Téa Leoni (/ /; born Elizabeth Téa Pantaleoni; February 25, 1966) is an American actress. In her early career, she starred in the television sitcoms Flying Blind (1992–93) and The Naked Truth (1995–98). Her breakthrough role was in the 1995 action comedy film Bad Boys. In later years, Leoni had lead roles in films such as Deep Impact (1998), The Family Man (2000), Jurassic Park III (2001), Spanglish (2004) and Fun with Dick and Jane (2005). From 2014 to 2019, she starred as Elizabeth McCord in the CBS political drama series Madam Secretary.
Elizabeth Téa Pantaleoni
February 25, 1966
New York City, U.S.
|Height||1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)|
|Partner(s)||Tim Daly (2014–present)|
Early life and familyEdit
Leoni was born on February 25, 1966, in New York City. Her mother, Emily Ann (née Patterson), was a dietitian and nutritionist, and her father, Anthony Pantaleoni, was a corporate lawyer with the firm Fulbright & Jaworski. Her paternal grandfather was of Italian, English and Irish descent; he was a nephew of Italian economist and politician Maffeo Pantaleoni. Leoni's paternal grandmother, American silent film actress and humanitarian Helenka Adamowska Pantaleoni, was born in Brookline, Massachusetts to Polish musicians Józef Adamowski and Antonina Szumowska-Adamowska. Leoni's mother is a native of Amarillo, Texas, and a niece of actor Hank Patterson.
Leoni grew up in Englewood, New Jersey, and New York City, and attended two private schools, Brearley School and The Putney School in Vermont. She attended but did not complete studies at Sarah Lawrence College.
In a 2017 episode of Finding Your Roots, hosted by Henry Louis Gates Jr., Leoni discovered that her mother Emily, who was adopted, is the biological daughter of Mavis Abilene Gindratt from Vick, Louisiana, and Sumpter James Daniel, whose ancestors originated in Ireland, settled in Virginia in the early 18th century, and had a plantation in Fairfax County, seven miles from George Washington. Her mother's adoptive parents were Florry Elizabeth (née Roberts) and Virgil Pearson Patterson.
In 1988, Leoni was cast as one of the stars of Angels 88, an updated version of the 1970s show Charlie's Angels. After production delays, the show never aired. The following year, she was cast as Lisa DiNapoli in the NBC daytime soap opera Santa Barbara. In 1991, she made her film debut with a small role in the comedy Switch and later played another small part in A League of Their Own (1992).
From 1992 to 1993, Leoni starred with Corey Parker in the short-lived Fox sitcom Flying Blind. In February 1995, she appeared in the sitcom Frasier, a spinoff from Cheers, as the fiancée of Sam Malone (played by Ted Danson). Later in that year, she landed the lead role in the ABC/NBC sitcom The Naked Truth, playing Nora Wilde, a tabloid news journalist. The show ran through 1998. She was also offered to play the role of Rachel Green on the hit sitcom Friends which she then turned down to star in The Naked Truth.Leoni had the female lead role in the 1995 action comedy film Bad Boys, which was a box office success, grossing over $141 million worldwide.
After leaving television, Leoni had a leading role in Deep Impact (1998), a big-budget disaster film about a comet hurtling towards Earth. The film received mixed reviews from critics but was a success at the box office, grossing $349 million worldwide. She later had main roles in two other big budget movies: romantic comedy The Family Man (2000), co-starring alongside Nicolas Cage, and science fiction film Jurassic Park III (2001) as William H. Macy's character's ex-wife. In 2002, she starred as a film studio executive in Hollywood Ending, directed by Woody Allen and had a supporting role in the box office bomb crime drama People I Know. In 2004, she appeared as the wife of Adam Sandler's character in the financially unsuccessful comedy-drama Spanglish. In 2005, Leoni starred alongside Jim Carrey in the comedy film Fun with Dick and Jane. The movie grossed $202 million at the box office worldwide.
Leoni co-starred in a number of small films in the late 2000s, including You Kill Me and The Smell of Success. She co-starred opposite Ricky Gervais in the 2008 supernatural comedy-drama Ghost Town. In 2011, she had a supporting role in the heist comedy film, Tower Heist. In 2011, she was also cast alongside Hope Davis as leads in the HBO comedy pilot, Spring/Fall; however, the pilot was not picked up. Leoni starred as Elizabeth McCord in the CBS political drama Madam Secretary, which ran from September 21, 2014, to December 8, 2019.
Leoni married actor David Duchovny on May 13, 1997, after an eight-week courtship. They have two children, daughter Madelaine West Duchovny (born April 13, 1999) and son Kyd Miller Duchovny (born June 15, 2002). In 2008, Leoni and Duchovny separated; Duchovny received treatment for sex addiction from August to October. The couple reconciled in 2009 but separated again in June 2011. Duchovny filed for divorce in June 2014, and the couple had agreed to settlement terms by that August. After splitting from Duchovny, Leoni moved to Riverside Drive on the Upper West Side of New York City.
|1991||Switch||Connie the Dream Girl|
|1992||A League of Their Own||Racine 1st Base|
|1995||Bad Boys||Julie Mott|
|1996||Flirting with Disaster||Tina Kalb|
|1998||Deep Impact||Jenny Lerner|
|There's No Fish Food in Heaven||Landeene||Also executive producer|
|2000||The Family Man||Kate Reynolds|
|2001||Jurassic Park III||Amanda Kirby|
|2002||People I Know||Jilli Hopper|
|2004||House of D||Mrs. Warshaw|
|2005||Fun with Dick and Jane||Jane Harper|
|2007||You Kill Me||Laurel Pearson||Also executive producer|
|2009||The Smell of Success||Rosemary Rose|
|2011||Tower Heist||Special Agent Claire Denham|
|1989||Santa Barbara||Lisa DiNapoli||6 episodes|
|1992–93||Flying Blind||Alicia||22 episodes|
|1994||The Counterfeit Contessa||Gina Leonarda Nardino||Television film|
|1995||Frasier||Sheila||Episode: "The Show Where Sam Shows Up"|
|1995–98||The Naked Truth||Nora Wilde||55 episodes|
|2000||The X-Files||Herself||Episode: "Hollywood A.D."|
|2011||Spring/Fall||Margo||Unsold TV pilot|
|2014–19||Madam Secretary||Elizabeth McCord||120 episodes; also producer|
Awards and nominationsEdit
|1998||Deep Impact||Blockbuster Entertainment Awards||Favorite Actress – Sci-Fi||Nominated|
|2000||The Family Man||Nominated|
|Saturn Awards||Best Actress||Won|
|2006||Herself||TV Land Awards||Little Screen/Big Screen Star – Female||Nominated|
|2014||Madam Secretary||People's Choice Awards||Favorite Actress in a New TV Series||Nominated|
|2016||Madam Secretary||CBS MVP Awards||Best Motivational Speech||Nominated|
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