Thursday, May 30, 2024

Leah Remini, the Queen of Queens, Is Finally Going to College This Fall at New York University


This is a lovely story. Leah Remini, aka the “queen” of Queens from her hit show “The King of Queens.” is finally going to college. She’s been accepted to New York University’s School of Professional Studies to get an AA in Liberal Arts. Remini turns 51 next month.

She writes on Instagram:
“I am so excited, in tears and wanted to share this with you guys. For someone like me, a person who desperately wanted a higher education and options in my life, coming from a cult and a family who didn’t value an education, this is a very big day for me. This didn’t come easy. This is one of the last chunks of my life that I am taking back for myself from Scientology. It took a lot for me to take this step, for fear that I was not smart enough, not worthy enough, not able to do the work that will be required, my age…. I did it anyway with a lot of encouragement from a very special person in my life. I am ready to do the work and honestly, I’m scared shitless! And I am excited to start on my journey. It’s just never too late is it? Thank you to NYU”

As a graduate of NYU, I welcome her to the school and to what the school hasn’t destroyed of Greenwich Village. In my day we would meet at Dave’s Luncheonette on Canal Street around midnight. Then off to CBGB or the Mudd Club. Those were the days!

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Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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