Born on August 16, 1946 in New York, New York, Lesley Ann Warren is best known for her role in the hit series Desperate Housewives and a recurring role in the comedy Will and Grace. Born to a realtor father and a club singer mother, Warren attended New York's Professional Children's School and later under Lee Strasberg at his Actors Studio. At that time, she became the youngest student to be accepted. A child ballerina, she made her Broadway debut in 110 in the Shade in 1963. Two years later, she appeared in "Drat! The Cat" and subsequently earned a Theater World Award for her portrayal.
That same year in 1965, Warren bagged the highly contested title role of Cinderella in a TV musical production by Rodgers and Hammerstein. This led to her signing up with Walt Disney Studios, where she co-starred in two more musicals. Yet wanting to break out of the sweet and innocent stereotype she'd been known for, she left Disney in 1970 and joined the cast of long-running espionage series Charlie's Angels. Despite lukewarm reception to her new image, she went on to star in such movies as Love Hate Love, The Legend of Valentino, Betrayal, and Harold Robbins' 79 Park Avenue, which earned her a Golden Globe Award.
Warren later discovered her comedic side and has become a recurring guest in the hit series Will and Grace and Desperate Housewives. She soon got married to former Columbia executive Ronald Taft. In 2008, she joined the cast of the USA Network series In Plain Sight. Her character is Jinx Shannon, the mother of US Marshall Mary Shannon who works for the highly clandestine Federal Witness Protection Program. Not a traditional mother to say the least, Jinx is living with Mary after her apartment burned down. This arrangement was supposed to be temporary but it does not look it will end soon. She is lazy and loves lounging by the pool with a cold drink.
Warren has also been acclaimed for her roles in the Mission: Impossible television series, the musical comedy Victor/Victoria, and the 1991 TV movie Family of Spies. She has also obtained roles in Crossing Jordan and Less Than Perfect.