Leoni in June 2007
|Born||Elizabeth Téa Pantaleoni
February 25, 1966
New York City, U.S.
Neil Joseph Tardio, Jr. (m. 1991–95)David Duchovny (m. 1997–2014)
|Children||Madelaine West Duchovny
Kyd Miller Duchovny
Elizabeth Téa Pantaleoni (/ /; born February 25, 1966), 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 2014–15 season.
Leoni was born in New York City. Her mother was a dietician and nutritionist, and her father, Anthony Pantaleoni, was a corporate lawyer of 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 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.
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. 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.
Leoni married her second husband, actor David Duchovny, on May 13, 1997, after an eight-week courtship. They have a daughter, Madelaine West, born in 1999, and son, Kyd Miller, born in 2002. 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 once again split. In 2012, Duchovny declared he was still married but separated. Their divorce was finalized in summer 2014.
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.
|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||Gina Leonarda Nardino||Television film|
|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||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|
|2004||House of D||Mrs. Warshaw|
|2005||Fun with Dick and Jane||Jane Harper|
|2007||You Kill Me||Laurel Pearson|
|2009||The Smell of Success||Rosemary Rose|
|2011||Tower Heist||Special Agent Claire Denham|
|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||Madam Secretary||Elizabeth McCord||Upcoming series|
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