Leighton Meester's Ex-Con Mom Books Herself

Gossip Girl star's mom peddles tell-all tale of drug dealing and prison time

By Ken Baker Sep 06, 2008 1:28 AMTags
Leighton MeesterEric Liebowitz/The CW

Lynne Spears isn't the only celebrity mom coming out with a memoir.

E! News has learned exclusively that Gossip Girl star Leighton Meester's mother, Connie Meester, who gave birth to her daughter while doing time in a Texas prison for a drug-related crime, may soon be coming to a bookshelf near you.

Connie's manager, Loch Powell, confirms that Mama Meester has penned "a memoir" about her family life that began as a screenplay "three or four years ago," but that she has yet to find a publisher.

The book will reportedly tell Connie's life journey from drug-ring co-conspirator to suburban real estate agent to author and, of course, to the rearing of her TV star child.

As for Leighton's reaction to it, Powell says the star is supportive. "Leighton and her mom are very close," he says. "Connie has had a spectacular life."

On the heels of Gossip Girl's successful season two premiere, Star magazine reported Tuesday that Connie was jailed in 1985 for marijuana trafficking. The report asserts that she (along with ex-husband Doug, Leighton's father) were part of a family-run drug ring that imported Jamaican weed to the U.S.

After an FBI bust in 1985, Connie began serving a one-year-plus sentence at a federal prison in Fort Worth, Texas. Her stint was briefly interrupted in April 1986, when she was released to give birth and nurse Leighton for 12 weeks. Meester ultimately returned to the clink, where she served until November '86.