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Leighton Marissa Meester (born April 9, 1986) is an Americanmarker actress and singer-songwriter, best known for her role as Blair Waldorf in the TV show Gossip Girl.

Early life

Meester was born while her mother was serving a federal prison sentence in Fort Worth, Texasmarker. Although her mother, Constance, was serving time in prison for her involvement in a drug ring that smuggled marijuana from Jamaicamarker to the United States, she 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 maintained 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 jokes, "Look, I could've turned out a lot worse."

Meester grew up in Marco Island, Floridamarker, where she participated in productions at a local playhouse. 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 Schoolmarker. She then transferred to a small private school and graduated a year early.

Career

Acting

Meester at the 2009 CW Upfront presentation
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, an underage 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 about the lives of New Yorkmarker's privileged Upper East Sidemarker young adults. Her performance has been met with critical acclaim. "Best-dressed TV Characters of 2007" tvguide.com. 2007-12-21. Retrieved on 2008-10-9

In 2007 Meester appeared on the television film the 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 will play Rebecca in the upcoming film The Roommate. She has a small role in the upcoming comedy, Date Night, alongside Steve Carell and Tina Fey. It was also announced that Meester will star in a pre-menopausal version of Thelma & Louise called Cowgirl Bandits, she will star next to Pineapple Express and Remember The Daze co-star actress Amber Heard.

Music

In April 2009, Meester signed a recording contract with Universal Republic. The album will include electronic music, and will be produced by several producers such as RedOne, J.R. Rotem and Kara Dioguardi. Her first single "Somebody To Love" featuring R&B singer Robin Thicke hit radio on October 13 and went available for digital download on October 14, 2009. The album is tentatively slated for late 2009 or early 2010.

Meester is featured in the Cobra Starship song "Good Girls Go Bad", which reached the Top 10 on Billboard Hot 100 peaking at #7. She also made a cover of the song "Christmas " for the compilation album A Very Special Christmas 7, released November 24, 2009.

Endorsements

Meester previously appeared in Clearasil commercials and in 2009 ads for Reebok. She has been a spokesperson for Sunsilk's "Life Can't Wait" campaign. In June 2009, she and Ed Westwick were named the new faces for the Korean clothing line ASK Enquired.She has also been a spokesperson for Safe Horizon to raise awareness about and prevent domestic violence.

Personal life

Meester currently resides in New York City. She occasionally keeps fans updated with messages on Twitter.

In June 2009, there were reports accompanied by voyeuristic pictures 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 September 2009 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."

Meester has been dating Sebastian Stan (the actor who plays Carter Baizen ) since they met on the Gossip Girl set.

Meester was number 12 on the Maxim Hot 100 list in 2009, alongside her co-star, Blake Lively, who was number 33.

Filmography

Film
Year Film Role Notes
2003 Hangman's Curse Elisha Springfield
2004 Hollywood Division Michelle Television film
2006 Flourish Lucy Covner
Inside Josie
2007 Drive-Thru Mackenzie Carpenter
Remember the Daze Tori
The Haunting of Sorority Row Samantha Willows Television film
2008 Killer Movie Jaynie Hansen
2010 Date Night Chaz Post-production
The Roommate Rebecca Daly Post-production
Television
Year Title Role Notes
1999 Law & Order Alyssa Turner Episode: "Disciple"
2001 Boston Public Sarah Breen Episode: "Chapter Twenty-Eight"
2002 Once & Again Amanda Episode: "Gardenia"
Family Affair Irene Episode: "No Small Parts"
2003 Tarzan Nicki Porter 5 episodes
2004 Crossing Jordan Marie Strand Episode: "Missing Pieces"
North Shore Veronica Farrell 1 episode
7th Heaven Kendall 2 episodes
Entourage Justine Chapin 2004-2008 (3 episodes)
2005 24 Debbie Pendleton 4 episodes
8 Simple Rules Nikki Episode: "The After Party"
Veronica Mars Carrie Bishop 2 episodes
Surface Savannah Barnett 2005-2006 (12 episodes)
2006 Numb3rs Karen Camden Episode: "Dark Matter"
House M.D. Ali 2 episodes
CSI: Miami Heather Crowley Episode: "Broken Home"
2007 Shark Megan 3 episodes
Gossip Girl Blair Waldorf 2007–present


Discography

Studio albums

Year Album details
2010 Leighton Meester


Singles

Year Single Peak positions Album
US
2009 "Somebody to Love" (with Robin Thicke) 123 Leighton Meester


Guest singles

Year Single Artist Peak chart positions Album
US US Pop CAN AUS NZ NL UK
2009 "Good Girls Go Bad" Cobra Starship 7 7 7 5 2 29 17 Hot Mess


Awards

Year Award Category Nominated work Result
2008 Teen Choice Award Choice TV Actress Drama Gossip Girl
Choice TV Breakout Star Female
2009 Choice TV Actress Drama
MTV Video Music Award Best Pop Video "Good Girls Go Bad" (with Cobra Starship)


References

  1. ‘Twilight’ Baddie Cam Gigandet Will Be Leighton Meester’s ‘Roommate’ » MTV Movies Blog
  2. Perez Hilton: Leighton Stretches Herself Thin & Books A Movie!
  3. Leighton Meester at LeightonMeester.Us | One Of Your Largest Online Resource For Leighton Meester
  4. 'Gossip Girl' Star Leighton Meester Signs Record Deal | Billboard.com
  5. http://leightonmeester.us/2009/10/leighton-meester-shifts-from-gossip-girl-to-pop-woman.html
  6. Top 100 Music Hits, Top 100 Music Charts, Top 100 Songs & The Hot 100 | Billboard.com
  7. http://www.thelmagazine.com/TheMeasure/archives/2009/11/23/leighton-meester-covers-baby-please-come-home
  8. Leighton Meester, Kick-off of Sunsilk's Life Can't Wait campaign, New York City - Party Photos - Celebrity - In Style
  9. Leighton Meester Walks the Runway to Battle Domestic Violence - Style News – StyleWatch – People.com
  10. Leighton Meester || New Single - “Somebody To Love” ft. Robin Thicke || Available Now
  11. http://twitter.com/Itsmeleighton
  12. EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW: Sex Tape Promoter: Alleged Leighton Meester Video Being Shopped For $1 Million | RadarOnline.com
  13. How Leighton Meester’s Boyfriend Handles Her Kissing Scenes - PEOPLE TV Watch


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