|Date of Birth
||15 June 1970,
|Place of Birth
||Brooklyn, New York, USA
Her father George Remini, owner of an asbestos company, originates from Sicily (not to be confused with George Remini, the Caporegime of the Gambino Crime Family). Her mother Vicki Marshall ( a former high school principal and current LA restaurant owner ), is Jewish and is originally from Austria. Her parents were divorced in 1977.
Remini has an older sister, Nicole Remini (born 1969) who was her assistant on The King of Queens. She also has four half-sisters: Christina (born 1969 or 70), Elizabeth (born 1976), Stephanie (born 1977), and Shannon (born 1984). Shannon has acted on Leah's show as a character named Desiree.
Remini moved to Los Angeles at the age of 13. She tried fitting into her new neighborhood by imitating the look and style of the local Mexican-American gang culture. When Remini was 14, she left school against the advice of her mother. Her mother warned that it was fine not to achieve at school only if she was going to achieve in life.
At the beginning of her working life, Remini had a variety of jobs, such as waitressing, selling car insurance, and as a telemarketer for a solar heating company.
On July 19, 2003 she married actor Angelo Pagan. He is a musician and aspiring actor, and has 3 sons from a previous relationship. A documentary of the wedding was aired on the VH1 series Inside Out. On June 16, 2004, she gave birth to a daughter, Sofia Bella. This was chronicled on the VH1 documentary Inside Out: Leah Remini the Baby Special.
Remini stands 5' 3" (1.60 m) tall, and her weight has varied widely after childbirth, a fact she was heard to lament on an episode of Fat Actress. Remini gained weight when she got pregnant during the middle seasons of the King of Queens, but lost the weight and was slim again by the show's 9th and final season.