You can probably recognize John Leguizamo as Luigi from Super Mario Bros or as Benny Blanco from the renowned movie Carlito’s Way. But can you recognize the amazing woman always by his side, Justine Maurer?
Justine Maurer married John Leguizamo in 2003, and since then, she’s been popular and well-known. However, long before her marriage to the famous actor, she’s built a successful career for herself in costume designing, producing, and even estate planning.
Read on to find more about her!
Justine Maurer – A Personal Profile
Justine Maurer was born in the USA, where she spent her whole life and had her kids. She was born in 1968 to immigrant parents living in the middle class. She lived her childhood with her parents, Rona and Jack Maurer, and she has a sister called Nicole. There’s also a stepsister called Lisa Bishop, but there’s not much available about her.
Reportedly, Justine was raised in a Jewish household.
Justine’s father was a financial research consultant at a renowned firm and an estate planner, but not much is available about her mother.
Despite her husband’s fame as a comedian, producer, and actor, Justine managed to make a career for herself. She’s a costume designer with a net worth of $500,000, while her husband has a whopping net worth of $25 million.
Here’s some extra info about Maurer:
- Height: 5’5”
- Weight: 159 pounds
- Zodiac sign: Taurus
- Birthday: May 8, 1968 (54 years old)
- Children: Lucas and Allegra Sky
Justine Maurer’s Career
Justine Maurer worked as an estate planner in her lifetime, taking after her father, but her main job was being a costume designer. She was hired in a number of movies for costume design, including Carlito’s Way, where she worked as a production assistant, and The Shadow, where she worked in the wardrobe production.
Justine Maurer’s Kids
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Justine Maurer has two kids with her husband, Allegra, the oldest, and Lucas. Not surprisingly, Allegra and Lucas both took an interest in acting, seeing as their father is an actor and their mother works in the same industry.
Allegra is both an actor and a voice actor. She used her voice most famously in the Ice Age movies: Dawn of the Dinosaurs and Continental Drift. She also had minor roles in popular movies, including The Equalizer and New Amsterdam. Although she’s only 23 years old, Allegra is already establishing herself in the movie industry.
As for Lucas, his only known works are Ice Age 3 and 4, where he worked alongside his sister Allegra. He was born in 2000, and apparently, the family likes to keep their personal life private because not a lot is available to know about him.
Justine Maurer’s Parents
Although Justine’s parents are mostly laying low about their personal lives, an 2003 incident brought them both to light and under critical eyes. In the mentioned year, Justine’s father sued her mother, accusing her of tricking him into signing over a couple of his apartments.
Until this day, it’s not clear how the lawsuit ended because the couple didn’t disclose any information. On top of that, they stayed married until Justine’s father’s death in 2005, so the lawsuit apparently didn’t cause a major issue.
But that wasn’t the end of her mother being brought to the spotlight. After Jack’s death, his wife got accused of covering a huge amount of money, specifically $17 million, instead of rightfully sharing 50% of the profits with Justine’s stepsister.
Lawyers from both sides refused to disclose any information, so it’s not clear how they reached an agreement either.
Her Relationship With Husband John Leguizamo
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You may not know this, but John Leguizamo was married before Justine Maurer. The marriage didn’t last long, though. He married his first wife, Yelba Osorio, in 1994 and divorced her in 1996. You may think he met his second wife afterward, but that’s not what happened.
Justine and John met before he even married his first wife, particularly in 1993 on the set of Carlito’s Way. Maurer worked as a costume designer on set, while John played the character Benny Blanco.
Although they’d met before, John and Justine didn’t reconnect until after his divorce, specifically in 1997. They dated for two years, then got their first kid, their daughter Allegra in 1999. Only one year later, they got Lucas, their only son.
In 2003, they decided to get married, and they did it in a ceremony that held both of their religious views, Catholic and Jewish.