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Born: April 18, 1961 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: East Grinstead, England, GB Profession: actor, dancer, model

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With sharp comic timing and a mellifluous British accent, Jane Leeves held up her end of the "Niles and Daphne" super-couple pairing that helped power "Frasier" (NBC, 1993-2004) into one of the most critically respected and beloved sitcoms of all time. Although she received her start as scantily-clad eye candy on "The Benny Hill Show" (ITV, 1951-1991), Leeves showed her strength by moving to Los Angeles on a whim and enduring all the requisite struggles and starvation en route to stardom. Her memorable roles on "Murphy Brown" (CBS, 1988-1998) and as "Marla the virgin" on "Seinfeld" (NBC, 1989-1998) led to her sitcom-in-Seattle breakthrough as Daphne Moon. Although she chose to focus more on her family than her career post-"Frasier" Leeves worked steadily, eventually teaming up with Valerie Bertinelli, Wendie Malick and Betty White for TV Land's original sitcom, "Hot in Cleveland" (2010- ). Her success was quiet and consistent, and Leeves found herself in an excellent position to decide how often she worked, and in what projects - the dream of almost any successful actor.

With sharp comic timing and a mellifluous British accent, Jane Leeves held up her end of the "Niles and Daphne" super-couple pairing that helped power "Frasier" (NBC, 1993-2004) into one of the most critically respected and beloved sitcoms of all time. Although she received her start as scantily-clad eye candy on "The Benny Hill Show" (ITV, 1951-1991), Leeves showed her strength by moving to Los Angeles on a whim and enduring all the requisite struggles and starvation en route to stardom. Her memorable roles on "Murphy Brown" (CBS, 1988-1998) and as "Marla the virgin" on "Seinfeld" (NBC, 1989-1998) led to her sitcom-in-Seattle breakthrough as Daphne Moon. Although she chose to focus more on her family than her career post-"Frasier" Leeves worked steadily, eventually teaming up with Valerie Bertinelli, Wendie Malick and Betty White for TV Land's original sitcom, "Hot in Cleveland" (2010- ). Her success was quiet and consistent, and Leeves found herself in an excellent position to decide how often she worked, and in what projects - the dream of almost any successful actor.

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CAST: (feature film)

3.
 Event, The (2003) Mona
4.
 Music of the Heart (1999) Dorothea Von Haeften
5.
 Don't Go Breaking My Heart (1998) Juliet
6.
 James and the Giant Peach (1996) Voice Of Ladybug
7.
 Miracle on 34th Street (1994) Alberta Leonard
8.
 To Live And Die In L.A. (1985) Dancer; Serena
9.
 Signing Off: A Dateline Special (2004) Interviewee
10.
 Frasier: Analyzing the Laughter (2004) Daphne Moon
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1984:
Moved to New York from England at age 21 (date approximate)
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Returned to England
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English TV acting debut, "The Benny Hill Show"
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Moved to Los Angeles
1985:
Feature acting debut, "To Live and Die in L.A."
1986:
Co-starred in the syndicated series, "Throb"
1989:
Appeared in a recurring role in the series "Murphy Brown"
1992:
Appeared as Marla the virgin on "Seinfeld"
1993:
Co-starred in the "Cheers" spin-off, "Frasier"; Nominated at the Screen Actors Guild Awards for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series (1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004)
1998:
With "Frasier" co-star Peri Gilpin, formed production company Bristol Cities
2002:
Made Broadway debut as Sally Bowles in "Cabaret" (summer)
2006:
Voiced the character of Eenie in the family feature "Garfield: A Tale of Two Kitties"
2010:
Guest-starred as a therapist in ABC's "Desperate Housewives"
2010:
Co-starred in TV Land's ensemble comedy "Hot in Cleveland" opposite Valerie Bertinelli, Wendie Malick, and Betty White
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companion:
Grant Shaud. Actor. No longer together.
husband:
Marshall Coben. Executive. Worked at Paramount TV; born c. 1956; married in December 1996.

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father:
Colin Leeves. Engineer.
mother:
Ruth Leeves. Nurse.
daughter:
Isabella Kathryn Coben. Born on January 9, 2001.
son:
Finn William Coben. Born December 19, 2003; father is television exec Marshall Coben.
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