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Leah Remini
Born Leah Marie Remini
June 15, 1970 (1970-06-15) (age 39)
Bensonhurst, Brooklyn, New York, U.S.
Occupation Actress
Years active 1988–present
Spouse(s) Angelo Pagan (2003–present)
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Leah Marie Remini (born June 15, 1970) is an American actress. She is best known for her role as Carrie Heffernan on the CBS sitcom The King of Queens.


Early life

Leah Remini was born in Bensonhurst, Brooklyn, New York City, the daughter of Vicki Marshall, a private school teacher, and George Remini, who owned an asbestos removal company.[1] Her mother was of Austrian-Jewish background and her father was Sicilian.[2][3] Remini has an older sister, Nicole Remini (born 1969), who was her assistant on The King of Queens. She also has four half-sisters: Christina (born 1969),[4] Elizabeth (born 1976), Stephanie (born 1977), and Shannon (born 1984).

Remini moved to Los Angeles at the age of 13 with her mother.[2] When Remini was 14, she left school and worked as a hostess at a restaurant while auditioning for acting jobs.[5]

Acting career

Remini's entrance into television came in the mid-'80s, when she got her first speaking line as an actress on an episode of Head of the Class. In 1989, she played the lead on Living Dolls, a short-lived spin-off from Who's the Boss?. In 1991, Remini appeared as Carla Tortelli's daughter, Serafina on Cheers (she later reprised the role in a 1993 episode). That same year, she had a recurring role as Stacey Carosi, a love interest of Zack Morris, on Saved by the Bell, and starred in the short-lived sitcom The Man in the Family.

Remini also appeared in an episode of Friends (The One with the Birth, original air date 11 May 1995, Season 1, Episode 23) as Lydia, the single (or not) mother that Joey befriends while the gang are at the hospital for the birth of Ross and Carol's baby.

After appearing in two more short-lived series, First Time Out and Fired Up, Remini landed the role of Carrie Heffernan on the CBS sitcom The King of Queens. During her time on the show, she had a supporting role in the comedy film, Old School (2003). The King of Queens ran for nine seasons, from September 21, 1998 to May 14, 2007. Since The King of Queens ended, Remini has starred in nine-episode webisodes of In the Motherhood, along with Chelsea Handler and Jenny McCarthy. On December 15, 2009 Leah Remini appeared as Carrie Heffernan on Lopez Tonight with George Lopez as Doug Heffernan as "The Finale" to The George Lopez Show. [6]

Personal life

On July 19, 2003, Remini married actor Angelo Pagan who also appeared on The King of Queens as Rico and other various characters.[7] On June 16, 2004, she gave birth to a daughter, Sofia Bella a day after her 34th birthday. Remini's pregnancy was chronicled on the VH1 documentary Inside Out: Leah Remini the Baby Special. Remini was also showcased on The Rachael Ray Show during a period of time she was trying to wean her child off pacifiers and drinking from a bottle.

Remini is a member of The Church of Scientology.[3] In December 2005, she helped promote the gala opening of Church of Scientology's "Psychiatry: An Industry of Death" Museum.[8] Responding to criticism of Scientology during an interview on CNN, Remini stated:[3]

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.


Year Film Role Notes
1995 Glory Daze Theresa
1997 Critics and Other Freaks Actress at Audition
1998 Follow Your Heart Angie
2003 Old School Lara Campbell
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
1991-1993 Cheers Serafina Tortelli 2 episodes
1992 Blossom Ellen 1 episode
Getting Up and Going Home Stephanie O'Neil Television movie
1993 Evening Shade Daisy 3 episodes
Harlan & Merleen Frankie Television movie
1994 The Commish Gail Ross 1 episode
Renegade Tina 1 episode
1994-1995 Phantom 2040 Sagan Cruz (Voice) 8 episodes
1995 Star Witness Television movie
Diagnosis Murder Agnes Benedetto 1 episode
Friends Lydia 1 episode
First Time Out Dominique Costellano 12 episodes
1996 Biker Mice from Mars Carbine (Voice) 2 episodes
NYPD Blue Angela Bohi 1 episode
1997-1998 Fired Up Terry Reynolds 28 episodes
1998-2007 The King of Queens Carrie Heffernan 207 episodes
2002 Legend of the Lost Tribe Koala (Voice) Television movie
2007-2008 In the Motherhood Kim 8 episodes
2009 Married Not Dead Jessica Television movie
2009 Lopez Tonight Carrie Heffernan Cameo appearance


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Leah Remini
Born Leah Marie Remini
June 15, 1970 (1970-06-15) (age 40)
Bensonhurst,Brooklyn, New York, USA
Years active 1988-present

Leah Remini (born June 15, 1970) is an American actress, best known for her role as Carrie Heffernan on the sitcom The King Of Queens.[1]


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