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My Trip Down the Pink Carpet (2008)Description / Buy at Amazon
How Y'all Doing? (2021)Description / Buy at Amazon

Leslie Jordan has one of the most recognizable faces in entertainment. He is an American actor, writer, and singer best known for his roles on Will & Grace and American Horror Story. As an author, he is best known for How Y’all Doing?: Misadventures and Mischief from a Life Well Lived.

Jordan was born in 1955. He was raised in Chatanooga, Tennessee where he attended Brainerd High School. Sometimes he will try to glamorize his upbringing and pretend that he grew up in the country, but the truth is that he grew up in the middle class suburbs of Chatanooga. He has said that he struggled growing up as his mother never truly understood him and his father while his father died in a plane crash when he was just eleven years old. Leslie also didn’t feel that he fit as a Southern Baptist as he was baptized 14 times because he always felt he needed to come forward when the preacher asked sinners to come forward.

He made his way to Los Angeles in 1982 and got into a lot of trouble with the law. Leslie eventually decided to start a journal which he has said helped him recover from his alcohol and drug problems. He had a problem with drugs and alcohol throughout his adult life, but at the age of 42 he got sober after going to jail.

He worked as a jockey for a brief time, but quickly made his way into the world of show business. There were some bumps in the road, but he eventually made his way to television and the acclaim that he would go on to receive.

In his personal life, Leslie Jordan is married to Jared Lee. The two have a child together.

Jordan is most known for his acting and his small size. He’s just 4’11” with a Southern drawl. He has appeared in small roles on many television shows, but his most well known work was on Will & Grace. He played Beverly Leslie, Karen’s pretentious, sexually-ambiguous rival which was a beloved character among the fans of that show. His role on that show earned him an Emmy Award for Best Guest Actor in a Comedy Series.

He has also acted extensively on the stage as well as working as a playwright. Leslie has also done autobiographical one man stage show plays as well, including My Trip down the Pink Carpet, Stories I Can’t tell Mama, and Fruit Fly. His shows have toured all over the world with sold out runs in Mexico, Canada, and the United Kingdom. He is also known for his onstage performance as Earl “Brother Boy” Ingram in Sordid Lives. That play was made into a film in which he also starred as Earl.

Leslie’s journey to becoming a famous actor took a lot of interesting turns during his career. He has said that he has always kept moving onward and upward but never straight. He is in-demand as a performer, voice-over artist, and spokesperson. Readers may recognize him from his appearance in The Help, Raising Hope, The Neighbors, or Celebrity Big Brother UK.

He has also been active in charity in his life. In the 1990s, he was involved with Project Angel Food in LA, a nonprofit organization that delivered food to people with HIV/AIDS. Later, he got involved with Project Nightlight where volunteers provide emotional support for those dying with AIDS.

My Trip Down the Pink Carpet is Leslie Jordan’s tale of going from a small town in Tennessee to becoming an Emmy-winning actor. He is best known as Karen’s nemesis, Beverley Leslie, on Will & Grace which won him an Emmy award. He’s also appeared on many popular television shows. This is his story about growing up in a conservative family in Tennessee as, in his own words, “the gayest man I know”. He ended up boarding a Greyhound bus in LA with $1200 sown into his clothes and never looked back. His small stature and unique talent for camp allowed him to get a lucrative career in a variety of roles in commercials and television.

Jordan also gets into how he immersed himself in writing for the stage. He wrote and starred in his own one-man testimonial performances that have since become off-Broadway hits. He was flying high, but with his success also came some dangerous temptations. Jordan gets into his one struggles with substance abuse as well as his struggles as a sexaholic. He covers his time in jail, overcoming his addictions, and his own self-loathing.

This book is a fast-paced collection from one of the most unique characters in Hollywood. The stories are told with his trademark wit and panache. From his childhood agonies to his celebrity encounters, My Trip Down the Pink Carpet is a laugh-out-loud tale of Hollywood, fame, and much more.

Leslie Jordan released How Y’all Doing?: Misadventures and Mischief from a Life Well Lived in 2021. The book is more essays about this unique and irreverent voice. He went viral on Instagram and had no idea what that meant. His social media posts were a light in the pandemic for many and helped a lot of people get through a difficult time. He also had no idea just how much his life would change because of viral stardom. His videos made an already recognizable face into a global celebrity.

His stories will make the readers laugh as well as life their spirits when needed. Jordan writes with color as well as his own Southern charm. He has a big heart which shines through in each of his stories. This collection sees him tell stories about his run-ins with a group of ruffians in a West Hollywood Starbucks, an unexpected phone call from Debbie Reynolds, and much more. Each story has humor as well as plenty of heart. How Y’all Doing? paints a great portrait of this American Sweetheart and first-rate raconteur.

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One Response to “Leslie Jordan”

  1. Denny Thomas: 1 year ago

    I was really surprise that Leslie Jordan was married with a child and as I understand it he was at his death. A little known fact. The book? by Gregg Foster was repetitive and I wonder if it was a money maker for Gregg Foster. I hope the money went to a charity of Leslie’s choosing. And lastly I’m surprised that he kept his marriage and child extremely private.


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