Téa Leoni

Téa Leoni

Feb. 25th, 1966
Born in
New York City, New York, USA
5' 8

Téa Leoni's Main TV Roles

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Madam Secretary TV Show
Madam Secretary

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

Born in New York City. Her father, Anthony Pantaleoni, was a corporate lawyer, and her mother, Emily Patterson, was a dietitian and nutritionist. She is of Italian (from a paternal great-grandfather), Polish, English, German, and Scots-Irish descent. Téa attended but did not complete studies at Sarah Lawrence College. She started out in acting as Lisa DiNapoli in Santa Barbara (1984). 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).

In 1992 she starred in the short-lived sitcom Flying Blind (1992). In 1994 she appeared in Wyatt Earp (1994) opposite 'Kevin Costner' and The Counterfeit Contessa (1994) opposite D.W. Moffett. In 1995 she starred opposite Will Smith and Martin Lawrence in the popular film Bad Boys (1995). She also had a guest appearance on Frasier (1993) that same year.

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's ex-wife. In 2002 she starred as a film studio executive in Hollywood Ending, directed by 'Woody Allen', and had a supporting role in the box office bomb crime drama People I Know. In 2004 she appeared as the 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 grossed $202 million at the box office worldwide

Leoni married Neil Joseph Tardio, Jr., a television commercial producer, (June 8, 1991), at St. Luke's Episcopal Church in Hope, New Jersey. They divorced in (1995).

Leoni married actor 'David Duchovny' (May 13, 1997), after an eight-week courtship. They have two children; daughter Madelaine West Duchovny (born April 1999) and son Kyd Miller Duchovny (born June 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 again split. In 2012, Duchovny stated that he was still married but separated. Their divorce was finalized in mid-2014.

Leoni has been dating her Madam Secretary co-star 'Tim Daly', another alum of The Putney School, since December 2014.


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