About NeNe Leakes
When viewers were first introduced to Leakes during the show's first season, she was unpretentious, funny, and cordial with the other housewives. But as the series blew up, so did Leakes. She feuded with most of her co-stars, most notably Kim Zolciak - the bodacious, wig-wearing single mother who churned out the one-hit wonder "Tardy for the Party" (2009). The sassy Leakes even provoked Kandi Buruss for no apparent reason, a former member of the '90s-era R&B group Xscape and who was the most down-to-earth member of the "Housewives" cast. But while Leakes' diva moments often took center stage, she did bare her emotional side onscreen as she searched for and then met her estranged biological father for the first time. Leakes catapulted her 15-minutes of fame into a memoir titled, Never Make the Same Mistake Twice (2009), in which she revealed that she had worked as a stripper to support her first son. The book also covered her experience as a domestic abuse victim, which led her to establish the Twisted Hearts Foundation, which spread awareness on the disturbing issue. The following year, she competed on NBC's "Celebrity Apprentice" (2004- ), a reality series where stars participated in challenges to win money for charity. And true to form, Leakes quickly enraged some of her "Apprentice" co-stars, particularly Star Jones and La Toya Jackson, while the show filmed in New York. Jones allegedly implied that Leakes was only on the show to promote herself, and not her charity.
|Became household name after appearing on hit reality series "The Real Housewives of Atlanta" (Bravo)|
|Competed on celebrity version of Donald Trump's "The Apprentice" (NBC)|
|Made acting debut with guest role as no-nonsense swim coach Roz Washington on "Glee" (Fox); first collaboration with Ryan Murphy|
|Cast as smart-mouthed assistant Rocky on "The New Normal" (Fox); role created for her by Murphy|