Leighton Marissa Claire Meester
|Current Location::||New York, NY, USA|
|Birthplace:||Fort Worth, TX, USA|
Daughter of <private> Meester and <private> Meester (Haas)
|Occupation:||Actress, singer, songwriter, and fashion model|
|Managed by:||Private User|
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About Leighton Marissa Claire Meester
The petite and dazzling American actress, singer, songwriter, and fashion model Leighton Meester is best known for her breakout role as Manhattan debutante Blair Waldorf in the television series Gossip Girl.
Meester was born while her mother, Constance Meester (née Haas), was serving time in a federal pen in Fort Worth, Texas, after being convicted in Georgia as part of her aunt's drug ring that smuggled thousands of pounds of marijuana from Jamaica to the U.S. However, 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."
She participated in productions at a local playhouse while growing up in Marco Island, Florida. When she was 11 years old, Meester and her mother moved to New York. Meester attended the Professional Children's School and also began working as a model with Wilhemina, booking a Ralph Lauren campaign shot by Bruce Weber and working with then photographer (now film maker) Sofia Coppola.
Meester made her television acting 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 and graduated a year early.
After her television debut in 1999 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 ran for only eight episodes. Meester started to land guest roles in other series such as Crossing Jordan, 7th Heaven, Veronica Mars, 24, and Entourage.
In 2005, Meester began a regular role in the series Surface as Savannah Bennet. Meester appeared in two more 2006 movies, Flourish and Inside. She also guest appeared in Numb3rs and in two episodes of House M.D. as Ali, a young girl who has a crush on House.
After guest roles on CSI: Miami, Shark, and playing the female lead in the horror film Drive-Thru, Meester was cast in CW's Gossip Girl as Blair Waldorf. The show is based on the book series by Cecily von Ziegesar about the lives of New York's privileged Upper East Side young adults. Her performance has been met with critical acclaim.
In 2007 Meester appeared on the television film The Haunting of Sorority Row, and played a part in the ensemble comedy/drama Remember the Daze. She also appeared in the horror/thriller film Killer Movie in 2008.
Meester had a small role in the 2010 comedy Date Night and a cameo on Going The Distance.
She was cast in Screen Gems's upcoming dramas Country Strong and The Roommate. She will star in The Uncatchable Cowgirl Bandits of Nottingham, Texas alongside Amber Heard; in indie dramatic comedy The Oranges opposite Hugh Laurie; and will star next to Selena Gomez and Katie Cassidy in young femme comedy Monte Carlo, loosely based on Jules Bass's young-adult book Headhunters.
Leighton Marissa Claire Meester's Timeline
April 9, 1986
Fort Worth, TX, USA
Naples, Florida, United States
Marco Island, Florida, United States