Leslie Mann

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Leslie Mann
Leslie Mann 3, 2012.jpg
Mann at the Telefilm Canada Feature Comedy Exchange, 2012
Born (1972-03-26) March 26, 1972 (age 43)
San Francisco, California, U.S.
Residence Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Education Corona del Mar High School
(Newport Beach, California)
Occupation Actress, Comedian
Years active 1989–present
Spouse(s) Judd Apatow (m. 1997)
Children 2

Leslie Mann (born March 26, 1972)[1] is an American actress and comedian best known for her roles in comedic films such as The Cable Guy (1996), George of the Jungle (1997), Big Daddy (1999), The 40-Year-Old Virgin (2005), Knocked Up (2007), 17 Again (2009), Funny People (2009), Rio (2011), The Change-Up (2011), This Is 40 (2012) and The Other Woman (2014), many of which are collaborations with her husband, Judd Apatow. In 2012, Elle named her "Hollywood's queen of comedy".[2]

Early life[edit]

Mann was born in San Francisco, California, and grew up in Newport Beach.[2] She was raised by her mother, a real estate agent who had married three times.[2][3] Mann has stated of her father, "My dad is...I don't really have one. I mean, he does exist, but I have zero relationship with him".[2] She has two siblings and three older step-brothers.[2] Her maternal grandmother, Sadie Viola Heljä Räsänen, was the daughter of Finnish immigrants.[4]

Mann has said that she was "very shy, kind of pent-up" during her youth.[5] She graduated from Corona del Mar High School,[3] and studied acting at the Joanne Baron / D.W. Brown Studio and with comedy improv troupe The Groundlings.[2] She attended college and studied communications, but dropped out before graduating.[6]


Acting career[edit]

Mann at the premiere of Funny People in 2009

Mann began her career at 18 appearing in a number of television commercials. In a 2012 interview with Elle magazine, she recalled that one was for a nail polish brand called Nouvage, in which she had to dance to Prince's "Kiss" on roller skates for the audition.[2] In 1995, Mann was chosen from an open audition of 500 candidates for her first big movie role in The Cable Guy (1996). Mann followed with performances including guest-starring in Freaks & Geeks, as well as appearing in Sam Weisman's George of The Jungle alongside Brendan Fraser, Big Daddy with Adam Sandler, Orange County opposite Jack Black, and The 40-Year-Old Virgin with Steve Carell.[7]

In 2007, Mann starred alongside Seth Rogen and Paul Rudd in Judd Apatow's comedy Knocked Up, which grossed more than $218 million worldwide.[8] Mann's performance in the film garnered her rave reviews as well as a "Best Supporting Actress" nomination from the Chicago Film Critics Association. The film won the People's Choice Award for "Favorite Movie Comedy", was named one of AFI's "Top Ten Films of the Year", and received a nomination from the Broadcast Film Critics Association Award for "Best Comedy".[9]

In 2009, Mann reunited with her Big Daddy co-star Adam Sandler and Knocked Up co-star Seth Rogen for Apatow's Funny People.[10] This film was named to many of the year's top ten lists including The New Yorker and The New York Times.[11] Elle writer Mickey Rapkin said that "[Mann] owns the second half of 2009's Funny People, where her character does the most unlikely thing a woman can do in a major studio picture: has an affair with an ex-boyfriend on a whim."[12] That same year, Mann also starred in Burr Steers' successful comedy 17 Again opposite Zac Efron and Matthew Perry, which grossed over $125 million worldwide.[13] She was also seen in the indie hit I Love You Phillip Morris alongside Jim Carrey and Ewan McGregor.[14] The film premiered at the 2009 Sundance Film Festival and upon release was met with critical acclaim including a nomination for a 2011 Broadcast Film Critics Association Award in the category of "Best Comedy".[15] Mann also starred alongside Elizabeth Banks in the film What Was I Thinking? based upon the book by Barbara Davilman and Liz Dubelman which was filmed in 2009 but never released.[16]

In 2011, Mann starred opposite Ryan Reynolds and Jason Bateman in David Dobkin's comedy The Change-Up. [17] In addition, she lent her voice to "Linda", the main human character in Carlos Saldanha's animated film Rio, which garnered over $484 million worldwide and also featured vocal performances by Jamie Foxx and Anne Hathaway,[18] as well as to Jonah Hill's animated FOX television series Allen Gregory, as the title character's second-grade teacher.[19]

Mann continued her voice performance work in 2012 with her role in ParaNorman, an animated 3D, stop-motion film from writer/director Chris Butler.[20]

In December 2012, Mann appeared opposite Paul Rudd in Judd Apatow's This Is 40, the sequel to Knocked Up. The movie reunited the trio from the film, with Mann and Rudd reprising their characters. The film was written and directed by Judd Apatow, and included their two daughters in the cast.[21] In contrast to Knocked Up, This Is 40 centered squarely on Mann's character and her family. An early response on Mann's performance from Elle Magazine states that "[she] doesn't just walk off with scenes—she steals the show".[12] Mann was nominated for Best Actress in a Comedy by the Broadcast Film Critics Association for This Is 40.[22]

In 2013, Mann was in Sofia Coppola's The Bling Ring with Emma Watson. Inspired by actual events, the film follows a group of fame-obsessed L.A. teenagers who burgled celebrity homes by tracking their whereabouts on the internet.[23]

In 2014, Mann narrated "Women in Comedy", an episode of season 2 of Makers: Women Who Make America.[24]

Personal life[edit]

On June 9, 1997, Mann married producer Judd Apatow, whom she met while auditioning for The Cable Guy (1996); Apatow, one of the film's producers, read the lines to auditioning actresses as a stand-in for Jim Carrey.[citation needed] Mann and Apatow have two daughters, Iris and Maude, who both appeared in the films Knocked Up, Funny People, and This Is 40 as the children of Mann's characters.[25]

Mann and Apatow are both longtime supporters of the non-profit organization 826LA, which focuses on encouraging the writing skills of disadvantaged youth.[26] They are also involved with the UCLA Rape Treatment Center's Stuart House, which serves the needs of sexually abused children and their families.[27] Mann and Apatow's philanthropic contributions were honored in 2012 by the Bogart Pediatric Cancer Research Program, which awarded the couple the 2012 "Children's Choice Award" for their work with children and families, who are dealing with pediatric cancer. In 2009, the couple was also recognized by The Fulfillment Fund who honored them at their annual benefit gala.[28]


Year Title Role Notes
1991 Virgin High Extra[29]
1996 Bottle Rocket Sorority Girl Uncredited
1996 Cosas que nunca te dije Laurie
1996 She's the One Connie
1996 Last Man Standing Wanda
1996 Cable Guy, TheThe Cable Guy Robin Harris
1997 George of the Jungle Ursula Stanhope
1999 Big Daddy Corinne Maloney
1999 Freaks and Geeks Ms. Foote Season 1: Episode 13 (Chokin' and Tokin')
2000 Timecode Cherine
2001 Perfume Camille
2002 Orange County Krista
2002 Stealing Harvard Elaine Warner
2005 40-Year-Old Virgin, TheThe 40-Year-Old Virgin Nicky
2007 Knocked Up Debbie Nominated – Chicago Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actress
2008 Drillbit Taylor Lisa Zachey
2008 Beverly Hills Chihuahua Bimini Uncredited
2009 17 Again Scarlett O'Donnell (Adult)
2009 Funny People Laura
2009 Shorts Mom Thompson
2010 I Love You Phillip Morris Debbie
2011 Rio Linda Gunderson Voice role
2011 Allen Gregory Gina Voice role
2011 Little Birds Margaret Hobart
2011 Modern Family Katie Season 3, Episode: "Treehouse"
2011 Change-Up, TheThe Change-Up Jamie
2012 ParaNorman Sandra Babcock Voice role
2012 This Is 40 Debbie
2013 Bling Ring, TheThe Bling Ring Laurie Moore
2014 Makers: Women Who Make America Narrator Season 2, Episode: "Women in Comedy"
2014 Mr. Peabody & Sherman Patty Peterson Voice role
2014 Rio 2 Linda Gunderson Voice role
2014 The Other Woman Kate King
2015 Vacation Audrey Griswold-Crandall
2016 How to Be Single


  1. ^ "Leslie Mann". Maxim. July 30, 2009. Retrieved April 19, 2013. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f g Combe, Rachael (September 17, 2012). "Leslie Mann On Being Hollywood's Reigning Funny Girl". Retrieved November 11, 2012. 
  3. ^ a b Katz, Jesse (May 18, 2009). "In the Editing Room with Leslie Mann". Los Angeles magazine. Retrieved March 28, 2014. 
  4. ^ YLE TV 1, 20:30 TV-news, April 25, 2014.
  5. ^ Itzkoff, Dave (November 14, 2012). "Judd Apatow’s Family Business". New York Times. Retrieved April 19, 2013. 
  6. ^ de Bertodano, Helena (February 13, 2013). "This is 40: Leslie Mann interview". The Telegraph. Retrieved August 22, 2014. 
  7. ^ Funny People (2009) at the Internet Movie Database
  8. ^ Kocked Up (2007) at the Internet Movie Database
  9. ^ "Knocked Up Awards". 2007. Retrieved December 4, 2012. 
  10. ^ Leslie Mann - IMDb
  11. ^ Scott, A.O. (December 18, 2009). "Homes Are Where You Find Them". Retrieved November 18, 2012. 
  12. ^ a b Rapkin, Mickey (October 17, 2011). "Comedy's Unlikely Feminist". Retrieved November 18, 2012. 
  13. ^ 17 Again on Box Office Mojo
  14. ^ I Love You Phillip Morris (2009) at the Internet Movie Database
  15. ^ http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1045772/awards
  16. ^ Murray, Rebecca (April 19, 2009). "Leslie Mann and Elizabeth Banks to Star in What Was I Thinking?". Retrieved November 18, 2012. 
  17. ^ Saviss, Ramona (May 5, 2011). "'The Change-Up': The Scene That Won Over Leslie Mann". Retrieved November 23, 2012. 
  18. ^ "Rio (2011)". May 23, 2011. Retrieved November 23, 2012. 
  19. ^ "Allen Gregory". Retrieved November 23, 2012. 
  20. ^ Palumbo, Stephanie. "How Leslie Mann Lives Her Best Life". Retrieved November 23, 2012. 
  21. ^ This Is 40 (2012) at the Internet Movie Database
  22. ^ "Critics Choice Awards". Retrieved January 10, 2013. 
  23. ^ The Bling Ring (2013) at the Internet Movie Database
  24. ^ http://www.pbs.org/makers/season-two/women-in-comedy/
  25. ^ Maude Apatow - IMDb
  26. ^ Kellogg, Carolyn. "826LA adds Pee-wee Herman to Judd Apatow benefit". Retrieved December 4, 2012. 
  27. ^ Delgado, Alexandra. "Haute 100 Los Angeles Update: Judd Apatow and Leslie Mann Support Stuart House". Retrieved December 4, 2012. 
  28. ^ Kay, Felix. "Judd Apatow & Leslie Mann Honored For Work For Kids". Retrieved December 4, 2012. 
  29. ^ Ryan, Kyle. (2007-09-28) Random Roles: Leslie Mann "My friend was in some commercial workshop when we were living in Newport Beach going to high school. She had a number to call for extra work. We were just extras. And for some reason, they put that on my IMDB thing." The A.V. Club Retrieved 2012-12-10.

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