Leslie Grossman

Actor
A lithe, long-haired blonde actress who made the most of her expressive eyes and smile, Leslie Grossman pushed down her desire to act through high school and college, instead choosing to focus on academic pursuits ... Read more »
Born: 10/24/1971 in Los Angeles, California, USA

Filmography

Actor (33)

Modern Family 2014 (Tv Show)

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Sean Saves The World 2014 (Tv Show)

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Major Crimes 2013 (Tv Show)

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Stevie TV 2013 (Tv Show)

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Whitney 2013 (Tv Show)

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Ben & Kate 2012 (Tv Show)

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Scandal 2012 (Tv Show)

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The Neighbors 2012 (Tv Show)

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The New Normal 2012 (Tv Show)

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Better With You 2011 (Tv Show)

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Drop Dead Diva 2011 (Tv Show)

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Hot in Cleveland 2011 (Tv Show)

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Melissa & Joey 2011 (Tv Show)

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Outsourced 2011 (Tv Show)

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10 Things I Hate About You 2009 - 2010 (Tv Show)

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Dexter 2010 (Tv Show)

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In the Motherhood 2009 (Tv Show)

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Grey's Anatomy 2008 (Tv Show)

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Itty Bitty Titty Committee 2007 (Movie)

Maude (Actor)

Notes from the Underbelly 2007 (Tv Show)

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Spring Breakdown 2007 (Movie)

Hooker (Actor)

Popular 1999 - 2001, 2003 - 2006 (Tv Show)

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The Jake Effect 2005 - 2006 (TV Show)

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What I Like About You 2003 - 2006 (Tv Show)

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Miss Congeniality 2: Armed and Fabulous 2005 (Movie)

Pam (Actor)

CSI: Crime Scene Investigation 2003 (Tv Show)

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Any Day Now 2002 (Tv Show)

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Charmed 2002 (Tv Show)

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The 2000 Teen Choice Awards 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

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Guys Like Us 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

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Can't Hardly Wait 1998 (Movie)

Ready to Have Sex's Friend (Actor)

The Opposite of Sex 1998 (Movie)

Girl Student (Actor)

We Are Men (Tv Show)

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Biography

A lithe, long-haired blonde actress who made the most of her expressive eyes and smile, Leslie Grossman pushed down her desire to act through high school and college, instead choosing to focus on academic pursuits. Working behind the scenes in theater productions in high school, the California-raised Grossman was convinced to act in a production while attending Sarah Lawrence College in New York, and eventually appeared Off-Broadway in that same play, a soap opera spoof entitled "Cereal!" which chronicled the ups and downs of a family of dry cereal tycoons with odd names. Grossman, who played a character called 90210, headed back west following this production, and went on to land a TV guest role in the UPN series "Guys Like Us" and a cameo in the feature "Can't Hardly Wait" in 1998.

Like many of the performers cast on the comedy-drama teen series, Grossman was looking for her breakthrough and found it on "Popular" (The WB, 1999-2001) playing Mary Cherry, an ebullient and slightly odd rich girl with a smile that would seem sweet if one didn't know her wicked ways. Less concerned with maintaining the regulations of the holy order of popularity and more prone to self-promotion than co-villain Nicole, Mary Cherry pulled no punches on her way to the top, showing off her wealth with ridiculous displays and daring to even cross head cheerleader Brooke (Leslie Bibb). Unexplained flickers of humanity like her championing of Carmen (Sara Rue), an overweight but talented cheerleader candidate, made her all the more peculiar. Some of the character's eccentricities were explained when her mother Cherry Cherry (Delta Burke, in a recurring stint), a colorful oil baron landed in town. Grossman and Burke, both actresses who obviously enjoy their work, had great chemistry, and the storyline put the too frequently overlooked character of Mary and her formidably talented portrayer in the forefront.

Relationships

John Bronson

Husband
married in 1999

EDUCATION

Crossroads School

Los Angeles , California
performing arts high school

Sarah Lawrence College

Bronxville , New York

Milestones

1999

Played eccentric high school social climber Mary Cherry in The WB series "Popular"

1998

Played a reveler in the high school graduation party-set comedy "Can't Hardly Wait"

1998

Had a cameo in Don Roos' acclaimed independent "The Opposite of Sex"

1998

Featured in the series premiere of the UPN sitcom "Guys Like Us"

1996

Acted Off-Broadway in the soap opera spoof "Cereal!" playing a character named 90210

Director high school theater productions

Bonus Trivia

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Leslie Grossman on her own high school career: "I knew I wanted to act, but avoided it. I wasn't ready yet." --quoted in Touchstone Television's press biographies for the series "Popular", Fall 1999.

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Grossman on her "Popular" popularity: "Only gay men and little girls come up to me -- which is all I ever wanted. It's funny to me that little girls have glommed on to the show so much. There are certain jokes where you have to be over the age of 25 to even get them." --quoted in The Advocate, April 11, 2000.

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