Anna D. Shapiro delivers a flawless, beautifully acted revival of John Steinbeck's 1937 play.
Leighton Marissa Claire Meester
April 9, 1986 in Fort Worth, Texas, USA
Actress Leighton Meester vaulted into the pop culture vanguard in the fall of 2007 as the anti-heroine Blair Waldorf on the teen soap, "Gossip Girl" (The CW, 2007- ). Prior to her star-making turn on the popular show, the young Meester established her credentials with a voluminous list of television credits that included episodes of "7th Heaven" (WB/The CW, 1996-2007), "Veronica Mars" (UPN/The CW, 2004-07) and "24" (Fox, 2001-10). She graduated to a regular series role on the short-lived action drama, "Surface" (NBC, 2005-06), and had a recurring role on the equally fleeting "Shark" (CBS, 2006-08). Throughout her small screen career, Meester cleverly juxtaposed cattiness with doe eyes and a fresh-scrubbed, angelic face, all of which served her well as the shallow, intelligent, but ultimately good-natured fashionista on "Gossip Girl." Meester veered slightly from that formula when launching her film career, appearing mostly in low budget, direct-to-DVD offerings, where she took on a slightly broader range of razor-witted, high school alpha females - all of which promised greater things to come. LessActress Leighton Meester vaulted into the pop culture vanguard in the fall of 2007 as the anti-heroine Blair Waldorf on the … More