• American actress and screenwriter Alicia Linda ‘Lecy’ Goranson was born in Evanston, Illinois in 197•
• She is best known for her role in the critically acclaimed 1999 biographical crime movie “Boys Don’t Cry”.
• She has appeared in over 20 movies and TV series, and wrote the 2020 and 2022 episodes of “The Conners”.
• She was in a relationship with American actor Jason Weiss in the first half of the 2000s.
• Lecy’s net worth is estimated to be over $3.5 million.

Who is Lecy Goranson?

American actress and screenwriter Alicia Linda ‘Lecy’ Goranson was born in Evanston, Illinois USA, on 22 June 1974, making her zodiac sign Cancer. She’s appeared in 20 movies and TV series, and is perhaps still known best for playing Candace in the critically acclaimed 1999 biographical crime movie “Boys Don’t Cry”, which Kimberly Peirce wrote and directed, and which starred Peter Sarsgaard, Chloe Sevigny and Hilary Swank. It follows the life of transgender man Brandon Teena, and the movie won 51 of its 89 award nominations, including an Oscar win for Best Actress in a Leading Role (Hilary Swank).

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Education and early life

Lecy was raised in Evanston alongside her older brother Adam, by their mother Linda Goranson who worked at Evanston Township High School as a teacher of English language, and father Stephen Goranson who was employed at the Environmental Protection Agency.

Lecy became interested in acting after watching a theatre play with her family at the age of 11, and was 14 when she attended her second audition ever, and subsequently launched her acting career in “Roseanne”, which lasted on and off for over 30 years.

She matriculated from a local high school in 1992, and then moved to Chicago, Illinois where she studied at an acting school. At around the same time, Lecy quit “Roseanne” to attend Vassar College, from which she graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in English language in 1995, and then returned to “Roseanne”.

Roles in TV series

Lecy’s debut TV series role came in 1988, when cast to play one of the lead characters Becky Conner-Healy in the critically acclaimed comedy “Roseanne”, which went on to air through 2018 and won 53 of its 166 award nominations. Matt Williams and Roseanne Barr created the series, which also starred Laurie Metcalf, John Goodman and Roseanne Barr, and follows the lives of members of an American working-class family.

In 2004, Lecy played Amber in the episode “An American Girl in Paris: Part Deux” of the romantic comedy “Sex and the City”, and Rosalin Silvo in the episode “Poison” of the crime mystery “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit”. The year 2009 saw her play Tattoo Girl in the episode “Inner Child” of the science fiction mystery “Fringe”, and Lecy could then have been seen appearing in an episode of both the comedy “Naked in a Fishbowl” and the crime mystery “Damages”.

In 2015, she portrayed Bonnie in the comedy “Co-operation”, which starred Damian Norfleet, Chris Lamberth and Zachary Alexander, and follows six people who live in the same apartment building in Manhattan.

Since 2018, Lecy’s been playing the lead character Becky Conner-Healy (same as in “Roseanne”) in the comedy “The Conners”, which Bruce Helford and Dave Caplan created, and which also stars Sara Gilbert and John Goodman. It follows the lives of members of the Conners family, and the series has won six of its 17 award nominations.

Roles in movies

Lecy’s debut film role was playing Young Hy in the 1995 romantic comedy “How to Make an American Quilt”, directed by Jocelyn Moorhouse, and which starred Winona Ryder, Ellen Burstyn and Anne Bancroft. It follows Finn Dodd who’s soon to marry the man of her dreams, but is now having second thoughts; the film was nominated for four awards.

A couple of Lecy’s following roles were in the 2004 horror thriller “Death 4 Told”, the 2005 romantic comedy “Love, Ludlow”, and the 2007 short comedy “The Perfect Dress”.

In 2010, she portrayed Sandra in the comedy “The Extra Man”, directed by Robert Pulcini and Shari Springer Berman, and which starred Kevin Kline, Paul Dano and Katie Holmes; it follows the life of a male escort whose clients are mostly wealthy widows. Lecy could then have been seen appearing in the 2011 fantasy horror comedy “Roseanne: Tricks & Treats”, the 2013 short family drama “The Wood House” and the 2018 comedy “Hurricane Bianca: From Russia with Hate”.

Her most recent film role has been playing Misty in the 2019 drama “Buck Run”, directed by Nick Frangione, and which starred James Le Gros, Kevin J. O’Connor and Amy Hargreaves. It follows 15-year-old Shaw Templeton whose mother’s just died, leaving him to take care of his old father William; the movie won five awards.

Other credits

Lecy sang the song “Bluest Eyes in Texas” in the 1999 movie “Boys Don’t Cry”.

She wrote the 2020 episode “Throwing a Christian to a Bear” and the 2022 episode “Triggered” of the series “The Conners”.

Some of Lecy’s recent talk-show appearances have been in “Tamron Hall”, “GMA3: What You Need to Know” and “Entertainment Tonight”.

Awards and nominations

Lecy and her colleagues won a 2008 TV Land Innovator Award for their performance in “Roseanne”.

She was also nominated for two Young Artist Awards for Best Young Actress Supporting Role in a Television Series in 1989 and 1990, both for her performance in “Roseanne”, and a 2021 Critics Choice Award for Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series and a 2022 Humanitas Prize for Comedy Teleplay, both for “The Conners”.

Love life and boyfriends

Lecy prefers not to speak about her love life in public, and there’s only a single man whom she’s dated, that the public knows about.

She was in a relationship with American actor, producer and director Jason Weiss; he’s appeared in 18 movies and TV series, and is perhaps still known best for portraying Flash’s Crony in the 2002 action science fiction adventure movie “Spider-Man”, which won 16 of its 81 award nominations, including two Oscar nominations for Best Sound and Best Visual Effects. It’s believed that Lecy and Jason were together for three years in the first half of the 2000s, but this hasn’t been confirmed.

Lecy seems to be unattached as of January 2023, hasn’t married and doesn’t have children.

Interesting facts and hobbies

Lecy was highly sporting while growing up, and was on her college women’s football team.

She spent some time working at youth organization YMCA’s summer camps as a counselor.

Lecy’s passionate about music, and plays both the mandolin and guitar.

She ranked #92 on the VH1’s 2005 list ‘100 Greatest Kid Stars’.

Lecy and American actor Donald Faison were born on the exact same day.

She’s followed by close to 500,000 people on Instagram, and has posted over 650 pictures and videos; Lecy’s a fashionista, and enjoys showing off her clothes on Instagram.

She’s a philanthropist, and enjoys donating to charity organizations which work with underprivileged children.

Lecy’s favorite actresses are Helen Mirren and Cate Blanchett, and some of her favorite films include “Where’d You Go, Bernadette”, “Manifesto” and “Truth”.

Height, eyes and wealth

Lecy’s age is 48. She has green eyes and long brown hair, is 5ft 5ins (1.65m) tall and weighs about 120lbs (55kgs).

Lecy’s net worth’s been estimated at over $3.5 million, as of January 2023.


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