Leslie Stefanson is a multi-talented American model and actress who rose to fame following her breakout role in the thriller movie tagged The General’s Daughter. She has equally starred in a handful of movies which include The Hunted, Alien Hunter, and Unbreakable, just to mention a few. In addition to her acting prowess, the iconic actress is also a fine artist whose sculptural artistic productions do speak for themselves.
Interestingly, Leslie isn’t just popular for her works alone; she is also notable for being the spouse of the veteran actor named James Spader. Read on as we take you through her biography and other interesting facts about Leslie Stefanson below.
Leslie Stefanson Biography
Early Life and Background
The stunning model was born in Fargo City of North Dakota in the United States of America. She first stepped into this world in 1971 and celebrates her birthday on 10th May of every year. She is the daughter of Randy Stefanson and his wife Corinne Stefanson. Leslie grew up along with her two siblings in Moorhead neighborhood of Clay County in Minnesota. There is no much information regarding her childhood experiences, siblings, and parents.
Growing up, Leslie was a very smart and gifted kid who has a flair for the work of arts. Her dreams were not limited to arts alone; she also had interests in becoming a supermodel as well as an actress. Soon after she completed her basic education, Leslie enrolled at Barnard College situated in New York City. While she was there, she participated in several theatre productions organized by her school. Graduating in 1993, Leslie obtained a bachelor’s degree in English Literature from the college.
Soon after graduation, the gorgeous actress cum model began her career; she also combined her acting job with modeling before she eventually dropped modeling to focus on her acting career. Joining the American entertainment industry in 1994, Leslie Stefanson made her first film appearance in the movie titled The Cowboy Way. After that, she appeared in the 1996 comedy drama titled The Mirror Has Two Faces.
Subsequently, Leslie worked in a number of movies including Fool’s Paradise, Break Up, Burn Hollywood Burn, and Delivered. The amazing actress got her breakthrough in 1999 following her excellent role in the American crime movie titled The General’s Daughter. She played the role of Capt. Elizabeth alongside John Travolta in the movie. Following her breakout role in the movie, the actress went on to star in other notable movies such as Beautiful, Unbreakable, The Stickup, Desert Saints, MDs, and The Women of Camelot until 2003.
Career as a Sculptor
In 2003, Leslie appeared in two movies titled The Hunted and Alien Hunter after which she left the movie industry in order to pursue a career in arts and sculpture. This has always been part of her dreams from a very young age and when she got the opportunity; she dabbled into the art industry. Leslie enrolled at the Robert Cunningham arts studio where she learned how to make bronze and terracotta sculptures. She also went to the Art Students League of New York where she continued to gather experience in her art career. Amazingly, her work focuses more on the private erotic moments of the female folks. She currently shares her time between New York and Los Angeles courtesy of her art career.
Her Relationship with Blacklist star James Spader
The talented artist has won the hearts of many men through her exceptional acting prowess as well as her artworks. She fell in love with the Blacklist star named James Spader. Spader is popular for his role as Raymond Reddington in the crime thriller series titled Blacklist. He has also appeared in a host of other movies such as The Practice, Boston Legal, Stargate, and Crash, among others.
The amazing pair began their relationship in 2002 and they both co-starred in the movie titled Alien Hunter in 2003. They welcomed their first child, a son named Nathaneal Spader in 2008. The amazing pair has been enjoying a blissful relationship for over fifteen years and there is no sign of break up between them. Although they haven’t tied the knot yet, they might have plans of doing that soon.
Prior to their relationship, Leslie had a brief relationship with an actor named Ryan O’Neal in 1997. Spader, on the other hand, was previously married to a decorator named Victoria Kheel. The duo got hitched in 1987 and they had two children, sons named Elijah and Sebastian. After being married for seventeen years, the pair went their separate ways in 2004.