Gossip Girl’s Blair Waldorf, Leighton Meester is our guest on Rad Virals today. Read on to learn all about Leighton Meester’s net worth, family, love life, TV shows and movies as well as to check out her pics and wallpapers.
Leighton Meester’s Family and Early Life
Leighton Marissa Meester was born on April 9, 1986, in Fort Worth, Texas. Her parents are writer Constance Lynn Haas and real estate broker Douglas Jay Meester.
Leighton has an older brother, Douglas Logan, and a younger brother, Alexander.
At the time of Leighton Meester’s birth, her parents were serving time in federal prison due to their involvement in smuggling marijuana from Jamaica to the US. Constance gave birth to Leighton in a hospital and cared for her for three months in a halfway house before going back to prison.
While her parents were in prison, Leighton was cared for by her paternal grandparents. Her parents eventually separated in 1992.
When she was 11, Leighton moved to New York City with her moth. She went to the Professional Children’s School, then started working as a model with Wilhelmina International.
While with Wilhelmina, Leighton got signed to do a Ralph Lauren campaign. She also got booked for Tamagotchi and Clearasil commercials.
When she was 14, she moved to Los Angeles.
Leighton Meester Career Summary
American actress Leighton Meester made her debut in 1999 in an episode of the TV series Law & Order. As for film acting, she made her debut in 2003, in the adaptation Hangman’s Curse.
She had recurring roles in the WB series Tarzan (2003), Entourage (2004-2011), and Veronica Mars (2004-2019). She also had guest roles in other TV series, including 8 Simple Rules, 7th Heaven, and 24.
In 2005, she was cast for a regular role in NBC series Surface. The following year, she appeared in two films, Flourish and Inside. In 2007, she got the female lead role in the horror film Drive-Thru.
It was also in 2007 that Leighton Meester was cast to play Blair Waldorf in the CW teen drama series, Gossip Girl. Her performance in the series grabbed the attention of both viewers and critics.
In 2009, Leighton modeled Reebok’s Top Down sneakers. She also appeared in a Nikon Coolpix camera advertisement. She was also the face of ASK Enquired, a Korean clothing line.
In the same year, she released the song “Birthday”, followed by her signing a recording deal with Universal Republic.
She then continued to appear in several movies. In 2010, she became the spokesperson for Herbal Essences hair products. She also took part in Bulgari’s charity work for the Save the Children organization.
In 2011, Meester became the face of Vera Wang’s fragrance, Lovestruck. Also in the same year, Missoni named Leighton as the face of their S/S 2011 campaign. She then starred in the thriller The Roommate.
In 2014, Leighton independently released her debut album, Heartstrings. In 2016, she was cast in the Fox comedy series, Making History.
Currently, she is one of the single parents in the ABC sitcom Single Parents.
For the complete list of Leighton Meester’s film and TV appearances, check out her filmography below.
Leighton Meester Net Worth in 2019
American actress Leighton Meester has an estimated net worth of $5 million as of 2019. Her primary source of income is acting.
Leighton Meester Personal and Dating Life
In 2011, Leighton Meester and her mother filed lawsuits against each other. The feud was over her Leighton’s financial support of her sickly younger brother. Leighton claimed that her mother was misusing the money she was sending for her brother.
Her mother, Constance, made a counterclaim. Constance claimed that there was a contract wherein Meester supposedly promised $10,000 in financial support, but she only received $7,500.
Constance’s counterclaim also indicated that she should have been receiving a bigger sum, as she sacrificed her own happiness when she moved to Los Angeles with Meester so the latter can pursue an acting career.
In June 2012, Leighton Meester won the lawsuit.
As of 2019, Leighton lives in Los Angeles. She became engaged with American actor Adam Brody in 2013. They were married on February 15, 2014.
Leighton and Adam have a daughter Arlo Day Brody, who is now 4 years old and a son born in 2020 whose name does not seem to have been released. Leighton and Adam have been reported as calling him Joe Biden jokingly of course.
Leighton Meester – Filmography
The Jackalope – 2003
Hangman’s Curse – 2003
Flourish – 2006
Inside – 2006
Drive-Thru – 2007
Remember the Daze – 2007
Killer Movie – 2008
Date Night – 2010
Going the Distance – 2010
Country Strong – 2010
The Roommate – 2011
Monte Carlo – 2011
The Oranges – 2011
That’s My Boy – 2012
Life Partners – 2014
The Judge – 2014
Like Sunday, Like Rain – 2014
By the Gun – 2014
Unity – 2015
Semper Fi – 2019
Law & Order – 1999
Boston Public – 2001
Once and Again – 2002
Family Affair – 2002
Hollywood Division – 2003
Tarzan – 2003
The Big Wide World of Carl Laemke – 2003
Crossing Jordan – 2004
7th Heaven – 2004
North Shore – 2004
Entourage – 2004–2008
24 – 2005
Veronica Mars – 2005
8 Simple Rules – 2005
Surface – 2005–2006
Monster Allergy – 2006
Numbers – 2006
House – 2006
Secrets of a Small Town – 2006
CSI: Miami – 2007
Shark – 2007
Gossip Girl – 2007–2012
The Haunting of Sorority Row – 2007
The City – 2010
Zoolander: Super Model – 2016
Making History – 2017
The Last Man on Earth – 2018
Single Parents – 2018–present
The Orville – 2019
Leighton Meester – Height, Weight, Body Measurements and Other Info
Height – 5 feet 5 inches
Weight – Approximately 53 Kg or 117 lbs
Body measurements – 34-24-34
Age – 33 years
Ethnicity – Caucasian
Nationality – American
Religion – Christianity
Shoe size – 7 US (40 EU)
Dress size – 8 US (38 EU)
Hair color – Naturally blonde, dyes her hair brown
Eye color – Dark brown
F.A.Q. About and Related to Leighton Meester
Are Leighton Meester and Blake Lively friends?
The relationship between American actresses and Gossip Girl co-stars Leighton Meester and Blake Lively was strictly professional. Although the two are friendly toward each other, they’re not exactly friends like their characters Blair and Serena.
Did Gossip Girl get canceled?
Yes, Gossip Girl was actually canceled. The last season of the series (season 6) was shortened and had only 10 episodes.
Why is Gossip Girl by Cecily Von Ziegesar a banned book?
The Gossip Girl book series was banned in 2008 and 2011. In 2011, the books were removed from school shelves in Picayune, Mississippi. Some thought that the books were too sexually explicit and unsuitable for the reading of the targeted age group, as it had themes of drug use, sex, and offensive language.