Leslie Mann is an actress and comedian of American origin. She is famous for her roles in the films; The Cable Guy, George of the Jungle, Big Daddy and The 40-Year-Old Virgin. Leslie has done several films in partnership with her husband, Judd Apatow. She was nicknamed “Hollywood's Queen of Comedy” by Elle in 2012.
Leslie’s latest film, How to be Single premiered at New York on February 5, 2016.
Leslie Mann was born on March 26, 1972 in San Francisco, California. She grew up in Newport Beach. Leslie was brought up single-handedly by their mother, a real estate agent. Her mother married thrice. She has two siblings and three older step-brothers. Leslie did her graduation from Corona del Mar High School. She undertook acting lessons at the Joanne Baron / D.W. Brown Studio and with comedy improv troupe, The Groundlings. Leslie took up a course in Communications in college, but did not complete it.
Leslie Mann started her acting career with television commercials at the age of 18. She got a break, when she was selected for the film, The Cable Guy in 1995.This was followed by roles in comedy and action films; The Jungle, Big Daddy, Orange County and The 40-Year-Old Virgin. Leslie did a guest appearance in Freaks & Geeks.
Leslie received critical acclaim for her acting in the comedy film, Knocked Up, by Judd Apatow in 2007. It was a hit at the box office and bagged the People's Choice Award for “Favorite Movie Comedy”. It was declared as one among AFI's “Top Ten Films of the Year” and was selected for the Broadcast Film Critics Association Award in the category of “Best Comedy”. Leslie was shortlisted for Best Supporting Actress by the Chicago Film Critics Association. Her film, Big Daddy featured in the “Top 10” list of The New Yorker and The New York Times.
Leslie acting prowess was recognised in the films, Funny People and 17 Again in 2009. Leslie starred in the film, I Love You Phillip Morris. The film’s premiere was held at the Sundance Film Festival 2009 and it was shortlisted for a Broadcast Film Critics Association Award 2011 for “Best Comedy”. Leslie did a voice-over for the runaway hit animated film, Rio in 2011. Leslie received rave reviews for her acting in the film, This Is 40, a sequel to Knocked Up in 2012. She was shortlisted for “Best Actress in a Comedy” by the Broadcast Film Critics Association. Leslie acted in The Bling Ring in 2013. She recounted the episode of Makers: Women Who Make America, “Women in Comedy” of season two in 2014.
Leslie Mann is married to producer Judd Apatow. The couple met during the making of the film, The Cable Guy. They have two daughters, Iris and Maude. Her daughters have starred in the films, Knocked Up, Funny People, and This Is 40.
Leslie and Judd are actively involved in philanthropic activities. They patronise 826LA, a non-profit organisation, which supports disadvantaged writers. The couple supports the UCLA Rape Treatment Center's Stuart House. Leslie and Judd were conferred the Children's Choice Award for their contribution towards children and families suffering from paediatric cancer in 2012. They were recognised at the annual benefit event of The Fulfilment Fund in 2009.
Leslie Mann was shortlisted for Best Supporting Actress by the Chicago Film Critics Association for the film, Knocked Up. She received rave reviews for her acting in the film, This Is 40, a sequel to Knocked Up in 2012 and was shortlisted for “Best Actress in a Comedy” by the Broadcast Film Critics Association.