Leisha Hailey
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Date of Birth: July 11, 1971

Place of Birth: Okinawa, Japan

Occupation: Actress/Singer

Height: 5' 6"

Best Known For: Playing Alice Pieszecki on The L Word

Leisha Hailey Biography

Leisha Hailey was born on July 11, 1971, in Okinawa, Japan, and raised in Bellevue, Nebraska. She attended Bellevue West High School, where she performed in many stage productions including a leading role in Oliver. After graduating, Hailey went on to attend the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in New York, and graduated in 1991.

After college, Hailey formed a band with classmate Heather Grody and named it The Murmurs. They started out performing small gigs around New York City before they moved to Los Angeles, California, recorded an album and toured with Lilith Fair. The most popular album, Blender, included a collaboration with Charlotte Caffey and Jane Wiedlin of The Go-Gos; in addition, several of the tracks were produced by k.d. lang, whom Hailey dated for several years. In 2001, The Murmurs took on the new name, GUSH. Hailey also has her own record label called Marfa Records.

Hailey began her professional acting career by appearing in television commercials, including multiple ads for Yoplait Yogurt. She also worked as an extra, notably appearing in the famous "coming out" episode of Ellen in 1997. That same year, she won a significant role in the film All Over Me.

In 1998, Hailey was seen playing herself in her band in the film Some Girl with Juliette Lewis and Marissa and Giovanni Ribisi. The following year, Hailey appeared in the short film Sleeping Beauties, which also featured Clea DuVall, Radha Mitchell, Rose McGowan and Nicole Eggert. In 2001, she acted in another short film Size 'Em Up, and in 2002, she had a leading role in The Snowflake Crusade.

Hailey's big break came in 2004 when she was cast in a leading role on the lesbian-themed Showtime series The L Word. Hailey plays Alice Pieszecki, a bisexual radio show host and journalist, who lives in southern California. The show has been a wild success with audiences and will begin its fifth season in January 2008.

Though most of Hailey's time is spent filming The L Word or performing with her band, she has found time to make a couple of television appearances in 2006. She was seen on the hit series, Grey's Anatomy, and in an episode of CSI: Crime Scene Investigation.
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