Leslie J. Mann was born in San Francisco, California, and grew up in Newport Beach. She was raised by her mother, a real estate agent who had married three times. After her parents divorced, she separated herself from her father and broke off their relationship. Mann has stated of her father, “My dad is…I don’t really have one. I mean, he does exist, but I have zero relationship with him”. She describes herself as a “very shy, kind of pent-up” during her youth. Mann graduated from Corona del Mar High School, and studied acting at the Joanne Baron / D. W. Brown Studio and with comedy improv troupe The Groundlings.
At the age of 17 she launched her career, appearing in various TV commercials. She had her screen break when she was cast as Nurse Mary in the short-lived Birdland (1994). And other film roles followed including The Cable Guy, George of The Jungle and Big Daddy. She married Judd Apatow in 1997 and starred in some of the movies produced by him such as : The 40-Year-Old Virgin, Knocked Up, Funny People and This is 40. Mann and Apatow are involved in various social justice causes including the non-profit organization 826LA, which focuses on encouraging the writing skills of disadvantaged youth. They are also involved with the UCLA Rape Treatment Center’s Stuart House, which serves the needs of sexually abused children and their families. Click here for more of Leslie’s bio.
Please pray for Leslie Mann as her and her husband are involved in comedic movies that are influential in Hollywood. Pray that God would become personal to her and transform not only her heart but her career!