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Leah Lail

Lail was born and raised on a horse farm in Lexington, Kentucky, the younger of two sisters. She developed a deep love for animals as a result of her mother's work raising horses. "I plan trips home around the Kentucky Derby, and I get my riding fix in then. I try to get home as often as I can."

Combining her political science major and her proficiency in German, Lail was able to land a college scholarship to study in Bonn, Germany and work with the Social Democratic Party. Though she didn't expect to pursue a career in politics, her interest in foreign study was fueled by her love of travel and her curiosity for experiencing all that life had to offer.

But the other string tugging at her heart was the theater, having been introduced to Broadway at an early age. Lail transferred to the University of Southern California where she graduated summa cum laude with degrees in German and theater, and a minor in political science. Upon graduation, Lail left Los Angeles for an opportunity to study with Bobby Lewis in New York. Following more studies at the Lee Strasberg Institute, she began to win roles on stage and television, and within two years of moving to New York City, was able to support herself as an actor.

Lail has worked steadily upon returning to Los Angeles. Some of her television roles include the wife of Hank (Jeffrey Tambor) on HBO's, The Larry Sanders Show and a crack addict on an Emmy nominated episode of ER. She has also appeared on Seinfeld and The Single Guy. Lail also appeared in director Adam Rifkin's feature, Denial, which debuted on Cinemax and starred Jason Alexander and Jonathan Silverman. She is also very proud of her work in Late Last Night, a movie written and directed by Steven Brill, in which she plays a stripper. Lail also had a co-starring role in an earlier film that Brill co-wrote and directed called Heavyweights, starring Ben Stiller. She makes a cameo appearance in Adam Sandler's upcoming LITTLE NICKY.

Her three passions are music, books and food. "Give me a free day and you'll find me curled in a corner reading, playing piano, then cooking and eating a very lovely meal."

Note: This profile was written in or before 2003.

Leah Lail Facts

BirthdayDecember 28, 1970 (53)
BirthplaceLexington, Kentucky, USA

Selected Filmography

The Color of God
The Healers
American Black Beauty
Something About Sex
Late Last Night
Body Waves
Little Nicky
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