Ione Skye Lee (// 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).
Ione Skye Leitch
September 4, 1970
Hampstead, London, England
(m. 1992; div. 1999)
|Relatives||Donovan 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).
Skye was born Ione Skye Leitch in Hampstead, London, 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. Her mother is an American who was raised in the Bronx, New York City, and is Jewish. 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.
Skye made her film debut with a supporting role in River's Edge in 1986, 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 She played Diane Court, a withdrawn high school valedictorian, in the 1989 film Say Anything..., the feature film debut of director Cameron Crowe; the film attained a cult following and lent Skye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.
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), 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).
In an interview with mondo-video.com 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. In 2016, Skye directed the music video for the Against Me! single "333". The same year, she appeared in the short film Kitty, directed by Chloë Sevigny.
In addition to acting, Skye is also a painter, and sells her own works. She also wrote the children's book My Yiddish Vacation, published by Henry Holt and Company in May 2014. Skye has cited comic book artist Daniel Clowes as an inspiration for her painting and writing.
Skye then had a relationship with furniture designer David Netto. They had a daughter, Kate, born December 2001. 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.
In 2008, Skye became engaged to Australian musician Ben Lee. On December 29, 2008, Skye and Lee were married in a Hindu wedding ceremony in India. They have one daughter, Goldie Priya Lee, born September 24, 2009.
In an extensive 2015 interview, Skye discussed her struggle with addiction, including bouts with alcoholism and other drug use.
|1988||A Night in the Life of Jimmy Reardon||Denise Hunter|
|1989||Say Anything...||Diane Court|
|1989||The Rachel Papers||Rachel Noyce|
|1990||The Color of Evening||Halys Smith|
|1992||Gas Food Lodging||Trudi|
|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||But I'm a Cheerleader||Kelly||Uncredited|
|2000||The Good Doctor||Nadia Wickham||Short film|
|2000||Men Make Women Crazy Theory||Unknown||Short film|
|2001||Southlander: Diary of a Desperate Musician||Miss Highrise|
|2001||Chicken Night||Mama||Short film|
|2003||Spin, Shoot & Run||Jolynn|
|2005||Bad Girls Behind Bars||Unknown|
|2006||The Lather Effect||Zoey|
|2009||My Father's Will||Diana Mancini||Also known as: The Homeless Billionaire, A Secret Promise|
|2013||Return to Babylon||Virginia Rappe|
|TBA||Holy New York||Dalia|
|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"|
|2021||La Brea||Jessica Harris||Recurring role|
|TBA||Beef||Guest role, upcoming series|
- 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.
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- 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.
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- Skye, Ione (2014). My Yiddish Vacation. Henry Holt and Company. ISBN 978-0-8050-9512-8.
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