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Téa Leoni



First earning fame as a witty, agile comic actress on TV, smart, leggy beauty Téa Leoni was poised for Hollywood movie stardom by the late '90s. Born Elizabeth Téa Pantaleoni and raised in New York City, Leoni graduated from boarding school in Vermont and headed to Sarah Lawrence College to study psychology. After dropping out to travel for several months, Leoni intended to finish college at Harvard. Though she had never planned on acting, Leoni auditioned on a dare for a planned TV remake of Charlie's Angels and was cast. Though the 1988 writer's strike killed the series, Leoni opted to stay in Hollywood. After several years of modeling and TV commercials, Leoni made her film debut as the "Dream Girl" in Blake Edwards' farce Switch (1991). A small part in A League of Their Own (1992) and starring roles in the short-lived Fox sitcom Flying Blind (1992) and the TV movie The Counterfeit Contessa (1994) brought Leoni more attention. While she co-starred as the obligatory female-witness-in-peril in the blockbuster actioner Bad Boys (1995), Leoni's gift for acid wit and goofy physical comedy turned her into a TV star that same year in the sitcom The Naked Truth. Despite a network change, The Naked Truth lasted three seasons; Leoni further bolstered her comic reputation with her performance as a high-strung psychology student in David O. Russell's excellent screwball comedy Flirting With Disaster (1996). While The Naked Truth mined TV laughs out of tabloids, After taking a turn for the serious as a reporter in the first 1998 asteroid blockbuster Deep Impact, Leoni then took a break from acting to focus on her family. She returned to movies in 2000 with a charming performance as Nicolas Cage's beloved in the syrupy dramedy The Family Man, and subsequently kept busy with a string of roles in such big-budget features as Jurassic Park III (2001), Fun with Dick and Jane (2005), and Tower Heist (2011). She returned to television in 2014 with Madam Secretary.

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Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
68% Tower Heist
  • Special Agent Claire Denham
2011
No Score Yet The Smell of Success
  • Rosemary
2011
86% Ghost Town
  • Gwen
2008
78% You Kill Me
  • Executive Producer
  • Laurel Pearson
2007
29% Fun With Dick and Jane
  • Jane Harper
2005
52% Spanglish
  • Deborah Clasky
2004
10% House of D
  • Katherine Warshaw
2004
42% People I Know
  • Jilli Hopper
2003
47% Hollywood Ending
  • Ellie
2002
50% Jurassic Park III
  • Amanda Kirby
2001
53% The Family Man
  • Kate
2000
48% Deep Impact
  • Jenny Lerner
1998
No Score Yet Life in the Fast Lane (There's No Fish Food in Heaven)
  • Executive Producer
  • Landeene
1998
87% Flirting With Disaster
  • Tina Kalb
1996
43% Bad Boys
  • Julie Mott
1995
42% Wyatt Earp
  • Sally
1994
No Score Yet The Counterfeit Contessa
  • Gina Nardino
1994
77% A League of Their Own
  • Racine 1B
1992
33% Switch
  • Dream Girl
1991

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT
No Score Yet The X-Files
1993
  • Herself
No Score Yet Madam Secretary
2014
  • Elizabeth McCord
No Score Yet Frasier
1993-2004
  • Sheila
No Score Yet The Talk
2010
  • Guest
91% The Late Show With Stephen Colbert
2015
  • Guest

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