Linnethia Monique “NeNe” Leakes (/ˈniːniː/; 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.
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.
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.
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
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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|2003||The Fighting Temptations||Stripper||Deleted Scene|
|2004||The Parkers||Minor Role||1 episode|
|2008—present||The Real Housewives of Atlanta||Herself||Main Cast|
|2011||The Celebrity Apprentice||10 episodes|
|2012—2015||Glee||Coach Roz Washington||Recurring|
|2012||The Amandas||Herself||1 episode|
|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|
|2015||Kim Kardashian: Hollywood||NeNe Leakes|
Theatre and Stage
|2011||Loving Him Is Killing Me||Pinky Bell||Stage Play|
|2014||Zumanity||Mistress of Sensuality||Resident show|
|2015||Chicago||Matron “Mama” Morton||Broadway Musical|
|2015||If I Don’t Have You||Tamar Braxton||Madam Nene|