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Also Known As: Laura Miller Died:
Born: July 24, 1968 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Iowa City, Iowa, USA Profession: actress, singer

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With her first major role, actress Laura Leighton became a familiar face to millions as a cast member on one of the most watched primetime soaps of the 1990s. Leighton achieved early TV fame in her role as bad girl Sydney Andrews on "Melrose Place" (Fox, 1992-99), which in addition to providing her with a hit show, introduced Leighton to co-star and future husband, Doug Savant. After departing from her trendy Melrose address, she remained close with series producer Aaron Spelling, who invited her to guest star in several episodes on his other long-running hit "Beverly Hills, 90210" (Fox, 1990-2000). Occasional feature films like the romantic comedy "Seven Girlfriends" (1999) and such made-for-TV efforts as the thriller "A Deadly Encounter" (Lifetime, 2004) and the generational drama "Daniel's Daughter" (Hallmark, 2008) comprised much of Leighton's professional output over the next decade. A brief return to her former West Hollywood environs on the failed update of "Melrose Place" (The CW, 2009-2010) preceded a lengthier run as the mother of a popular but troubled daughter on the teen drama "Pretty Little Liars" (ABC Family, 2010- ). With her combination of beauty and intensity, Leighton remained a...

With her first major role, actress Laura Leighton became a familiar face to millions as a cast member on one of the most watched primetime soaps of the 1990s. Leighton achieved early TV fame in her role as bad girl Sydney Andrews on "Melrose Place" (Fox, 1992-99), which in addition to providing her with a hit show, introduced Leighton to co-star and future husband, Doug Savant. After departing from her trendy Melrose address, she remained close with series producer Aaron Spelling, who invited her to guest star in several episodes on his other long-running hit "Beverly Hills, 90210" (Fox, 1990-2000). Occasional feature films like the romantic comedy "Seven Girlfriends" (1999) and such made-for-TV efforts as the thriller "A Deadly Encounter" (Lifetime, 2004) and the generational drama "Daniel's Daughter" (Hallmark, 2008) comprised much of Leighton's professional output over the next decade. A brief return to her former West Hollywood environs on the failed update of "Melrose Place" (The CW, 2009-2010) preceded a lengthier run as the mother of a popular but troubled daughter on the teen drama "Pretty Little Liars" (ABC Family, 2010- ). With her combination of beauty and intensity, Leighton remained a fan favorite in the world of television melodrama decades years after making her auspicious debut.

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Mending Fences (2009)
2.
3.
 Burrowers, The (2008)
4.
 Love Notes (2007)
5.
 Deadly Encounter (2004)
7.
 Clean and Narrow, The (2000) Marie
8.
 Seven Girlfriends (1999) Anabeth
9.
 Sky Is Falling, The (1999) Amber
10.
 Naked City: A Killer Christmas (1998) Gerry Millar
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Moved to Los Angeles after graduating high school
1987:
Performed with the traveling singing troupe, The Young Americans
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Changed her last name to Leighton (was her grandfathers name)
1992:
Made TV debut in the recurring role of Sydney Andrews on the FOX drama, "Melrose Place"; became a regular cast member in the second season
1995:
Played a woman from the wrong side of the tracks who falls for a rich boy in the Lifetime movie, "In the Name of Love: A Texas Tragedy"
1998:
Cast as wannabe actress Sophie Burns in six episodes of the FOX series, "Beverly Hills 90210"
2000:
Had a small role in the film, "The Sky is Falling"
2003:
Returned to series TV as a recurring character in the short-lived FOX series, "Skin"
2004:
Starred a single mother who is the victim of a stalker in the Lifetime movie, "Deadly Encounter"
2005:
Cast in the short-lived ABC series, "Eyes"
2006:
Played a woman accused of murdering her ex-girlfriend in two episodes of ABC's "Boston Legal"
2008:
Starred in the horror feature, "The Burrowers"
2009:
Reprised her role as Sydney for the new "Melrose Place" on the CW network
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Education

California State University, Long Beach: Long Beach , California -
West High School: Iowa City , Iowa - 1986

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companion:
Grant Show. Actor. Co-star on "Melrose Place".
husband:
Doug Savant. Actor. Co-starred together on "Melrose Place"; announced engagement in October 1997; married in 1998.

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son:
Jack Douglas Savant. Born on October 10, 2000.

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