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Leelee Sobieski



Born Liliane Rudabet Gloria Elsveta Sobieski on June 10, 1982, Leelee Sobieski had shot to ingénue stardom in the time it took to say "Helen Hunt's spitting image." The young actress, who does indeed bear a striking resemblance to Hunt, first came to the attention of art house audiences with her role in A Soldier's Daughter Never Cries (1998). Thanks to her participation in two high-profile projects, Deep Impact and Eyes Wide Shut, Sobieski has garnered both widespread recognition and the distinction of being one of the most promising actresses of her generation.

Born and bred in New York City, Sobieski, the eldest of two children, was raised by her father, a French painter, and her mother, a freelance writer. She was "discovered," rather unexpectedly, in her school's cafeteria by Woody Allen's casting director. With the encouragement of her parents, Sobieski began auditioning, trying out at one point for the part that went to Kirsten Dunst in Interview With the Vampire. She landed her first screen role in the 1997 Tim Allen comedy Jungle 2 Jungle, and then was cast as Channe in Merchant/Ivory's A Soldier's Daughter Never Cries (1998). Sobieski drew raves for the depth and intelligence of her performance and was further rewarded with another leading role, that of Joan of Arc in the 1999 TV miniseries Joan of Arc. Sobieski then turned her back on typical ingénue roles with her portrayal of a geek queen in the Drew Barrymore comedy Never Been Kissed. The film's producers had originally wanted Sobieski for the role of the most popular girl in school, but the actress had insisted on that of her antithesis, a choice that reflected her desire to take on more unconventional roles. This choice was made further apparent with her casting in Stanley Kubrick's Eyes Wide Shut, in which Sobieski had a brief but memorable appearance as the silent, flirtatious daughter of a costume-shop owner.

In 2000 Sobieski returned to more conventional fare with Here on Earth, a romantic drama in which she starred as a young woman coping with first love and terminal illness. That same year, she could be seen in the teen thriller Squelch and My First Mister, a romantic comedy that featured her as a recent high-school grad who develops a crush on her much older boss (Albert Brooks). Gaining notice for her increasing ability to carry a movie, Sobieski earned her first million-dollar salary that same year for her role in the thriller The Glass House, followed shortly thereafter by another prominent role in the throwback CB thriller Joy Ride. A Golden Globe-nominated performance in the 2001 World War II drama Uprising served well to balance out such lukewarm efforts as the 2001 thriller The Glass House and the 2003 literary adaptation Dangerous Liaisons, and on the heels of a fairly forgettable 2005 Sobieski took a trip to a neo-pagan island where nothing is really as it seems in the Neil LaBute-directed remake The Wicker Man. She next appeared in 88 Minutes, opposite Al Pacino, and Public Enemies, opposite Johnny Depp. Sobieski switched gears after that, appearing in some TV guest spots before taking on a regular role in the short-lived NYC 22.

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Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet The Last Film Festival
  • Stalker
2016
10% Branded
  • Abby Gibbons
2012
No Score Yet Acts Of Violence
  • Olivia Flyn
2010
26% Finding Bliss
  • Jody
2009
No Score Yet Night Train
  • Chloe
2009
68% Public Enemies
  • Polly Hamilton
2009
5% 88 Minutes
  • Lauren Douglas
2008
40% Walk all Over Me
  • Alberta
2007
No Score Yet In a Dark Place
  • Anna Veigh
2007
4% In the Name of the King: A Dungeon Siege Tale
  • Muriella
2006
15% The Wicker Man
  • Sister Honey
2006
No Score Yet Heavens Fall
  • Victoria Price
2006
14% London
  • French Woman
2006
No Score Yet Lying
  • Sarah
2006
No Score Yet The Elder Son
  • Actor
2006
No Score Yet The Elder Son
  • Lolita
2006
No Score Yet Hercules
  • Deianeira
2005
No Score Yet Dangerous Liaisons
  • Cecile
2004
No Score Yet Whale in Montana
  • Actor
2004
69% Max
  • Liselore Von Peltz
2002
53% My First Mister
  • Jennifer
2002
No Score Yet The Idol (L'Idole)
  • Sarah
2002
100% Uprising
  • Tosia Altman
2001
73% Joy Ride
  • Venna
2001
21% The Glass House
  • Ruby Baker
2001
17% Here on Earth
  • Samantha
2000
74% Eyes Wide Shut
  • Milich's Daughter
1999
11% Joan of Arc
  • Joan
1999
57% Never Been Kissed
  • Aldys
1999
77% A Soldier's Daughter Never Cries
  • Channe
1998
48% Deep Impact
  • Sarah Hotchner
1998
20% Jungle 2 Jungle
  • Karen Kempster
1997
No Score Yet A Horse for Danny
  • Danny
1995

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT
47% NYC 22
2012
  • Jennifer "White House" Perry
Grace Under Fire
1993-1998
  • Lucy
No Score Yet Frasier
1993-2004
  • Voice of Sheila
97% The Good Wife
2009-2016
  • Alexis Symanski
No Score Yet The Tonight Show With Jay Leno
2014
  • Guest

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