NeNe Leakes

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NeNe Leakes
Born Linnethia Monique Johnson
(1967-12-13) December 13, 1967 (age 46)
Queens, New York, U.S.
Residence Athens, Georgia, U.S.
Occupation
  • Television personality
  • actress
Years active 2008–present
Television
Spouse(s) Gregg Leakes (1997–2011; 2013–present)
Children 2

Linnethia Monique "NeNe" Leakes /ˈnn/ (née Johnson; born December 13, 1967)[1][2][3] is an American television personality and actress. In October 2008, she came to prominence after being cast in the reality television series The Real Housewives of Atlanta, the third spin-off from The Real Housewives of Orange County.

Life and career[edit]

While working as a stripper, she met Gregg Leakes in 1996. Gregg Leakes is a real estate investor and business consultant. They married in 1997 and had son Brentt on February 22, 1999. Gregg has older children with his exes.

In 2008, Leakes made her first appearance on The Real Housewives of Atlanta.[4] After the first season, she co-wrote with Denene Milner the book Never Make The Same Mistake Twice. Leakes has been a part of the cast for all six seasons. Leakes played sassy secretary Rocky Roades in the NBC comedy The New Normal.[5][6] Ryan Murphy cast NeNe on his series Glee in the third season in a recurring role as synchronized swim coach and Olympic bronze-medalist Coach Roz Washington.[7][8][9][10]

In 2010, Nene and Gregg separated, and NeNe filed for divorce on April 29, 2010. The divorce was finalized September 29, 2011, after season four of The Real Housewives had finished shooting.[11] In October 2011, Leakes released a memoir describing her experiences with abuse called Never Make the Same Mistake Twice: Lessons on Love and Life Learned the Hard Way.[12] NeNe and Gregg Leakes reunited and announced that they were engaged in January 2013.[13][14] Bravo filmed their wedding planning and ceremony for a spin-off entitled I Dream of NeNe: The Wedding.[15] NeNe and Gregg remarried on June 22, 2013, at the InterContinental Buckhead Hotel in Atlanta.[16] In 2011, Leakes was a contestant on the eleventh installment of Donald Trump's NBC series Celebrity Apprentice.[17] During the tenth episode of Apprentice, after arguments with fellow cast member Star Jones, Leakes walked off the show.[18][19] Leakes failed to win any money for her selected charity, "My Sister's House".

Leakes has guest-hosted Anderson Live,[20] The Talk, and appeared in Betty White's Off Their Rockers[21] and The Price Is Right.[22]

Nene Leakes resides in Duluth, Georgia, a suburb of Atlanta.[23] She also rents a house in the Hollywood Hills West, Los Angeles.[24][25][26] NeNe has a son named Bryson "Brice" Rashard Bryant (born December 1989) from a previous relationship. Leakes has a granddaughter, Bri'Asia Bryant (born June 2012).[27] Leakes rising popularity has made her the center of multiple parodies. One example is Celebrity Smacktalker's Competition[28] while another example was on The Bonnie Hunt Show by Niecy Nash.[29]

On March 4th, 2014 she was announced to be one of the celebrities who will compete in the 18th season of Dancing with the Stars. She is paired with professional dancer, Tony Dovolani.[30]

Filmography[edit]

Television
Year Title Role Notes
2008—present The Real Housewives of Atlanta Herself Main Cast
2010 Maury 1 episode
2011 The Celebrity Apprentice 10 episodes
2012—present Glee Coach Roz Washington Recurring
2012 The Amandas Herself 1 episode
The Game 1 episode
Let's Stay Together 1 episode
2012—2013 The New Normal Rocky Series regular
2013 The Price Is Right Herself 1 episode
I Dream of NeNe: The Wedding 7 Episodes
2014 Dancing with the Stars Herself Contestant on season 18

References[edit]

  1. ^ Harris, Annika (August 12, 2009). "“Real Housewife” NeNe Spills Her Guts In New Memoir". The Frisky. Retrieved 17 October 2013. 
  2. ^ Daniels, Karu (November 27, 2012). "‘Ebony’ Cover With NeNe Leakes Unleashes a Firestorm of Criticism". The Daily Beast. 
  3. ^ "Happy 43rd Birthday, NeNe Leakes". Essence. December 13, 2011. 
  4. ^ "Bravo's Hit Franchise Docu-Series "The Real Housewives" Heads South for "The Real Housewives of Atlanta"". The Futon Critic (Press release). June 26, 2008. Retrieved 10 September 2013. 
  5. ^ Stasi, Linda (September 11, 2012). "Best part of ‘New Normal’ is the cast". New York Post. 
  6. ^ Goldberg, Lesley (January 14, 2013). "'The New Normal': Nene Leakes Puts 'Sing' Star in Her Place". The Hollywood Reporter. 
  7. ^ Ho, Rodney (December 20, 2011). "NeNe Leakes joins ‘Glee’ for a few episodes". Access Atlanta. 
  8. ^ Hines, Ree (December 20, 2011). "'Housewives' star NeNe Leakes gets recurring role on 'Glee'". TODAY. 
  9. ^ Brown, Laurel (March 7, 2013). "'Glee' scoop: NeNe Leakes will return in Season 4 as Coach Roz". Zap2it. 
  10. ^ Goldberg, Lesley (December 20, 2011). "'Glee' Enlists 'Real Housewives of Atlanta's' Nene Leakes". The Hollywood Reporter. 
  11. ^ Ho, Rodney (April 11, 2012). "UPDATED: NeNe is indeed divorced". Access Atlanta. 
  12. ^ Leakes, Nene (2009). Never Make the Same Mistake Twice: Lessons on Love and Life Learned the Hard Way. Touchstone. ISBN 1-4391-6730-3. 
  13. ^ "Nene Leakes Engaged To Ex: 'Real Housewives of Atlanta' Star Gets Back With Ex-Husband Gregg". Huffington Post. January 8, 2013. 
  14. ^ Alyssa Toomey (January 8, 2013). "NeNe Leakes "Definitely Back Together" With Ex-Husband Gregg Leakes, Stays Mum on Wedding Rumors". E!. 
  15. ^ Carpenter, Cassie (April 18, 2013). "I do... again! Nene Leakes to marry ex-husband in reality TV spin-off I Dream Of NeNe". Daily Mail. 
  16. ^ Coughlan, Maggie (June 22, 2013). "NeNe Leakes Marries Gregg Leakes for a Second Time". People. 
  17. ^ Nudd, Tim (May 11, 2011). "NeNe Leakes: Celebrity Apprentice Was 'Toxic' for Me". People. 
  18. ^ "NeNe Leakes: Why I Quit Celebrity Apprentice". Us Weekly. May 9, 2011. 
  19. ^ "NeNe Leakes Slams ‘Celebrity Apprentice’ After Quitting". Access Hollywood. May 9, 2011. 
  20. ^ Nessif, Bruna (November 18, 2013). "Rosie O'Donnell & NeNe Leakes to Guest Cohost Anderson Cooper's Talk Show". E! News. 
  21. ^ Beard, Lanford (January 28, 2013). "Bloop! NeNe Leakes gives Betty White wine-tossing tips". Entertainment Weekly. 
  22. ^ Wieselman, Jarett (February 18, 2013). "NeNe Comes To 'The Price Is Right'". Entertainment Tonight. 
  23. ^ http://www.celebrityhousepictures.com/nene-leakes.php
  24. ^ Gostin, Nicki (March 8, 2013). "Why Did NeNe Call the Police?!". Bravo Blog. 
  25. ^ Ho, Rodney (March 3, 2013). "'Real Housewives of Atlanta' recap, sesaon 4, episode 16 ("Peaches Don't Grow in Hollywood")". Access Atlanta. 
  26. ^ Henderson, Danielle (March 4, 2013). "The Real Housewives of Atlanta Recap: Guess Who’s Not Coming to Dinner". Vulture. 
  27. ^ "NeNe Leakes: Meet My Secret Granddaughter!". In Touch. August 21, 2012. 
  28. ^ "Judge Judy vs. Nene Leakes". YouTube. Retrieved 2014-03-24. 
  29. ^ Wetpaint Visitor (2010-12-15). "Watch: Parody of Kim Zolciak and NeNe Leakes on The Bonnie Hunt Show | Real Housewives of Atlanta". Wetpaint. Retrieved 2014-03-25. 
  30. ^ "Dancing With the Stars Cast Revealed! Cody Simpson, Nene Leakes and James Maslow Are Among the Names—See the Full List! | E! Online UK". Eonline.com. 2014-03-04. Retrieved 2014-03-25. 

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