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Birthday: April 9, 1986
Hometown: Marco Island, Florida

How You Know Her: Leighton's early life resembled a Texas tornado of sorts, having been born in Fort Worth, then moving to Florida only to wind up settling in New York at the age of 11. After finagling her way into small TV spots, Meester landed the role—socialite Blair Waldorf on Gossip Girl—that put her on everyone's radar, including ours: She was No. 48 on our 2008 Hot 100 and No. 12 on our 2009 list. She'll be helping Tina Fey and Steve Carell bring the funny this weekend with a small part in Date Night.

She Leaves Nothing to the Imagination:
"In this world, everyone wants to know everything about you, and I think that's funny. I can't be annoyed. People speculate a lot about me, saying there's something else that's really the truth...." —Cosmopolitan

Leighton comes from a long line of
girls appearing in Entourage. Lay off her, Turtle!

Leighton Meester

Leighton Meester

Leighton Meester

Leighton Meester

Leighton Meester

Leighton Meester

Leighton Meester

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