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Also Known As: Leslie Erin Grossman Died:
Born: October 25, 1971 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Los Angeles, California, USA Profession: actor

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A lithe, long-haired blonde actress who made the most of her expressive eyes and smile, Leslie Grossman pushed down her desire to act through high school and college, instead choosing to focus on academic pursuits. Working behind the scenes in theater productions in high school, the California-raised Grossman was convinced to act in a production while attending Sarah Lawrence College in New York, and eventually appeared Off-Broadway in that same play, a soap opera spoof entitled "Cereal!" which chronicled the ups and downs of a family of dry cereal tycoons with odd names. Grossman, who played a character called 90210, headed back west following this production, and went on to land a TV guest role in the UPN series "Guys Like Us" and a cameo in the feature "Can't Hardly Wait" in 1998. Like many of the performers cast on the comedy-drama teen series, Grossman was looking for her breakthrough and found it on "Popular" (The WB, 1999-2001) playing Mary Cherry, an ebullient and slightly odd rich girl with a smile that would seem sweet if one didn't know her wicked ways. Less concerned with maintaining the regulations of the holy order of popularity and more prone to self-promotion than co-villain Nicole,...

A lithe, long-haired blonde actress who made the most of her expressive eyes and smile, Leslie Grossman pushed down her desire to act through high school and college, instead choosing to focus on academic pursuits. Working behind the scenes in theater productions in high school, the California-raised Grossman was convinced to act in a production while attending Sarah Lawrence College in New York, and eventually appeared Off-Broadway in that same play, a soap opera spoof entitled "Cereal!" which chronicled the ups and downs of a family of dry cereal tycoons with odd names. Grossman, who played a character called 90210, headed back west following this production, and went on to land a TV guest role in the UPN series "Guys Like Us" and a cameo in the feature "Can't Hardly Wait" in 1998.

Like many of the performers cast on the comedy-drama teen series, Grossman was looking for her breakthrough and found it on "Popular" (The WB, 1999-2001) playing Mary Cherry, an ebullient and slightly odd rich girl with a smile that would seem sweet if one didn't know her wicked ways. Less concerned with maintaining the regulations of the holy order of popularity and more prone to self-promotion than co-villain Nicole, Mary Cherry pulled no punches on her way to the top, showing off her wealth with ridiculous displays and daring to even cross head cheerleader Brooke (Leslie Bibb). Unexplained flickers of humanity like her championing of Carmen (Sara Rue), an overweight but talented cheerleader candidate, made her all the more peculiar. Some of the character's eccentricities were explained when her mother Cherry Cherry (Delta Burke, in a recurring stint), a colorful oil baron landed in town. Grossman and Burke, both actresses who obviously enjoy their work, had great chemistry, and the storyline put the too frequently overlooked character of Mary and her formidably talented portrayer in the forefront.

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Spring Breakdown (2009)
4.
 Opposite of Sex, The (1998) Girl Student
5.
 Can't Hardly Wait (1998) Ready To Have Sex'S Friend
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Director high school theater productions
1996:
Acted Off-Broadway in the soap opera spoof "Cereal!" playing a character named 90210
1998:
Had a cameo in Don Roos' acclaimed independent "The Opposite of Sex"
1998:
Played a reveler in the high school graduation party-set comedy "Can't Hardly Wait"
1998:
Featured in the series premiere of the UPN sitcom "Guys Like Us"
1999:
Played eccentric high school social climber Mary Cherry in The WB series "Popular"
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Education

Sarah Lawrence College: Bronxville , New York -
Crossroads School: Los Angeles , California -

Notes

Leslie Grossman on her own high school career: "I knew I wanted to act, but avoided it. I wasn't ready yet." --quoted in Touchstone Television's press biographies for the series "Popular", Fall 1999.

Grossman on her "Popular" popularity: "Only gay men and little girls come up to me -- which is all I ever wanted. It's funny to me that little girls have glommed on to the show so much. There are certain jokes where you have to be over the age of 25 to even get them." --quoted in The Advocate, April 11, 2000.

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husband:
John Bronson. Corporate consultant. Married in 1999.

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