Saturday, October 20, 2007

Leanna Creel

Leanna Creel is an actress and film producer best known for her role as Tori Scott on the early 1990s haven for washed up celebrities, Saved By The Bell.

Creel is an identical triplet with sisters Monica and Joy. Creel was born on August 27, 1970 in Los Angeles, California and started acting in the late 1980s. Her first acting role was as a guest star on Growing Pains in 1987. In 1989 she got her big break when she and her triplet sisters acted in the made-for-TV movie, Parent Trap III. After the success of Parent Trap III, Creel acted in Parent Trap: Hawaiian Honeymoon and also managed to secure small non-recurring roles on several TV shows, such as Parker Lewis Can't Lose and Beverly Hills, 90210.

In 1992 she was cast in her most memorable role as Tori Scott on the hit Saturday morning TV show, Saved By The Bell. The Tori character only appeared in about 12 episodes during the final season of the show (1992-1993).


The episodes in which the Tori character appeared were filmed after the rest of the final season's episodes (including the original series finale Graduation episode). Apparently the producers needed to film 100 episodes of the show so that they could sell it in syndication and garner huge licensing fees. Elizabeth Berkley (Jessie Spano) and Tiffani Amber Thiessen (Kelly Kapowski) decided not to renew their contracts for these additional episodes, leaving the shows' producers in a bind. The Tori Scott character was brought on board to take the place of Jessie and Kelly for the final episodes.

The Tori Scott character was a tough no-nonsense biker chick. She came across as gruff when she made her initial appearance, but quickly showed her softer side as she got the hots for Zack Morris (played by Mark-Paul Gosselaar). The Tori Scott character was fairly unpopular among Saved By The Bell fans. However, I actually liked her. I thought she was pretty hot and much more likable (and less annoying) than the Jessie Spano character.

After Saved By The Bell ended, Creel's acting roles quickly dried up. Since the early 1990s, she has only had small bit roles in a couple TV shows such as One West Waikiki and Ned and Stacey and in movies such as Freeway and The Cell. The Cell was a popular movie, but Creel was only in it for a couple seconds and she isn't even recognizable in her role as "Mother."

With the acting roles gone, Creel transitioned over to directing. She produced her first film in 1994, helping out a friend whose producer had been involved in a car accident. She also worked for the Hollywood Stock Exchange (HSX) and in 1998 she and HSX's Michael Burns founded film production company Ignite Entertainment. Creel resigned in 1999 to start Anomaly Productions. She also currently runs her own photography business, Creel Photo.

Creel has produced an award-winning lesbian-themed movie. (I wonder if hanging around with the annoying Dustin Diamond on the Saved By The Bell set turned her off men for good.) She produced "Prom-troversy," a comedy short about a lesbian's life at an all-straight high school. "Prom-troversy" took the top honors in the 2005 edition of the PlanetOut Short Movie Awards.

The 14 years since Saved By The Bell went off the air have not been kind to Creel. She was a beautiful and sultry young woman with long curly hair as Tori Scott in 1993. However, her looks have quickly faded and as one can clearly see in the photo below, she has apparently morphed into a man with a short boy's haircut:

For this and the other reasons discussed above, Leanna Creel is one washed-up celebrity!

62 comments:

Anonymous said...

Her washed up. She was never anything to begin with. Tiffany & Elizabeth were much better than she was. Leanna couldn't even hold their brawstrap even though from what it looks like now, she might enjoy doing that.

Anonymous said...

I liked the Tori character. I mean, SBTB was never 'good', but always a guilty pleasure. Leanna was a very beautiful young woman and I liked her with Mark-Paul Gosselaar. I wouldn't say she is washed up. She went on to other things, and is a happy person now.

diamondcutter said...

I kind of agree with the first comment... a never-was...

JewveBeenFramed said...

Wow! I didn't realize that there was so many homosexual and lesbian people involved with SbtB! Between the homosexual shinanigans of the male characters and Tori turning into a dyke (probably in a relationship with Jessie) I would say that SbtB was the most gay show in the history of TV! Take that Queer as Folk and The L Word!

Anonymous said...

She actually seems like a decent person though, unlike the rest of the SBTB crew - Best of luck with the Clit-Licking, Leanna!

Bathroom On The Right said...

I heard that Carnie Wilson, the (formerly) fat chick from Wilson Phillips, is going to be on a new reality show early next year and I thought "she would make a PERFECT candidate for this blog!" Please include her as soon as you are able to.

Anonymous said...

Dude! What are you talking about? She's HOT.

Gay women are lucky women.

Anonymous said...

She was the only hot girl in this horrible SBTB. And she's stiil hot. Really.

Anonymous said...

Definitely washed up now-I just saw her on a new Progressive Car Insurance TV commercial!

RG Richardson said...

Washed up or not she has done what she is passionate about. I think she is hot as well. I would fund any project she had to do just to meet her.

Anonymous said...

I don't think someone going off the hollywood radar is washed up. That is a ridiculous concept. Also, the person you saw on the progressive commercial I don't think was her maybe one of her sisters cause she is a triplet.

Anonymous said...

It was her sister Joy Creel who was "Mother" in The Cell... check IMDb.

witchgirl said...

In case none of you remember, Leanna was involved with Kirk Cameron for almost a year while she was a Senior in High School. I was sitting right by him when she was crowned Homecoming Queen of Sunny Hills High School.( I went to a neighboring school in the same district.Our Football team kicked their asses every year! She beat out her sister Joy I think.Given her latest apperance, I think that it is probably either Joy or Monica that have been in the Pizza Hut, Best Buy, and Progressive commercials. Oh, and she was famous enough that she is on the list and that you guys are all talking about her. I wish all the sisters the best. --LHHS Girl class of '89

Anonymous said...

that's Monica in the Progressive commercial. also, not sure why Leanna is "washed up"...she's got her own photography studio doing something she's passionate about. that's more than i can say about most folks. Good for her!!!

Anonymous said...

Presently, Leanna is busy being a positive influence on her community. I think she's found more fulfillment in things other than acting. She's an activist, a youth mentor, and dedicated member of her church. Leanna is a really kind and giving person. She is true to herself and strives to make a difference in this world. Furthermore, she is a truly happy person who is still beautiful inside and out.

Anonymous said...

She had more career than most dream of. Nice chest too!!

Anonymous said...

I wouldn't consider her washed up. She is a celebrity photographer and has shot a lot of famous people. Changing careers doesn't make one washed up.

And I think she's aged fantastically. She's absolutely gorgeous now. Her hair is adorable.

Anonymous said...

either her or one of her sisters has been in commercials for Lowes & a few other things recently. Way to go!

maggie said...

She looks beautiful! I love the short hair.

Anonymous said...

Oh putaing, cong! Elle est bonneuh!! maye gode, shi ise veri naice!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Anonymous said...

Leanna Creel is absolutely stunning in the progressive commercial! Frankly I had to do a search to find out who the beautiful women was in the commercial. She could convince me to buy anything!!

Anonymous said...

Arn't some of you so judging...and what is it your doing with your life that is so wonderful and successful?? that is what I thought...

That is not Leanna in the Progressive commercial for all you know it alls. She is my cousin, and all though we haven't seen each other in a long time she is one of the coolest gals I know and successful.

Anonymous said...

Just think, she missed the pinnacle of the entertainment industry. Had she really worked hard, she could have run a washed up blog. Ohhhh the missed opportunity. Funny how a group of never beens, try to pass judgement on their idea of a has been..

Anonymous said...

It's Monica in the Progressive commercial...the only one still acting...and on IMDB.com all 3 are credited with the "Mother" role in The Cell.

grimmy said...

she's still pretty-- the hairdo is just not very flattering.

Knapptown said...

She's still pretty hot! In kind of an Ione Skye type of way.

Todd from SOCAL said...

Sorry Leanna but the banging order would be Lisa 1st then Kelly then Zach and then you. At least you would be before Screech.

Anonymous said...

Wow, Kurt, she IS a lesbian.

Leanna's sister Joy is married to comics illustrator Rob Liefeld. Monica contniues to act. Leanna is a lesbian.

On June 18, 2008 when California legalized homosexual marriages, she married Rinat Greenberg [1] [2]. Rinat gave birth to their son Levi on Friday June 20 2008[3].

Anonymous said...

So what if she is a lesbian! She has to answer to God for that one. I liked her as Tori on SBTB she was hot when she played on there. She chose to be a lesbian so she has to live with the consequences.

Anonymous said...

to make fun of or call names of a person you don't even know... what are you all? Jealous I'd say.

Anonymous said...

"She chose to be a lesbian so she has to live with the consequences."

You are the dumbest person alive.

Anonymous said...

Boy, what a shock that Leanna is a lesbian! I wonder if she and Joy are "mirror twins"? With mirror twins, what often happens is one is left-handed and one is right-handed, one is straight and one is gay-- in other words, "mirror images" of each other.

Monica was always my favorite. Years ago I saw the triplets on the "Vicki" show, and Monica had a really cute boyfriend who went to Biola College. Did they ever get married?

Does anyone know how to get DVDs of the Parent Trap movies with the Creels?

hdub said...

who are we to judge any one's life and how they live it? if they are happy let them be...

David said...

Wow the write of this article sure is a hater. First of all she has produces many shows since then and went onto photography. Hollywood is one of the most stereotypical businsses around. Many stars have gone off to change careers, and that doesnt make them washed up.

More importantly tho, many years have passed and in twenty years people change, and grow. Do you look the same after twenty years and because you change your hair, does that make you washed up..?

How rude and discretionary can you be.

hdub said...

david, i agree with you

CinKing said...

I loved her in Saved By The Bell. I identified with her character. She was a tomboy and it was time for someone at my young age to see someone else like me on primetime tv. She may have never made it big in acting but I love the movies she make and produce. I will forever be a fan of hers. I LOVE U LEANNA!!!!

Natalee K. said...

For those of you who are bashing Leanna Creel or any other person that acts or used to act, who the hell do you think you are? You have no right to judge these people! Have you ever acted? It's a cut throat business, which I'm sure you know NOTHING about. Chances are, you are a washed up piece of crap and are jealous of actors/actresses. Take a look at your own pathetic lives before you judge people for their professions!

Anonymous said...

Weird--she totally dated Kirk Cameron and heresay has it that she is the reason he became a Christian in the first place.....hm....guess she didn't have the greatest luck with the guys after that

Anonymous said...

Leanna is a lovely human being, youthful, full of life and very happy. There are some incredibly judging losers on this site that are full of hate, hope the light shines down on you one day and you find a life.
May you all be attacked by wicked licking lesbians and washed up actors, we will all have a good laugh.

What_of_It said...

Honestly, it doesn't sound like she's a "wash-up", seems like she tried acting, was alright at it and had potential, but just decided her passion was elsewhere.
Oh and as far as her "choice" to be a lesbian, it's not a "choice" to "choose" a lifestyle where people are complete assholes and want to kill you for it. Cause I mean yea, it's every gay person's dream to be ostracized and ridiculed for their "choice" to love who ever they want.
Off topic I know, but back onto track, she seems very successful, and it seems like she just walked away from the spotlight, instead of being like Screech and doing a dirty sanchez to try and stay in the "in-crowd".
And she's still pretty hot, lesbian or not.

Anonymous said...

Leanna takes it up both holes

Anonymous said...

I just don't know what to say. I am stunned between the knowledge that Leanna is a Lez and the various comments left by her adoring fans. Whew!

Anonymous said...

She is only a washed up celebrity, not a person. & she probably eats more puzzy then anyone leaving a comment. I don't call that a loser unless it might be Whoopi Goldbergs puzzy

Anonymous said...

If her and Jirk Cameron were together, he probably turned her gay and she turned him into a religious nutjob.

Mormanwitch said...

Ha out there, stop trying to give My title to someone else! I happen to be the very first washed up celebrity of Orange County. Former Beauty Queen.
Little Miss Brea California, O and not to mention Children of the Night!And Hoolywood Calendar Girl! “Sherry Lee Deets”
My memory of eventful events is when Lean, Monica, Joy and a Girlfriend of our Deana went water skiing. My first time, “Out in the Ocean!” The girls had a great time watching Me crash, skid, flail into the water, “ You ever see a pelican fish?” That what I looked like, a crash landing mess. Anyway athletic as I am, jaws did not eat Me and there is no sequel yet. The girls gave Me grate confidence and they are all truly gems in my eyes.
Its sad that Orange County does not support the celebrity's of Orange County, I believe jealousy was a man facture and immaturity. Forever in My memory of eventful thought lean and Myself, Joy & Monica might be news of yesterday, “ but that my friend is what you have to remember!” and the longer ago it was, and the shorter careers we have, will be the shorter for You!” . What I am saying is support and give good grace, to those on the screen, the longer they last, the younger it will make you feel. And to see them on the screen is always apart of you that we carry with us while perusing Hollywood, You are never alone when it comes to film.
What also is startling to Me is that one day a Actor might be asked to emulate you the lady that started the bash. And whom will take that part? Maybe we will just write Her out of the documentary, sense no one cares to put 16 hour days , locations, lights markup, into this caricature. “who was she? what did she wright about?” Publicity, good bad, its all just away for Me to give a shout out to the girls I truly Love Monica, Joy Leanna. I hope you get this message look Me up at Shesobudha! I would love to do some work with You Leanna!

Anonymous said...

What a waste of internet space! What a bunch of haters...why spend so much time pondering who's washed up? Just get a life.

Anonymous said...

Before she became a dyke it was rumored that she had a fling with bronson pinchot and they have an illigetimate daughter named Balkiana. It is rumored she has some kind of shit fetish and Bronson was uncomfortable taking a dump on her.

ronald figueroa said...

She was on sthat movie Showgirls

Anonymous said...

Had no idea she was a homo...yuck

Large Marge said...

Hmmm, let's see, a former teen actress, grows up, cuts her hair, becomes a lesbian, leaves Hollywood and for this she's a washed up has been. I certainly didn't read anything about the usual drugs, alcohol, porn, DUI, financial problems, etc.

Anonymous said...

Sultry with her bad 80s big hair? Boyish and washed up with hr adorable pixie cut? Learn how to be a critical thinker, a facsimile of a writer and less of an envious douche.

Anonymous said...

She may not act as much but to say her looks faded is ridiculous. She is stunningly beautiful short hair or not.

aibreanban said...

Wow. I came here via google search because I am a fan of the podcast Go Bayside. These comments are a perfect example of the best and worst of the internet. To the moderator of this blog who actually has to approve of these comments to have them posted here: you are a essentially a monster. You approved each and every one of the ridiculous, hateful comments here and therefore are part of the process of spreading hate and ignorance. The "anonymous" idiots who posted them and get to hide behind their ignorance with impunity is because of your say-so. Remember that. Your complacency in it can only lead to an assumption that you agree with them on some level. Anyone who posts hate anonymously should never be given a voice. If you are bold enough to post hate with a name, then let it be and let it be open for discourse and I even applaud your boldness. Wonder if the moderator will even bother to approve mine? You have complete control of these comments so your inclusion of the hate does nothing for the world but disseminate hate even if there are a handful of positive comments. Use your life for good only.

Anonymous said...

I think she is one good looking chick now... and also they say she is happy and fulfilled. And in addition to that she had a career in films/TV.... more than most of us have. Way to go, Leanna. You're doing great! Best wishes to you and your sisters.

Anonymous said...

I think she is one good looking chick now... and also they say she is happy and fulfilled. And in addition to that she had a career in films/TV.... more than most of us have. Way to go, Leanna. You're doing great! Best wishes to you and your sisters.

Anonymous said...

8741I think she is one good looking chick now... and also they say she is happy and fulfilled. And in addition to that she had a career in films/TV.... more than most of us have. Way to go, Leanna. You're doing great! Best wishes to you and your sisters.

Anonymous said...

She's clearly a dyke. I findthat attractive, she has toys and my heart. The world is unfair.

Anonymous said...

what a horrible website you have. how pessimistic of a person are you? to write continuously about "washed up" celebs. get a life. you're not even "wash up" you are a "never was"

Anonymous said...

That was her sisters she is a triplet.

Anonymous said...

It baffles me that they chose this oaf to star in the show after contracts for other cast members weren't renewed. They should have brought Staci Carosi back, she was the only tolerable person on this shit show. Probably because she wasn't a soft ass California square.

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Richard Jeremy Needham said...

I knew the Creels a bit in grade school and always liked them.I went to the church they went to before.They are nice people.