Lesley Ann Warren is an American Golden Globe-winning and Oscar and Emmy-nominated stage and screen actress, singer, and dancer. Lesley Ann Warren has starred in films like “Victor Victoria” and “The Happiest Millionaire”. Likewise, millions of people saw those films in the 1965 television version of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s “Cinderella”.
Table of Biography
Early Life and Childhood
Lesley Ann Warren was born in New York City, New York, USA, on August 16, 1946. She is 74 years old and is under the birth sign, Leo. She holds American nationality. And her favorite genre is the Musical.
Her mother’s name is Margot Warren and her father’s name is William Warren. Her mother is a British-born singer whereas her father is a real state agent. Likewise, she has a younger brother and his name is Richard Lewis Warren. And her brother is a film score composer. Moreover, all of her family members are popular.
Regarding her educational background and qualification, she studied at the Professional Children’s School and The High School of Music & Art. Likewise, she was trained at the School of American Ballet and later at the Actors Studio. Moreover, at the age of 17, she became the youngest applicant who was accepted by the acting school.
Lesley Ann Warren trained in ballet and then she started her career as a ballet dancer. She was also very lucky to get an opportunity to shift her focus to acting. She made her Broadway debut in the musical “110 in the Shade” in 1963. It was based on N. Richard Nash’s 1954 play “The Rainmaker”. Likewise, she did the musical “Drat! The Cat!” in 1965. Thus, her performance was very much appreciated.
In 1965, she even made her small screen debut as the main character Cinderella in Rodgers and Hammerstein’s TV film “Cinderella”. It was her first major success in her acting career. Moreover, in the year 1966, Warren appeared in four episodes of the TV series “Dr. Kildare” in a guest role as Bonda Jo Weaver. Then, in the year 1967, she also made her film debut as Cordy in “The Happiest Millionaire”. It was a musical film based on the true story of millionaire Anthony J. Drexel Biddle.
Lesly has also played Alice Bower in the film “The One and Only, Genuine, Original Family Band” in 1968. It is a Walt Disney Production based on the biography by Laura Bower Van Nuys. And, Michael O’Herlihy directed it. Then, in the year 1970, she portrayed the role of Dana Lambert, the leading lady in the TV series “Mission: Impossible’. And Bruce Geller created and produced it. However, Lesly was considered to be inexperienced for the role and was dropped after one year.
This, however, did not impact her career at all as throughout the 1970s, she played the leading lady in numerous TV movies, series, and miniseries. Warren played Scarlett O’Hara in the year 1973 musical “Scarlett”, which was based on Margaret Mitchell’s book “Gone with the Wind”. The musical portrayed Scarlett O’Hara’s relationship with Rhett Butler. Moreover, while the producer wanted to perform it on Broadway, it never happened as the musical was not well received by the critics.
More About Career…
Likewise, some of her successful TV roles in the 1970s also included “S.W.A.T.” in 1975. She portrayed the role of Linda. It was a crime series about the Special Weapons and Tactics (S.W.A.T.) operations in a city. Her role in the 1976 TV comedy series “Snip” was critically acclaimed as well.
Then, in 1981, she played Sally in the thriller film “Race for the Yankee Zephyr”. David Hemmings directed it. The story was based on an original story by writer Everett De Roche. Her performance as the gangster’s companion Norma Cassidy in the musical comedy “Victor/Victoria” in the year 1982. And critics appreciated her role and acting.
In the year 1990, she portrayed Barbara Walker in the TV miniseries “Family of Spies”, which is also known as “Family of Spies: The Walker Spy Ring”. The series was directed by Stephen Gyllenhaal and was based on the United States Navy officer John A. Walker Jr., who was a Soviet spy for 17 years.
She landed in a strong supporting role in the 1994 film “Color of Night”. She played a nymphomaniac. However, the film flopped at the box office and her performance received negative reviews. Moreover, Warren was cast in the series “Desperate Housewives” from the year 2005-11. She even played the recurring role of Sophie Bremmer in this comedy-mystery TV series which was originally aired for eight seasons on ABC.
Also, Warren was supposed to play the role of Brenda in “Goodbye, Columbus” in the year 1969, but she got pregnant and had to be replaced.
About her Acting Career…
In the year 2010, she appeared in the comedic drama film “Peep World”, which was directed by Barry W. Blaustein. However, the film was unsuccessful to impress the critics. Then, in the year 2013, she was featured as Clara Jobs in the film “Jobs”. It is the biopic of Apple co-founder Steve Jobs. The film revolved around the life of Steve Jobs, starting from his student days to the introduction and launch of the iPod in the year 2001. It was screened at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival.
Moreover, her latest TV works include “Community” and “Gigi Does It”. She did three episodes of “Blunt Talk” in the year 2016, where she played Cornelia. Then, from the year 2016-17, she played Dina in the TV series “Girlfriends Guide to Divorce”.
Likewise, her latest movie appearances were in “I Am Michael” and “The Sphere and the Labyrinth” in the year 2015 and “It Snows All the Time” and “Between Us” in the year 2016 and “Life Support” in the year 2017 and “American Pets” in the year 2018.
Furthermore, her role in one of her initial plays “Drat! The Cat!” was critically acclaimed well. It was about a girl, who was frustrated by the problems that come in her way to establish a career, becomes a “cat burglar” and robs the homes of rich people. And, her performance as Norma Cassidy in the British-American musical comedy film “Victor/Victoria” was one of her best ones. Also, this role helped her gain recognition as a talented actress.
And, from the year 2008 to 2012, Leslyn Warren played the role of Jinx Shannon. It is the lead character’s alcoholic mother in the USA Network drama series “In Plain Sight”. And, while working on that show, she was offered Mary Steenburgen’s role in “Step Brothers” in the year 2008 but had to turn it down due to scheduling conflicts.
Further, Warren appeared in the films “Peep World” in 2010, “Jobs” in 2013, and “I Am Michael” in 2015. Likewise, in the year 2013, she reunited with Clue castmates Christopher Lloyd and Martin Mull when they guest-starred in an episode of “Psych”. Likewise, in the year 2016, she had a recurring role in the Starz comedy “Blunt Talk” and in the year 2018, she appeared in the Netflix superhero series “Daredevil” as Esther Falb. Then, a year after that, she co-starred in the short-lived Lifetime comedy-drama series “American Princess”, and appeared opposite Sarah Drew in the Lifetime Christmas movie “Twinkle All the Way”.
Lesley Warren married producer Jon Peters in the year 1967. And then, their son Christopher Peters was born in the year 1968. He also grew up to be an actor and producer as well. However, Warren and Peters got a divorce in the year 1974.
Furthermore, she married an advertising executive, Ronald Taft in the year 2000. They are still together and happy with each other. However, talking about her past relationships, she has reportedly dated actors such as Val Kilmer, Robert Blake, and Scott Baio, in the year 2019. And also clarifying that she “went on one date with each”.
She has a height of 5 feet 8 inches whereas her weight is 59 Kg. Likewise, her other body measurements such as chest size, waist size, and hip size are 35-24-36 inches respectively. Also, she has a lean body and a beautiful face. Moreover, she has got brown hair and hazel eyes.
Social Media and Net Worth
Lesley is pretty active on all of her social accounts. She does share a lot of pictures and other stuff on her respective social accounts. Likewise, she has garnered 2552 followers on Instagram and 4260 followers on Twitter.
Further, talking about her earnings, she has a net worth of $12 million. And her main income source is through her acting career.