Nene Leakes Bio, Age, Family, Career, Husband, Height, Salary, Net Worth

Nene Leakes Biography

Linnethia Monique “NeNe” Leakes Johnson is a famous American TV personality, actress, author, presenter, and fashion designer. Leakes is better known for appearing on the reality television series The Real Housewives of Atlanta as an original cast member and also for her recurring character Roz Washington on the Fox comedy-drama series Glee.

In addition, NeNe played Rocky Rhoades as a series regular on the sitcom The New Normal on NBC until its cancellation in 2013. Moreover, Leakes was part of NBC’s The Celebrity Apprentice and ABC’s Dancing with the Stars. She made a broadway debut as Madame in Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella back in 2014 and in 2015 she starred as Matron “Mama” Morton in Chicago.

NeNe was also among the regular panelists on ABC’s revival of the 1950’s game show To Tell The Truth. Besides, Leakes had a clothing line on Home Shopping Network, before launching her SWAGG boutiques in various cities across the country. In regards to her education, Leakes attended Clarke Central High School. Later on, she joined Morris Brown College for two years.

Prior to meeting the producers of The Real Housewives of Atlanta, Leakes appeared on television shows like The Parkers. Also, in 2003, she got a minor role as a stripper in the film The Fighting Temptations starring Beyonce and Cuba Gooding Jr.

In 2008, NeNe made her first appearance on the Real Housewives of Atlanta. After the first season, she co-wrote with Denene Millner the book Never Make The Same Mistake Twice. Similarly, she was part of the cast in the first seven seasons.

Moreover, in June of 2015, Leakes announced she would not return to the show for the eighth season. However, she did feature in season eight of the Real Housewives of Atlanta in a supporting role. She earned her full salary from the previous seven seasons. Additionally, NeNe returned for the tenth season as a full-time housewife. Similarly, in 2020, she announced she would not return to the Real Housewives of Atlanta for the 13th season.

Furthermore, Leakes has transitioned into scripted television, playing the role of secretary Rock Roades in the NBC comedy The New Normal. Ryan Murphy cast NeNe on his series Glee in the 3rd season in a recurring role as a synchronized swim coach and also Olympic bronze-medalist Coach Roz Washington.

Back in 2011, NeNe was a contestant on the 11th installment of Donald Trump’s NBC series Celebrity Apprentice. During the series 10th episode, after arguments with fellow cast member Star Jones, NeNe walked off the show. She failed to win any money for her selected charity, My Sister’s House.

Additionally, NeNe has guest-hosted Anderson Live, The Talk, and appeared in Betty White’s Off Their Rockers and The Price is Right. On March 4, 2014, Leakes was named as one of the celebrities who would compete in the 18th season of Dancing with the Stars. She partnered with professional dancer, Tony Dovolani. The pair were eliminated in Week 7 of the competition (Latin Night) on April 28, 2014, finishing in 7th place.

In addition to competing in Dancing with the stars, NeNe played the Mistress of Sensuality in Las Vegas, for the resident show Cirque du Soleil: Zumanity. Leakes made her broadway debut on November 25, 2014, as Madame in Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella. They played the role until its cancellation on January 3, 2015. In November of 2015, she was cast playing Matron “Mama” Morton in Chicago on Broadway for four weeks.

On January 2, 2017, NeNe and her husband Gregg took part in the second MasterChef Celebrity Showdown. The duo faced Trai Byers and Grace Gealey from Empire, in the tag team challenge and lost. Moreover, Leakes founded Leakes Entertainment, a television production company. The company produced NeNe’s spin-off series I Dream of NeNe: The Wedding alongside True Entertainment, where she was also credited second wedding, which premiered on September 17, 2013.

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NeNe Leakes Age

How old is NeNe Leakes? Leakes is 54 years old as of 2021. She was born Linnethia Monique Johnson on December 13, 1967, in Queens, New York City, the United States of America. In addition, she celebrates her birthday on the 13th of December every year and her zodiac sign is Sagittarius. NeNe’s nationality is American.

NeNe Leakes Family

Leakes is the daughter of Chris (father) and Patricia (mother). She was born in New York City, in the United States of America. She is one of the five children of her parents. NeNe has a sibling named Kendle Kenya Sherman. Leakes and one of her brothers were sent to live with an aunt in Athens in Georgia. The other three stayed with their mom because it was believed that her mom couldn’t take care of the five.

NeNe Leakes Husband

Is NeNe Leakes married? Yes. NeNe is happily married to her husband Gregg Leakes. The duo walked down the aisle in 1997. Unfortunately, in 2010, NeNe filed for a divorce. It was finalized back on September 29, 2011, after season four of The Real Housewives had finished shooting.

However, in 2013, the couple announced that they were back together. Bravo filmed their wedding planning and ceremony for a spin-off entitled I Dream of NeNe: The Wedding. Leakes and Gregg remarried on June 22, 2013, at the InterContinental Buckhead Hotel in Atlanta.

Together they have two sons, Bryson Rashard Bryant and Brentt Leakes. NeNeand her husband have a grandchild, Briā€™Asia Bryant born in 2012. In June of 2018, NeNe disclosed that her husband has stage 3 colon cancer but announced in May of 2019 that he was cancer-free. Additionally, in June of 2021, she announced that cancer recurred and Gregg was in the hospital recovering after surgery.

In August of 2021, Leakes revealed to the clients of her Atlanta bar, The Linnethia, that her husband Gregg may be losing his battle with cancer. She has a permanent residence in Duluth, Georgia. However, she rents a house in Hollywood Hills West, Los Angeles.

NeNe Leakes Height

Leakes stands at an average height of 5 feet 9 inches tall (1.78 m) and weighs 67 kg (148 lbs). In addition, she has blonde hair color and dark brown eye color.

NeNe Leakes Salary

Leakes receives an average salary of $1 million per season.

NeNe Leakes Net Worth

How much is NeNe Leakes worth? Leakes has an estimated net worth of $14 million as of 2022. Her wealth is attributed to her career as a television personality, actress, author, presenter, and fashion designer.