Leigh and her father, Jeff

Birthday is on 9/11.


Maternal Grandfather was Native
American.

Paternal Grandmother
earned a Master's Degree in the 1930's.

Nominated for a Taurus World Stunt Award in 2007 for her role as the Drowning Woman in THE GUARDIAN

Stunt Coordinating career blossomed in 2009


 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Life is not measured by the breaths you take, but by the moments
that take your breath away - French proverb

Raised in Lafayette, Louisiana - due west of New Orleans in the heart of Cajun Country - Leigh never dreamed that big-budget feature films were in her future. On the road less traveled, she eventually found her calling.

On her journey, Leigh built an impressive list of credits. She is most proud of her work in the opening scenes of The Guardian, starring Kevin Costner and Ashton Kutcher. She plays a drowning woman saved by Coast Guard hero, Ben Randall, played by Costner.

Having earned the reputation as the go-to girl for the most dangerous stunts on film, such as performing 90 foot high falls in both Charlie's Angels movies doubling Lucy Liu, Leigh is also recognized for her ability to handle the most physically demanding acting roles.

Among Leigh's earliest credits are GI Jane and Bad Boys, where she doubled Demi Moore and Tea Leoni, respectively. GI Jane was brutally demanding, but Leigh jokes that shaving her head was the scariest thing she's ever done for work.

The funniest, however, was doubling Jennifer Tung, the one-breasted "Whoa" in the wacky movie, Kung-Pow: Enter the Fist. "Off camera, everyone tried to grab my prosthetic breast!" she laughs.

In stark contrast to her rugged apparence in GI Jane, her first job on camera was as a sports model for Ralph Lauren Sportswear posing on a trampoline for World-renowned fashion photographer, Bruce Weber. At the time, she didn't even know who Bruce Weber was. Once she figured it out, she realized what a privilege it was for her.

Since then, Leigh has worked on numerous notable productions such as Mighty Joe Young, Charlie's Angels I & II, Teaching Mrs. Tingle, episodes of CSI, Cold Case and Crossing Jordan. She has also appeared in several national television commercials, including a currently airing Toyota Prius spot.

These days you are more likely to find Leigh behind the camera as a film's Stunt Coordinator. Upon returning home to Louisiana in late 2009, Leigh hit the ground running having coordinated stunts for four films in a row before the year's end.

Little did anyone know that Leigh's sports training would lead her to performing in Hollywood movies. Both of her parents were school teachers, so it's no wonder that she excelled in school, succeeded in sports, and developed a love for the arts.

Her father taught at the University of Southwestern Louisiana (now University of Louisiana) where he pioneered the sport of trampoline. He was her first trampoline coach and gave her the fearlessness she needed to shine. The first acrobatic move he taught her was to balance on one foot in his hand. She was still in diapers.

Leigh's successful athletic career featured several National and World Trampoline Titles. She holds a spot in the Guiness Book of World Records for winning the most US National Championships for Women.

On the path to L.A., Leigh got a Masters Degree, taught Jr. High School special education and worked briefly on Capital Hill in Washington, D.C. before finding her new passion.

In L.A. Leigh's career carries on. She continues to work in entertainment in one capacity or another.

                                      2006-2008 Leigh Hennessy. All rights reserved.