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Biography #2 (for People I Know)An actress of extraordinary versatility and charm, Téa Leoni has portrayed an impressive list of characters thus far in her career. Leoni was most recently seen in Woody Allen' s film Hollywood Ending opposite Woody Allen. She was also seen in Universal' s Jurassic Park III opposite Sam Neill, William H. Macy and Alessandro Nivola.
In 2000, Leoni starred opposite Nicolas Cage in Universal' s The Family Man. The film tells the story of an investment banker, portrayed by Cage, who has forsaken love for his career. He wakes up one day to find himself living the life he would have enjoyed had he married his college sweetheart, portrayed by Leoni. The film was directed by Brett Ratner.
In 1998, Leoni starred in one of the year' s most successful films, Deep Impact opposite Morgan Freeman and Vanessa Redgrave for Dreamworks/Paramount. The science-fiction drama was directed by Mimi Leder and executive produced by Steven Spielberg.
Leoni is best known for her critically acclaimed role in the situation comedy The Naked Truth. As Nora Wilde, Leoni portrayed a former socialite and photojournalist who was forced to take a job with a tabloid as a paparazzi photographer. The Naked Truth aired on NBC during the 1996-1998 television seasons and on ABC in 1995. In 1996, Leoni was also seen in Miramax's comedy Flirting with Disaster, co-starring opposite Ben Stiller, Patricia Arquette, Mary Tyler Moore and George Seagal.
Prior to The Naked Truth, Leoni was known for her starring role as Alicia, the flamboyant and unpredictable beauty on the Fox comedy series Flying Blind. She also starred in The Counterfeit Contessa, an original film for Fox Television, in which she co-starred with D.W. Moffett and Holland Taylor.
Born in New York City, Leoni became interested in acting through the influence of her grandmother, a former Broadway actress. Nicknamed Sarah Bernhardt because of her melodramatic tendencies, Leoni didn't pursue her craft immediately. Instead, she studied anthropology and psychology at Sarah Lawrence and then took time off from school to travel, living in Tokyo, Italy and on St. Croix. Upon her return to New York, she went on her first audition. Competing with thousands of actresses from all over the country, Leoni landed one of the coveted roles in Angels '88, a Charlie's Angels spinoff. Having relocated to Los Angeles for the series, Leoni began to study her craft while waiting out her contract. She went on to appear in the feature films Switch and Indian Love Story, as well as roles in A League of Their Own, Wyatt Earp and the1995's hit action comedy Bad Boys.