Leslie Grossman

Leslie Erin Grossman (born October 25, 1971[1][2]) is an American actress. She is known for her role as Lauren on The WB sitcom What I Like About You, and for her frequent collaborations with Ryan Murphy, appearing as Mary Cherry on The WB’s comedy-drama series Popular (1999–2001), 10 things I hate about you season 2 (2009) and as various characters on the FX anthology series American Horror Story since 2017.

Leslie Grossman
Leslie Erin Grossman

(1971-10-25) October 25, 1971 (age 50)
Alma materSarah Lawrence College
Years active1998–present
Jon Bronson
(m. 1999; sep. 2020)

Early life and educationEdit

Grossman was born and raised in Los Angeles, California. She attended Crossroads School for Arts & Sciences, where she directed plays. She started acting in her senior year at Sarah Lawrence College.[3]


In 1999, Grossman was cast in her first major role, playing supporting character Mary Cherry in The WB high school drama series Popular.[4] She had auditioned for the roles of Sam McPherson and Nicole Julian on Popular before having the part of Mary Cherry written for her.[citation needed] After Popular, Grossman joined the cast of The WB sitcom What I Like About You with Amanda Bynes and Jennie Garth. She had a recurring role in the first season before being added to the main cast in the second season. She played Lauren, the co-worker and best friend of Val Tyler (Garth).[5]

On television, Grossman has appeared on Nip/Tuck,[6] Charmed and CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, amongst other television series. In 2011 she guest starred on ABC Family's Melissa and Joey, and in 2012 she appeared on The New Normal[7] and Ben and Kate.[8] On film, Grossman appeared in Miss Congeniality 2: Armed and Fabulous in 2005. She appeared in two movies in 2006, Running with Scissors in an uncredited role and in Itty Bitty Titty Committee as Maude.

In 2017, she joined the cast of the seventh season of American Horror Story as Meadow Wilton and a flashback version of the infamous serial killer and Manson Family gang member, Patricia Krenwinkel.[9] In 2018, she was promoted to series regular for its eighth season portraying witch Coco St. Pierre Vanderbilt.[10] She later appeared in the ninth season as Camp Redwood’s owner Margaret Booth. She returned for the tenth season as a strong-willed literary agent named Ursula. Her appearances on the show mark the fourth collaboration between Grossman and Ryan Murphy, having appeared on Popular, Nip/Tuck, The New Normal, and American Horror Story.

Personal lifeEdit

Grossman has a daughter, Goldie. Grossman is Jewish.[11]



Year Title Role Notes
1998 The Opposite of Sex Girl Student
1998 Can't Hardly Wait Ready to Have Sex's Friend
2005 Miss Congeniality 2: Armed and Fabulous Pam
2006 Running with Scissors Sue Uncredited
2007 Itty Bitty Titty Committee Maude
2007 What We Do Is Secret Uncredited
2009 Spring Breakdown Hooker
2022 Studio 666 Barb Weems


Year Title Role Notes
1998 Guys Like Us Amy Episode: "Pilot"
1999–2001 Popular Mary Cherry 43 episodes
2000 Girl Band Mindy Television film
2002 Any Day Now Mildred Harrison Episode: "Let the Games Begin"
2002 Charmed Phoebe's Assistant Episode: "Witch Way Now?"
2003–2008 Nip/Tuck Bliss Berger 3 episodes
2003 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Wendy Orr Episode: "One Hit Wonder"
2003–2006 What I Like About You Lauren 66 episodes
2006 The Jake Effect Kimmy Ponder 6 episodes
2006 Help Me Help You Kendra Episode: "The Sheriff"
2007 What News? Misti Lake Television film
2007 Up All Night Erika Television film
2007 Notes from the Underbelly Deena Episode: "Not Without My Noodles"
2008 Grey's Anatomy Lauren Hammer Episode: "In the Midnight Hour"
2009 Trust Me Julie Finn 2 episodes
2009 In the Motherhood Maggie 2 episodes
2009–2010 10 Things I Hate About You Darlene Tharp 6 episodes
2010 The Gentlemen's League Leslie Unsold television pilot
2010 Dexter Laurel Mendell Episode: "Hop a Freighter"
2011 Hot in Cleveland Elise Episode: "I Love Lucci: Part One"
2011 Outsourced Marcy Donovan Episode: "Charlie Curries a Favor from Todd"
2011 Better with You Francine Episode: "Better Without a Job"
2011 Melissa & Joey Emily Episode: "The Mel Word"
2011 Drop Dead Diva Kristin Mulraney Episode: "You Bet Your Life"
2012 The New Normal Melissa Episode: "Pilot"
2012 Scandal Lisa 3 episodes
2012 Ben and Kate Nan Episode: "Guitar Face"
2013 Whitney Michelle Episode: "Snapped"
2013 Major Crimes Claire Hunter Episode: "Poster Boy"
2014 Sean Saves the World Susan Episode: "Sean The Fabulous"
2014 Modern Family Katie Episode: "Three Dinners"
2015 Barely Famous Herself Episode: "Not a Booty Call"
2015 2 Broke Girls Amy Episode: "And the Gym and Juice"
2015 Nicky, Ricky, Dicky & Dawn Robin 2 episodes
2016 The Soul Man Megan Episode: "Hangin' with Mr. Cupper"
2017 Speechless Mother in supermarket Episode: "D-I Ding"
2017–2018 The Good Place Donna Shellstrop 3 episodes
2017 American Horror Story: Cult Meadow Wilton 6 episodes
Patricia Krenwinkel Episode: "Charles (Manson) in Charge"
2018 Black-ish Gwen Episode: "North Star"
2018 American Horror Story: Apocalypse Coco St. Pierre Vanderbilt 8 episodes
2018 Fuller House Dr. Lesley Miller Episode: "Opening Night"
2019 American Horror Story: 1984 Margaret Booth 8 episodes
2019 Goliath Rochelle Purple 4 episodes
2019–2020 Shrill Cindy 2 episodes
2019–2020 The Goldbergs Jane Bales 2 episodes
2020–2022 Love, Victor Georgina Meriwether 6 episodes
2021 American Horror Story: Double Feature Ursula Caan 5 episodes
Calico 3 episodes


  1. ^ Mandi Bierly (October 25, 2007). "Happy Birthday, Leslie Grossman!". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 2016-01-12.
  2. ^ EW Staff (June 30, 2000). "It List: TV". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 2016-01-12.
  3. ^ "Leslie Grossman - Biography". www.filmbug.com.
  4. ^ Variety Staff (July 12, 1999). "Players". Variety. Retrieved 2016-01-12.
  5. ^ The Futon Critic Staff (July 11, 2003). "Development Update: July 11". The Futon Critic. Retrieved 2016-01-12.
  6. ^ Tim Stack (December 5, 2007). "Nip/Tuck recap: The boys try reality TV". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 2016-01-12.
  7. ^ Hillary Busis (August 29, 2012). "'The New Normal' sneak peek: 5 takeaways". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 2016-01-12.
  8. ^ Megan Angelo (January 2, 2013). "Where Are They Now: The Cast of the WB's Popular". Glamour. Retrieved 2016-01-12.
  9. ^ Pedersen, Erik (May 15, 2017). "'American Horror Story': Leslie Grossman Joins FX Anthology From Ryan Murphy". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved May 15, 2017.
  10. ^ "'American Horror Story' Season 8: Evan Peters, Billy Eichner, Cheyenne Jackson, More Returning". Retrieved 8 April 2018.
  11. ^ "Jewish Actress Leslie Grossman Calls Out Anti-Semitic Critics". Kveller. Retrieved 2021-03-06.

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