Lea Delaria is an American actress, comedian, and musician. She is famous for her work for Orange is the New Black, Edge of Seventeen and The First Wives Club. She is credited as the first openly gay comic who break the late night talk show barrier by making her appearance in 1993 on The Arsenio Hall Show.
Lea Delaria was born on May 23, 1958, in Belleville, Illinois, the U.S under the birth sign of Gemini. She was born as the daughter of Jerry Jean (nee Cox), a homemaker and Robert George DeLaria, a jazz pianist and social worker. She holds an American nationality and belongs to white ethnicity.
Lea is very protective when it comes to her family members and her early days. However, we know that she has one brother and a sister but their names have not been revealed to the media yet. She attended St. Mary’s Elementary School which was located at her home town, Belleville.
Lea Delaria is currently single at the moment. Before that, she had a romantic affair with fashion Editor Chelsea Fairless. The duo first met through Fairless’ friend, actress, Emma Myles, who also plays in Orange is the New Black. They got engaged after dating for almost two and a half year.
However, in the same year of their engagement, they got separated. Their separation was announced by Lea through her Instagram post. The reason behind their break up is still unknown. Neither of them has said anything about the reason behind their separation.
Lea Delaria has the estimated net worth of $1.5 million. As an American actress, comedian, and musician she was able to collect a decent amount of money form it. Till now she has appeared on many movies an television series. She has also released her own albums.
According to the PayScale, the average salary of an actor/actress is around $50,313 with a median bonus of $1,015.
To talk about her career, when she moved to San Franciso in 1982 and she began performing raunchy stand-up comedy in the Mission District. She has also directed “Ten Percent Revue” which is a musical revue with the song related to homosexuality and that most of reflecting pride in being a gay.
Later in 1988, she was featured in “Dos Lesbos” which is a musical comedy about two lesbians dealing with the issues of living together. Following year she was featured in “Girl Friday: We Are Funny That Way”.
In 1993, Lea made her appearance on The Arsenio Hall Show where she was the first openly gay comic to appear on the late-night talk show. On the same year, she also started to host a comedy central’s out there.
As a musician, she has released two CD Albums till now including Bulldyke in a China shop (1994) and Box Lunch (Rising Star) in 1997.
Lea has also provided her voice for Helga Phugly on the Short-lived animated Sitcom. Her latest work as an actor was on a movie Support the Girls in 2018 as Bobo.
Till today, she has appeared on many television series and movies. As a result, she was able to win Screen Actors Guild Award (2015), Orlando Film Festival (2016) and Screen Actors Guild Awards (2017). She was also nominated for Drama Desk Award in 1998.