Tea Leoni is American actress with Polish and Italian roots. Elizabeth Tea Pantaleoni, familiar to fans of Hollywood movies like Tea Leoni, was born in New York. She was raised in a family with a rich history. Elizabeth's great-grandfather on his father's side was the brother of the famous Italian politician and economist Maffeo Pantaleoni. Grandmother Helen Pantaleoni and uncle Hank Patterson became famous as actors.
The parents of Tea Leoni had nothing to do with cinema and other forms of art. Her father was a respected lawyer and the mother was a well-known New York nutritionist as well.
Probably, in Tea genes of the grandmother and the uncle were shown. After leaving the school she studied anthropology and psychology. But in the middle of the learning process Tea suddenly gave up everything and went to travel. She visited Italy and Japan. And after the return of realized, that there is no return to the old classes. She wanted to go on stage.
In 1988, Tea Leoni successfully auditioned for one of the roles in the remake of "Charlie's Angels... The aspiring actress took up the work with inspiration. But the footage on the air for unknown reasons did not get. The Tea was great depressed first, but there was no time for a long sadness. She settled in Los Angeles and soon found a new job.
In the late eighties, Tea Leoni first appeared on the screen as one of the actresses performing the role of Lisa di Napoli in the cult series "Santa Barbara". In this project, the girl hasn't stayed relatively long. However, even despite this fact, the actress's career subsequently evolved quite successfully. In 1991, the actress performed a small role in the lyrical Comedy "Switch' and then appeared in the cult drama "A League Of Their Own" together with Tom Hanks and Gina Davis.
These works have allowed our today's heroine to gain a foothold in the world of Hollywood, but this fame and popularity still did not bring. For a long time, Tea Leoni remained in the shadow of other actors. However, in the near future, she managed to reach a fundamentally different level.
A real breakthrough was "Flying Blind", the comedy series. In this project, the actress got the central role, which later became her visiting card. Despite the fact that the comedy series stayed on the air for only one season, after its release the actress began to receive many attractive offers about the starring.
In 1995, Tea Leoni also received her own show on television. "The Naked Truth", another one comedy series, stayed on the air for three years, thus, well consolidating the glory of its main character. A striking confirmation of it was the new works of the actress — a fantastic action movie "Deep Impact", the comedy film "Flirting with Disaster", as well as a heartfelt melodrama "The Family Mari, where the screen partner of our today's heroine was the Nicholas Cage. For this film, she received The Saturn Award in the category "Best actress".
In 1991, Tea Leoni married her commercial producer, Neil Joseph Tardio, but yet in 1995, they broke the relationship. The love story of David Duchovny was started by the actress in 1997. The pair had an uneasy way that ended in 2014. However, they love their children — Kyd Miller and Madeleine West Duchovny.
The net worth of Tea Leoni is estimated at $25 million.