Maura Nielsen Kaplan: All About Leslie Nielsen’s Daughter

Maura Nielsen Kaplan is the daughter of Leslie William Nielsen. Maura’s father Leslie Nielsen was an actor, producer, and comedian. He was best known for appearing in Airplane!, Forbidden Planet, Wrongfully Accused, The Poseidon Adventure, The Naked Gun, Police Squad!, Creepshow, and Mr. Magoo. He received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and was inducted into Canada’s Walk of Fame.

Maura Nielsen Kaplan: Bio Summary

NameMaura Nielsen Kaplan
Famous asdaughter of Leslie Nielsen
Date of birth N/A
Place of birth Florida, United States
Nationality American
Spouse Neil Kaplan
Children N/A
Parents Leslie Nielsen and Alisande Ullman
Siblings Thea Nielsen Disney

Who Is Leslie Nielsen’s Daughter, Maura Nielsen Kaplan?

Maura Nielsen Kaplan is the daughter of Leslie William Nielsen (11 February 1926 – 28 November 2010) and his second wife Alisande Ullman but her date of birth is unknown. She is said to have been born in Florida, United States. Her father was a Canadian-American actor and comedian. Her parents appeared together on several TV game shows. They appeared in five sequential episodes of “It Takes Two” in 1969.

They also appeared on at least five episodes (non-sequential) of “It’s Your Bet” from 1970 to 1972. Maura Nielsen has a sister called Thea Nielsen Disney. Thea is an actress known for appearing in the films “Dracula: Dead and Loving It” as a ballroom guest, “Family Plan” as a ravishing woman, and “Wrongfully Accused” as party guest #2. Maura and her sister Thea are very close to each other.

Maura is the stepdaughter of actress Barbaree Earl Nielsen. Barbaree is the fourth and last wife of Maura’s father Leslie Nielsen. Barbaree became Leslie’s widow after Leslie died. Maura’s paternal grandparents were Mabel Elizabeth (née Davies), an immigrant from Wales, and Ingvard Eversen Nielsen (1900–1975), a Danish-born constable in the Royal Canadian Mounted Police.

Maura’s maternal grandparents were Allan Gordon Ullman and Martha Elizabeth Bettie Williams. Maura’s educational information is not available. She married Neil Kaplan and took his last name. Her marriage to Neil has been kept away from the spotlight which is why much is unknown. Whether they have any children or not is not known. Her father Leslie Nielsen was married four times to four different women.

Leslie Nielsen was married to nightclub singer Monica Boyar, Alisande Ullman, Brooks Oliver, and Barbaree Earl Nielsen. He was married to Barbaree until he passed away. Leslie who was legally deaf and wore hearing aids for most of his life was admitted to Holy Cross Hospital, Fort Lauderdale, Florida, with pneumonia in November 2010. He died in his sleep from pneumonia on 28 November 2010, in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, U.S., at 84 years.

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Leslie was surrounded by family and friends at the time he died. His agent John S. Kelly said in a statement that Leslie died in a hospital near his home. “We are saddened by the passing of beloved actor Leslie Nielsen, probably best remembered as Lt. Frank Drebin in ‘The Naked Gun’ series of pictures, but who enjoyed a more than 60-year career in motion pictures and television,” John said.

Leslie Nielsen was buried at Evergreen Cemetery, Fort Lauderdale, Broward County, Florida, USA. As a final bit of humor, Leslie chose “Let ‘er rip” as his epitaph. He is survived by his wife Barbaree Earl Nielsen, daughters Maura Nielsen Kaplan and Thea Nielsen Disney, and several other family members.

Maura Nielsen Kaplan Is An Actress And Production Designer

Maura Nielsen Kaplan is involved in the movie industry as an actress and production designer. As an actress, she has 5 acting credits to her name, per her IMDb page. She portrayed a ballroom guest in “Dracula: Dead and Loving It”, ravishing woman in “Family Plan”, party guest #1 in “Wrongfully Accused”, woman in “The Black Dot”, and CEO in “Sonder”. Her IMDb suggests that she did not appear in further acting projects after 2022.

Maura Nielsen Kaplan served as a production designer for the film “Sight Unseen”. Her father Leslie Nielsen was able to act in more than 100 films and 150 television programs, portraying more than 220 characters. He has worked in movies of different genres. He once shared: “I always played those kinds of serious roles but I did a lot of comedy behind the camera. I just didn’t have the courage to take it in front of the camera. Comedy was a dream.”

“But if you test it and you don’t make it — if you’re not as funny as you imagined you could be — then you’ve lost the dream. The believability or credibility or logic all fit into a character. If you hang all that on me and have me do insane things or placed in insane situations, there’s a strong possibility it will be funny … If the audience gets the idea for one second that we think we’re funny or trying to be funny, it’s no longer funny.”

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Leslie Nielsen appeared in the films Ransom!, Forbidden Planet, The Opposite Sex, Hot Summer Night, The Vagabond King, Tammy and the Bachelor, The Sheepman, Night Train to Paris, Harlow, Dark Intruder, The Plainsman, Change of Mind, The Poseidon Adventure, Project: Kill, Sixth and Main, The Amsterdam Kill, City on Fire, Airplane!, The Creature Wasn’t Nice, Home Is Where the Hart Is, and Repossessed among others.

Leslie Nielsen’s television appearances include Justice, Alfred Hitchcock Presents, Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea, Wagon Train, Gunsmoke, The Virginian, and The Wild Wild West. He appeared in The Naked Gun film series. He appeared in episodes of MASH, The Man from U.N.C.L.E., Bracken’s World, The Streets of San Francisco, The Love Boat, Police Squad!, Shaping Up, Murder, She Wrote, Who’s the Boss?, and Doctorology.

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