Leila Kenzle

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Leila Kenzle
Born (1960-07-16) July 16, 1960 (age 63)
EducationRutgers University–New Brunswick (BFA)
Antioch University (MA)
Years active1989–2003
Neil Monaco
(m. 1994)

Leila Kenzle (born July 16, 1960) is an American therapist and former actress best known for her role as Fran Devanow on Mad About You.[1]

Early life and education[edit]

Leila Kenzle was born in Patchogue, New York, the daughter of Lee, an antiques dealer, and Kurt Kenzle, who worked in electrical supply sales.[2] She earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University–New Brunswick in 1984. In 2002, she earned a Master of Arts in psychology from Antioch University Los Angeles.[3]


Before moving to Los Angeles to become an actress she worked as a hotel telephone operator. Her big break came when she was cast as a stripper in the off-Broadway production of Tony n' Tina's Wedding. Her TV credits include appearances on The Golden Girls, Diagnosis Murder, Thirtysomething and The Cosby Show. Her film credits include Other People's Money, White Oleander, and The Hot Chick. Her final role to date was in the 2003 movie Identity.

After Mad About You ended, she obtained a master's degree in clinical psychology and is a marriage and family therapist practicing in Los Angeles.[4]

Personal life[edit]

Kenzle has been married to Neil Monaco, a private acting coach, since 1994.[5]



Year Title Role Notes
1991 Other People's Money Marcia
2000 Enemies of Laughter Woman #1
2002 White Oleander Ann Greenway
2002 The Hot Chick Julie
2003 Identity Alice York


Year Title Role Notes
1989 The Cosby Show Girl #2 Episode: "Theo's Woman"
1990 The World According to Straw Gina DeSalvo Television film
1990 The Golden Girls Tamara Episode: "Blanche Delivers"
1990 Thirtysomething Student #1 Episode: "The Guilty Party"
1990 Over My Dead Body Hooker Episode: "A Passing Inspection"
1991 Princesses Debra Kirshner 3 episodes
1992–1999 Mad About You Fran Devanow 136 episodes
1995 Something Wilder Lena Episode: "For the Boys"
1995 Friends Fran Devanow Episode: "The One with Two Parts: Part 1"
1996 All She Ever Wanted Jesse Frank Television film
1996, 2000 Diagnosis: Murder Various roles 2 episodes
1997 Duckman Janeane Episode: "Ebony, Baby"
1997 Breast Men Arlene Television film
1998 The Nanny Naomi Demble Episode: "The Reunion Show"
1998–1999 DiResta Kate DiResta 9 episodes
1999 Love American Style Julie Television film
1999 The Wonderful World of Disney Amy Episode: "Dogmatic"
1999 The Wild Thornberrys Bobri / Arctic Hare 2 episodes
2001 The Wild Thornberrys: The Origin of Donnie Squirrel / Forest Animal Television film
2001 Touched by an Angel Leigh Alcott-Rendon Episode: "Angels Anonymous"
2002 Felicity Attorney Episode: "The Paper Chase"
2003 Judging Amy Mrs. McKinney Episode: "Looking at Quarters"
2003 Rugrats Tracy Episode: "Club Fred"


  1. ^ O'Connor, John J. (1992-09-23). "Review/Television; Trying To Succeed At a 90's Marriage". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2023-05-10.
  2. ^ "Leila Kenzle Biography (1960?-)". www.filmreference.com. Retrieved 2023-05-10.
  3. ^ "Leila Kenzle MFT | About". Retrieved 2023-05-10.
  4. ^ Karlin, Susan (February 6, 2007). "Sidekick Turned Shrink". New York Post. Retrieved August 17, 2018.
  5. ^ Mendoza, N. f (1995-05-21). "WITH AN EYE ON . . . : The real Leila Kenzle--the guest who never left 'Mad About You'". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2023-05-10.

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