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Jackie O reveals how she offended former Glee star Lea Michele and was put on a banned list by her PR company. Courtesy: Kiis FM...

Lea Michele Sarfati was born in the Bronx, New York to Edith Thomasina (Porcelli), a nurse, and Mark David Sarfati, a delicatessen owner-turned-real estate agent. Her mother is of Italian descent (from Rome and Naples), and her father is of Sephardi Jewish ancestry (from Turkey and Greece). 44 Photos From Ragtime to Shuffle Along: Celebrating Brian Stokes Mitchell's Greatest Stage Roles The glee club goes to an amusement park for Senior Ditch Day View All.

Jackie O reveals how she offended former Glee star Lea Michele and was put on a banned list by her PR company. Courtesy: Kiis FM

Lea Michele is facing backlash for her workplace behaviour. Picture: AP Photo/Chris PizzelloSource:AP

Lea Michele has been called a mean girl by Hollywood gossips ever since finding fame on Glee.

But now, at seven months pregnant and caught up in a storm of incredibly damning headlines over her behaviour, Michele, 33, has spent the past few days desperately trying to make amends.

“She’s had a real wake-up call,” a friend of the star told The Post. “It’s never easy to hear people speak about you this way. It’s a total shock.”

“Lea was a bitch to a lot of people who are now taking the opportunity to come forward,” said one industry source who has worked with her. “She may not be the nicest person, but she’s not racist, sexist or transphobic. I would say she has behavioural issues that she’s dealing with.

“She is listening, she hears what everyone says and wants to apologise. This is her past and she wants to handle things responsibly.”

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Michele issued an apology on Instagram last week. Picture: AFP Photo/Mark RalstonSource:AFP


On Monday, Glee co-star Samantha Ware, who is black, tweeted of Michele: “Remember when you made my first television gig a living hell?!?! Cause I’ll never forget. I believe you told everyone that if you had the opportunity you would ‘s**t in my wig!’ amongst other traumatic microaggressions that made me question a career in Hollywood.”

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The post came after Michele used social media to lend support to the Black Lives Matter movement in the wake of George Floyd’s death, and promptly blew up online — prompting a glut of former co-stars to come forward with their own stories.

Gerard Canonico branded Michele a “nightmare” behind the scenes of the 2006 Broadway show Spring Awakening, while Heather Morris called her “very unpleasant” to work with on Glee, and Elizabeth Aldrich — Michele’s understudy for Ragtime on Broadway all the way back in 1998 — said: “I used to cry every night from the mean and manipulative things she would do. She was 12. She was terrifying.”

Glee co-star Melissa Benoist liked Ware’s post, while Amber Riley posted a GIF of herself sipping tea — a sign someone is ready for gossip — amid the drama.

The Post is told that Michele reached out to Glee castmates, including Ware and Riley, as well as co-stars from Spring Awakening.

But some say it may be too late. Meal kit company HelloFresh has already dropped Michele as a spokesman. And her public apology after Ware’s remarks was trashed by many online, including Ware.

Actor Dabier Snell, who won a guest spot on Glee, told The Post how she had him banished from lunch on set. “I was invited to sit down with the rest of the cast members by Darren Criss, and made to feel welcome. I also knew Chris Colfer as well, so he was like, ‘Go ahead, come sit with us and chat!’ … Five to 10 minutes after we sat down and had a conversation, I was pulled (aside by an assistant director) and told one of the cast members did not want me to sit there, because she felt I don’t belong.

“I later found out it was (Michele) who said that. Everybody else was cool. I couldn’t tell Darren or Chris because they work with her and she has a lot of power. It felt like … if I said something, I probably wasn’t going to be on the show. I just zipped my mouth. I went back to my trailer and cried a bit, I won’t lie.”

Michele (far right) with some of the main cast of Glee. Picture: AP Photo/Fox, Adam RoseSource:Supplied

Others who have worked with Michele say she’s just not nice. Lea Michele Broadway

A guest at the Time 100 gala in 2010, where Michele was feted, told The Post: “Lea was such a brat!” When society photographer Patrick McMullan approached her to take a photograph and asked her name, Michele allegedly rolled her eyes and replied: “Sarah Palin.” Laughing, McMullan said: “No, really, tell me your name.” to which Michele said, “Taylor Swift.” McMullan, according to New York magazine, told her: “F**k you.”

While on Glee, she signed a solo deal with Columbia records. Sources recall how, during one trip to London for the label, she demanded to stay in a particular five-star hotel of her choosing despite being told there wasn’t a budget for that.

A source who worked on the Glee hair and make-up team told The Post, “What I saw was that (Michele) was mean, unfriendly. She was rude, in a general sense. She would come in late all the time, she was not approachable.”

This article originally appeared in the NY Post and was reproduced with permission.

Lea Michele Biography

Lea Michele is an Emmy Award-winning actress, singer, and author from the United States of America. She is known for her appearances on Broadway from her younger days in such productions as Les Misérables, Ragtime, Fiddler on the Roof, and Spring Awakening. However, her most prominent acting role was of as Rachel Berry in the drama series Glee, for six seasons from 2009 to 2015.

Michele’s role on Glee led her to receive several awards as well as a string of nominations. After Glee, Michele was cast for another Fox series, ‘Scream Queens’ and later on in the sitcom ‘The Mayor’ as Valentina Barella.

How old is Lea Michele? – Age

The Scream Queens actress is 34 years old as of August 29, 2020. She was born in 1986 in The Bronx, New York, United States as Lea Michele Sarfati.

Lea Michele Family – Parents

Born in The Bronx, Lea is the only child of a retired nurse by the name Edith Thomasina and Mark David Sarfati, a real estate agent and former delicatessen owner. The family lived in The Bronx until she was four years old then relocated to New Jersey and settled in Tenafly. They also had an apartment in Manhattan where they would stay when the young Michele would be performing on Broadway.

Who is Lea Michele’s Husband? – Lea Michele’s Child – Son

Michele is married to Zandy Reich, a businessman. It is not very clear when the two met, however, it is known that they got engaged on April 28, 2018, and tied the knot on March 9, 2019, in Napa, California.

The two are also parents to a baby boy by the name Ever Leo Reich, who was born on August 20, 2020.

Were former co-stars Cory Monteith and Lea Michele dating?

Meeting and working together on Glee, Cory and Lea grew close. Their characters were even cast as love interests. In February 2012, there were speculations that the two were together which turned out to be the case until Cory’s death in July 2013.

She was in a relationship with actor Cory Monteith in 2008 until his death in July 2013.

Does Lea Michele have a Cory tattoo?

In honor of her late friend and former boyfriend, Cory Monteith, Lea has at least two tattoos to remember him by. One of the tattoos is on her upper left thigh where the name “Finn” is inscribed. She has had it since 2016 and the tattoo refers to the Cory’s character’s name in Glee.

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The second known tattoo in honor of Monteith is a number “5” tattoo which she described as for “My Quaterback…#5,” referring to the jersey number Monteith’s character Finn wore as William McKinley High’s quarterback on Glee.

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Michele appeared as Rachel Berry, the ‘best’ singer in glee club whose dream is to become a Broadway theatre star in the American musical comedy-drama television series Glee.

Storyline

The glee club members added in the fourth season included the new main cast members. The fifth season was fired by Actor Cory Monteith, who passed away during the summer. Stage 6 concentrates on Rachel Berry, who returns from the failure of her TV pilot to McKinley. Gays, gender identity, transitional problems, and other social issues are addressed in the cast members. The final is going into the future for five years: Rachel married St. James Jesse.

Seasonal issues are sex, bulimia, gender, child abuse, dyslexia, violence at school, and the scares of pregnancies. Unlike the previous seasons, the five-year year started in the preceding season continues. As of this season, most major cast members dropped out to repeat guest stars.

The series is based at the fictitious William McKinley High School in Lima, Ohio, on the high school show choir, sometimes called a glee club. The series focuses primarily on the relationships as couples, their love of chanting, and the many developments of high school and adolescent life. The core characters are GleeClub Director Will Schuester, Sue Sylvester, Will’s Wife Terri, Emma Pillsbury, and the members of Gleeclub Rachel, Finn, Artie, Kurt, Mercedes, Tina, Puck, and Quinn. The characteristic features are: Season 4 of “Glee” follows a defeat in the Sectionals contest and reinstatement in McKinley Glee Club.

Lea Michele Awards

In 1964 Fiddler was nominated for a total of ten Tony Awards, nine of which, including Best Musical, Score, and Book, were won by Robbins for best management and choreography. As the best lead actor and actress, Mostel and Karnilova won the award. The show received a special Tony in 1972 and became Broadway’s longest-running musical.

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His resurgences were also celebrated. Bernardi was voted best actor at the 1981 Tony Awards. Ten years later, the resurgence of 1991 won the best resurrection, and Topol was named the best actor. Six Tony Awards and three Drama Desk Awards were nominated for the revival in 2004, but none won. The West End 2007 revival was nominated as the best reinforcement actor for the Olivier Awards. The revival of the West End in 2019 won the Olivier Award, and seven more nominations were awarded to him.