Leah Remini

Leah Marie Remini (born June 15, 1970) is an American actress and model. She is best known for her role as Carrie Heffernan on the CBS sitcom The King of Queens and as Stacey Carosi on the NBC sitcom Saved by the Bell. She is currently one of the co-hosts on daytime CBS network talk show/series, The Talk.




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. Her mother was of Austrian Jewish background and her father was Sicilian. Remini has an older sister, Nicole Remini (born 1969), who was her assistant on The King of Queens. She also has four half-sisters, including Christina (born 1969).

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

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. Remini also starred on Saved by the Bell, where she played Stacey Carosi. She then appeared in two short-lived series, First Time Out and Fired Up. Eventually, 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). Remini also starred in her own reality show which aired on VH1. 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.

The Talk
Remini is currently co-hosting on The Talk, a talk show that premiered October 18, 2010. Julie Chen, Sara Gilbert, Holly Robinson Peete, and Sharon Osbourne are the other co-hosts on this show. The show is similar to The View and seeks to address motherhood and other contemporary issues. A sassy co-host, Remini drew criticism within just the first week of presenting The Talk, accused of being too loud and obtrusive. On an episode, it was stated that she had even received a significant amount of negative tweets about it via Twitter. Remini addressed the issue on the episode, stating she refuses to change who she is and that thousands of fans like her for who she is. Her co-hosts supported her response on the show.

Since co-hosting The Talk, Remini has been offered sitcom roles to which she's turned down, citing that any new role she took on would make her feel as though she were cheating on Doug Heffernan (her character's husband in The King of Queens) as her reason. In addition, she feels she needs more time for her daughter, Sofia, and that The Talk schedule and preparation process is more exhausting than she originally thought.

Personal life

On July 19, 2003, Remini married actor Angelo Pag├ín who also appeared on The King of Queens as Rico and other various characters. They have a daughter, Sofia Bella, born in 2004.
Remini is a member of The Church of Scientology. In December 2005, she helped promote the gala opening of Church of Scientology's"Psychiatry: An Industry of Death" Museum. Responding to criticism of Scientology during an interview on CNN, Remini stated:
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.

Filmography
Film
Year
Film
Role
Notes
1997Critics and Other FreaksActress at Audition
1998Follow Your HeartAngie
2003Old SchoolLara Campbell
Television
Year
Title
Role
Notes
1988Head of the Class1 episode
1989Who's the Boss?Charlie Briscoe2 episodes
Living DollsCharlie Briscoe12 episodes
1990Normal LifeCarol1 episode
1991ParadiseRose1 episode
The Hogan FamilyJoanne1 episode
The Man in the FamilyTina Bavasso6 episodes
Saved By the BellStacey Carosi6 episodes
1991–1993CheersSerafina Tortelli2 episodes
1992BlossomEllen1 episode
Getting Up and Going HomeStephanie O'NeilTelevision movie
1993Evening ShadeDaisy3 episodes
Harlan & MerleenFrankieTelevision movie
1994The CommishGail Ross1 episode
RenegadeTina1 episode
1994–1995Phantom 2040Sagan Cruz (Voice)8 episodes
1995Star WitnessTelevision movie
Diagnosis: MurderAgnes Benedetto1 episode
FriendsLydia1 episode
First Time OutDominique Costellano12 episodes
1996Biker Mice from MarsCarbine (Voice)2 episodes
NYPD BlueAngela Bohi1 episode
1997–1998Fired UpTerry Reynolds28 episodes
1998–2007The King of QueensCarrie Heffernan207 episodes
2002Legend of the Lost TribeKoala (Voice)Television movie
2005Fat ActressHerself4 episodes
2007–2008In the MotherhoodKim8 episodes
2009Married Not DeadJessicaTelevision movie
2009Lopez TonightCarrie HeffernanCameo appearance
2010-The TalkHerselfTalk Show
Video Games
Year
Title
Role
Notes
1993Gabriel Knight: Sins of the FathersGrace NakimuraVoice

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