Leighton Meester

Leighton Marissa Meester is an American actress, singer and model. She is mostly known for her starring role as Blair Waldorf in the drama series Gossip Girl . She has also appeared in the films Country Strong , The Roommate , Monte Carlo , The Oranges and Thats My Boy , and The Judge . Meester made her Broadway debut in Of Mice and Men .

Meester was born in Fort Worth, Texas, to Constance and Douglas Meester, and lived most of her life in New York City and Los Angeles. Her ancestry includes German, Dutch, English, Irish, Scottish, and Welsh. Her father works for an internet company and her mother is a writer. At the time of her birth, her mother was serving time in a federal prison for her involvement in a drug ring that smuggled marijuana from Jamaica to the United States. She was able to give birth to Leighton in a hospital and nurse her for three months in a halfway house, before returning to prison to complete her sentence, after which Leightons grandmother cared for her. She has a brother, Alexander, who is eight years younger. Meester has maintained that her parents gave her a normal upbringing and, despite their criminal past, she has stated It made me realize that you cant judge anyone especially your parents for what theyve done in their past, because people change. In 2011, Leighton was involved in a lawsu

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