Leslie Bibb

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Leslie Bibb
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Bibb at the Comic-Con International promoting The Midnight Meat Train in July 2007
Born
Leslie Louise Bibb

(1974-11-17) November 17, 1974 (age 44)
NationalityAmerican
EducationSaint Gertrude High School
OccupationActress, photomodel
Years active1996–present
Spouse(s)
Rob Born
(m. 2003; div. 2004)
Partner(s)Sam Rockwell (2007–present)

Leslie Louise Bibb (born November 17, 1974)[2][3][4][5] is an American actress and model. Bibb transitioned into film and television during the late 1990s, first appearing on television in 1996 with minor roles in a few television series, while first appearing on film in 1997 with a small role in Private Parts. She scored her first recurring role in the TV show The Big Easy (1997), before her role as Brooke McQueen on the WB Network dramedy series Popular brought her to the attention of a wider audience; she received a Teen Choice Award for Television Choice Actress for the role. She has also appeared in the Marvel Cinematic Universe as Christine Everhart in the films Iron Man and Iron Man 2, with the character reappearing in several viral marketing campaigns as the host of the fictional WHIH Newsfront.

Early life[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-girls Catholic private school Saint Gertrude High School.[1]

Career[edit]

Modeling[edit]

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, then 16 years old, as the winner.[6] 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 the United States for her senior year and graduated in 1991. She has appeared on the cover of several magazines, including CosmoGirl, 944, Seventeen, Gear, Paper, L'Officiel, Teen, FHM, Stuff, YM and Fit.[7] She was featured on the 2001 FHM calendar and on the Maxim Uncut 2001 15-Month calendar. In 2008, Bibb appeared in a television commercial for Almay Pure Blends.[8]

Acting[edit]

Bibb first appeared on television in 1996, playing in episodes of Pacific Blue and Home Improvement. Her 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 (1997) and had a supporting role in the film This Space Between Us (1999).

Bibb at the 2011 Tribeca Film Festival premiere of A Good Old Fashioned Orgy

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 psychological thriller The Skulls (1999), as the classmate, friend and love interest of Joshua 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, playing a single mother who spends most of the film on her own "Planes, Trains and Automobiles" adventure.[9]

Bibb was cast in a recurring role on the series ER and played the lead character on the television series Line of Fire. Bibb joined the cast of Crossing Jordan as Detective Lu Simmons until Season 6.[10] She appeared as Desiree in the independent film Wristcutters: A Love Story (2006). Wristcutters revolved around two characters who fall in love in purgatory after committing suicide. The film was nominated for the Sundance Film Festival's Grand Jury Prize, two Independent Spirit Awards and the Humanitas Prize.[11] That year, she played 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."[10]

Bibb also starred in the sitcom Atlanta as Jessica, a potential love interest for Freddie Prinze Jr.'s character, meeting him at a funeral.[12] 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 action film Iron Man (2008). 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."[13] In 2008, Bibb starred as Maya Jones in the Ryuhei Kitamura-directed horror film The Midnight Meat Train (2008), based on Clive Barker's 1984 short story of the same name.[14]

In the comedy Confessions of a Shopaholic (2009), she portrayed the rival of the main character, played by Isla Fisher. Confessions of a Shopaholic was panned by film critics[15] but was a success at the box office.[according to whom?] She had a pivotal recurring role on the NBC series Kings as Katrina Ghent and played Sarah Lowell in the thriller film Law Abiding Citizen (2009), which was released on October 16, 2009. The film was poorly received by critics.[16]

In 2010, she reprised her role as Everhart in the sequel to Iron Man, Iron Man 2.[17] The film is Bibb's biggest box-office success, with a worldwide gross of $621.8 million.[18] Later in 2010, she starred in the independent comedy Miss Nobody,[19] for which she also served as co-producer. For her performance, she won the Best Actress Award at the 26th Boston Film Festival.[20] 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."[21] Bibb also appeared in Kevin James' The Zookeeper, released in 2011. In 2012, Bibb starred as Amanda Vaughn on the ABC series GCB, which debuted on March 4, 2012,[22] but the show was cancelled after 10 episodes.[23] Bibb starred in the Neil LaBute play Reasons to be Happy, which premiered in June 2013 at MCC Theatre in New York.[citation needed]

In 2016, Bibb starred in the first season of YouTube Red original show Rhett & Link's Buddy System. She also appeared in an episode of the show's second season, which was released in 2017. She began recurring on ABC's American Housewife in 2016, playing the divorced next-door neighbor Viv. In 2017, Bibb starred in the Netflix comedy-horror film The Babysitter.[24] In the same year, she was cast as Susan Rollins in the comedy film Tag.[25] In February 2019, it was announced that Bibb had been cast as Grace Sampson in the upcoming Netflix superhero series Jupiter's Legacy.[26]

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.[27] In the fourth quarter of 2010, Bibb partnered with the non-profit LIFE Foundation by serving as the national spokesperson for Life Insurance Awareness Month.[28] She posed nude for the May 2012 issue of Allure magazine.[29]

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]

She has been in a relationship with actor Sam Rockwell since 2007, when they reportedly met in Los Angeles as he was filming Frost/Nixon. They both appeared in Iron Man 2 and Don Verdean.

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1997 Private Parts WNBC Tour Guide
Touch Me Fawn
1999 This Space Between Us Summer
2000 The Young Unknowns Cassandra
The Skulls Chloe Whitfield
2001 See Spot Run Stephanie
2006 Wristcutters: A Love Story Desiree Randolph
Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby Carley Bobby
2007 My Wife Is Retarded Julie Short film
Sex and Death 101 Dr. Miranda Storm Direct-to-video
2008 Iron Man Christine Everhart
The Midnight Meat Train Maya Jones
Trick 'r Treat Emma Direct-to-video
2009 Confessions of a Shopaholic Alicia Billington
Law Abiding Citizen Sarah Lowell
2010 Iron Man 2 Christine Everhart
Miss Nobody Sarah Jane McKinney Boston Film Festival — Best Actress Award
2011 Zookeeper Stephanie
A Good Old Fashioned Orgy Kelly
2012 Meeting Evil Joanie
2013 Movie 43 Wonder Woman Segment "Superhero Speed Dating"
Hell Baby Vanessa
2014 No Good Deed Meg
Flight 7500 Laura Baxter
Take Care Frannie
2015 Don Verdean Joylinda Lazarus
2017 To the Bone Megan
Awakening the Zodiac Zoe Branson
The Babysitter Mrs. Johnson
2018 Tag Susan Rollins
2019 Running with the Devil Agent in Charge
TBA The Babysitter 2 Mrs. Johnson Filming

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1996 Pacific Blue Nikki Episode: "Wheels of Fire"
Home Improvement Lisa Burton Episode: "No Place Like Home"
1997 Just Shoot Me! Nikki Episode: "Secretary's Day"
Fired Up Lana Episode: "The Rules"
The Big Easy Janine Rebbenack Main role (season 2)
1998 Astoria TV pilot
Something So Right Tina Episode: "Something About a Double Standard"
Early Edition Emily Harrigan Episode: "Lt. Hobson, U.S.N."
1999 Sons of Thunder Nancy Jones Episode: "Daddy's Girl"
2000 Grosse Pointe Herself Episode: "Mommy Dearest"
1999–2001 Popular Brooke McQueen Main cast
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 Main cast
2004 Capital City Paige Armstrong TV pilot
Nip/Tuck Naomi Gaines Episode: "Naomi Gaines"
2005 Hitched Emily TV pilot
2005–2007 Crossing Jordan Det. Tallulah "Lu" Simmons Main cast (seasons 5–6)
2007 CSI: Miami Beth Selby/Cayla Selby/Ashley Whitford Episode: "Triple Threat"
Entourage Laurie Episode: "Gotcha!"
Atlanta Jessica TV pilot
2009 Kings Katrina Ghent 5 episodes
2010–2011, 2015 The League Meegan Eckhart 7 episodes
2012 GCB Amanda Vaughn Main cast
2014 The Following Jana Murphy Episodes: "Family Affair" and "Unmasked"
About a Boy Dakota Recurring, 6 episodes
2015 The Odd Couple Casey Recurring
Salem Rogers: Model of the Year 1998 Salem Rogers Main cast
2016–present American Housewife Viv Recurring
2020 Jupiter's Legacy Grace Sampson Main cast

Web[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2015–2016 WHIH Newsfront Christine Everhart Lead role
2016–2017 Rhett & Link's Buddy System Aimee Brells Recurring, 8 episodes (first season)

Guest, 1 episode (second season)

References[edit]

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  10. ^ a b "Will Jordan's Sexy Shrink Shag Woody?". TV Guide.
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  16. ^ "Law Abiding Citizen (2009): Reviews". Metacritic. Retrieved 2009-12-11.
  17. ^ 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.
  18. ^ "Iron Man 2". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved January 23, 2011.
  19. ^ McNary, Dave (October 18, 2007). "Cast set for ' Miss Nobody'". Variety. Retrieved 2010-09-27.
  20. ^ "We Hear: Sam Rockwell, Tiffani Faison, Boston Pops & more..." Boston Herard. Retrieved 2010-09-27.
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  22. ^ 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.
  23. ^ Nellie Andreeva (May 11, 2012). "Update: ABC's 'Scandal' renewed, 'GCB', 'The River', 'Missing' & 'Pan Am' cancelled". Deadline.com. Retrieved February 25, 2013.
  24. ^ Sorokach, Josh (October 19, 2017). "'The Babysitter' Proves That America Needs A Leslie Bibb/Ken Marino 'Cool Parents' Sitcom Pronto". Decider. Retrieved February 10, 2019.
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  29. ^ "The Naked Truth: Five Celebrities Go Nude for Allure". Allure. 2012-04-17. Retrieved 2014-03-18.

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