Leisha Hailey

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Leisha Hailey
Born (1971-07-11) July 11, 1971 (age 47)
NationalityAmerican
OccupationActress, musician
Years active1991–present
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Leisha Hailey (born July 11, 1971) is an American actress and musician known for playing Alice Pieszecki in the Showtime Networks series The L Word . Hailey first came to the public's attention as a musician in the pop duo The Murmurs and has continued her music career as part of the band Uh Huh Her.

Alice Pieszecki fictional character from the television series The L Word

Alice Elisabeth Pieszecki is a fictional character on the Showtime television network series The L Word, shown nationally in the United States. She is played by American actress Leisha Hailey. Alice lives in Los Angeles, California, and mostly hangs out in West Hollywood. During the first seasons, she is often seen with her best friends, Shane McCutcheon and Dana Fairbanks. Further into the show, she befriends Helena Peabody, and has romantic relationships with various recurrent lead characters, most notably Dana Fairbanks and Tasha Williams. She was listed in AfterEllen.com's Top 50 Favorite Female TV Characters.

Showtime Networks American entertainment company

Showtime Networks Inc. (SNI) is an American entertainment company that oversees the company's premium cable television channels, including its flagship service Showtime. It is a subsidiary of media conglomerate CBS Corporation.

<i>The L Word</i> television series

The L Word is an American-Canadian co-production television drama series portraying the lives of a group of lesbians and their friends, connections, family, and lovers in the trendy Greater Los Angeles, California city of West Hollywood.

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Early life

Born in the USCAR, Japan to American parents, Hailey grew up in Bellevue, Nebraska. [1] [2] [3]

United States Civil Administration of the Ryukyu Islands government agency

The United States Civil Administration of the Ryukyu Islands, or "USCAR", was the government in Okinawa, Japan, after World War II from 1950 until 1972.

Japan Country in East Asia

Japan is an island country in East Asia. Located in the Pacific Ocean, it lies off the eastern coast of the Asian continent and stretches from the Sea of Okhotsk in the north to the East China Sea and the Philippine Sea in the south.

Bellevue, Nebraska City in Nebraska, United States

Bellevue is a city in Sarpy County, Nebraska, United States and a southern suburb of Omaha. The population was 50,137 at the 2010 census. Bellevue is part of the Omaha-Council Bluffs metropolitan area. Originally settled in the 1830s, Bellevue was incorporated in 1855 and is the oldest continuous town in Nebraska. The Nebraska State Legislature has credited the town as being the second oldest settlement in Nebraska. It was once the seat of government in Nebraska.

At 17, she came out as a lesbian before moving to New York City to attend the American Academy of Dramatic Arts. [4]

American Academy of Dramatic Arts drama school

The American Academy of Dramatic Arts (AADA) is a two-year performing arts conservatory, with two locations: 120 Madison Avenue, Manhattan, and at 1336 North La Brea Avenue, Los Angeles. The Academy offers an associate degree in occupational studies, and teaches drama and related arts in the areas of theater, film, and television. Students also have the opportunity to audition for the third-year theater company. Students can usually transfer completed credits to a 4-year college or university to finish a bachelor's degree if they choose. Many well-known stars, from the past and the present, made their start at the academy.

Career

Music

With her Academy classmate Heather Grody, she formed the pop duo The Murmurs in 1991. In the 1990s, they released several albums and toured on the Lilith Fair.[ citation needed ] In 2001, Hailey and Grody changed their name to Gush. The group disbanded when Hailey was cast in The L Word. In 2005, Hailey founded Marfa Records. [5]

The Murmurs band

The Murmurs were an American alternative pop music duo composed of singer-songwriters Leisha Hailey and Heather Grody. Some time after the duo went their separate ways, Hailey became one half of Uh Huh Her and Grody became a founding member of Redcar.

Lilith Fair

Lilith Fair was a concert tour and travelling music festival, founded by Canadian musician Sarah McLachlan, Nettwerk Music Group's Dan Fraser and Terry McBride, and New York talent agent Marty Diamond. It took place during the summers of 1997 to 1999, and was revived in the summer of 2010. It consisted solely of female solo artists and female-led bands. In its initial three years, Lilith Fair raised over $10M for charity.

In July 2007, Uh Huh Her, an electropop duo consisting of Hailey and Camila Grey, released an EP entitled I See Red; over a year later they released their first album Common Reaction .

Uh Huh Her (band) indie/rock/electropop band

Uh Huh Her is an indie/rock/electropop band that was formed in January 2007. The band's name came from an album by artist PJ Harvey, titled Uh Huh Her. The band has mentioned several times changing their name to UHH, as opposed to the full "Uh Huh Her," believing the original name looks good in written form, but is awkward to pronounce. It is unclear at this time if the name change will be made official at any point.

Electropop is a music genre combining elements of electronic and pop genres. Usually, it is described as a variant of synth-pop with heavy emphasis on its electronic sound. The genre has seen a revival of popularity and major influence since the 2000s.

Camila Grey is a Los Angeles based musician currently performing in the duo Uh Huh Her and also the supergroup Summer Moon composed of Nikolai Fraiture, Stephen Perkins, and Noah Harmon. Grey was formerly the bassist and keyboardist for the band Mellowdrone. She has also worked with such artists as Dr. Dre, Busta Rhymes, Big Black Delta, Tricky,Linda Perry,Kanye West, Melissa Auf der Maur, Hans Zimmer, Kelly Osbourne, and Adam Lambert.

Hailey also co-wrote the Shakira hit song "Don't Bother" for her 2005 hit album Oral Fixation Vol. 2 .

Shakira Colombian singer

Shakira Isabel Mebarak Ripoll is a Colombian singer, songwriter, dancer, businesswoman, and philanthropist. Born and raised in Barranquilla, her first studio albums, Magia and Peligro, failed to attain commercial success in the 1990s; however, she rose to prominence in Latin America with her major-label debut, Pies Descalzos (1996), and her fourth album, Dónde Están los Ladrones? (1998).

Dont Bother 2005 song by Shakira

"Don't Bother" is a song performed by Colombian singer-songwriter Shakira, taken from her seventh studio album and second English-language album, Oral Fixation, Vol. 2. The song was released on 4 October 2005, by Epic Records as the lead single from the album. The song was written by Shakira, Lauren Christy, Graham Edwards and Scott Spock, and was produced by Shakira. "Don't Bother" is a rock-influenced song in which Shakira assures her former lover that she does not need his sympathy and can move on without him.

Leisha Hailey performing at Shepherd's Bush Empire in London, April 2012 Leisha Hailey.JPG
Leisha Hailey performing at Shepherd's Bush Empire in London, April 2012

Acting

Hailey's television debut was in 1996 when she played a struggling musician on an episode of Boy Meets World . [6] Her first major film role was in the 1997 movie All Over Me . [7]

From 2004 to 2009, she starred as Alice Pieszecki, a journalist, television, and radio show host, on The L Word. At the beginning of the series, Hailey's character identified as bisexual. By the end of the series, specifically in season 5, her character dated mostly women. [8]

In September 2008, Showtime announced Hailey would star in The Farm, [9] a "pilot presentation spinoff" of The L Word, to be written and produced by Ilene Chaiken, creator and executive producer of The L Word. [10] It was announced in April 2009 that the show would not be picked up by Showtime. [11] [12]

Hailey's award-winning indie film La Cucina premiered on Showtime in December 2009, where she plays a straight pregnant newlywed.

Hailey has appeared in several Yoplait yogurt commercials [13] as well as a BMW commercial. [14] In April 2008, Hailey was named spokesperson for Olivia Cruises, a travel company which sells cruises and resort vacations marketed towards lesbian customers. [15] She also stars in the psychological thriller Fertile Ground. [16]

In 2015, Hailey appeared in an episode [17] of long-running The CW show Supernatural as Amelia Novak, the estranged wife of Jimmy Novak (human vessel of the angel Castiel, played by Misha Collins.)

In 2007, Hailey was named the sexiest woman in the AfterEllen Hot 100 list compiled by AfterEllen.com. [18]

Personal life

Hailey dated k.d. lang for nearly 5 years until breaking up in 2001. [4] She also had a long-term relationship with Nina Garduno from 2004 to 2010. From 2011 to 2016, she was dating her bandmate Camila Grey. Their relationship first became public when the two were ejected from a Southwest Airlines flight for arguing with a flight attendant who asked them to stop kissing. [19]

Filmography

Film
YearFilmRoleNotes
1997 All Over Me Lucy
1998Some GirlThe Murmurs
1999 Sleeping Beauties Sno Blo Band
2002 The Snowflake Crusade Marigold
2007 La Cucina Shelly
2009Make UpShelley Cabot
2010 Fertile Ground Emily Weaver
2016 Love Is All You Need? Coach Jenkins
2016QuarriesMadison
Television
YearTitleRoleNotes
1996 Boy Meets World Corinna1 episode
1997 Ellen Woman in Gay Bar1 episode
2004–2009 The L Word Alice Pieszecki 70 episodes
2006 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Allison Bradford1 episode
Grey's Anatomy Claire Solomon1 episode
2007–2011 American Dad! Lily (Voice)4 episodes
2009ManeaterHarriet1 episode
2010 Drop Dead Diva Hope Prentiss1 episode
2010 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Dana Carlston1 episode
2012 The New Normal Victoria1 episode
2014 Constantine Lanni's wife1 episode
2015 Supernatural Amelia Novak1 episode
2015 Chasing Life Juliet1 episode
2016 Bosch Maureen 'Mo' O'Grady7 episodes
2016 Code Black Natalie1 episode
2017 Silicon Valley Liz Tinsdale2 episodes

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