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Leah Remini

Leah Remini
Remini in 2014
Born Leah Marie Remini
(1970-06-15) June 15, 1970
Brooklyn, New York, U.S.
Occupation Actress, Producer, Author
Years active 1988–present
Home town Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Television The King of Queens
The Talk (former co-host)
The Exes
The Family Tools
Leah Remini: It's All Relative
Spouse(s) Angelo Pagán (m. 2003)
Children Sofia Bella Pagan
Website .com.leahreminiwww

Leah Marie Remini (born June 15, 1970)[1] is an American actress and comedian. She is best known for her role as Carrie Heffernan on The King of Queens (1998–2007). Remini will release her memoir Troublemaker: Surviving Hollywood and Scientology on November 3, 2015.[2]


  • Early life 1
  • Television career 2
    • The Talk 2.1
  • Personal life 3
    • Religious beliefs 3.1
  • Filmography 4
    • Film 4.1
    • Television 4.2
    • Video Game 4.3
  • References 5
  • External links 6

Early life

Leah Remini was born in asbestos removal company.[3] Her mother is of Austrian Jewish background and her father of Italian (Sicilian) descent.[4][5] Remini has an older sister, Nicole Remini (born 1969), and four half-sisters. Remini was baptized as a Catholic as an infant, but at age 9, after her mother, Vicki Marshall, joined the Church of Scientology, Remini was raised a Scientologist.[6] Remini moved to Los Angeles at the age of thirteen with her mother.[4] Later on, she would pursue an acting career.[7]

Television career

One of Remini's early television roles was on Who's the Boss? as Charlie Briscoe, which led to a spin-off series entitled Living Dolls, where Remini starred with Halle Berry. The show premiered in late 1989 and ran for 12 episodes before being cancelled.[8][9]

Remini appeared on Saved by the Bell playing Stacey Carosi. She then appeared in two series, First Time Out and Fired Up. In 1993, she appeared on Cheers as the daughter of Carla and Nick Tortelli. In 1994, Remini auditioned for the role of Monica Geller on Friends, but the role went to Courteney Cox; however, Remini did appear in the 1995 Friends episode "The One with the Birth" in which she played a pregnant woman. In 1998, Remini landed the role of Carrie Heffernan on the CBS sitcom The King of Queens. The series would be very successful, running for nine seasons.

During her time on the show, she had a supporting role in the

Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Ingo Rademacher & Kym Johnson
Dancing with the Stars (US) quarter-finalist
Season 17 (Fall 2013 with Tony Dovolani)
Succeeded by
Charlie White & Sharna Burgess

External links

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  8. ^ "Throwing a Curveball: Surprising Spin-Offs". Screenrush; retrieved October 28, 2013.
  9. ^ "Halle Berry's Journey From Miss USA Runner-Up To Oscar Winner", Access Hollywood, June 16, 2011.
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  16. ^ Derschowitz, Jessica (September 4, 2013). "Dancing with the Stars': Leah Remini, Valerie Harper". CBS News.
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  33. ^ a b "Leah Remini Subpoenaed to Testify in Harassment Suit Against Church of Scientology", ABC News, October 4, 2013.
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  35. ^ a b Eggenberger, Nicole (September 10, 2013). "Leah Remini Tells Ellen DeGeneres She 'Lost Friends"'After Leaving Scientology". US Weekly.
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  38. ^ Goodman, Jessica. "Leah Remini Quits Scientology After 'Years Of Interrogations'", The Huffington Post, July 11, 2013; accessed March 30, 2015.
  39. ^ Killoran, Ellen (July 11, 2013). "Leah Remini Scientology Split ‘A Huge Threat’ To Controversial Church". International Business Times.
  40. ^ Carlson, Erin (July 11, 2013). "Leah Remini Leaves Scientology After Questioning David Miscavige's Leadership". The Hollywood Reporter.
  41. ^ Marcesca, Rachel (July 12, 2013). "Leah Remini speaks out after leaving the Church of Scientology, thanks fans for support". Daily News (New York).
  42. ^ Lindstrom, Colleen (July 17, 2013). "Scientology and the Remini Family: How it began",; accessed March 30, 2015.
  43. ^ Traynor, Bradley (July 17, 2013). "EXCLUSIVE: Leah Remini's Sister Nicole Talks!",; accessed March 30, 2015.
  44. ^ "New Details on Why Leah Remini Left Scientology",, July 18, 2013.
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  47. ^ Blankstein, Andrew. "Scientology leader's wife located by LAPD after Leah Remini inquiry", Los Angeles Times, August 9, 2013.; accessed March 30, 2015.
  48. ^ Harris, Dan. "LAPD Dismisses Leah Remini's Missing Person Report on Wife of Scientology Leader". ABC News. August 9, 2013; accessed March 30, 2015.
  49. ^ Finn, Natalie. "Leah Remini Files Missing Person Report for Scientology Leader's Wife, Shelly Miscavige; Church Slams 'Harassment'". E! Online. August 8, 2013. accessed March 30, 2015.
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Year Title Role Notes
1993 Gabriel Knight: Sins of the Fathers Grace Nakimura Voice

Video Game

Year Title Role Notes
1988 Head of the Class 1 episode
1989 Who's the Boss? Charlie Briscoe 2 episodes
Living Dolls Charlie Briscoe 12 episodes
1990 Normal Life Carol 1 episode
1991 Paradise Rose 1 episode
The Hogan Family Joanne 1 episode
The Man in the Family Tina Bavasso 6 episodes
Saved by the Bell Stacey Carosi 6 episodes
Cheers Serafina Tortelli 2 episodes (1991–1993)
1992 Blossom Ellen 1 episode
Getting Up and Going Home Stephanie O'Neil Television film
1993 Evening Shade Daisy 3 episodes
Harlan & Merleen Frankie Television film
1994 The Commish Gail Ross 1 episode
Renegade Tina 1 episode
Phantom 2040 Sagan Cruz (voice) 8 episodes (1994 - 1995)
1995 Star Witness Television film
Diagnosis: Murder Agnes Benedetto 1 episode
Friends Lydia 1 episode, "The One with the Birth"
First Time Out Dominique Costellano 12 episodes
1996 Biker Mice from Mars Carbine (voice) 2 episodes
NYPD Blue Angela Bohi 1 episode
1997 Fired Up Terry Reynolds (1997 - 1998) 28 episodes
1998‒2007 The King of Queens Carrie Heffernan 207 episodes (1998 - 2007)
2001 Hooves of Fire (American redub) Vixen (voice) Television film
2002 Legend of the Lost Tribe (American redub) Koala (voice) Television film
2005 Fat Actress Herself 1 episode, "The Koi Effect"
2007 In the Motherhood Kim 8 episodes (2007 - 2008)
2009 Married Not Dead Jessica Television film
Lopez Tonight Carrie Heffernan Cameo appearance
2010 The Talk Herself Talk show host (2010 - 2011)
2011 The Young and the Restless Herself 1 episode
2013 The Family Tools Terry Baumgardner Lead character, 10 episodes
2013, 2014, 2015 Dancing With The Stars Herself - Contestant / Guest Co-Host (Season 19 & 21) Eliminated 8th; 5th Place
2014 RuPaul's Drag Race Herself (Guest Judge) 1 episode, "Glamazon by Colorevolution"
Hollywood Game Night Herself 1 episodes
Phineas and Ferb Doreen the Organizer &
Mean Woman
2 episodes
The Exes Nikki Gardner Recurring role
Leah Remini: It's All Relative Herself TLC reality show 26 Episodes
2015 Repeat After Me Herself 1 episode


Year Film Role Notes
1997 Critics and Other Freaks Actress at audition
1998 Follow Your Heart Angie
2003 Old School Lara Campbell



Remini will release her memoir Troublemaker: Surviving Hollywood and Scientology November 3rd, 2015.[50]

In October 2013 it was reported that Remini had been subpoenaed to testify in a Comal County, Texas, lawsuit against the Church of Scientology and its leader David Miscavige regarding acts of alleged harassment and surveillance against the wife of a former member, Monique Rathbun (who was married to ex-Scientology executive Marty Rathbun). Rathbun's attorney, Ray Jeffery, says he wants Remini, a former Scientologist, to give a deposition in the hopes she could testify that Miscavige has vast influence over the operations of the church and had to have known about the alleged harassment.[33]

In August 2013, it was disclosed that Remini had filed a missing-person report with the Los Angeles Police Department concerning the disappearance of Shelly Miscavige.[46] After the report was filed, the Los Angeles Police Department looked into the matter, met with Shelly Miscavige in person and closed the missing-person investigation and said Remini's report was "unfounded". The Church said in a statement that the whole affair was simply harassment and a publicity stunt for the actress.[47][48][49]

Writer/director Paul Haggis, who had previously been the most famous person to publicly disavow Scientology, wrote an open letter, published by The Hollywood Reporter, thanking Remini for standing by him after he left the Church and praised her "enormous amount of integrity and compassion."[45]

Following her departure from the Church, she publicly expressed her appreciation for those who supported her departure.[40][41] Remini's sister, Nicole, who had earlier left the Church herself,[42] revealed that the rest of their family left the Church along with her to avoid being split up by the Church's disconnection policy.[43][44]

In July 2013, Remini left the Church of Scientology[35] owing to policies that forbid members from questioning the management of church leader Mike Rinder, Remini's problems with the Church began when she asked about the whereabouts of Miscavige's wife Shelly at the 2006 wedding of Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes, and was told profanely that she lacked the rank to do so. Remini then filed a "knowledge report" that was critical of Miscavige, Cruise, and other senior Scientology members and behavior on the part of members that was inconsistent with Church rules. She was subsequently "subjected to years of 'interrogations' and 'thought modification'" that led to her being blacklisted within the Church, while fellow parishioners with whom she had been friends for decades wrote internal reports about her, resulting in a Church investigation into her family.[36][37][38][39] During a September 9, 2013, appearance on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, Remini discussed her departure from the Church and the loss of friends who are still in the Church and, according to Remini, are not permitted to have contact with her.[35]

"If somebody is going to get turned off about something because of what they read or heard, then that person's not smart enough to even enter a church. If you're really against something, then know what you're against."[5]

Since age 9, Remini was a member of the Church of Scientology.[6][5][33] In December 2005, she helped promote the gala opening of the Citizens Commission on Human Rights Psychiatry: An Industry of Death museum on Sunset Boulevard in Hollywood.[34] Responding to criticism of Scientology during an interview on CNN, Remini said:

Religious beliefs

Remini met her husband in 1996 at a Cuban restaurant. He has three sons from previous relationships. In January 2003, Remini announced their engagement; they were married on July 19, 2003.[31] She gave birth to their daughter Sofia in 2004.[32]

Personal life

While co-hosting The Talk, Remini turned down various parts on situation comedies, stating that any new role would make her feel as if she were cheating on Doug Heffernan, her character's husband on The King of Queens. She added that she needs to spend more time with her child and family.[30]

[26]Remini tweeted a challenge to Osbourne to establish in a court of law what statements she [Remini] had made that were untrue.
I had absolutely nothing to do with her departure from the show and have no idea why she continues to take to Twitter to spread this false gossip.[26][28] Leah knows that I have never been in the position to hire or fire anyone on the show. That being said, my only wish is that Leah would just stop all this negative, unprofessional and childish behavior.[27] It's been seven months. It's time to move on. Leah is a very talented actress and I only wish her happiness and success.[26][27][29] I know that better things are to come if she can just get beyond this negativity.[26]
In response, Osbourne tweeted:
Ask Sharon. She had us fired...Sharon thought me and Holly were too 'Ghetto'. (her words) we were not funny, awkward and didn't know ourselves.[26][27] Haters Gon' Hate. True. But, Haters have the balls to say they 'Hate'...not call themselves your friend. She had us fired all the while calling me and Holly her friend. Heartbreaking. Yes. She had us fired she told Howard Stern. Explains why she never called us back.[26]
. In response to questions from her Twitter followers, Remini tweeted: The Howard Stern ShowIn March 2012, a heavily publicized Twitter dispute ignited between Remini and Osbourne when Remini fired back at Osbourne for her comments on

A refusal to disclose why Remini and Peete were fired brought on a great deal of criticism of the show and protests from the stars' fans.[22][23] While there was much speculation that their former Talk co-host, Julie Chen, had involvement in the decision, as she is married to CBS President/CEO Leslie Moonves, it was Sharon Osbourne who stated, regarding their dismissals, in December 2011 on The Howard Stern Show: "Some people don't really know who they are. And you have to know who you are when you're in something like this. You can't pretend to be something you're not. You have to know your brand. You can't be all things to everyone."[24][25] Osbourne replied to criticism about the refusal to inform Remini and Peete why they were let go, rhetorically stating, "Why should we call them to discuss?"[24][25]

Remini was a co-host on The Talk, a CBS talk show which premiered October 18, 2010. Julie Chen, Sara Gilbert, Holly Robinson Peete, and Sharon Osbourne were her co-hosts. The show is similar to The View and seeks to address motherhood and contemporary issues.[20] Remini drew criticism within the first week of the show's debut, accused of being too loud, brash, and obtrusive. It was stated on one episode that she had received a significant amount of negative Twitter feedback on this subject. Remini addressed the issue, stating she refused to change who she is and asserting that thousands of fans like her for who she is. Her co-hosts supported her response.[21] After the first season ended, Remini was not asked to return to the show. Just weeks after Remini was let go, Holly Robinson Peete was also informed that her contract was not being renewed.

The Talk

Remini and her husband Angelo star in a reality television series titled Leah Remini: It's All Relative. The show focuses on Remini's family life. It premiered on TLC on July 10, 2014.[18] According to Remini, the purpose of the show is to highlight the fact that she's a normal person just like everyone else and that celebrity doesn't change that.[19]

On November 22, 2013, it was announced that Remini joined the cast of the TV Land comedy The Exes, filling a recurring role starting in the third season.[17]

On September 4 that year, it was announced publicly on Good Morning America that Remini would compete as a contestant on season 17 of Dancing with the Stars, in which she was partnered with professional dancer Tony Dovolani.[16] The couple made it to the 10th week of competition and reached 5th place. Remini later returned in season 19 as a guest co-host on week 6. She returned as guest co-host on season 21 during weeks 6 and 7.

In October 2011, it was announced that Remini signed a talent development deal at ABC and ABC Studios that requires the network and the studio to develop a comedy project for Remini to star in and produce.[12][13] In March 2012, it was announced that Remini would star in an ABC comedy Family Tools, a remake of the UK comedy series White Van Man.[14] The series premiered on May 1, 2013, and was not renewed owing to low ratings, ending its run on July 10, 2013.[15]

[11] on July 28, 2011.The Young and the Restless appeared on Holly Robinson Peete Remini and [10]

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