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Maumelle star shines bright in Hollywood

Laura-Leigh
Laura-Leigh

Maumelle’s star actress Laura-Leigh has had some pretty plum roles for a youngster appearing on the TV shows “Gossip Girl,” “Law and Order,” CSI — New York” and even on Broadway but a move two years ago to Hollywood has definitely paid off.

She has appeared in two movies filmed last year and due out this summer but landing a permanent role on the LifeTime Channel’s hot new show from last year — “The Client List” starring Jennifer Love Hewitt looks to be the role that will skyrocket her to new heights and real stardom.

Oddly enough it was shedding her almost typecast role of playing 12-year-old girls and playing more mature adult parts that seems to have given her the boost.

Last summer she co-starred with Jennifer Anistan in a movie shot in North Carolina that is due out this summer.

The LifeTime series show started it’s second season run last weekend but Laura-Leigh won’t make her appearance until this next Sunday, March 17 on Saint Patrick’s Day.

In it she plays a young new masseuse at the Rub, where Hewitt last season found that by performing extras for certain clients she could earn much more money than dancing, her former occupation. As the new young girl at the business, Laura-Leigh’s role is destined to get attention.

Billed as a network for women’s issues, the network is known for its pushing the envelope on sexual situations and issues.

But it also highlights women’s abuse issues and many feature movies are centered around abused women’s issues.

The network bills Laura-Leigh’s new role as a smart, perky young lady who ends up at the Texas establishment.

Lifetime’s hit drama series stars and is produced by Hewitt, returned for its long-awaited second season last Sunday.

The network said it will air mini-marathons of the series’ first season on Sunday, March 1.

Last year “The Client List” propelled Lifetime to number one in the Sunday 9 p.m. time period among women over 18.

Riley Parks (Hewitt) plays a Texas single mother of two who, after being deserted by her husband and left in dire financial straits, took a job at what she thought was a day spa only to learn that sexual favors were being offered on the side. Also starring in “The Client List” is Memphis native and former model Cybill Shepherd as Riley’s mother Linette.

Lifetime has ordered 15 episodes of the TV show this year, up from last season’s ten episode order.

Season one of “The Client List” delivered Lifetime’s strongest freshman season for an original series since 2009 among Total Viewers, Adults 25-54 and Women 25-54. Among Adults 18-49 and Women 18-49, it was Lifetime’s best freshman season since “Army Wives” in 2007.

Laura-Leigh’s mother Nina Jackson, of Maumelle said she is so pleased with her daughter and she’s proud that she was able to hang on despite some rough times as she paid her dues in New York and then in Hollywood.

Laura-Leigh said its nice that she can perform at her craft and with a steady role not have to worry about taking wait staff jobs to support herself although she said her mother has played a huge role in supporting her during her dues paying period.

Right now the future looks very bright for this young actress and she is poised to take her visibility and stardom to the next level. She urged her Maumelle friends and supporters to watch her entry into the series this weekend and to support a hometown girl.

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