Leslie Erin Grossman

Leslie Grossman

Leslie Grossman, an acclaimed American actress, has carved a niche for herself in both theater and cinema. Her noteworthy performances in “Popular,” “American Horror Story,” “What I Like About You,” and “Grey’s Anatomy” have garnered her widespread acclaim. Moreover, Grossman is a regular presence on various television entertainment shows.

What we know about this person

Full name:

Leslie Erin Grossman

Date of birth:

October 25, 1971

Zodiac sign:



Los Angeles, California, USA





Marital status:

Married to John Bronson




5' 5" (1.65 m)



Early life

Born on October 25, 1971, in Los Angeles, Leslie Grossman’s early years are somewhat enigmatic, with known facts including her adoption. Since childhood, Grossman harbored aspirations for a career on stage, though initially unsure of her abilities. Her passion for acting was fueled by watching classic Hollywood films and emulating celebrated stars. At home, she would often stage impromptu performances for her family, imitating her favorite actors.

Her adolescent years saw a deepening of her artistic interests. Grossman eagerly acted in numerous school plays, showing no fear of the limelight. This period solidified her resolve to pursue a career in acting. After graduating from high school, she furthered her studies at Sarah Lawrence College, focusing on the Performing Arts.

During her college tenure, Leslie shone in various theatrical roles, encompassing both classic and contemporary genres, in dramas and comedies. Her performance in the play “Bread and Butter” at the Hudson Theatre was particularly successful, reinforcing her aspiration for an acting career.


Leslie Grossman in American Horror Story


Leslie Grossman’s entrance into the film industry came in 1998 with a role as a student in “Can’t Hardly Wait.” Soon after, she appeared in “The Opposite of Sex.” Initially, she was cast in smaller, episodic roles and supporting characters.

Her big break came with the TV comedy “Popular” (1999 – 2001), where she played Mary Cherry, a wealthy but quirky high school student. The show’s success at Kennedy High School led to its renewal and increased recognition for Grossman, opening doors to more significant cinematic opportunities.

From 2002 to 2006, Grossman was a regular on the New York-based sitcom “What I Like About You,” portraying the vibrant blonde Lauren. She also featured in the sequel “Miss Congeniality 2” in 2005.

In 2007, her brother Rodger Grossman directed the biopic “What We Do Is Secret,” charting the rise of grunge rock in California, with Leslie playing a small role. The film, released in 2008, featured notable actors like Shane West and Bijou Phillips.

Leslie’s career flourished with roles in “Charmed,” “Nip/Tuck” as Bliss Berger, and “10 Things I Hate About You” as Darlene Tharp. In “Spring Breakdown” (2009), she played a flamboyant character in prison.

In 2017, Leslie joined the ensemble of “American Horror Story,” portraying Patricia Krenwinkel and Meadow Wilton in the seventh season, and Coco St. Pierre Vanderbilt in the eighth. The ninth season saw her as Margaret Booth.

Leslie Erin Grossman Movies and TV Shows

  • 2016–2020

    The Good Place

    Donna Shellstrop

  • 2011–2022

    American Horror Story: Cult

    Meadow Wilton / Patricia Krenwinkel

  • 2011–2017

    2 Broke Girls


  • 2009–2020

    Modern Family


  • 2006–2013


    Laurel Mendell

  • 2005

    Miss Congeniality 2: Armed and Fabulous


  • 2005–...

    Grey's Anatomy

    Lauren Hammer

  • 2003–2010


    Bliss Berger

  • 2000–2015

    CSI: Crime Scene Investigation

    Wendy Orr

  • 1998–2006


    Phoebe’s Assistant

Leslie Grossman’s personal life and family

In 1999, Leslie married John Bronson, with whom she adopted a daughter, Goldie. In 2020, it was reported that Bronson had secretly filed for divorce, a fact Leslie discovered through the media. Speculation about the divorce’s connection to pandemic-induced self-isolation abounds, though official confirmation is lacking. Leslie neither confirms nor denies these rumors, which continue to circulate on social media.


Leslie Grossman in Grey’s Anatomy

Talk Shows

  • 2022

    Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen

    Role: Guest

  • 2021

    The Drew Barrymore Show

    Role: Guest

  • 2021

    Busy Philipps is Doing Her Best

    Role: Guest

  • 2019

    Wendy: The Wendy Williams Show

    Role: Guest

  • 2018

    Busy Tonight

    Role: Guest

  • 2018

    Ok! TV

    Role: Guest

  • 2017

    Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen

    Role: Guest

  • 2007

    I Love New York

    Role: Guest

  • 2004

    The Sharon Osbourne Show

    Role: Guest

Published: November 24, 2023
Updated: June 24, 2024