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Leisha Hailey

Leisha Hailey
Born July 11, 1971 (1971-07-11) (age 38)
Okinawa, Japan
Occupation Actress, musician
Years active 1991–present

Leisha Hailey (born July 11, 1971) is an American actress and musician most widely known for playing Alice Pieszecki in the Showtime Networks production The L Word. Hailey, who had "always wanted to be an actress",[1] first came to the public's attention as a musician in the pop duo The Murmurs and has continued a music career as part of the band Uh Huh Her.


Early life

Born in Okinawa, Japan to American parents, Hailey grew up in Bellevue, Nebraska and attended Bellevue West High School. At 17, she came out as a lesbian before moving to New York City to attend the American Academy of Dramatic Arts.[2]



With her Academy classmate Heather Grody, she formed the pop duo The Murmurs in 1991. They enjoyed a cult following in the 1990s, released several albums and toured on the Lilith Fair. In 2001, Hailey and Grody changed their name to Gush. The band split when Leisha began working for The L Word. In 2005, Hailey founded Marfa Records.[3]

In July 2007, Uh Huh Her, an electropop duo consisting of Hailey and Camila Grey, released an EP entitled I See Red; over a year later they released their first album Common Reaction.


Hailey's first major role was in 1997's cult hit All Over Me, and right around this time she played a struggling musician on an episode of Boy Meets World. Since 2003 she has starred as Alice Pieszecki, a bisexual journalist, on the The L Word.

In September 2008, Showtime announced Hailey will star in a "pilot presentation spinoff" The Farm [4]of The L Word, to be written and produced by Ilene Chaiken, creator and executive producer of The L Word.[5] It was announced in April 2009 that the show would not be picked up by Showtime. Leisha's award winning indie film La Cucina (film) premiered on Showtime in December 2009, where she plays a straight pregnant newlywed.

Hailey has appeared in several Yoplait yogurt commercials. In April 2008, Hailey was named spokesperson for Olivia Cruises, a travel company which sells cruises and resort vacations marketed towards lesbian customers.[6]


In 2007, Hailey was named the sexiest woman in the AfterEllen Hot 100 list compiled by[7] She responded to topping the list with: "Wow, I don't even know what to say. I hope Angelina's not mad at me. I have to say this really makes up for the time I was on the Homecoming Court in high school with my boyfriend (yes I had one) and he won and I didn't. So thanks to everyone. I'll try and keep up my hotness."[8]

Personal life

Hailey dated k.d. lang for nearly five years, in a relationship that ended in 2001.[2] As of 2006, she is dating retailer Nina Garduno, owner of Free City Supershop in Malibu, California.[9]

Hailey was a soccer player, "I was a soccer star… I was a goalscorer, but then I busted my knee out and my whole career ended.'" She has been incorrectly reported to be a supporter of Manchester United F.C., stating that "I don't know where that rumour started." [10]


Year Film Role Notes
1996 All Over Me Lucy
1998 Some Girl The Murmurs
1999 Sleeping Beauties Sno Blo Band
2002 The Snowflake Crusade Marigold
2007 La Cucina (film) Shelly
2009 Make Up Shelley Cabot
Year Title Role Notes
1996 Boy Meets World Corinna 1 episode
1997 Ellen Woman in Gay Bar 1 episode
2004-2009 The L Word Alice Pieszecki 70 episodes
2006 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Allison Ludford 1 episode
Grey's Anatomy Claire Solomon 1 episode
2007-2008 American Dad! Lily (Voice) 2 episodes
2009 Maneater Harriet 1 episode


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