Téa Leoni

Lowest Rated: 10% House of D (2004)
Birthday: Feb 25, 1966
Birthplace: New York, New York, USA
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

CREDIT
67% Tower Heist Special Agent Claire Denham $78.1M 2011
No Score Yet The Smell of Success Rosemary 2011
85% Ghost Town Gwen $13.3M 2008
78% You Kill Me Executive Producer Laurel Pearson $2.4M 2007
28% Fun With Dick and Jane Jane Harper $110.4M 2005
53% Spanglish Deborah Clasky $42.1M 2004
10% House of D Katherine Warshaw $0.4M 2004
43% People I Know Jilli Hopper 2003
46% Hollywood Ending Ellie $4.8M 2002
50% Jurassic Park III Amanda Kirby 2001
53% The Family Man Kate 2000
45% 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
42% Bad Boys Julie Mott 1995
42% Wyatt Earp Sally 1994
No Score Yet The Counterfeit Contessa Gina Nardino 1994
78% A League of Their Own Racine 1B 1992
33% Switch Dream Girl 1991

TV

CREDIT
No Score Yet Madam Secretary
2014
Elizabeth McCord Producer
  • 2019
  • 2018
  • 2017
  • 2016
  • 2015
  • 2014
No Score Yet CBS This Morning
2012
Guest
  • 2017
No Score Yet Finding Your Roots With Henry Louis Gates Jr.
2012
Appearing
  • 2017
No Score Yet The Late Show With Stephen Colbert
2015
Guest
  • 2016
No Score Yet The Talk
2010
Guest
  • 2014
75% The X-Files
1993-2018
Herself
  • 2000
94% Frasier
1993-2004
Sheila
  • 1995
No Score Yet Flying Blind
1992-1993
Alicia
  • 1993
  • 1992

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