Annette “Leslie” Jones is an American comedian and actress who was a cast member and writer on Saturday Night Live from 2014 to 2019 and currently the host of Supermarket Sweep. Jones has been a featured performer at the Just for Laughs festival in Montreal and the Aspen Comedy Festival.
Leslie Jones Net Worth 2023
|Net Worth:||$8 Million|
|Date of Birth:||Sep 7, 1967 (55 years old)|
|Nationality:||United States of America|
Leslie Jones was born Annette Jones on September 7, 1967, in Memphis, Tennessee. Leslie’s family moved frequently because her father was in the U.S. Army, and when they relocated to Los Angeles, he found work as an electronics engineer at the radio station KJLH, which is owned by Stevie Wonder. Jones attended a Lynwood, California, high school, and after her father suggested that she play basketball because of her tall stature, she earned a basketball scholarship to Orange, California’s Chapman University. While attending Chapman, Leslie worked as a DJ at KNAB, the student radio station. When her basketball coach, Brian Berger, took a coaching job at Colorado State University in 1986, Jones transferred to the school and majored in computer science and accounting before settling on a major in communication. As a Colorado State student, Leslie won the title of “Funniest Person on Campus” in 1987 after being secretly entered into a comedy contest by a friend. Jones had a younger brother named Rodney, but sadly, he passed away in 2009.
After the July 2016 premiere of “Ghostbusters,” online trolls harassed Leslie with vile racist and sexist remarks on Twitter. Following Jones’ meeting with Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey, several users, including “Breitbart” editor Milo Yiannopoulos, were banned from the service. On “Late Night with Seth Meyers” later that month, Leslie discussed the abuse and said that “hate speech and freedom of expression are two separate things.” In the month after, Jones was once more targeted when someone broke into her website and posted pictures of her passport and driver’s license along with what appeared to be nude photos of Leslie and a film honoring the late Cincinnati Zoo gorilla Harambe.After that, Leslie’s team removed her website.
Awards and Nominations
Jones has earned three Primetime Emmy nominations for “Saturday Night Live”: Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series in 2017 and 2018 and Outstanding Original Music and Lyrics for the song “The Upper East Side” (shared with Eli Brueggemann and Bryan H. Tucker) in 2019. In 2016, Leslie, Kristen Wiig, Melissa McCarthy, and Kate McKinnon shared a Women Film Critics Circle Award for Best Female Action Hero for “Ghostbusters,” and in 2021, Jones won an MTV Movie + TV Award for Best Comedic Performance for “Coming 2 America.” She earned a Black Reel Award nomination for Outstanding Breakthrough Performance, Female for “Ghostbusters” in 2017 and Black Reel Awards for Television nominations for Outstanding Supporting Actress, Comedy Series for “Saturday Night Live” in 2017 and 2019.
Leslie has received three Online Film & Television Association Award nominations, Best Female Performance in a Variety Program for “Saturday Night Live” (2017 and 2018) and Best Host or Individual Performance in A Variety, Nonfiction, or Reality Program for “Supermarket Sweep” (2021). “Saturday Night Live” also earned her an NAACP Image Award nomination for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series (2018), a People’s Choice Award nomination for Favorite Comedy TV Star (2019), and a Writers Guild of America Award nomination for Comedy/Variety (Including Talk) – Series (2015). In 2018, Jones was nominated for a Legionnaires of Laughter Legacy Award for Best Comedy Artist Female, and she received a Leo Award nomination for Best Performance by a Female in a Short Drama for “Does That Make Me a Bad Person?” in 1999. In 2017, Leslie shared a Kids’ Choice Award nomination for #SQUAD with her “Ghostbusters” co-stars.
Jones began her stand-up comedy career in 1987 and has appeared on several television shows, including Martin, Def Comedy Jam, and Last Comic Standing. She has also had roles in the films Friday (1995), Mr. Deeds (2002), and Soul Plane (2004). In 2014, Jones was hired as a writer and performer on Saturday Night Live. She has appeared in several sketches on the show, including “Weekend Update” and “The View.” In 2016, she starred in the Ghostbusters reboot. Jones has been nominated for two Emmy Awards for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series (2017) and Outstanding Writing for a Variety Series (2018).