Who is Leslie Stefanson?
Leslie Ann Stefanson was born on 10 May 1971, in Fargo, North Dakota, USA, and is an artist, model, as well as an actress, but probably best known for being the partner of actor James Spader, as they have been in a relationship for more than a decade. She played the title role of Captain Elisabeth Campbell in the film “The General’s Daughter”.
The Riches of Leslie Stefanson
How rich is Leslie Stefanson? As of early-2019, sources estimate a net worth that is at $500,000, earned through a successful career in acting. Recently, her income has come from her success in making sculptures. Her wealth has also been elevated thanks to her partner’s success, as Spader has a net worth estimated at $10 million. As she continues her career, it is expected that her wealth will also continue to increase.
Early Life and Career Beginnings
While Leslie was born in Fargo, her family later moved to Moorhead, Minnesota where she was raised. Very little information is known about her childhood and her path towards the entertainment industry. It is known that after matriculating from high school, she enrolled at Barnard College and studied for a degree in English Literature, graduating in 1993.
The following year, she forayed into the acting industry, with her first opportunity a support role in “The Cowboy Way”. In 1996, she was cast in the film “The Mirror Has Two Faces”, which starred Jeff Bridges and Barbara Streisand who also directed the film, loosely based on the French film entitled “le Miroir a Deux Faces”. In 1997, she gained more small roles in “Flubber” and “As Good As It Gets”, the former starring Robin Williams and a box office success.
The following year, Stefanson was cast in “An Alan Smithee Film: Burn Hollywood Burn” which is a mockumentary film about a film director who steals the negatives of his latest film and goes on the run. The film was unsuccessful, conversely winning five awards but during the 1998 Golden Raspberry Awards including Worst Picture. She also had a role in the crime thriller film “Break Up”, which stars Bridget Fonda and Kiefer Sutherland.
In 1999, she had one of her most notable roles as the titular character in “The General’s Daughter”. The film stars John Travolta as he tries to navigate the mysterious death of the daughter of a prominent Army general, and is based on the novel of the same name written by Nelson DeMille. Her work continued into the 2000s, including films such as “Desert Saints” and “Beautiful” which stars Minnie Driver and tells the story of the sacrifices Miss America pageant contestants usually have to make, but the film was unsuccessful both critically and commercially. She also appeared in the film “Unbreakable” starring Bruce Willis and Samuel L. Jackson, written and directed by M. Night Shyamalan, and is the first installment of the “Unbreakable” film series.
End of Acting and Art Transition
During the early 2000s, Leslie continued acting work with “The Stickup”, a film starring James Spader which tells the story of a bank robber who hides with the ex-wife of one of the policemen hunting him. She also had her first television role in the miniseries “Jackie, Ethel, Joan: the Women of Camelot”, which is based on the book written by J. Randy Taraborrelli. In 2002, she continued her television work appearing in 10 episodes of the show “MDs”, which is a medical drama series starring Jane Lynch and William Fichtner.
The following year, she had two of her last roles in acting, the first being in “The Hunted” starring Tommy Lee Jones and Benicio del Toro, the other in “Alien Hunter” starring alongside James Spader and Carl Lewis. Afterwards, she focus on raising a family, and turned her attention to her passion in the arts, sculpting in particular, starting an art career based in New York City and Los Angeles. She is particularly known for her sculptures using bronze and terracotta.
Personal Life and Partner James Spader
For her personal life, it is known that Stefanson started a long term relationship with actor James Spader in 2002, and they have a child together. Despite being together for nearly two decades, the two have never married. During the start of their relationship, he was married to decorator Victoria Kheel, and they were on their way to a divorce which was finalized in 2004; he has two children from that previous marriage. According to several reports, Leslie and James first met on the set of “The Stickup”, and were already in a relationship during “Alien Hunter”.
James Spader found popularity portraying eccentric characters, beginning with the film “Sex, Lies, and Videotape” which brought director Steven Soderbergh to prominence. Spader continued his rise to popularity in films such as “Stargate”, “Crash”, and “Secretary”, but is also known for his television work, playing attorney Alan Shore in “The Practice” as well as its spin-off entitled “Boston Legal”, a role for which he won three Emmy Awards. He also appeared in the show “The Office”, and stars in the television series “The Blacklist”, for which he has gained two nominations for Golden Globe Awards.