George of the Jungle’s Lady
5' 7" baby-voiced, blue-eyed blonde actress Leslie Mann, wife of producer/screenwriter/director Judd Apatow, is widely remembered as Matthew Broderick's girlfriend Robin in the Ben Stiller-directed dark comedy film, The Cable Guy (1996; starring Jim Carrey) and as the lovely heiress Ursula who is smitten by Brendan Fraser’s George of the Jungle (1997) in director Sam Weisman's live-action film of the same name. She has appeared in Big Daddy (1999), Perfume (2001), Stealing Harvard (2002) and The 40 Year Old Virgin (2005). She will co-star with Katherine Heigl and Seth Rogen in Knocked Up, and then with Owen Wilson in Drillbit Taylor.
Childhood and Family:
On November 11, 1972, Leslie Mann was born in San Francisco, California. On the set of The Cable Guy (1996), she met her current-husband, producer/screenwriter/director Judd Apatow (born in 1968). They tied the knot on June 9, 1997, and have one child together, a daughter named Maude Apatow.
The Cable Girl
Entering the entertainment industry at age 17 by doing commercials, Leslie Mann made her big screen debut with a tiny part in Richard Gabai's teen comedy movie Virgin High (1991), alongside Burt Ward, Linnea Quigley and Tracy Dali. Three years later, she became a regular on the brief-running ABC medical drama, "Birdland," with Diana Bellamy and Scott Michael Campbell.
Leslie was then cast in writer-director Isabel Coixet's independent romantic comedy Cosas que nunca te dije (1996; a.k.a. Things I Never Told You), starring Lili Taylor and Andrew McCarthy. That same year, she beat out 500 other actresses in an open audition for the role of Robin Harris, the girlfriend of Matthew Broderick's character, in the Ben Stiller-directed dark comedy film, The Cable Guy, starring Jim Carrey.
Moviegoers subsequently saw Leslie starring as Ursula Stanhope, the lovely American heiress smitten by Brendan Fraser’s George of the Jungle (1997) in director Sam Weisman's live-action film based on the original cartoon series of the same name. She later portrayed a waitress named Corinne in Dennis Dugan's hit comedy movie starring Adam Sandler, Big Daddy (1999).
Entering the new millennium, Leslie appeared in Michael Rymer and Hunter Carson's drama/comedy film set in the world of fashion, Perfume (2001), alongside Paul Sorvino, Jeff Goldblum and Carmen Electra. She then starred opposite Jason Lee, playing his longtime girlfriend Elaine, in Bruce McCulloch's crime comedy Stealing Harvard (2002; also starring Tom Green), and was cast in husband Judd Apatow's directorial debut, The 40 Year-Old Virgin, a romantic comedy starring Steve Carell.
Leslie has completed Knocked Up, a comedy film written and directed by her husband, in which she plays Katherine Heigl's sister named Debbie. The film, which also stars Seth Rogen, Paul Rudd and Jason Segel, is set to be released on June 1, 2007. Currently, Leslie is filming Steven Brill's upcoming comedy film starring Owen Wilson, Drillbit Taylor, which is scheduled for a summer 2007 release.