Who is Leslie Stefanson?
Leslie Ann Stefanson was born on the 10th May 1971, in Fargo, North Dakota USA, and is a former actress, who is probably best recognized from starring in the role of Capt. Elisabeth Campbell in the film “The General’s Daughter” (1999), playing Shelly Pangborn in the ABC medical drama series “MDs” (2002) and as Irene Kravitz in the film “The Hunted” (2003). She is also known for being a famous erotic sculptor.
Early Life, Parents, Education
Speaking about her early life, Leslie spent her childhood in Moorhead, Clay County, Minnesota, where she was raised along with two siblings by her father, Randy Stefanson, and her mother, Corinne Stefanson. Regarding her education, Leslie was a student at Barnard College in New York City, from which she graduated with a BA degree in English Literature in 1993.
Prior to becoming a professional actress, Leslie a pursued career in the fashion industry as a model, and was signed by Wilhelmina Models talent agency in Manhattan. Although she was quite successful as a model, Leslie moved her focus to acting in 1994, when she made her debut film appearance by landing a support role in the action comedy crime film “The Cowboy Way”, which was followed by her portrayal of Sara Myers in the 1996 romantic comedy film entitled “The Mirror Has Two Faces”, starring alongside Barbra Streisand, Jeff Bridges and Lauren Bacall, which marked the beginning of an increase of her net worth.
Rise to Prominence and “The General’s Daughter”
During 1997, Leslie was quite busy, as she started getting major roles, starring in the roles of Michelle Rafferty in the comedy film “An Alan Smithee Film: Burn Hollywood Burn”, and Sylvia in the comedy sci-fi film “Flubber” next to Robin Williams, Marcia Gay Harden and Christopher McDonald. In the following year, she featured as Shelly in the thriller “Break Up”, after which she came to prominence by portraying the title role of Elisabeth Campbell in the 1999 crime mystery drama film “The General’s Daughter”, along with John Travolta, Madeleine Stowe and James Cromwell, which increased enormously her popularity as well as her net worth. Her next major role came in the same year when she landed the role of Claire in the drama thriller “Delivered”, and by the end of the decade, she had also been cast as Joyce Parkins in the comedy drama “Beautiful”, and as Kelly in the sci-fi drama “Unbreakable” next to Bruce Willis and Samuel L. Jackson, both in 2000.
The 2000s and Retirement
At the beginning of the next decade, Leslie was chosen to portray Joan Bennett Kennedy in the NBC drama mini-series “Jackie, Ethel, Joan: The Women Of Camelot” (2001), directed by Larry Shaw. In the following year, she starred in the role of Agent Donna Marbury in Richard Greenberg’s action romance thriller “Desert Saints”, and featured in the lead role as Natalie Wright in the action crime film “The Stickup”. To speak further about her acting career, she was also selected to play Shelly Pangborn in the ABC medical drama series “MDs” (2002), and in 2003 landed the role of Irene Kravitz in the TV crime drama film “The Hunted”, starring next to Tommy Lee Jones, Benicio Del Toro and Connie Nielsen, and appeared as Nyla Olson in the TV sci-fi thriller film “Alien Hunter”, after which she decided to retire and focus on other projects.
Career as a Sculptor
As already mentioned, Leslie retired from acting in order to focus on her career as a sculptor, which was her childhood dream. Although she was quite busy in the early 2000s as an actress, she still enrolled in the Robert Cunningham studio to study the human anatomy. After acquiring enough knowledge during the next four years, Leslie completed her signature bronze sculpture called “I Myself Alone” in 2004, then continued her education in sculpting and drawing skills at The Art Students League of New York, as well as at The Art Students League in 2009. Two years later, her debut show was held at Rourke Art Gallery Museum in Moorhead, Minnesota, at which she was the main host. Currently, Leslie works not only in bronze but also terracotta sculptures, and divides her time between New York City and Los Angeles, California, increasing her net worth by a large margin. She runs her own website, on which she promotes her work, and on which you can find more information about her projects.
Leslie Stefanson Net Worth
Her career started in 1994, and since then she has been an active member of the entertainment industry as a professional actress, but also as a sculptor. So, if you ever wondered how rich Leslie Stefanson is, it has been estimated by authoritative sources that the total size of her net worth is over $500,000, accumulated through her successful careers.
When it comes to speak about her personal life, Leslie Stefanson has been in a relationship with actor James Spader for more than 15 years. They started dating in 2002, and eventually became engaged in 2008. She gave birth to their first child, a son named Nathaneal Spader, in August of 2008. She is also a stepmother of James’ two sons from his previous marriage to Victoria Kheel. Previously, she briefly dated actor and former boxer Ryan O’Neal, in 1997. Trying to talk about her social media presence is fruitless, as Leslie is not active on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter.
Appearance and Vital Statistics
Speaking about her appearance, Leslie Stefanson is apparently a beautiful woman with long light brown hair, and blue colored eyes. She has an amazing body and is quite tall with a height of 5ft 11ins (1.80m) and weight which is reputed to be around 117lbs (53kgs), while her vital statistics are unknown to the public.