Seen in the 2000 Broadway revival of "The Rocky Horror Show" as two male characters, Eddie / Dr. Scott.
Was seen on Broadway in "On The Town", from which she sang the song "I Can Cook, Too" on the Broadway Leading Ladies show.
Made her recording Warner Bros. debut in 2000. Hailed by the Times as "the Best Jazz Album of 2001". Her second album, Double Standards, received rave reviews in the UK and US press.
An outspoken actress, director, singer, comedian, and writer, she began singing in jazz clubs as a teenager before extending herself successfully into stand-up comedy in the early 1980s.
Daughter of father Robert, a social worker and jazz pianist, and mother Jerry, a homemaker. She is of Italian (father) and English and Scottish (mother) descent.
DeLaria released two CD recordings of her comedy, Bulldyke in a China Shop (1994) and Box Lunch (1997). She has also written a humorous book entitled Lea's Book of Rules for the World.
Performed as Jane in the 1998 Off Broadway production of Paul Rudnick's "The Most Fabulous Story Ever Told," a gay retelling of the Bible.
In December 1993 she hosted Comedy Central's Out There, the first all-gay stand-up comedy special.
She attended kindergarten through 8th grade at St Mary's Elementary School in Belleville, and has referenced her Catholic upbringing in her performances.
Famously controversial for her irreverent commentary, DeLaria was the first openly gay comic to break the late-night talk-show barrier with her 1993 appearance on "The Arsenio Hall Show".