Téa Leoni

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Téa Leoni
TéaLeoniJun07.jpg
Leoni in June 2007
Born Elizabeth Téa Pantaleoni
(1966-02-25) February 25, 1966 (age 48)
New York City, New York, U.S.
Occupation Actress
Years active 1989–present
Spouse(s) Neil Joseph Tardio, Jr. (m. 1991; div. 1995)
David Duchovny (m. 1997; div. 2014)
Children 2

Elizabeth Téa Pantaleoni (/ˈt.ə pɑːntəlˈn/; born February 25, 1966),[1] 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 (1995-1998). 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 include Deep Impact (1998), The Family Man (2000), Jurassic Park III (2001), and Fun with Dick and Jane (2005). In 2014, Leoni returned to television with the leading role in the CBS drama series, Madam Secretary.

Early life[edit]

Leoni was born in New York City.[1] Her mother, Emily Patterson,[2] was a dietician and nutritionist, and her father, Anthony Pantaleoni, was a corporate lawyer with the firm Fulbright & Jaworski.[1][3] Leoni's paternal grandfather was of Italian and English descent; he was a nephew of Italian economist and politician Maffeo Pantaleoni.[4][5][6] 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.[4][7] Leoni's mother is a native of Texas, and was the niece of actor Hank Patterson.[8] Leoni attended two private schools, Brearley School and The Putney School. She attended but did not complete studies at Sarah Lawrence College.[citation needed]

Career[edit]

In 1988, Leoni was cast as one of the stars of Angels 88, an updated version of the 1970s show Charlie's Angels.[9] 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 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-leved 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 CBS 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 has been a box office success, grossing over $141 million worldwide.[10]

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 success at the box office, grossing $349 million worldwide.[11] She later had main roles in two another 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.[12]

Leoni co-starred in a number of small films in 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 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.[13] In 2014, she returned to broadcast television with the leading role in the CBS political drama series, Madam Secretary.[14]

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.[15]

Leoni married her second husband, actor David Duchovny, on May 13, 1997, after an eight-week courtship.[16][17] They have two children.[18][19] 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.[20]

On June 29, 2011, CNN reported that Leoni and Duchovny had again split.[21] In 2012, Duchovny stated that he was still married but separated.[22] Their divorce was finalized in summer 2014.[23]

UNICEF[edit]

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.[24]

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

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[25] 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[26] Landeene Also executive producer
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 Also executive producer
2008 Ghost Town Gwen
2009 The Smell of Success Rosemary Rose
2011 Tower Heist Special Agent Claire Denham

Television[edit]

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 55 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 5 episodes

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Tea Leoniprofile at". FilmReference.com. 
  2. ^ "Téa Leoni". Yahoo Movies Canada. Retrieved October 20, 2014. 
  3. ^ "Anthony Pantaleoni profile at". Fulbright.com. Retrieved August 14, 2014. 
  4. ^ a b LoSchiavo, LindAnn (June 2005). "Take Téa". L'idea Magazine. Retrieved October 21, 2010. 
  5. ^ Matheou, Demetrios (July 17, 2001). "It's Téa time for T-Rex". Daily Telegraph. Retrieved August 20, 2011. 
  6. ^ Mitchell, Sean (April 28, 2002). "A Habit of Lying Taught Téa Leoni the Truth of Acting". The New York Times. Retrieved August 14, 2014. 
  7. ^ Helenka A. Pantaleoni (obituary), The New York Times, January 7, 1987
  8. ^ GertieBeth. "The Articles – Elle Magazine". Leoni Online. Retrieved August 31, 2012. 
  9. ^ http://www.nytimes.com/movies/person/530752/T-a-Leoni
  10. ^ "Bad Boys (1995) - Box Office Mojo". Retrieved October 20, 2014. 
  11. ^ "Deep Impact (1998) - Box Office Mojo". Retrieved October 20, 2014. 
  12. ^ "Fun with Dick and Jane (2005) - Box Office Mojo". Retrieved October 20, 2014. 
  13. ^ "'Spring/Fall' Not Going Forward At HBO". Deadline. November 8, 2011. Retrieved October 20, 2014. 
  14. ^ "CBS Picks Up "Madam Secretary" With Bebe Neuwirth and Patina Miller". Playbill.com. Retrieved August 14, 2014. 
  15. ^ "Miss Pantaleoni, Actress, Marries", The New York Times, June 9, 1991.
  16. ^ Gliatto, Tom (May 19, 1997). "Altared State: David Duchovny and Téa Leoni Tie the Knot". People 47 (19). Retrieved August 10, 2014. 
  17. ^ "David Duchovny and Tea Leoni -- Separated". TMZ.com. June 29, 2011. 
  18. ^ "Duchovnys: Baby Makes 3". People magazine. March 16, 1999. ISSN 0093-7673. Retrieved August 29, 2011. 
  19. ^ Silverman, Stephen M. (June 18, 2002). "Leoni, Duchovny: And Baby Makes Four". People magazine. ISSN 0093-7673. Retrieved August 29, 2011. 
  20. ^ "David Duchovny & Tea Leoni Reconcile". Dailymail.co.uk. June 22, 2009. Retrieved August 14, 2014. 
  21. ^ "Tea Leoni and David Duchovny split" June 29, 2011, CNN
  22. ^ David Duchovny talks about Californication and Marilyn Manson, Inquirer.net; retrieved March 23, 2014.
  23. ^ 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.
  24. ^ Sophie Schillaci (June 29, 2011). "Tea Leoni: 5 Things About the Newly Single Actress". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved June 29, 2011. 
  25. ^ Hiltbrand, David (April 4, 1994). "Picks and Pans Review: The Counterfeit Contessa". People magazine 41 (12). ISSN 0093-7673. Retrieved October 8, 2011. 
  26. ^ "There's No Fish Food in Heaven (1998)". The New York Times. Retrieved October 8, 2011. 

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