Rosemary and Newell Alexander are Leslie Jordan’s close friends. In one of the late actor’s last appearances, he surprises the couple in the season premiere of “Celebrity IOU.” Jordan passed away on October 24, 2022, crashing his car after experiencing a medical emergency.

Jordan explains why he appeared on the “Celebrity IOU,” saying in a clip obtained by People, “I really found out the secret to happiness is to do for others.”

The series follows celebrities as they partner with “Property Brothers” stars Drew and Jonathan Scott to surprise important people in their lives with renovations. This season’s other stars include Drew Barrymore, Cindy Crawford, Terry Crews, Cheryl Hines, Kate Hudson, Idina Menzel and Wilmer Valderrama.

Here is what you need to know:

1. Leslie Jordan Shared a 40-Year Friendship With Rosemary & Newell Alexander

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Jordan was friends with Rosemary, 81, and Newell, 87, for 40 years.

“When he moved to LA from Tennessee in the 1980s to pursue acting, Leslie met fellow actors Newell and Rosemary who helped him get into theater and eventually became more like family,” HGTV explained.

Rosemary concurred, telling People, “He just became family to us.”

2. Rosemary & Newell Alexander Are Both Actors

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Like Jordan, Rosemary and Newell are both actors with 48 and 115 acting credits on IMDb to their names, respectively.

Rosemary has appeared as a guest in many long-running series and voiced characters in animated classics. Her television credits include “Knot’s Landing,” “Murder, She Wrote,” “Designing Women,” “Chicago Hope” and “Dharma & Greg.” Her voice-over roles include “Howl’s Moving Castle,” “The Lorax” and “Despicable Me 3.”

Newell’s many roles include “Little House on the Prairie,” “Dallas,” “Quantum Leap,” “Days of Our Lives,” “Walker, Texas Ranger,” “Grey’s Anatomy” and “August Osage County.”

The couple is perhaps best known for their roles in the play and cult film “Sordid Lives” and its subsequent sequels and spinoffs, in which they starred in alongside Jordan. Rosemary played Dr. Eve Bolinger, Newell played Wardell Owens and Jordan played Earl ‘Brother Boy’ Ingram.

That is not the only time they worked together. Among their other collaborations, the couple produced Jordan’s one-man show, “Hysterical Blindness and Other …read more



Rosemary & Newell Alexander, Leslie Jordan’s Friends: 5 Fast Facts

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