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Overview (3)

Date of Birth 26 March 1972San Francisco, California, USA
Birth NameLeslie Jean Mann
Height 5' 6½" (1.69 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Leslie Jean Mann was born in San Francisco, California. She was raised in Newport Beach, California by her mother, Janet Ann Ayres. At the age of 17 she launched her career, appearing in various TV commercials.

Her screen break came when she was cast as Nurse Mary in the short-lived Birdland (1994). Further TV and film roles followed, including The Cable Guy (1996), where she met her husband, Judd Apatow, who was a producer on the film. The story goes that after Mann left her audition for the role, Apatow turned to his colleagues and said "there goes the future Mrs. Apatow".

Further successes followed for Mann in such projects as George of the Jungle (1997) and The 40-Year-Old Virgin (2005). She also appeared alongside her daughters - Maude Apatow and Iris Apatow - in Knocked Up (2007), Funny People (2009) and This Is 40 (2012).

Leslie is of Finnish (from her maternal grandmother), Scottish, English, Irish, and German descent.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Anonymous

Spouse (1)

Judd Apatow (9 June 1997 - present) (2 children)

Trade Mark (2)

High-pitched voice
Strawberry blonde hair

Trivia (6)

Has two daughters, Maude Apatow (born 1997) and Iris Apatow (born 2002), with husband Judd Apatow.
Met her husband on the set of The Cable Guy (1996), a movie he produced.
The Cable Guy (1996) co-star Jim Carrey described her looks as bearing resemblance to Marlene Dietrich.
Leslie's father is of Irish and German ancestry. Leslie's maternal grandfather, Thomas Hamilton, was a Scottish immigrant, while Leslie's maternal grandmother, Sadie Heljä Viola Räsänen, was born in Michigan, to Finnish parents.
Prefers her name to be pronounced "Less-lee", not "Lez-lee", despite having allowed her husband Judd Apatow to say "Lez-lee" for over 18 years.
Leslie's Maternal Grandmother, Sadie Rasanen, was born in Baraga Michigan. By 1940 she had moved to lower Michigan and became a telegraph operator. Her Great Grandfather, Peter Rasanan, worked at the Ford saw mill in Baraga. He was a fireman (stoked the steam plant boilers) and later became a Stationary Engineer. Ford Motor company used a tremendous amount of wood to produce automobiles in the early years. They had substantial timber interests in Michigan's Upper Peninsula. Eventually Ford spun off their wood production interests. One of the spin offs became Kingsford charcoal.

Personal Quotes (55)

When I see people who are supposed to have been married twenty years, who hold hands and kiss, and every kiss is hot, and they're having magical sex every day, I'm like, "Screw you! Don't make me feel bad about myself!" Maybe I'm wrong, maybe people do have that. But I don't believe it.
I don't take anything at face value. I always look for the reasons people are the way they are.
I'm so sick of seeing these movies where married couples are just cuddling on the couch and caressing each other's faces.
I've always surrounded myself with funny people.
When I was 9, my parents let me take a cab to the mall all by myself. I had hardly any money to spend, but I did have a very specific list of things I wanted to do: buy cookies and sit on the furniture at Sears.
Women do not like CDs of live music. We only like the original recordings. If a song sounds different from the version we fell in love with, then it's awful.
I bring a poofy gray down jacket with me wherever I go. It's meant for winter, but I use it most in the summer, when everyone cranks up the air-conditioning.
I like being married to someone who does what I do, and we can talk for hours about all of this stuff that I struggle with and all this stuff that he struggles with because we're struggling with the same things. If I was married to a banker, I don't know what we'd talk about.
Everything is so chaotic. My nervous system can't handle it. I need my peace, so, every once in a while, while the kids are at school, I lie in bed, close the curtains, watch television and eat food.
They say that when a woman wants to end a relationship, she cuts off all of her hair. I've done that twice in my marriage but am still married.
I've always been intrigued by the supernatural.
I didn't think I was a humorless shrew in 'Knocked Up.' I think the women are just as funny as the men are in that movie.
Along with age comes more confidence, so it kind of works out.
Child actors don't have great track records.
I have lunches with my girlfriends, who just turned 40, and some of those lunches, we're crying and screaming about our husbands, saying we want to leave them and run away. And then, other lunches, we're fine and love our husbands and are happy with our lives.
Basically, I just want to do a movie where I'm surrounded by women.
Women love hairy men. Cavemen were the sexiest men in history.
Perfect people are the scariest people to me.
I don't understand why people think it's harder to do drama than it is to do comedy.
I'm pretty much game for anything.
Auditioning is so nerve-racking.
I like dark humor. My favorite movie of all time is 'Harold and Maude.'
I'm terrified by speaking in front of people!
My mother married three times. My dad is... I don't really have one. I mean, he does exist, but I have zero relationship with him.
I didn't think, 'I want to do dramas or I want to do comedies' - I wasn't clear in that way.
I like more grounded comedy. I enjoy broad comedies also, but I like Shirley MacLaine.
I feel very protective of younger actresses, because it was so hard for me in the business.
I don't quite fit in in like a pure dramatic thing, but I still think of myself sometimes as sort of a dramatic actress.
I was teased relentlessly when I was a kid about my voice, so it's kind of nice that now I'm making a lot of money with it.
I'd never want to go back to being in my twenties or thirties. I was lost and confused and uncomfortable in my own skin.
I feel like I could be good at directing or producing, but I don't know.
I'm not really interested in doing a traditional romantic comedy where everything ties up neatly.
When I started auditioning, I'd take any audition I could get. The more dramatic ones didn't go as well as the comedic.
I'm very comfortable when I'm working; I don't hold back at all.
I'm not willing to spend too much time away from my kids, so I usually don't work that much.
I've known my two best girlfriends since junior high school.
Sixteen is a hard time. A lot of kids are experimenting with things.
Men. We love them. We respect them. But we rarely get to objectify them.
My favorite movie is 'Terms of Endearment.'
Megan Fox is so funny.
There aren't good roles for women: the female parts aren't developed: the women are serving the men.
Once a month, I get together with my girlfriends and we usually check into a hotel or go to someone else's house. We can talk for 15 hours, and it just flies by.
When you have little kids, you lose friends because you're so busy, but as they get older, you realize how important it is to have your girlfriends around.
I never felt comfortable leaving my kids until they were older. When they were babies, I remember thinking that I could never go on a Jerry Bruckheimer set and feel comfortable.
It's always fun to think about winning an award. I thought about winning awards when I was a little girl. Everybody wants to win an award for something.
I tried to kickbox once right after I had my first baby, and I was so miserable; it was so hard. And I went home, and I passed out for three hours because it's so hard.
You have nothing to offer if you're just some machine actress.
All the things you put off, like learning to play the piano or leaning a different language? You're like, what's the point? I'm not really gonna do that, am I?
I honestly don't know where the high voice thing came from in the first place. Why do people have high voices? Emotional problems? What is that? It could easily be that. And now I'm getting more normal, and my voice is getting deeper.
Don't assume I have everything figured out... I get as confused about life as everybody, and sometimes I think I'm just hurtling through the world without a plan at all.
Growing up, I wasn't as comfortable expressing myself as I am now, and I think that's why I chose acting: because it's acceptable to have your feelings. It's a place that they want you to feel. Whereas in life, growing up, it was 'Be quiet!' and 'Keep it to yourself.'
(2007, on Timecode) It was all shot in real time. We did a lot of rehearsing-that was all improvised too... All of the actors got together at like 8 o'clock in the morning and set their watches so everybody was on the same time. Everybody would go, there were four cameras following the different scenes. For example, when one camera would be in the office, another camera would be in the bathroom, and one would be in the street, and another would be someplace else. At 2:07 in the afternoon, everybody would need to feel the earthquake. And at 2:10, one of the cameras would need to follow somebody into the office. I thought it was fun to watch, but it probably didn't make a whole lot of sense.
(2007, on being directed by her husband Judd Apatow) He's really fun. He was a stand-up comedian for a lot of years, so he has a lot of that skill, and it's very loose and free. It's not traditional, kind of memorize your lines and the director says "action" and then you do the scene, and then he says "cut" and makes adjustments, and you go on until he's happy. With Judd, he says "action," you read the scene, and then he re-writes it as we're rolling, so he yells out a lot of different lines or different directions to take the scene in. It's really fun. It really keeps you on your toes.
(2007, on Knocked Up) I think that was probably the most fun I've ever had acting, because I got to do a lot more. I feel like a lot of these scripts that people like me get have really underwritten female parts, and I think Judd (Apatow) did a really good job of writing the female parts of this movie, so that was obviously more fun for me.
(2007, on throwing up on Steve Carell on 40 Year Old Virgin) It was strawberry yogurt and some kind of kefir to make it a little runnier. I had to take big gulps of that and then spit it all over Steve.

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