Téa Leoni

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Téa Leoni
Leoni in June 2007
Born Elizabeth Téa Pantaleoni
(1966-02-25) February 25, 1966 (age 48)
New York City, New York, United States
Occupation Actress
Years active 1989–present
Spouse(s) Neil Joseph Tardio, Jr. (m. 1991; div. 1995)
David Duchovny (m. 1997; div. 2014)
Children Madelaine West Duchovny
Kyd Miller Duchovny

Elizabeth Téa Pantaleoni (/ˈt.ə pɑːntəlˈn/; born February 25, 1966),[1] better known by her stage name Téa Leoni, is an American actress. She has starred in a wide range of films including Jurassic Park III, The Family Man, Deep Impact, Fun with Dick and Jane, Flirting with Disaster, Spanglish, Bad Boys, Ghost Town and Tower Heist. Her show Madam Secretary was picked up by CBS for the 2014–2015 season.[2]

Early life[edit]

Leoni was born in New York City.[1] Her mother, Emily Patterson,[3] was a dietician and nutritionist, and her father, Anthony Pantaleoni, was a corporate lawyer with the firm Fulbright & Jaworski.[1][4] Leoni's paternal grandfather was of Italian and English descent; he was a nephew of Italian economist and politician Maffeo Pantaleoni.[5][6][7] 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.[5][8] Leoni's mother is a native of Texas, and was the niece of actor Hank Patterson.[9]

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


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 fiancée of Sam Malone (Ted Danson) in a crossover from Cheers, from which Frasier had spun off.

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.

She's currently the star of new CBS show Madam Secretary for the 2014–2015 season.[2]

Leoni ranked #79 on the FHM "100 Sexiest Women of 2000" list.[10]

Personal life[edit]

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.[11]

Leoni married her second husband, actor David Duchovny, on May 13, 1997, after an eight-week courtship.[12][13] They have a daughter, Madelaine West, born in 1999,[14] and son, Kyd Miller, born in 2002.[15] 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.[16] On June 29, 2011, CNN reported that Leoni and Duchovny had once again split.[17] In 2012, Duchovny declared he was still married but separated.[18] Their divorce was finalized in summer 2014.[19]

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.[20]



Year Title Role Notes
1991 Switch Connie the Dream Girl
1992 League of Their Own, AA League of Their Own Racine 1st Base
1994 Counterfeit Contessa, TheThe Counterfeit Contessa[21] Gina Leonarda Nardino Television film
1994 Wyatt Earp Sally
1995 Bad Boys Julie Mott
1996 Flirting with Disaster Tina Kalb
1998 Deep Impact Jenny Lerner Nominated—Blockbuster Entertainment Award for Favorite Actress – Sci-Fi
1998 There's No Fish Food in Heaven[22] Landeene
2000 Family Man, TheThe Family Man Kate Reynolds Saturn Award for Best Actress
Nominated—Blockbuster Entertainment Award for Favorite Actress – Comedy/Romance
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 The Smell of Success Rosemary Rose
2011 Tower Heist Special Agent Claire Denham


Year Title Role Notes
1989 Santa Barbara Lisa DiNapoli 6 episodes
1992–1993 Flying Blind Alicia 22 episodes
1995 Frasier Sheila Episode: "The Show Where Sam Shows Up"
1995–1998 Naked Truth, TheThe Naked Truth Nora Wilde 51 episodes
2000 X-Files, TheThe X-Files Herself Episode: "Hollywood A.D."
2011 Spring/Fall Margo Unsold TV pilot
2014–present Madam Secretary Elizabeth McCord 4 episodes


  1. ^ a b c "Tea Leoniprofile at". FilmReference.com. 
  2. ^ a b "CBS Picks Up "Madam Secretary," With Bebe Neuwirth and Patina Miller, Plus "McCarthys" Comedy, With Laurie Metcalf". Playbill.com. Retrieved August 14, 2014. 
  3. ^ https://ca.movies.yahoo.com/person/tea-leoni/biography.html
  4. ^ "Anthony Pantaleoni profile at". Fulbright.com. Retrieved August 14, 2014. 
  5. ^ a b LoSchiavo, LindAnn (June 2005). "Take Téa". L'idea Magazine. Retrieved October 21, 2010. 
  6. ^ Matheou, Demetrios (July 17, 2001). "It's Téa time for T-Rex". Daily Telegraph. Retrieved August 20, 2011. 
  7. ^ Mitchell, Sean (April 28, 2002). "A Habit of Lying Taught Téa Leoni the Truth of Acting". The New York Times. Retrieved August 14, 2014. 
  8. ^ Helenka A. Pantaleoni (obituary), The New York Times, January 7, 1987
  9. ^ GertieBeth. "The Articles – Elle Magazine". Leoni Online. Retrieved August 31, 2012. 
  10. ^ "FreeJose.com". FHM 100 Sexiest Women of 2000. Archived from the original on September 14, 2008. 
  11. ^ "Miss Pantaleoni, Actress, Marries", The New York Times, June 9, 1991
  12. ^ Gliatto, Tom (May 19, 1997). "Altared State: David Duchovny and Téa Leoni Tie the Knot". People 47 (19). Retrieved August 10, 2014. 
  13. ^ "David Duchovny and Tea Leoni -- Separated". TMZ.com. June 29, 2011. 
  14. ^ "Duchovnys: Baby Makes 3". People magazine. March 16, 1999. ISSN 0093-7673. Retrieved August 29, 2011. 
  15. ^ Silverman, Stephen M. (June 18, 2002). "Leoni, Duchovny: And Baby Makes Four". People magazine. ISSN 0093-7673. Retrieved August 29, 2011. 
  16. ^ ""David Duchovny & Tea Leoni Reconcile"". Dailymail.co.uk. June 22, 2009. Retrieved August 14, 2014. 
  17. ^ "Tea Leoni and David Duchovny split" June 29, 2011, CNN
  18. ^ David Duchovny talks about Californication and Marilyn Manson. Inquirer.net. Retrieved March 23, 2014.
  19. ^ 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. Either date has been neither rebutted nor verified by other sources.
  20. ^ Sophie Schillaci (June 29, 2011). "Tea Leoni: 5 Things About the Newly Single Actress". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved June 29, 2011. 
  21. ^ Hiltbrand, David (April 4, 1994). "Picks and Pans Review: The Counterfeit Contessa". People magazine 41 (12). ISSN 0093-7673. Retrieved October 8, 2011. 
  22. ^ "There's No Fish Food in Heaven (1998)". The New York Times. Retrieved October 8, 2011. 

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