Ione Skye Lee (/ˈni/ eye-OH-nee; née Ione Skye Leitch; born September 4, 1970)[a] is a British-born American actress. She made her film debut in the thriller River's Edge (1986) before gaining mainstream exposure for her starring role in Cameron Crowe's Say Anything... (1989). She continued to appear in films throughout the 1990s, with notable roles in Gas Food Lodging (1992), Wayne's World (1992) and One Night Stand (1997).

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Skye in 2007
Ione Skye Leitch

(1970-09-04) September 4, 1970 (age 51)
Hampstead, London, England
  • British
  • American
Years active1986–present
(m. 1992; div. 1999)

(m. 2008)
Partner(s)David Netto
Enid Karl
RelativesDonovan Leitch (brother)

Other film credits include the comedy Fever Pitch (2005) and an uncredited role in Zodiac (2007). Skye also guest-starred on several television series, including The Twilight Zone (2002), Private Practice, and a recurring role on Arrested Development. She is also featured in the NBC series La Brea (2021).

In addition to acting, Skye also works as a painter, and has authored several children's books. In 2006, VH1 ranked her number 84 on its list of the 100 Greatest Teen Stars.[2]

Early lifeEdit

Skye was born Ione Skye Leitch in Hampstead, London,[1] the daughter of folk singer-songwriter Donovan and model Enid Karl (née Stulberger). Her father is Scottish-born with some Irish ancestry and grew up in England.[3] Her mother is an American who was raised in the Bronx, New York City, and is Jewish.[4][5] Her second name comes from the Isle of Skye. She is the younger sister of Camp Freddy singer Donovan Leitch. Skye's parents were separated at the time of her birth, and she was raised by her mother, having little to no contact with her father.[6]

Skye grew up primarily in Los Angeles and San Francisco, and also spent time in Connecticut. She attended Immaculate Heart High School and Hollywood High School in Los Angeles.[6]


Skye made her film debut with a supporting role in River's Edge in 1986,[6] followed by a role as the title character in The Rachel Papers (1989). She played Diane Court, a withdrawn high school valedictorian, in the 1989 film Say Anything..., the feature film debut of director Cameron Crowe; the film attained a cult following and lent Skye international recognition.[7]

In 1992, she played the role of Eleanor Grey on the short-lived television series Covington Cross, starred in Allison Anders's debut feature film Gas Food Lodging (which also featured Skye's brother Donovan Leitch),[8] and had a supporting role in the Stephen La Rocque film Samantha. She subsequently had supporting roles as Elise in the comedy Wayne's World (1992) and the Mike Figgis-directed drama One Night Stand (1997).

She later appeared in the music video for the Harvey Danger song "Sad Sweetheart of the Rodeo." In 2007, Skye had a small, well-received part in the David Fincher film Zodiac.

In an interview with[9] in December 2010, Skye said she had not paid perfect attention to her career arc over the years, saying she "never struck when the iron was hot" when it came to going after big Hollywood roles in her 20s.

In 2013, she appeared in a supporting part in the independent horror film Haunt, with Jacki Weaver.[10] In 2016, Skye directed the music video for the Against Me! single "333".[11] The same year, she appeared in the short film Kitty, directed by Chloë Sevigny.[12]

Other venturesEdit

In addition to acting, Skye is also a painter, and sells her own works.[13] She also wrote the children's book My Yiddish Vacation, published by Henry Holt and Company in May 2014.[14] Skye has cited comic book artist Daniel Clowes as an inspiration for her painting and writing.[15]

Personal lifeEdit

For several years in the 1980s, Skye had a relationship with Anthony Kiedis, singer for the Red Hot Chili Peppers.[15] Kiedis's 2004 book Scar Tissue contains a nude photo of the couple.

Skye married Adam Horovitz, a member of the Beastie Boys.[16] The couple married in 1992, separated in 1995, and divorced in 1999.[15]

After her divorce, Skye dated model Jenny Shimizu.[17][18]

Skye then had a relationship with furniture designer David Netto. They had a daughter, Kate, born December 2001.[16] Skye's home in Hollywood, and Netto's apartment in New York City were featured in the February 2003 issue of Vogue. The two were engaged, but eventually separated.[19]

In 2008, Skye became engaged to Australian musician Ben Lee.[20] On December 29, 2008, Skye and Lee were married in a Hindu wedding ceremony in India.[20] They have one daughter, Goldie Priya Lee, born September 24, 2009.[21]

In an extensive 2015 interview, Skye discussed her struggle with addiction, including bouts with alcoholism and other drug use.[15]



Year Title Role Notes
1986 River's Edge Clarissa
1987 Stranded Deirdre Clark
1988 A Night in the Life of Jimmy Reardon Denise Hunter
1989 Say Anything... Diane Court
1989 The Rachel Papers Rachel Noyce
1990 Mindwalk Kit Hoffman
1990 The Color of Evening Halys Smith
1991 Samantha Elaine
1992 Gas Food Lodging Trudi
1992 Wayne's World Elyse
1992 Guncrazy Joy Kincaid
1994 Girls in Prison Carol Madison
1995 Four Rooms Eva Segment: "The Missing Ingredient"
1996 Cityscrapes: Los Angeles Young Woman
1996 Dream for an Insomniac Frankie
1996 The Size of Watermelons Maggie
1997 One Night Stand Jenny
1998 Went to Coney Island on a Mission from God... Be Back by Five Gabby
1999 Mascara Rebecca
1999 Jump Stephanie
1999 But I'm a Cheerleader Kelly Uncredited
2000 The Good Doctor Nadia Wickham Short film
2000 Men Make Women Crazy Theory Unknown Short film
2000 Moonglow Unknown
2001 Southlander: Diary of a Desperate Musician Miss Highrise
2001 Free Catherine
2001 Angryman Unknown
2001 Chicken Night Mama Short film
2003 Spin, Shoot & Run Jolynn
2005 Fever Pitch Molly
2005 Bad Girls Behind Bars Unknown
2006 The Lather Effect Zoey
2007 Zodiac Kathleen Johns Uncredited
2009 My Father's Will Diana Mancini Also known as: The Homeless Billionaire, A Secret Promise
2013 Return to Babylon Virginia Rappe
2013 Haunt Emily Asher
2015 Monsters Marie Short film
2015 Ingrid Helena Short film
2016 Dear Eleanor Charlotte
2016 Kitty Unknown Short film
2016 XOXO Susan
2021 Habit Unknown
TBA Holy New York Dalia


Year Title Role Notes
1987 Napoleon and Josephine: A Love Story Pauline Bonaparte Miniseries
1989 Nightmare Classics Marie Episode: "Carmilla"
1991 The General Motors Playwrights Theater Joanna Dibble Episode: "It's Called the Sugar Plum"
1992 Covington Cross Eleanor Grey 13 episodes
1994 Girls in Prison Carol Madison TV movie
1997 The Perfect Mother Kathryn M. Podaras Television film
1998 Tower of the Firstborn Diane Shannon Television film
2000 The Fearing Mind Irene Episode: "Gentleman Caller"
2002 The Twilight Zone Melina Kroner Episode: "Night Route"
2003 The Dead Zone Madeleine Wey Episode: "Visions"
2004 The Clinic Emma Matthews Television film
2004 Back When We Were Grownups Minerva 'Min' Foo Television film
2005 Life As We Know It Food Stand Woman Episode: "Papa Wheelie"
2005–2018 Arrested Development Mrs. Veal 3 episodes
2006 12 Hours to Live Megan Saunders Television film
2008 Private Practice Monica Episode: "Know When to Fold"
2010 The Santa Incident Joanna Television film
2014 Awkward. Samantha Perry Episode: "Welcome to Hell"
2018 UDrive Me Tammi
2018 Camping Carleen
2020 Good Girls Gayle
2021 La Brea Jessica Harris Recurring role
TBA Beef Guest role, upcoming series


  1. ^ While some sources (such as the Motion Picture Almanac) list her birth year as 1971, vital records from the England and Wales Birth Registration Index state her birth date as September 4, 1970.[1]


  1. ^ a b "Person Details for Ione Skye Leitch". England and Wales Birth Registration Index. FamilySearch. Archived from the original on October 6, 2015. Retrieved December 28, 2017.
  2. ^ "100 Greatest Teen Stars". Retrieved September 12, 2017.
  3. ^ "How Donovan and Coco, his granddaughter, caught their wind". independent. Retrieved July 23, 2020.
  4. ^ "Ione Skye Interview". The Howard Stern Show (Interview). Interviewed by Ione Skye. May 9, 1999.
  5. ^ Bloom, Nate (December 15, 2011). "Jewish Stars 12/16". Cleveland Jewish News. Donovan's former wife is an American Jew, and their daughter, actress Ione Skye ("Say Anything"), 41, was once Beastie Boy Adam Horovitz's wife.
  6. ^ a b c "Donovan's Kid, Ione Skye, Gets Her Feet Wet in River's Edge". People. August 3, 1987. Retrieved January 9, 2018.
  7. ^ Tiches, Christiana (October 8, 2014). "New Again: Ione Skye". Interview. Retrieved January 9, 2018.
  8. ^ Maslin, Janet (July 31, 1992). "Gas Food Lodging; Rueful Women, Rootless Men In a Dreary Western Town". New York Times. Retrieved January 23, 2020.
  9. ^ "Ione Skye Interview". Archived from the original on October 30, 2012. Retrieved February 4, 2014.
  10. ^ Gonzalez, Ed (February 28, 2014). "Haunt Film Review". Slant Magazine. Retrieved January 9, 2018.
  11. ^ Yoo, Noah (September 2, 2016). "Against Me! Share New "333" Video Starring "Orange Is the New Black"'s Natasha Lyonne: Watch | Pitchfork". Pitchfork. Retrieved September 2, 2016.
  12. ^ Vlessing, Etan (January 8, 2016). "Chloe Sevigny to Make Directorial Debut With 'Kitty'". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved January 8, 2018.
  13. ^ "Ione Skye Paintings: Gallery". Archived from the original on August 23, 2012.
  14. ^ Skye, Ione (2014). My Yiddish Vacation. Henry Holt and Company. ISBN 978-0-8050-9512-8.
  15. ^ a b c d Lavitt, John (December 11, 2015). "Innocence is a Virtue—The Fix Q&A; with Ione Skye". The Fix. Archived from the original on May 19, 2017. Retrieved December 30, 2017.
  16. ^ a b Leon, Anya. "Ben Lee, Ione Skye Welcome a Daughter – Babies, Ben Lee, Ione Skye". People magazine. Retrieved August 30, 2010.
  17. ^ Summers, Claude (April 24, 2012). The Queer Encyclopedia of Film and Television. Cleis Press Start. ISBN 978-1-57344-882-6.
  18. ^ Summers, Claude (2005). The Queer Encyclopedia of Film and Television. Cleis Press. p. 135.
  19. ^ Sykes, Plum (February 2003). "A Tale of Two Cities". Vogue: 275.
  20. ^ a b Chi, Paul (January 11, 2009). "A Wedding in India for Actress Ione Skye". People. Retrieved January 8, 2018.
  21. ^ Greenberg, Josh (September 28, 2009). "Ione Skye and Ben Lee Say Baby!". E! Online. Retrieved September 28, 2009.

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