Veteran film and television actress Leslie Bega can now be seenco-starring as Valentina La Paz on the HBO Emmy Award winningtelevision series "The Sopranos" (1999) , Tony Soprano'sgirlfriend. In addition, Leslie also can be seen as a diametricallyopposite character to Valentina named Leah on CBS's Emmy Award winningshow "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation" (2000) . Leslie recentlycompleted a starring role in the independent feature film Dating Games People Play (2005) , a romantic comedy directed by'Stefan Marc' . The film is scheduled for release in late 2004.
ALos Angeles native, Leslie spent a great deal of her childhood in NewYork. After graduating with honors as her high school classvaledictorian from 11 years at the prestigious Los Angeles privateFrench school Le Lycee Francais, she attended college at The Universityof Southern California majoring in cinema with a minor in drama. Makingher acting debut at the age of six in the Broadway play "The Patriots,"Leslie went on to star in countless television commercials and thenmoved into episodic and film. Throughout this time in her childhood,she was sharpening her skills and establishing a solid foundation toher successful career as an actor. In the late 1980s, Leslie landed astarring role in the long running top-ten ABC television sitcom "Head of the Class" (1986) , portraying the brilliant yetsocially awkward Maria Borges.
Her follow-up television series wasABC's "C-16: FBI" (1997) alongside 'Eric Roberts (I)' ,'Angie Harmon' , and 'DB Sweeney'. Leslie quickly went on toestablish herself in the Motion Picture arena, sharing the screen withsuch Hollywood stars as 'John Travolta (I)' ,'Michael Douglas (I)' , 'Annette Bening' , and'Anthony Quinn (I)' . Leslie has been in 15 motion picturesincluding 'David Lynch (I)' 's Lost Highway (1997) , Get Shorty (1995) , directed by 'Barry Sonnenfeld' , and'Rob Reiner' 's The American President (1995) . After 19years of vocal/singing training, in 2001, Leslie performed a solosinging performance at Lincoln Center. She recently completed producingPublic Service Announcements for "Women At Risk" with actors'Billy Zane' and 'Phil Buckman' ; and "Outreach," educationalprograms designed for inner city kids.
In her spare time, Leslie is anaccomplished gourmet chef, and was the Master Chef at the restaurant"RAW" in Santa Monica before leaving to work on her own desert and foodline. LBorn April 17th 1977, film and television actress Leslie Rae Begastarred as "Valentina La Paz" on the HBO Emmy Award winning televisionseries "The Soprano's" as Tony Soprano's girlfriend. In addition,Leslie also starred as a diametrically opposite character to Valentina,named Leah Banks on CBS's Emmy Award winning show "CSI". Leslie alsocompleted a starring role in the independent feature film "Dating GamesPeople Play", a romantic comedy directed by Stephen Marc and also shota new Pilot called "Bird Dog" for TNT/Warner Brothers. A Los Angelesnative, Leslie spent a great deal of her childhood living / actingbi-coastally between Los Angeles and New York.
After graduating withhonors as her high school class valedictorian from 12 years at theprestigious Los Angeles private French school Le Lycee Francais, sheattended college at The University of Southern California majoring incinema with a minor in drama and attended the USC Marshall School ofBusiness. Making her acting debut at the age of six in the Broadway play "ThePatriots", she established a long term foundation in N. Y theatre, thenwent on to star in countless television commercials and into episodicand film. Throughout this time in her childhood, she was sharpening herskills and establishing a solid foundation to her successful career asan actor in television, films, singing, in voice overs and on stage. Inthe late eighties and into the nineties, Leslie landed a starring rolein the long running top-ten ABC television sitcom "Head Of The Class",portraying the brilliant yet socially awkward Maria Borges.
Her followup television series was ABC's "C-16 FBI" along side Eric Roberts,Angie Harmon and DB Sweeney. Leslie quickly went on to establishherself in the Motion Picture arena, sharing the screen with suchHollywood stars as John Travolta in Barry Sonnenfeld's "Get Shorty",Michael Douglas, Annette Benning in Rob Reiner's "The AmericanPresident", Anthony Quinn, F Murray Abraham, Patrick Dempsey &Christian Slater in "Mobsters" and Helen Mirren in "The Twilight Zone". Leslie has been in 15 motion pictures including David Lynch's "LostHighway". Additional experience in the television industry; Leslie hasworked with major studios and networks such as Paramount, WarnerBrothers, Universal, 20th Century Fox, MGM/Sony, ABC, NBC, FOX, CBS andHBO and has an established rapport with all of them. She has beeninterviewed and featured in the L.
A. Times, the New York Times, Maxim(A Hot 100), People, Star, Vanity Fair, T. V. Guide, Elle, Cosmopolitan,VH1, USA Today, The Oprah Winfrey Show and more. Copies of her pressarticles, resume, Bio, HeadShots and Acting & Voice Over Reels can allbe accessed on her website: www.
LeslieRaeBega. Com (Click onTheatrical. )Leslie has has had the opportunity of traveling around the world threetimes and living abroad including Australia, Thailand and Hong Kongwhere she worked in Interior Design, studied the culinary arts at theCordon Blu and also obtained her license in Natural-pathic andHomeopathic Medicine. Leslie is also a business entrepreneur and workedin finance with the company Peak Finance in Beverly Hills beforeestablishing her career in Commercial and Residential Real Estate. AtPeak, she became a Commercial Real Estate broker specializing in Landacquisitions development and investments.
Several years later she was'recruited' by Sotheby's International Realty and established aformidable international clientele in both Commercial and ResidentialReal Estate. Leslie's 19 years of vocal / singing training led to rolesin numerous broadway musicals and in 2001 Leslie performed a solosinging performance at Lincoln Center. She recently completed producingPublic Service Announcements for "Women At Risk" with actors Billy Zaneand Phil Buckman and "Outreach"; educational programs designed forinner city kids. Leslie recently starred as a Real Estate Broker on two #1 reality shows:Bravo's "Million Dollar Listing" (twice) representing the buyer and afeatured star on HGTV's "Selling LA" where she featured one of herproperties for sale, a $12Million Dollar estate in the West HollywoodHills. With these shows, Leslie has finally decided to merge her twodifferent careers: Real Estate and her Theatrical career, into one bywriting and creating a new TV Show (in process).
Her website featuresand reflects her established expertise in both arenas. .
|1||INXS: The Great Video Experience||1994||as Herself|
|2||21 Jump Street||1987||as Stephanie 'Stevie' Plummer|
|3||Against the Law||1997||as Lucia the Liquor Store Clerk|
|4||Bird Dog||2011||as Carmen|
|5||Breakin 2: Electric Boogaloo||1984||as Dancer|
|6||Circus of the Stars #11||1986||as Herself - Performer|
|7||Dating Games People Play||2005||as Mona Evans|
|8||For Keeps?||1988||as Carlita|
|9||Get Shorty||1995||as Vikki Vespa|
|10||Lost Highway||1997||as Raquel|
|11||Mobsters||1991||as Anna Lansky|
|12||Power 98||1996||as Denise|
|13||Silence of the Heart||1984||as Cindy|
|14||The American President||1995||as Laura Staf|
|15||The Last Producer||2000||as Restaurant Manager|
|16||Time of Her Time||2000||as Denise Gondelman|
|17||Tuff Turf||1985||as Dancer|
|19||American Dad!||2005||as Ms. Anderson|
|20||Beverly Hills, 90210||1990||as Marianne Moore|
|21||C-16: FBI||1997||as Laura Sandoval|
|22||CSI: Crime Scene Investigation||2000||as Leah|
|23||CSI: NY||2004||as Grace Walderson|
|24||Freddys Nightmares||1988||as Stacy|
|25||Head of the Class||1986||as Maria Borges|
|26||Highway to Heaven||1984||as Heather Fowler|
|27||Martial Law||1998||as Didi Kirkus|
|29||Seaquest DSV||1993||as Sandra|
|30||Small Wonder||1985||as Mary|
|31||The Sopranos||1999||as Valentina La Paz|
|32||The Twilight Zone||1985||as Girl (segment "Dead Woman's Shoes")|