Leighton Meester: The Untold Story

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Blair Waldorf was born into a life of luxury.

Leighton Meester, the actress who portrays Gossip Girl's Queen B, was born to a woman who was sentenced to a prison term for smuggling marijuana.

As Us Weekly reports in its new cover story, Connie Meester was pregnant with Leighton when she was sentenced to 10 years in a federal prison in Texas.

At 29, she gave birth while she was just beginning her sentence following a conviction for her involvement with a drug ring that was smuggling massive, 1,200-pound shipments of marijuana into the United States from Jamaica.

Her father, Doug, also served time for being part of the smuggling operation. At present, Doug works in construction and Connie is a screenwriter.

Leighton Meester: The Untold Story

Leighton Meester's rough start gives her perspective today.

"It makes me very nonjudgmental and open-minded," the 22-year-old said. "And I think it just makes me appreciate the things that I have now."

Now, the Gossip Girl star and her mother - who was released in 1986 after serving only 16 months of her sentence - have a solid relationship.

"She's always there for me no matter what," Leighton Meester said of her mom. "I swear, that woman knows everything."

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Well first of all IM LEIGHTON MEESTER`S #1 FANNNNN OK?? :) i just wanna say that im really proud of her because she is such a nice girl and she deserves all she has now, I am from guadalajara Mexico and i live in guadalajara but i think that she is a great girl and i wish i could be friends with her im serious i would love to have her facebook or whatever i mean if she said Hi to mei wold like... die!!!! i love her so much Im serious...
well i gotta go so good luck Leighton ILYSM XOXO Gossip Girl hahaha JK LOVE YOU!!!

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OMG. . . . . .
Really. . .i love her. .she's beauTiful!i never b0rn to see her. . .in ind0nesia..tv series gossip girl is very fam0us. . .
Especially leighton. .
Really,she is my inspiration,f0r fashion,make up. .
I hope i cAn get her email. .please. .

Gigi624

I LOVE HER!!! SHES A GREAT ACTRESS AND IT DOESNT REALLY MATTER WHERE SHE HAS COME FROM. ITS JUST REFRESHING THAT SHE HAS BEEN SO HONEST ABOUT IT. ALSO GOOD TO HEAR HER AND HER MOM HAVE A SOLID RELATIONSHIP.

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wow u guys r rlly late [gossipgirlinsider] lol. but im glad evrything is back 2 normal.

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Yes she is realy, realy strong and she deserve to be that what she`s right now- great actress and just star. I`m her biggest fan too!

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that makes me love her even more

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i hope the best for leighton. Right now i'm her big official fans

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I can't believe that Leighton was born in prison because she was born after her mother went to jail, that sucks! I hope she can have the best family in her life, not the worst family!

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i mean since i saw the first episode of this show
i loved her,, she's amazing!
and come on she's the Queen B'tch!
she's the best,, and also chuck
b+c 4ever

Xoxoregan

She is soo strong. she completely deserves all the good things that she has now.

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