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Téa Leoni (born February 25, 1966) is an American actress. She is perhaps best known for her roles in Jurassic Park III, The Family Man, Deep Impact,

Téa Leoni (born February 25, 1966) is an American actress. She is perhaps best known for her roles in Jurassic Park III, The Family Man, Deep Impact, and Fun with Dick and Jane.
Early life

Leoni was born Elizabeth Téa Pantaleoni (/ˈteɪə pɑːntəleɪˈoʊniː/) in New York City, the daughter of Emily (née Patterson), a dietician and nutritionist, and Anthony Pantaleoni, a corporate lawyer of the firm Fulbright & Jaworski.[1][2] Leoni’s mother is a native of Texas, and her father is of Italian and Polish descent.[3][4] Leoni’s paternal grandmother, Helen "Helenka" Tradusa Adamowska (1901 - 1987), was a film and stage actress who was a sister of Józef and Tymoteusz Adamowski, who with Józef's wife of Antonina Szumowska-Adamowsk were the Adamowski Trio.[5][6] Leoni's paternal great-grandfather was the brother of Italian economist and politician Maffeo Pantaleoni.[5]


Leoni attended Brearley School and The Putney School. She attended but did not complete studies at Sarah Lawrence College. She went on to star in a number of TV series and movies. In 1989 Leoni starred as "Lisa DiNapoli" in the TV series, "Santa Barbara" before making a splash in the feature-film world in the 1995 box-office hit, Bad Boys, along with Will Smith and Martin Lawrence. She had an important role in the commercially successful movie Deep Impact, in which her character breaks the story of a comet that is going to hit Earth. She also starred in Woody Allen’s movie Hollywood Ending, with Allen and Mark Rydell. In 2004, she starred in Spanglish with Adam Sandler, Cloris Leachman, and Paz Vega.

In 1988 she was cast as one of the four new angels in Angels 89, an updated version of the 1970's 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. In February 1995, Leoni played a supporting role in an episode of the television show Frasier, playing the fiance of Sam Malone, who is portrayed by guest star Ted Danson. In 1995, Leoni landed the starring role in Fox’s Flying Blind, a short-lived sitcom. In 1995, Leoni landed the lead role in the television sitcom The Naked Truth, playing Nora Wilde, a tabloid news journalist. The show was a minor hit and was canceled in 1998. Another film role followed in 2000, playing the lead alongside Nicolas Cage in The Family Man. In 2001, she starred with Sam Neill and William H. Macy in the blockbuster, Jurassic Park III, the third installment of the Jurassic Park franchise. The film was a major box office hit and is one of her most notable roles.

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

Personal life

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

Leoni married her first husband, Neil Joseph Tardio, Jr., a television producer, on June 8, 1991, at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church in Hope, New Jersey.[7] The couple divorced in 1995. She married her second husband, actor David Duchovny, on May 6, 1997, after a nine-week courtship. Their first child, daughter Madelaine West Duchovny, was born on April 24, 1999, in Southern California,[8] and their second, son Kyd Miller Duchovny, was born on June 15, 2002, in Los Angeles, California The family lives in Malibu, California. On Wednesday, October 15, 2008, Leoni and Duchovny confirmed that they have been separated "for several months".[9][10]

Year Movie Role
1991 Switch Connie (dream girl)
1992 A League of Their Own Racine (1st base)
1994 Wyatt Earp Sally
Counterfeit Contessa (TV) Gina Leonarda Nardino
1995 Bad Boys Julie Mott
1996 Flirting with Disaster Tina Kalb
1998 There's No Fish Food in Heaven Landeene
1998 Deep Impact Jenny Lerner
2000 The Family Man Kate Reynolds
2001 Jurassic Park III Amanda Kirby
2002 People I Know Jilli Hopper
Hollywood Ending Ellie
2004 Spanglish Deborah Clasky
2005 Fun with Dick and Jane Jane Harper
House of D Mrs. Warshaw
2007 You Kill Me Laurel Pearson
2008 Ghost Town Gwen
2009 Manure Rosemary Rose

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