of Fire, Crossing Jordan, and the lead in GCB series. Bibb appeared as Carly Bobby in the Will Ferrell comedy film Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby, followed by supporting roles in the films Iron Man, Law Abiding Citizen, and Zookeeper.

Early life and modeling career[edit]

Bibb was born in Bismarck, North Dakota and raised in Nelson County, Virginia. Her father died three years after she was born.[1] Bibb subsequently moved to Richmond, Virginia with her widowed mother and three older sisters, where she attended the all-girl Saint Gertrude High School.[1] In 1990, The Oprah Winfrey Show and the Elite Agency held a nationwide modeling search. The celebrity judges, John Casablancas, Naomi Campbell, Linda Evangelista, and Iman chose Bibb as the winner. After finishing her junior year, Bibb flew to New York City to sign a contract with Elite Agency and modeled over that summer and went on a trip to Japan. Bibb returned to America for her senior year and graduated in 1991. Bibb later decided to attend the University of Virginia. After a single semester, however, Bibb abandoned her studies and moved to New York City to pursue her full-time modeling career. Bibb's modeling photographs have appeared in the magazines Maxim and FHM. She also attended the William Esper acting studio for three years.[6]

Career[edit]

After one episode roles in the television shows Pacific Blue and Home Improvement, Bibb's first film role came in the comedy Private Parts. This was followed by her first television series, where she replaced the departed Susan Walters as the female lead in the second season of The Big Easy. Most critics panned the show, and it was canceled months later after low ratings. She appeared in the romantic drama Touch Me, co-starring Amanda Peet, Michael Vartan and Peter Facinelli. Later she portrayed a supporting role, Summer, in the film This Space Between Us, released in 1999.

In 1999, Bibb had her big break appearing as a lead character on the WB Network television series Popular. Her role was Brooke McQueen, the most popular girl at Kennedy High School who is beautiful, a straight-A student, and a cheerleader. The show was a major success among teenagers and led Bibb to more recognizable film roles. The show garnered her a Teen Choice Award for Television Choice Actress and a Young Hollywood Award nomination for Exciting New Face – Female. During the series, she filmed the horror–thriller The Skulls – released in 2000 – which co-starred Paul Walker and Joshua Jackson. Her character was Chloe, the classmate, friend and love interest of Jackson's character. The Skulls received a negative reception from critics but was a box-office success. She received a role in the 2001 comedy See Spot Run. Her role in the film was Stephanie, a single mother who spend most of the film on her own "Planes, Trains and Automobiles".[7]

Bibb was cast in a recurring role in the show ER, and played the lead character in the television series Line of Fire. She also had a one-episode appearance in CSI: Miami. Bibb joined the cast of Crossing Jordan as Detective Lu Simmons until Season 6.[8]

She appeared as Desiree in the independent film Wristcutters: A Love Story opposite Patrick Fugit, Shannyn Sossamon, Tom Waits, and Will Arnett. Wristcutters revolved around two characters who fall in love in purgatory after committing suicide. It was shown at both The Sundance Film Festival and The Seattle International Film Festival Awards in 2006. It was nominated for several awards including Sundance's Grand Jury Prize, two Independent Spirit Awards, the Humanitas Prize.[9] The film was well received by several critics. That year, she played as Will Ferrell's wife Carley in the comedy feature film Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby. Recalling acting with Ferrell during an interview with TV Guide, she said he was "just funny. And he has no qualms about making something funnier for you, even at his expense."[8]

Bibb at the Comic-Con International promoting The Midnight Meat Train in July 2007.

Bibb also starred in the sitcom Atlanta, opposite Freddie Prinze, Jr.. Her character was Jessica, a potential love interest for Prinze's character, meeting him at a funeral.[10]

She was cast as Dr. Miranda Storm in Sex and Death 101, a black comedy, which was released direct-to-video in 2007. She appeared as a Vanity Fair reporter named Christine Everhart in the 2008 action film Iron Man. In an interview, Bibb said about her character in the film: "she has a very strong sense of right and wrong, of good and evil, and I loved her passion."[11] Iron Man received generally favorable reviews[12] and grossed over $ 585 million worldwide.[13] That same year, she portrayed the character of Maya in the horror–thriller The Midnight Meat Train, opposite Bradley Cooper. The film was promoted at the 2007 Comic-Con International, however, received a limited release in 2008. She also had the role of Emma in the direct-to-video horror film Trick 'r Treat, which was released in late 2008.

In the 2009 comedy Confessions of a Shopaholic, she portrayed the rival of the main character, played by Isla Fisher. Confessions of a Shopaholic was panned by film critics,[14] however, was a success at the box office. She had a pivotal recurring role in the NBC series Kings as Katrina Ghent, and played as Sarah Lowell in the 2009 thriller film Law Abiding Citizen, which was released on October 16, 2009. The film, generally, was not well received by critics.[15]

In 2010, she reprised her role in the sequel to Iron Man, Iron Man 2.[16] The film is Bibb's biggest box office success, with a worldwide $ 621,751,988 gross.[17] Later in 2010, she starred opposite Adam Goldberg and Kathy Baker in the independent comedy Miss Nobody,[18] in which she also served as co-producer. For her performance she won the Best Actress Award at the 26th Boston Film Festival.[19] She was praised by critic Alissa Simon of Variety, who wrote "as she proved in Goran Dukic's Wristcutters: A Love Story, statuesque star Bibb is a smart actress willing to give herself totally to a role. As the sweetly goofy murderess, she takes pratfalls, suffers endless groping and sports unbecoming attire."[20] Bibb also appeared in Kevin James' The Zookeeper, released on July 8, 2011.

It was announced that Bibb stars in the neo-noir thriller film Meeting Evil. Luke Wilson and Samuel L. Jackson also co-star in the film.[21][22] Bibb and Jackson have appeared in the Iron Man film series. In 2012, Bibb starred as Amanda Vaughn in ABC's TV series GCB, which debuted on March 4, 2012[23] but the show was cancelled after 10 episodes.[24]

Bibb starred in the Neil LaBute play, "reasons to be happy", which premiered in June 2013 at MCC Theatre in New York. It also featured Jenna Fisher, Josh Hamilton and Fred Weller.

Other projects[edit]

Bibb is a supporter of Friends of El Faro, a grassroots non-profit organization that helps raise money for Casa Hogar Sion, an orphanage in Tijuana, Mexico. In 2008, Revlon announced that its Almay Brand has signed Bibb as its ambassador. She acts as a spokeswoman for Revlon's new and existing cosmetics collections. She has appeared in global multi-media campaigns.[25] In Fall 2010, Bibb became partner with the nonprofit LIFE Foundation by serving as the national spokesperson for Life Insurance Awareness Month.[26] She posed nude for the May 2012 issue of Allure magazine.[27]

Personal life[edit]

Bibb married investment banker Rob Born on November 22, 2003, in Zihuatanejo, Mexico. The couple divorced on December 7, 2004.[citation needed]

Leslie has reportedly been in a relationship with actor Sam Rockwell since 2007. They appeared in Iron Man 2 together.[28]

Filmography[edit]

Film
Year Title Role Notes
1997 Private Parts WNBC Tour Guide
1997 Touch Me Fawn
1999 This Space Between Us Summer
2000 Young Unknowns, TheThe Young Unknowns Cassandra
2000 Skulls, TheThe Skulls Chloe Whitfield
2001 See Spot Run Stephanie
2006 Wristcutters: A Love Story Desiree
2006 Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby Carley Bobby
2007 My Wife Is Retarded Julie Short film
2007 Sex and Death 101 Dr. Miranda Storm Direct-to-video
2008 Iron Man Christine Everhart
2008 Midnight Meat Train, TheThe Midnight Meat Train Maya
2008 Trick 'r Treat Emma Direct-to-video
2009 Confessions of a Shopaholic Alicia Billington
2009 Law Abiding Citizen Sarah Lowell
2010 Iron Man 2 Christine Everhart
2010 Miss Nobody Sarah Jane McKinney Boston Film Festival — Best Actress Award
2011 Zookeeper, Zookeeper Stephanie
2011 A Good Old Fashioned Orgy Kelly
2012 Meeting Evil Joanie
2013 Movie 43 Wonder Woman Segment "Superhero Speed Dating"
2013 Hell Baby Vanessa
2014 No Good Deed Meg
2014 7500 Laura Baxter
Television
Year Title Role Notes
1996 Pacific Blue Nikki Episode: "Wheels of Fire"
1996 Home Improvement Lisa Burton Episode: "No Place Like Home"
1997 Just Shoot Me! Nikki Episode: "Secretary's Day"
1997 Fired Up Lana Episode: "The Rules"
1997 Big Easy, TheThe Big Easy Janine Rebbenack 13 episodes
1998 Astoria TV pilot
1998 Something So Right Tina Episode: "Something About a Double Standard"
1998 Early Edition Emily Harrigan Episode: "Lt. Hobson, U.S.N."
1999 Sons of Thunder Nancy Jones Episode: "Daddy's Girl"
1999–2001 Popular Brooke McQueen 43 episodes
Teen Choice Award for Television Choice Actress
Nominated—Young Hollywood Award for Exciting New Face – Female
2002–2003 ER Erin Harkins 8 episodes
2003–2004 Line of Fire Paige Van Doren 13 episodes
2004 Capital City Paige Armstrong TV pilot
2004 Nip/Tuck Naomi Gaines Episode: "Naomi Gaines"
2005 Hitched Emily TV pilot
2005–2007 Crossing Jordan Det. Tallulah 'Lu' Simmons 14 episodes
2007 CSI: Miami Beth Selby/Cayla Selby/Ashley Whitford Episode: "Triple Threat"
2007 Entourage Laurie Episode: "Gotcha!"
2007 Atlanta Jessica TV pilot
2009 Kings Katrina Ghent 5 episodes
2010 League, TheThe League Meegan Episodes: "The Draft" and "The Anniversary Party"
2012 GCB Amanda Vaughn Lead role, 10 episodes
2014 The Following Jana Murphy Episodes: "Family Affair" and "Unmasked"
2014 About a Boy Dakota Recurring, 3 episodes
2015 The Odd Couple Casey Recurring

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Four former Richmonders help bring laughter to TV - Richmond Times-Dispatch: Metro Richmond Arts, Entertainment & Lifestyle
  2. ^ "San Antonio Express-News, Archives – mySA.com". 
  3. ^ Today in history: Nov. 17 - US news - Education | NBC News
  4. ^ Good Morning!
  5. ^ Today in History-November 17, 2010 | KATC.com | Acadiana-Lafayette, Louisiana
  6. ^ "Leslie Bibb biography". Yahoo! Movies. 
  7. ^ ""See Spot Run": Leslie Bibb Interview". Hollywood.com. July 4, 2001. 
  8. ^ a b "Will Jordan's Sexy Shrink Shag Woody?". TV Guide. 
  9. ^ Wristcutters: A Love Story (2006) - IMDb
  10. ^ Adalian, Josef; Schneider, Michael (April 5, 2007). "Bibb joins cast of 'Atlanta'". Variety. 
  11. ^ Leslie Bibb Interview for Iron Man | The Cinema Source-TCS
  12. ^ "Iron Man". Metacritic. Retrieved January 23, 2011. 
  13. ^ "Iron Man". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved January 23, 2011. 
  14. ^ Confessions of a Shopaholic Reviews, Ratings, Credits. Metacritic.
  15. ^ "Law Abiding Citizen (2009): Reviews". Metacritic. Retrieved 2009-12-11. 
  16. ^ Wieselman, Jarett (2009-08-06). "Leslie Bibb: 'It's So Delicious Being Evil in $50,000 Worth Of Couture". New York Post (News Corporation). Retrieved January 23, 2011. 
  17. ^ "Iron Man 2". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved January 23, 2011. 
  18. ^ McNary, Dave (October 18, 2007). "Cast set for ' Miss Nobody'". Variety. Retrieved 2010-09-27. 
  19. ^ "We Hear: Sam Rockwell, Tiffani Faison, Boston Pops & more...". Boston Herard. Retrieved 2010-09-27. 
  20. ^ Simon, Alissa (June 17, 2010). "Miss Nobody". Variety. Retrieved January 13, 2011. 
  21. ^ "Sam Jackson, Luke Wilson Topline 'Meeting Evil'". Bloody Disgusting. January 3, 2011. Retrieved January 23, 2011. 
  22. ^ "Sam Jackson, Luke Wilson and Leslie Bibb Join ‘Meeting Evil’". Slash Film. December 31, 2010. Retrieved January 23, 2011. 
  23. ^ Kate Stanhope (April 6, 2012). "GCB's Leslie Bibb on Gone with the Wind, nudity and her Southern roots". TV Guide. Retrieved February 25, 2013. 
  24. ^ Nellie Andreeva (May 11, 2012). "Update: ABC's 'Scandal' renewed, 'GCB', 'The River', 'Missing' & 'Pan Am' cancelled". Deadline.com. Retrieved February 25, 2013. 
  25. ^ "Beauty Byte: Leslie Bibb Is Almay's Newest Ambassador". BellaSugar. Retrieved 2010-08-27. 
  26. ^ "Actress Leslie Bibb to Serve as National Spokesperson for Life Insurance Awareness Month". Reuters. July 19, 2010. Retrieved 2010-09-27. 
  27. ^ "The Naked Truth: Five Celebrities Go Nude for Allure". Allure. 2012-04-17. Retrieved 2014-03-18. 
  28. ^ "She's still his leading lady! Sam Rockwell and girlfriend Leslie Bibb cosy up on the red carpet as he promotes Seven Psychopaths". Daily Mail (London). 

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