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TEA LEONI

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BIOGRAPHICAL DETAILS

Full Name: Elizabeth Téa Pantaleoni

Description: Actress, USA

Known For: Jurassic Park III, The Family Man, Deep Impact

Location: NY, United States of America

Date Born: 25th February 1966

Location Born: New York City, New York, United States of America

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BIOGRAPHICAL PROFILE

Téa Leoni

Elizabeth Téa Pantaleoni born February 25, 1966), better known by her stage name Téa Leoni, is an American actress and producer.

In early career, Leoni starred in the television sitcoms Flying Blind (1992–93) and The Naked Truth (1995–98). Her breakthrough role was in the 1995 action comedy film, Bad Boys. In later years, Leoni had the female lead roles in box office hits including Deep Impact (1998), The Family Man (2000), Jurassic Park III (2001), Fun with Dick and Jane (2005), and Tower Heist (2011) with Ben Stiller. In 2014, Leoni returned to television with the leading role in the CBS political drama series, Madam Secretary.

Leoni was born in New York City. Her mother, Emily Patterson, was a dietician and nutritionist, and her father, Anthony Pantaleoni, was a corporate lawyer with the firm Fulbright & Jaworski. Leoni’s paternal grandfather was of Italian and English descent; he was a nephew of Italian economist and politician Maffeo Pantaleoni. Leoni’s paternal grandmother, Polish-American Helenka Adamowska Pantaleoni, a film and stage actress, was the daughter of musicians Józef Adamowski and Antonina Szumowska-Adamowska. Leoni’s mother is a native of Texas, and was the niece of actor Hank Patterson. Leoni grew up in Englewood, New Jersey and New York City, and attended two private schools, Brearley School and The Putney School in Vermont. She attended but did not complete studies at Sarah Lawrence College.

Career

In 1988, Leoni was cast as one of the stars of Angels 88, an updated version of the 1970s show Charlie’s Angels.[10] After production delays, the show never aired. The following year, Leoni was cast as Lisa DiNapoli in the NBC daytime soap opera, Santa Barbara. In 1991, she made her film debut with a small role in a comedy Switch, and later played another small part in A League of Their Own (1992).

From 1992 to 1993, Leoni starred with Corey Parker in the short-lived Fox sitcom, Flying Blind. In February 1995, she appeared in the sitcom Frasier as the fiancée of Sam Malone (Ted Danson) in a crossover from Cheers, from which Frasier had spun off. Later in that year, Leoni landed the lead role in the ABC/NBC sitcom The Naked Truth, playing Nora Wilde, a tabloid news journalist. The show ran through 1998. Leoni had the female lead role in the 1995 action comedy film, Bad Boys. The movie was a box office success, grossing over $141 million worldwide.

After leaving television, in 1998, Leoni had the leading role in Deep Impact, a big-budget disaster film about a comet menacing Earth. The film received mixed reviews from critics, but was a success at the box office, grossing $349 million worldwide. She later had main roles in two other big budget movies: romantic comedy The Family Man (2000) co-starring alongside Nicolas Cage, and science fiction film Jurassic Park III (2001) as William H. Macy’s character ex-wife. In 2002, she starred as a film studio executive in Hollywood Ending, directed by Woody Allen, and had supporting role in box office bomb crime drama People I Know. In 2004, she appeared as wife of Adam Sandler’s character in the financially unsuccessful comedy-drama Spanglish. In 2005, Leoni starred alongside Jim Carrey in the comedy film Fun with Dick and Jane. The movie was her final success as lead actress at the box office, grossing $202 million worldwide.

Leoni co-starred in a number of small films in the late 2000s, include You Kill Me and The Smell of Success. She co-starred opposite Ricky Gervais in the 2008 supernatural comedy-drama Ghost Town. In 2011, she had a supporting role in heist comedy film, Tower Heist. In 2011, she was also cast alongside Hope Davis as leads in the HBO comedy pilot, Spring/Fall; however, the pilot was not picked up. In 2014, she returned to broadcast television with the leading role in the CBS political drama series, Madam Secretary.

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Personal life

Leoni married her first husband, Neil Joseph Tardio, Jr., a television commercial producer, on June 8, 1991, at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church in Hope, New Jersey.

Leoni married her second husband, actor David Duchovny, on May 13, 1997, after an eight-week courtship. They have two children. On October 15, 2008, Leoni and Duchovny confirmed that they had been separated “for several months”. The media attributed the separation to Duchovny’s much publicized sexual addiction. The couple publicly reconciled and were seen frequently together as a family.

On June 29, 2011, CNN reported that Leoni and Duchovny had again split. In 2012, Duchovny stated that he was still married but separated. Their divorce was finalized in summer 2014.

Leoni has been dating her Madam Secretary co-star Tim Daly since December 2014.

Humanitarian work

Leoni stated in the October 27, 2006 issue of Life magazine that she became a goodwill ambassador for UNICEF partially because Helenka Pantaleoni, her paternal grandmother, was the president of the U.S. Fund for UNICEF for 25 years.

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Leoni’s paternal grandfather was of Italian and English descent; he was a nephew of Italian economist and politician Maffeo Pantaleoni.

Leoni’s paternal grandmother, Polish-American Helenka Adamowska Pantaleoni, a relative of Ignacy Jan Paderewski, was a film and stage actress who was a daughter of musicians Józef Adamowski and Antonina Szumowska-Adamowska; with Józef’s brother Timothee Adamowski, they were the Adamowski Trio.

Leoni’s mother is a native of Texas, and was the niece of actor Hank Patterson.

Leoni attended two private schools, Brearley School and The Putney School. She attended but did not complete studies at Sarah Lawrence College.

During her sophomore year Leoni was in a rock climbing accident in Colorado. She fell down a gorge while climbing with friends.

The impact caused her to dislocate and fracture her jaw under the right interior mandible and caused extensive facial lacerations. Following the wiring shut of her jaw and extensive reconstructive surgery, Leoni was able to function and speak somewhat normally.

She often credits this accident with the unique jaw shape and facial features she has come to be known for.

In 1988, Leoni was cast as one of the stars of Angels 88, an updated version of the 1970s show Charlie’s Angels.

In May 1988, Life magazine ran a story on the casting of this new series.[citation needed] After production delays, the show never aired. The following year, Leoni starred as “Lisa DiNapoli” in the TV daytime drama Santa Barbara.

Leoni went on to appear in the women’s baseball film A League of Their Own in 1992. Later in the year, she starred with Corey Parker in the single-season Fox sitcom Flying Blind, playing an eccentric, downtown-Manhattan libertine who falls in love with an ordinary Long Island college graduate.

In February 1995, she appeared in the sitcom Frasier as the fiance of Sam Malone, portrayed by guest star Ted Danson, in a crossover from Cheers.

Leoni also landed the lead role in the sitcom The Naked Truth, playing Nora Wilde, a tabloid news journalist.

The show ran through 1998. In the 2000 episode of the The X-Files “Hollywood A.D.” (season 7, episode 19), Leoni played an actress portraying Dana Scully in a movie under her own name.

Leoni’s film work includes a lead role in Deep Impact, a big-budget disaster film about a comet menacing Earth; and Jurassic Park III, The Family Man, Bad Boys, and You Kill Me. She starred as a film studio executive in Hollywood Ending for director Woody Allen, portraying his ex-wife, and in Spanglish as the emotionally unstable wife of Adam Sandler.

Leoni ranked #79 on the FHM “100 Sexiest Women of 2000” list.

Personal lifeLeoni stated in the October 27, 2006 issue of Life magazine that she became a Goodwill ambassador for UNICEF partially because Helenka Pantaleoni, her paternal grandmother, was the president of the U.S. Fund for UNICEF for 25 years.

Filmography

Film Year Title Role Notes
1991 Switch Connie the Dream Girl
1992 League of Their Own, AA League of Their Own Racine 1st Base
1994 Wyatt Earp Sally
1995 Bad Boys Julie Mott
1996 Flirting with Disaster Tina Kalb
1998 Deep Impact Jenny Lerner
1998 There’s No Fish Food in Heaven[18] Landeene
2000 Family Man, TheThe Family Man Kate Reynolds
2001 Jurassic Park III Amanda Kirby
2002 People I Know Jilli Hopper
2002 Hollywood Ending Ellie
2004 House of D Mrs. Warshaw
2004 Spanglish Deborah Clasky
2005 Fun with Dick and Jane Jane Harper
2007 You Kill Me Laurel Pearson
2008 Ghost Town Gwen
2009 Smell of Success, TheThe Smell of Success Rosemary Rose
2011 Tower Heist Special Agent Claire Denham

 

LINKS: Téa Leoni

  1. “Tea Leoni and David Duchovny split”

    June 29, 2011, CNN

  2. Jump up ^ David Duchovny talks about Californication and Marilyn Manson

    , Inquirer.net; retrieved March 23, 2014.

  3. Jump up ^ Leon, Anya (August 9, 2014). “David Duchovny and Téa Leoni Are Divorcing”

    . People. Retrieved August 10, 2014. News of Duchovny’s divorce with Leoni was heard on August 9, 2014, the date that has been presumed to be their divorce finalization. According to the article, TMZ claimed that their divorce was filed on June 2014. Neither date was rebutted or verified by other sources.

  4. Jump up ^ “Téa Leoni, Tim Daly Make Their Red Carpet Debut At White House Correspondents’ Dinner”

    . Huffington Post. April 27, 2015. Retrieved May 22, 2015.

  5. Jump up ^ Schillaci, Sophie (June 29, 2011). “Tea Leoni: 5 Things About the Newly Single Actress”

    . The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved June 29, 2011.

  6. Jump up ^ Hiltbrand, David (April 4, 1994). “Picks and Pans Review: The Counterfeit Contessa”

    . People magazine 41 (12). ISSN 0093-7673

    . Retrieved October 8, 2011.

  7. Jump up ^ “There’s No Fish Food in Heaven (1998)”

    . The New York Times. Retrieved October 8, 2011.