Leslie Mann

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Leslie Mann
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Mann in 2012
Born
Leslie Jean Mann

(1972-03-26) March 26, 1972 (age 47)
Education Corona del Mar High School
Occupation
  • Actress
Years active1991–present
Spouse(s)
Judd Apatow (m. 1997)
Children Maude Apatow
Iris Apatow

Leslie Jean Mann (born March 26, 1972) [1] is an American actress. She has appeared in numerous films including The Cable Guy (1996), George of the Jungle (1997), Big Daddy (1999), Timecode (2000), Perfume (2001), Stealing Harvard (2002), The 40-Year-Old Virgin (2005), Knocked Up (2007), 17 Again (2009), Funny People (2009), I Love You Phillip Morris (2009), Rio (2011), The Change-Up (2011), This Is 40 (2012), The Bling Ring (2013), The Other Woman (2014), Vacation (2015), How to Be Single (2016), and Blockers (2018). She is married to Judd Apatow.

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Early life

Mann was born in San Francisco, California, and grew up in Newport Beach. [2] She was raised "WASPy" [3] by her mother, a successful businesswoman who leads design and quality programs for Ayres Hotel group. [2] [4] 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. [5] [6]

Mann has said that she was "very shy, kind of pent-up" during her youth. [3] She graduated from Corona del Mar High School, [4] and studied acting at the Joanne Baron / D.W. Brown Acting Studio and alongside comedy improv troupe The Groundlings. [2] She attended college and studied communications, but dropped out before graduating. [7]

Career

Acting career

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Mann at the Time 100 in 2010

Mann began her career at 18, appearing in a number of television commercials. In 1996, she appeared in The Cable Guy , followed with performances in Freaks & Geeks , 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. [8]

In 2007, Mann starred alongside Seth Rogen and Paul Rudd in Judd Apatow's comedy Knocked Up , which grossed more than $218 million worldwide. [9] Her 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". [10]

In 2009, Mann reunited with her Big Daddy co-star Adam Sandler and Knocked Up co-star Seth Rogen for Apatow's Funny People . [11] This film was named to many of the year's top ten lists including The New Yorker and The New York Times . [12] 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." [13] 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. [14]

She was also seen in the indie hit I Love You Phillip Morris alongside Jim Carrey and Ewan McGregor. [15] 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". [16] 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. [17]

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Mann at the 84th Academy Awards on February 26, 2012

In 2011, Mann starred opposite Ryan Reynolds and Jason Bateman in David Dobkin's comedy The Change-Up. [18] 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, [19] as well as to Jonah Hill's animated FOX television series Allen Gregory as the title character's second-grade teacher. [20]

Mann continued her voice performance work in 2012 with her role in ParaNorman , an animated 3D, stop-motion film from Chris Butler and Sam Fell. [21]

In December 2012, she 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 the couple's two daughters in the cast. [22] 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". [13] Mann was nominated for Best Actress in a Comedy by the Broadcast Film Critics Association for This Is 40. [23]

In 2013, Mann appeared 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. [24]

In 2014, she narrated "Women in Comedy", an episode of season 2 of Makers: Women Who Make America . [25]

Personal life

On June 9, 1997, Mann married director and producer Judd Apatow, whom she met while auditioning for The Cable Guy ; Apatow, one of the film's producers, read the lines to auditioning actresses as a stand-in for Jim Carrey. [26] 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. [27] In 2017, Mann and elder daughter Maude appeared together in commercials for Jergens Skin Care products.

Mann and Apatow are both longtime supporters of the non-profit organization 826LA, which focuses on encouraging and developing the writing skills of disadvantaged youth. [28] They are also involved with the UCLA Rape Treatment Center's Stuart House, which serves the needs of sexually abused children and their families. [29] Mann and Apatow's philanthropic contributions were honoured 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 honoured them at their annual benefit gala. [30]

Filmography

Film

YearTitleRoleNotes
1991Virgin HighExtra [31]
1996 Bottle Rocket Sorority GirlUncredited [32]
1996Cosas que nunca te dijeLaurie
1996 She's the One Connie
1996 Last Man Standing Wanda
1996 The Cable Guy Robin Harris
1997 George of the Jungle Ursula Stanhope
1999 Big Daddy Corinne Maloney
2000 Timecode Cherine
2001 Perfume Camille
2002 Orange County Krista Brumder
2002 Stealing Harvard Elaine Warner
2005 The 40-Year-Old Virgin Nicky
2007 Knocked Up Debbie
2008 Drillbit Taylor Lisa Zachey
2008 Beverly Hills Chihuahua BiminiUncredited
2009 17 Again Scarlett O'Donnell
2009 Funny People Laura
2009 Shorts Mom Thompson
2010 I Love You Phillip Morris Debbie Russell
2011 Rio Linda GundersonVoice role
2011 Little Birds Margaret Hobart
2011 The Change-Up Jamie Lockwood
2012 ParaNorman Sandra BabcockVoice role
2012 This Is 40 Debbie
2013 The Bling Ring Laurie Moore
2014 Mr. Peabody & Sherman Patty PetersonVoice role
2014 Rio 2 Linda GundersonVoice role
2014 The Other Woman Kate King
2015 Vacation Audrey Griswold-Crandall
2016 How to Be Single Meg Kepley
2016 The Comedian Harmony Schiltz
2018 Blockers Lisa Decker
2018 Welcome to Marwen Nicol
2019 Motherless Brooklyn Julia Minna
2020 Blithe Spirit Elvira CondominePost-production

Television

YearTitleRoleNotes
1994 Birdland Nurse MaryEpisode: "Grand Delusion"
1995The Wright VerdictsErica MercerEpisode: "Pilot"
1998 Hercules AmphitriteVoice role; 2 episodes
1999 Freaks and Geeks Ms. FooteEpisode: "Chokin and Tokin"
2011 Modern Family KatieEpisode: "Treehouse"
2011 Allen Gregory Gina Winthrop7 episodes
2014 The Simpsons Leslie MannVoice role; Episode: "Steal This Episode"
2014 Makers: Women Who Make America NarratorEpisode: "Women in Comedy"

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