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Linnethia MoniqueNeNeLeakes (/ˈnn/; née Johnson; born December 13, 1967) is an American television personality, actress, producer, author and fashion designer. She is best known for her eight year stint on the reality television series The Real Housewives of Atlanta as an original cast member and for her recurring character Roz Washington on the sitcom Glee. She also played Rocky Rhoades as a series regular on the award-winning sitcom The New Normal on NBC until its cancellation in 2013. Currently, she is one of the main judges on ABC’s revival of the 50s game show To Tell The Truth along with Betty White, which is slated to air in 2016.

Early life

Linnethia Monique Johnson was born December 13, 1967, in the New York City, New York, borough of Queens. She was sent to live with an aunt in Athens, Georgia when she was 4, and tried her luck in acting for many years without success.

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Other ventures

Production

In 2013 Leakes founded NeNe Leakes Entertainment, a television production company. The production company produced Leakes spin-off series I Dream of NeNe: The Wedding alongside True Entertainment, where Leakes was also credited as an executive producer. The spin-off series I Dream of NeNe: The Wedding, which documented the preparations for their second wedding; it premiered on September 17, 2013.

Fashion line

In February 2014, Leakes announced that she will be launching her clothing line later on in the year. On the 28th of July 2014, Leakes launched The Nene Leakes Collection for the Home Shopping Network (HSN). The collection sold out just days after the launch of the line, making it an instant success. “We took meetings with a lot of different people. And HSN actually felt right,” Leakes said. “When they walked into the room we totally clicked. And you need to really work with people who really understand and get you.” She announcedthat more pieces will be added to the collection in October 2014 and that it will expand into jewelry in January 2015

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Personal life

Leakes resides in Duluth, Georgia, a suburb of Atlanta. She also rents a house in the Hollywood Hills West, Los Angeles. She has two sons, Bryson and Brentt, and a granddaughter, Bri’Asia Bryant (born June 2012), by the former.

She and husband Gregg Leakes separated in 2010, and she filed for divorce on April 29, 2010. The divorce was finalized September 29, 2011, after season four of The Real Housewives had finished shooting. In October 2011, Leakes released a memoir describing her experiences with abuse called Never Make the Same Mistake Twice: Lessons on Love and Life Learned the Hard Way. NeNe and Gregg Leakes reunited and announced that they were engaged in January 2013. Bravo filmed their wedding planning and ceremony for a spin-off entitled I Dream of NeNe: The Wedding. NeNe and Gregg remarried on June 22, 2013, at the InterContinental Buckhead Hotel in Atlanta.

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Filmography

Year Title Role Notes
2003 The Fighting Temptations Stripper Deleted Scene
2004 The Parkers Minor Role 1 episode
2008—present The Real Housewives of Atlanta Herself Main Cast
2010 Maury 1 episode
2011 The Celebrity Apprentice 10 episodes
2012—2015 Glee Coach Roz Washington Recurring
2012 The Amandas Herself 1 episode
The Game
Let’s Stay Together
Anderson Live 3 episodes Co-Host)
2012—2013 The New Normal Rocky Rhoades Series regular
2013 Betty White’s Off Their Rockers Herself 1 episode
The Price Is Right
Miss USA 2013 1 episode (Main Judge)
Kris 1 episode (Co-Host)
I Dream of NeNe: The Wedding 7 Episodes
The Chew 2 episodes (Co-Host)
2014 Dancing with the Stars Contestant on season 18. Finished in 7th place.
The Millionaire Matchmaker 1 episode
WWE Raw Guest Host
The View 1 episode (Co-Host)
2014-2015 Fashion Police 4 episodes (Co-Host)
2015 The Real 2 episodes (Co-Host)
The Prancing Elites Project 1 episode
Live! with Kelly and Michael 1 episode (Co-Host)
Real Husbands of Hollywood Herself 1 episode
2016 To Tell The Truth Main Judge Series regular

Video Games

Year Video Game Character
2015 Kim Kardashian: Hollywood NeNe Leakes

Theatre and Stage

Year Title Role Notes
2011 Loving Him Is Killing Me Pinky Bell Stage Play
2014 Zumanity Mistress of Sensuality Resident show
2014-2015 Cinderella Madame Broadway Musical
2015 Chicago Matron “Mama” Morton Broadway Musical

Music Videos

Year Song Artist Role
2015 If I Don’t Have You Tamar Braxton Madam Nene

 

 

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BEVERLY HILLS, CA - JANUARY 13: TV Personality Nene Leakes arrives at the 70th Annual Golden Globe Awards held at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 13, 2013 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)

BEVERLY HILLS, CA – JANUARY 13: TV Personality Nene Leakes arrives at the 70th Annual Golden Globe Awards held at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 13, 2013 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)

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NEW YORK, NY - MAY 15: NeNe Leakes attends the 2014 NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment Upfronts at The Jacob K. Javits Convention Center on May 15, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Astrid Stawiarz/Getty Images)

NEW YORK, NY – MAY 15: NeNe Leakes attends the 2014 NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment Upfronts at The Jacob K. Javits Convention Center on May 15, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Astrid Stawiarz/Getty Images)

NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 06: NeNe Leakes attends the Samsung Galaxy Lounge at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Fall 2014 at Lincoln Center on February 6, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Donald Bowers/Getty Images for Samsung)

NEW YORK, NY – FEBRUARY 06: NeNe Leakes attends the Samsung Galaxy Lounge at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Fall 2014 at Lincoln Center on February 6, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Donald Bowers/Getty Images for Samsung)

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VH1 Divas 2012 held at The Shrine Auditorium - Arrivals Featuring: Nene Leakes Where: Los Angeles, California, United States When: 16 Dec 2012 Credit: FayesVision/WENN.com

VH1 Divas 2012 held at The Shrine Auditorium – Arrivals
Featuring: Nene Leakes
Where: Los Angeles, California, United States
When: 16 Dec 2012
Credit: FayesVision/WENN.com

NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 06: NeNe Leakes attends the Samsung Galaxy Lounge at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Fall 2014 at Lincoln Center on February 6, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Donald Bowers/Getty Images for Samsung)

NEW YORK, NY – FEBRUARY 06: NeNe Leakes attends the Samsung Galaxy Lounge at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Fall 2014 at Lincoln Center on February 6, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Donald Bowers/Getty Images for Samsung)

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NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 09: Nene Leakes attends the OK! TV Launch Celebration at Lavo on September 9, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by John Lamparski/WireImage)

NEW YORK, NY – SEPTEMBER 09: Nene Leakes attends the OK! TV Launch Celebration at Lavo on September 9, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by John Lamparski/WireImage)

BEVERLY HILLS, CA - JANUARY 13: TV personality NeNe Leakes arrives at the NBC Universal's 70th annual Golden Globe Awards after party on January 13, 2013 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Allen Berezovsky/Getty Images)

BEVERLY HILLS, CA – JANUARY 13: TV personality NeNe Leakes arrives at the NBC Universal’s 70th annual Golden Globe Awards after party on January 13, 2013 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Allen Berezovsky/Getty Images)

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