This entertainment piece is a professional biography of actress, dancer, and talk show co-host Leah Remini. Born in Brooklyn to a Sicilian descended father and a mother who traces her lineage to Austria, she seems to have a natural ability to play the role of the street wise woman who usually get what she wants. Her "King of Queens" co-star Kevin James described her as having the mouth of a construction worker and the body of a model.
Leah Remini is best characterized by her husky voice and outgoing, almost overbearing on-screen personality. Her most recognizable role is that if Carrie Heffernan in the sitcom "King of Queens," for which she was voted "hottest housewife on TV" in a poll from TV Guide magazine.
The identity of Remini's father is not readily known, however she is stepdaughter to George Marshall, who worked behind the scenes of many productions, such as "Saving Private Ryan" and "The Fifth Element," usually as a production accountant or financial controller. It is perhaps likely that Remini became exposed to the entertainment industry through her stepfather's career.
Since her work on "King of Queens," Remini has done a few small spots on lower ranked TV series, occasional appearance as co-host of daytime's "The Talk" and ten episodes of "Dancing With the Stars." Her newest role is that of "Aunt Terry" in the ABC sitcom "Family Tools," which centers on a slacker dreamer type of man who takes over his father's handyman business when the elder suffers a heart attack and can no longer work. Reviews of the show look favorably on Remini but her fans who have watch this new show do seem to miss the comedy chemistry she developed on "King of Queens." Perhaps in the near future she may find a role that allows her to fully demonstrate her acting and comedic abilities.