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Leighton Meester’s Family Turmoil

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Blair Waldorf’s life was never perfect, but that doesn’t mean she wasn’t hugely privileged. The same was not true for Leighton Meester, the actress playing her. Both of her parents were involved in a drug ring and arrested, and Leighton was actually born in a prison. She spent the first three months of her life in a halfway house.

This didn’t ultimately get in the way of her rise to prominence, but her troubles with her family didn’t end there. Eventually, Leighton had to take her mother to court for misusing money that Leighton was sending to help her sick younger brother.

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