Leighanne Littrell

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Leighanne Littrell
Born Leighanne Reena Wallace
(1969-07-20) July 20, 1969 (age 51)
Marietta, Georgia, U.S.
Occupation Template:Flat list
Years active 1992–present
Height 5' 9" (175 cm)

Leighanne Reena Wallace Littrell (born 20 July 1969 in Marietta, Georgia) is an American model, actress, and aspiring designer. She's also the wife of Backstreet Boys singer Brian Littrell, whom she married on September 2, 2000. She has appeared in movies including Megalodon, Olive Juice and more. She also appeared in two Backstreet Boys Music Videos, "As Long As You Love Me" and "I'll Never Break Your Heart".

Early life

Leighanne Reena Wallace was born on July 20, 1969 in Marietta, Georgia. She has two sisters, Suzanne and Tracey, neither of whom are actresses, and her parents are Jack (Stepdad) and Shirley Tolbet (mom). As a young girl, she played softball, which resulted her with a broken nose in the seventh grade. While growing up, Leighanne was liked by a lot of her classmates and attended and graduated from Marietta High School in 1987, where she participated in many activities, such as manager for the basketball and tennis teams, voted for the Homecoming Court, and a part of Upstage Risk, Marietta's High School Drama Club, gaining her interest in the Arts. Other clubs she belong to includes member of the cheerleading squad and the Powder Puff football team, the Flag Corps, Student Council and the school Marching Band. She loves to play tennis and golf, enjoy all outdoor activities and loves to be active. She also did some modeling while in high school.

Career

Before she moved to Los Angeles, Leighanne was a top model in Atlanta where she donated most of her time as the local celebrity to various charities. She also used to worked in Public Relations for Coca Cola Corp., taught gymnastics to younger kids, and nurtured her love for music by writing and singing songs.

Modeling career

In her teens, Leighanne started her career as a model in high school. After high school, she had done a couple layouts for an August 1998 issue of Muscle Magazine.

Acting career

Leighanne guest-starred in a Silk Stalkings episode, "Escorting Disaster", as a model named "Devine Farr". Leighanne did a sex scene in My Fellow Americans with one of the main characters Carl. Leighanne also played college girl "Tanna Stewart" in Wild America. She also appeared on Jam Bay, Mortal Combat: Conquest, One Life To Live, and did a Mercedes Benz commercial. In 1993, she played the ex-girlfriend in "Here's a Quarter (Call Someone Who Cares)" by Travis Tritt and play Donna in "As Long As You Love Me" where she met her husband Brian Littrell and appeared in the US version of the Backstreet Boys music video “I’ll Never Break Your Heart” as her then-boyfriend's love interest in 1997. Leighanne starred as "Michelle Malloy" and co-produced in an independent film, Olive Juice, which features cameoes by Brian and another Backstreet Boy A.J. McLean. Together, they're working on the film's soundtrack.

Personal life

Leighanne first met Brian on the set of their music video "As Long As You Love Me" on June 15, 1997 when she was just showing up for work as one of the girls name Donna. Littrell put his basketball down to shake her hand, and his heart never let go. What Leighanne didn't know is that Brian had already spotted her head shots and was anxious to meet her. Brian had been out of the dating game for a while and meeting Leighanne opened a whole new chapter for him. That was how it started.

And then, only a few months later, his beloved grandfather died. But meeting Leighanne, has been enough to help Brian through his darkest days. In fact, he still refers to their first meeting as 'the day I met the rest of my life'. Neither she nor Brian were looking for love, but it hit them right between the eyes. Brian had a crush on her and asked her out for Italian food that next day. They have been together for more than three years ever since, but their relationship grew slowly. As they got know each other, they spent long evenings talking.

In 1998, the singer was fighting for his life after he underwent open-heart surgery to correct a heart defect he has had since birth. However, after he twice postponed the life-saving operation to repair the hole in his heart to go on tour with the band, Leighanne once walked out on the Backstreet Boy. Brian admits it was a foolish thing to do and Leighanne's decision to leave him made him realize how selfish he was being.

marriage and family

Littrell proposed on Christmas night 1999 after persuading her to join him for an impromptu winter picnic in 32-degree weather at Wallace's mother's house. She admits the rest of the romantic picnic proposal remains a daze, because as soon as she looked into Brian's eyes, she knew exactly what was on his mind. He then shocked her by gave her a stunning canary-yellow four karat two white diamond engagement ring surrounded by another carat's worth of white, trillion-cut diamonds, made by Chris Vanoy and Jerry Brickman from Brian's design and popping the question. It took ten minutes for Wallace to say yes through chattering teeth and for Littrell to slip the ring on her finger. Their engagement along with the engagement of Littrell's cousin and bandmate Kevin Richardson's engagement to Kristin Willits was announced on MTV in February 2000,[1] and they married on September 2, 2000 a fairy-tale theme wedding in front of 300 guests, including Brian's bandmates at Atlanta's Peachtree Christian Church in Atlanta, Georgia.[2]

On September 11, 2001, Leighanne and the band's crew member Daniel Lee were scheduled to fly from Boston, where the group played their fifth sold-out show the night before, back to Los Angeles aboard American Airlines Flight 11. Littrell canceled her flight the night before as she wanted to spend more time with her husband, but Lee was one of 92 people killed aboard Flight 11 after it was hijacked and crashed into the North Tower of the World Trade Center in New York City.[3][4] Leighanne not only starred and co-produced Olive Juice, but produced the film's soundtrack with her husband Backstreet Boy Brian Littrell. This soundtrack was the first project that Brian and Leighanne worked on together not just as husband and wife, but as business partners as their label and film production company BriLeigh came from this collaboration. Both are committed evangelical Christians. Leighanne and Brian have a son named Baylee Wylee Thomas Littrell, born on November 26, 2002, who recently performed on Disaster!.[5] Wallace is now an accessories designer for company she started called "Wylee".

Filmography

Film
Year Title Role Notes
1996 My Fellow Americans Witnaur's Girlfriend
1997 Wild America Tanna
1998 Backstreet Boys: All Access Video
2001 Olive Juice Michelle Malloy
2004 Megalodon Christen Giddings
Television
Year Title Role Notes
1998 Silk Stalkings Divine Farr Escorting Disaster
1998 Mortal Kombat: Conquest Young Girl Unholy Alliance
Music Video/Performances
Year Title Artist Role Notes
1993 Here's a Quarter (Call Someone Who Cares) Travis Tritt Music video
1997 As Long As You Love Me Backstreet Boys Donna Music video
1998 I'll Never Break Your Heart Backstreet Boys Brian's love interest Music video (U.S version)
Mercedes-Benz TV commercial

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