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Biography for Leighton MeesterLeighton Marissa Claire Meester (born Apr. 9, 1986 (27 years ago)) is an American actress and singer-songwriter, best known for her role as Blair Waldorf in the TV show Gossip Girl.
Early yearsLeighton Meester was born in Marco Island, Florida to Connie and Doug Meester. Although her mother Connie was serving time in prison for her involvement in a drug ring that smuggled marijuana from Jamaica to the United States, Connie was able to give birth to Meester in a hospital and nurse her for three months in a halfway house before returning to prison to complete her sentence. Meester maintains that her parents gave her a normal upbringing and, despite their criminal past, are good people with experience that has only made Meester more open-minded and non-judgmental, "It made me realize that you can't judge anyone—especially your parents—for what they've done in their past, because people change." Meester also tells Cosmopolitan, "Look, I could've turned out a lot worse."
Meester grew up in Marco Island, Florida where she participated in productions at a local playhouse and choir at church. Meester decided early on that it was what she wanted to do with her life then. When she was 10 years old, Meester and her mother moved to New York in hopes of getting her career started. Meester attended the Professional Children's School and even began working as a model with Wilhemina, booking a Ralph Lauren campaign shot by Bruce Weber and working with then photographer (now movie maker) Sofia Coppola. After deciding that modeling wasn't for her, Meester was keen on acting and made her debut as a murder victim's friend on an episode of Law & Order. At 14, Meester moved to Los Angeles, California wanting more stable work and attended Hollywood High School and Beverly Hills High School. She then transferred to a small private school in Hawaii and graduated from high school a year early.
CareerAfter her TV debut in 1999 (14 years ago) playing Alyssa Turner in Law & Order, Meester appeared as a guest in two more series before landing her big role in the movie Hangman's Curse, based on the best selling book by Frank Peretti. Meester also appeared in Tarzan, which only lasted for eight episodes. Meester started to land guest roles in other series such as, Crossing Jordan, 7th Heaven, recurring roles on 24, Veronica Mars, and as the Britney Spears-like singer Justine Chapin on the hit series Entourage.
In 2005 (8 years ago) Meester scored a regular role in the series Surface. She played Savannah Bennet, big sister of Miles Bennett. The show ran for 15 episodes. In 2006 (7 years ago) Surface stopped airing and Meester appeared in two more movies, Flourish and Inside. She also guest appeared in Numb3rs and in two episodes of House M.D. as Ali, an underage girl who has a crush on House.
After a guest role on CSI: Miami, a recurring role on the James Woods court drama Shark, and appearing as the female lead in the comedy/horror movie Drive-Thru, Meester scored a regular role in the CW's hit show Gossip Girl, playing the rich and scheming Blair Waldorf. The show is based on the book series about the lives of New York's privileged Upper East Side high school students. Her performance has been met with critical acclaim and TV Guide also ranked Blair Waldorf among its "Best-Dressed TV Characters of 2007 (6 years ago).
Meester appeared on the TV movie The Haunting of Sorority Row (3 walls), and played a part in the ensemble comedy/drama Remember the Daze, released on April, 2008 (5 years ago). She also appeared on the horror/thriller movie Killer Movie, released in the United States also on Apr. 2008 (5 years ago) during the Tribeca movie Festival in New York City.
In Apr. 2009 (4 years ago), it was announced Meester signed a recording contract with Universal Republic. The album is said to be electronic, dancey, and edgy; she will be working with JR Rotem, Kara Dioguardi and several other producers. The first single will be released around July, with the album dropping by fall. Recently, a song off her debut album, "Body Control" leaked, generating positive reviews from fans as she maintains the "electro-pop edge" that keeps her current with current musical trends. She has recently confirmed on her twitter page that she was not expecting anyone to hear "Body Control" yet but was pleased with the positive reviews. Meester is also featured in the Cobra Starship song "Good Girls Go Bad", the first single from their third studio album Hot Mess. The song was digitally released on May 11, 2009 (4 years ago), it reached the Top 10 on Billboard Hot 100 peaking at #7.
Meester will play Rebecca in the upcoming movie The Roommate. It has also been announced that she will appear in the upcoming comedy, Date Night, alongside Steve Carell and Tina Fey.
Aside from acting and music, Meester has also endorsed several brands before and since she shot to fame in Gossip Girl. She appeared in commercials for Clearasil and in 2009 (4 years ago), in ads for Reebok. More recently, she and Gossip Girl co-star Ed Westwick were named the new faces for the Korean clothing line ASK Enquired.
Personal lifeLeighton Meester currently resides in New York City. In her free time, she enjoys writing, reading, dancing, and "doing nothing." She occasionally keeps fans updated with messages on Twitter and it is the only social networking service she personally uses that her representation has confirmed.
In Jun. 2009 (4 years ago), there were reports accompanied by voyeuristic pictures (wallpaper) allegedly from a sex tape, featuring an 18-year old Meester, being shopped around by an old boyfriend for an asking price up to $1 million. Meester counters the allegations in an interview with the sep. 2009 (4 years ago) issue of Harpers Bazaar: "[The tape] is not real, so it makes me sort of sad. It's unfortunate that it got carried as far as it did. I definitely understand the nature of people better now and that the mere allegation of something like that could be headline news. People think it's real because somebody says it is."
Leighton has been dating actor and Gossip Girl co-star Sebastian Stan since they met on the set of the show.
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