In 1963, Leslie voted for John F. Kennedy, the first time she had ever cast a vote for president.
In 1968, Leslie won the Tony Award in the category of Best Actress in a Musical for her work on the production "Hallelujah, Baby!".
In 1977, Leslie was nominated for an Emmy Award in the category of Outstanding Lead Actress for a Single Appearance in a Drama or Comedy Series for her role in part VI of the series Roots.
In 1997, Leslie was nominated for an Image Award in the category of Outstanding Actress in a Daytime Drama Series for her role in the television series All My Children.
In 1978, Leslie was nominated for a Golden Globe in the category of Best TV Actress - Drama for her role in the miniseries Roots.
In 1983, Leslie won the Daytime Emmy in the category of Outstanding Host or Hostess in a Variety Series for her work on the series Fantasy.
Leslie is a longtime personal friend of Jerry Herman.
Leslie stands at 5' 6" or 1.68 m.