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Born: June 15, 1970 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Brooklyn, New York, USA Profession: actor, cashier, insurance salesperson, telephone salesperson (sold solar heating), waitress, bill collector

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A sharp-tongued Brooklynite, Leah Remini was chosen to anchor the "Who's the Boss?" (ABC, 1984-1992) spin-off "Living Dolls" (ABC, 1989), but earned more lasting fame as no-nonsense Malibu Sands heiress Stacey Carosi on "Saved by the Bell" (NBC, 1989-1993). She won over fans and critics as the sarcastic yin to Sharon Lawrence's officious yang on "Fired Up" (NBC, 1997-98) and achieved full-fledged stardom on the ultra-popular, long-running "The King of Queens" (CBS, 1998-2007) as Carrie, the tough-as-nails wife to soft-and-sweet Kevin James. After that beloved show ended, she booked one of the five original panelist slots on "The Talk" (CBS, 2010- ) alongside Sara Gilbert, Julie Chen, Sharon Osbourne and Holly Robinson Peete, but allegedly proved unpopular for being too argumentative and domineering. A passionate Scientologist in real life, Remini sparked further controversy for her aggressive defense of her religion and its major figures, and after the first season of "The Talk," she and Peete were fired, which led to Remini igniting a very public Twitter battle with Osbourne, only to land on her feet with the female lead on the sitcom "Family Tools" (ABC, 2012- ). A straightforward, steely New...

A sharp-tongued Brooklynite, Leah Remini was chosen to anchor the "Who's the Boss?" (ABC, 1984-1992) spin-off "Living Dolls" (ABC, 1989), but earned more lasting fame as no-nonsense Malibu Sands heiress Stacey Carosi on "Saved by the Bell" (NBC, 1989-1993). She won over fans and critics as the sarcastic yin to Sharon Lawrence's officious yang on "Fired Up" (NBC, 1997-98) and achieved full-fledged stardom on the ultra-popular, long-running "The King of Queens" (CBS, 1998-2007) as Carrie, the tough-as-nails wife to soft-and-sweet Kevin James. After that beloved show ended, she booked one of the five original panelist slots on "The Talk" (CBS, 2010- ) alongside Sara Gilbert, Julie Chen, Sharon Osbourne and Holly Robinson Peete, but allegedly proved unpopular for being too argumentative and domineering. A passionate Scientologist in real life, Remini sparked further controversy for her aggressive defense of her religion and its major figures, and after the first season of "The Talk," she and Peete were fired, which led to Remini igniting a very public Twitter battle with Osbourne, only to land on her feet with the female lead on the sitcom "Family Tools" (ABC, 2012- ). A straightforward, steely New Yorker, Leah Remini might have come on too strong for certain viewers, but others relished her self-confidence and exceptional acting talent.

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Old School (2003) Lara
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 Glory Daze (1995) Theresa
4.
 Getting Up and Going Home (1992) Stephanie O'Neil
5.
 E! Entertainer of the Year 2003 (2003) Interviewee
7.
8.
 Robbie The Reindeer in Hooves of Fire (2002) Voice Of Vixen/Koala
9.
 I Love the '80s (2002)
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Moved to Los Angeles when mother's second marriage ended
1987:
Snagged both an agent and a one-line role on ABC's "Head of the Class" (date approximate)
1989:
Big break came as regular on "Living Dolls", a short-lived ABC spin-off of "Who's the Boss"
1991:
Portrayed Tina Bavasso on even shorter-lived ABC sitcom "Man in the Family"
1991:
Had recurring role on NBC's "Cheers" as Carla's rebellious daughter Sarafina
1993:
Portrayed recurring character Daisy on CBS sitcom "Evening Shade"
1995:
Feature debut as Theresa in "Glory Daze"
1995:
Played regular role of Dominique on The WB's "First Time Out"
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Acted opposite Sharon Lawrence on the NBC sitcom "Fired Up"
1998:
Co-starred in the CBS sitcom "The King of Queens"
1999:
Appeared in straight-to-video release "Follow Your Heart" (shot in 1997)
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Resumed big screen career playing the wife of Vince Vaughn's character in "Old School" (lensed 2002)
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Notes

"You have to steel yourself when you get one of these jobs [regular on a sitcom]. You don't want to get too close to people and then get canceled. I'm hoping--again--that this is the one that goes for a couple of years ..."

"You think that this show is going to be 'the one' that gets you there. It's not, and you're let down. You have friendships on these shows, and then you don't see them anymore. It's hard.

"My first reaction is to cry. Then I start to blame people. So I go from grief to anger. I try to find answers: 'Why? Why? Why?' Then I cry to my mother, and she says, 'Leah, it's OK. It's just gonna get you to the next place.'

"Every time, I say I'm quitting acting: 'That's it, I'm going back to selling car insurance.' ... You just gotta keep going. You gotta surround yourself with people who believe in you and encourage you to go on." --Leah Remini in New York Post, August 25, 1997.

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husband:
Angelo Pagano. Singer, actor. Engaged on December 24, 2002; married on July 19, 2003 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

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father:
George Remini. Asbestos-removal business owner. Sicilian.
mother:
Vicki Marshall. Jewish; divorced Remini's father c. 1977; remarried and moved family to Florida; living with third husband, running her own private school and managing daughter's finances as of 1997.
sister:
Nicole Remini. Born c. 1969.
half-sister:
Christine. Born c. 1970.
half-sister:
Elizabeth. Born c. 1976.
half-sister:
Stephanie. Born c. 1978.
half-sister:
Shannon. Born c. 1984.
daughter:
Sofia Bella Pagan. Born June 16, 2004; father is Angelo Pagan.
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