Leah Remini, an American actress & author came to fame after playing Carrie Heffernan in the TV series The King of Queens (1998- 2007). Formerly a Scientologist until 2013, Remini later in 2015 wrote a memoir Troublemaker: Surviving Hollywood and Scientology circulating her experience with Scientology.
Furthermore, Remini got her fame widened after the release of documentary Leah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath premiered in 2016, which won an Emmy Award.
According to Celebrity Net Worth, Leah has an estimated net worth of $20 million as of February 2020. Without a doubt, professional since 1988, Remini's acting career as well as producer for Leah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath, got her hands in a hefty sum.
Moreover, while working in the American sitcom The King of Queens (1998- 2007) in 207 episodes, Remini made $150,000 per episode- her salary in Season 9 (in 2007) was $3 million.
In 2010, she portrayed the lead role as Terry Baumgardner in TV sitcom Family Tools (10 episodes), allegedly earning $100,000 per episode.
Aside from TV appearances, the 49-year-old actress who records 48 acting credits, also worked in movies: Old School (2008) alongside Luke Wilson & Will Ferrell; in Handsome: A Netflix Mystery Movie (2017); and Second Act (2018) starring Jennifer Lopez & Vanessa Hudgens
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In 1988, Leah made TV debut in an episode of Head of the Class and later gained roles in Who's the Boss? (1989), Living Dolls (1989, 12 episodes) and Cheers (1991- 1993).
Having worked in Phantom 2040 (1994- 1996, the voice-over in 22 episodes) and Fired Up (1997- 1998, 28 episodes), Remini got TV breakthrough as lead cast in the TV sitcom The King of Queens (1998- 2007) alongside Kevin James, Larry Romano and Lisa Rieffel.
In October 2010, she joined as co-host in The Talk, a CBS talk show joining Sharon Osbourne, Julie Chen, Sara Gilbert, Holly Robinson Peete.
But was fired in 2011, with criticisms within the first week of the show's debut for being loud & brash.
Some of her other notable TV works include Family Tools (2013), The Exes (2014- 2015) and Leah Remini: It's All Relative (2014- 2015).
Since Leah left Church of Scientology in 2013, her outspoken criticisms on Scientology & church leader David Miscavige & their battle has gained huge limelight.
After 2 years of her departure from the church, the 5 ft. 3 inches tall actress released a memoir in 2015, Troublemaker: Surviving Hollywood and Scientology, that revolved around her experience in church.
Leah's show documentary Leah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath premiered on November 29, 2016, & would run for 3 seasons until its conclusion with a 2-hour special on August 26, 2019.
The series focused on the stories of abuse, heartbreak, and harassment experienced in the church.
Raised a Roman Catholic, Leah, at the age of 9 joined the Church of Scientology & later worked as a Scientologist before leaving on bitter terms in 2013.
As for a fact, already in November 2016, Leah demanded a $1.5 million in compensatory damages against the church.
Allegedly, the church of Scientology sent letters to executives at A&E and parent company ABC to stop her show Scientology and the Aftermath. The A&E gave no comments on allegations though.
Leah cited that forbidden questioning to the management, which she believed was corrupt & internal abuse was the main reason for her departure from the church.
It began after Remini along with the Church of Scientology leader David Miscavige attended the wedding of Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes in 2006, where Leah asked about whereabouts of Miscavige's wife.
In response, David reportedly told that Leah Remini was in a lower rank to do so & furthermore, was blacklisted within the Church.
Currently, Leah Remini lives in her house in Los Angeles, with her husband Angelo Pagán and daughter Sofia Bella. She bought the 6-bedroom & 8-bathroom property spread on 9,326 sq. ft. in 2003 for $3.75 million.
It is estimated to be worth $8.5 million as of February 2020.
Leah married Angelo on July 19, 2003, which later featured in February 2004 issue of InStyle Magazine. They met in 1996 at a Cuban restaurant & got engaged in January 2003.
While together, they welcomed a daughter Sofia Bella on June 16, 2004- a day after her 34th birthday.
Did you know? In February 2020, Leah alongside Jennifer Lopez got in a car accident, was unharmed in the incident.
Leah was born Leah Marie Remini on June 15, 1970, in Brooklyn, New York City, New York, the USA. Her father George Remini of Italian ancestry owned an asbestos removal company while mother Vicki Marshall (of Austrian-Jewish descent) worked as a schoolteacher.
She grew up alongside her elder brother Michael & elder sister Nicole. Leah has 4 half-siblings: Christie, Elizabeth, Shannon and Stephanie (died in 2013 due to cancer).
After her parents divorced, Leah along with her mother & step-father George Marshall moved to Los Angeles at the age of 13 & left school at the age of 14.