Leslie is the middle child out of the triplets (her older brother, Frank Jr. Jr. and her younger sister, Chandler Buffay.) Her parents had trouble conceiving naturally (most likely due to Alice's age), so Frank asked his sister, Phoebe Buffay, as their wedding present, to be the surrogate of their child. Leslie was born, along with Frank Jr. Jr. and Chandler, in the episode "The One Hundreth".
They were seen again aged one in the sixth season, and aged five in the last season. Frank asks Phoebe to adopt one of them (similarly to "The One Hundreth", when Phoebe asks Rachel to ask Frank Jr. if she can keep one of the babies), but subsequently realises he loves them too much to give one away.
Phoebe Abbott is not Leslie's grandmother because her father, Frank Jr, and Phoebe Buffay have different mothers (both adoptive and biological). Lily Buffay is not related to Frank Jr. by blood, and Phoebe Abbott is Phoebe and Ursula's biological mother, but not Frank Jr.'s. Frank Jr. is the child of Frank Buffay Sr and an unnamed woman.
- No one seemed to notice that Leslie is the name of Phoebe's ex-singing partner.
- Leslie was actually played by a boy in the episode "The One With Joey's Porsche" (You can see this when Leslie was then found sitting in a drawer in a green dress without a diaper. You can clearly tell it's a boy.)