Who is Téa Leoni?
American actress Elizabeth Téa Leoni was born in New York City, USA, on 25 February 1966, meaning that Pisces is her zodiac sign. She’s had roles in 26 TV series and movies, and is probably still known best for playing the lead character Kate Reynolds in the 2000 fantasy comedy movie “The Family Man”, directed by Brett Ratner, and which also starred Nicolas Cage. It follows a wealthy investment broker who’s been invited to experience how not-so-wealthy people live, and has now awoken as a poor man with a mini-van, instead of his sports car; the film won four of its 11 award nominations.
Téa’s still active in the movie industry, and has recently been cast to voice a supporting character in the upcoming animated film “Endangered”; she’s also producing the movie, as well as the upcoming film “Man Made Man”.
Education and early life
Téa and her brother Thomas Pantaleoni were raised in New York City by their father Anthony Pantaleoni who was a lawyer at the company Fulbright & Jaworski, and mother Emily Ann (nee Patterson) who was a nutritionist and dietitian.
Téa attended the private high school Brearley School in New York City, prior to moving to Vermont, New England and enrolling at the private Putney School; she matriculated in 1984, and then enrolled at Sarah Lawrence College, dropping out a year before she could matriculate, as she wanted to pursue a career in the film industry.
Roles in TV series
Téa’s debut TV series role was playing Lisa DiNapoli in six episodes (1989) of the romantic drama “Santa Barbara”, created by Bridget Dobson and Jerome Dobson, and which starred A Martinez, Marcy Walker and Nancy Lee Grahn. It follows the lives of members of the wealthy Capwell family, the series aired from 1984 through 1993 and won 47 of its 161 award nominations.
In 1992 and 1993, Téa starred as Alicia in all the 22 episodes of the comedy “Flying Blind”, created by Richard Rosenstock, and which also starred Corey Parker and Robert Bauer. It follows a shy and repressed man who’s fallen for the wild and beautiful girl Alicia. What also marked the 2000s for Téa was portraying the main character Nora Wilde in all the 55 episodes of the comedy “The Naked Truth”, created by Chris Thompson, and which also starred Holland Taylor and Mark Roberts. It tells the story of a successful photo-journalist who’s been forced to start working for a celebrity tabloid, the series aired from 1995 through 1998, and won a 1998 ASCAP Film and Television Music Award.
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Téa appeared in the 2000 episode “Hollywood A. D.” of the crime mystery “The X-Files”, and has since appeared in only one other TV series: she starred as Elizabeth McCord in all 120 episodes of the thriller “Madam Secretary”, which also starred Erich Bergen and Tim Daly, and was created by Barbara Hall. It follows the life of the Secretary of State, the series aired from 2014 through 2019, and won two of its nine award nominations.
Roles in movies
Téa’s debut film role was playing Dream Girl in the hit 1991 fantasy comedy “Switch”, written and directed by Blake Edwards, and which starred Ellen Barkin, Jimmy Smits and JoBeth Williams. It follows a womanizer who’s been killed by a former lover, and has now been returned to life as a woman; the film was nominated for two awards.
Some of Téa’s following roles were in the 1992 sports comedy “A League of Their Own”, the 1994 biographical action adventure “Wyatt Earp”, and the 1994 romantic comedy “The Counterfeit Contessa”.
She was then cast to play Julie Mott in the critically acclaimed 1995 action crime comedy “Bad Boys”, which won one of its four award nominations, and Tina Kalb in the popular 1996 comedy “Flirting with Disaster”. In 1998, Téa portrayed the main character Jenny Lerner in the action science fiction “Deep Impact”, directed by Mimi Leder, and which also starred Robert Duvall and Elijah Wood. It follows the human race as they’re preparing for a comet to hit Earth, and the movie won five of its 19 award nominations.
Téa appeared in nine movies in the 2000s, while the most popular amongst these was perhaps the 2005 crime comedy “Fun with Dick and Jane”, which Dean Parisot directed, and in which Téa starred alongside Alec Baldwin and Jim Carrey. It follows a wealthy couple who’ve lost all of their money, and the movie won one of its eight award nominations.
Téa’s three most recent film roles have been in the 2009 comedy “The Smell of Success”, the 2011 action crime comedy “Tower Heist”, and the 2011 comedy “Spring/Fall”.
Téa received special thanks for the 2008 documentary movie “Prodigal Sons”.
She has six producing credits, which include the 2007 romantic crime comedy movie “You Kill Me”, the 2011 comedy film “Spring/Fall”, and all the 120 episodes of the series “Madam Secretary” (2014-2019).
Téa’s most recent talk-show appearances have been in “CBS This Morning”, “Finding Your Roots with Henry Louis Gates, Jr.” and “Hollywood Insider”.
Awards and nominations
Téa’s won one of her 11 award nominations: a 2001 Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films Award for Best Actress, for her performance in “The Family Man”.
Love life and relationships
Téa’s been married twice. She and her first husband, American commercial producer Neil Joseph Tardio, Jr. exchanged vows at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church on 8 June 1991, and their divorce was finalized in 1995.
Téa’s second husband was famous American actor David William Duchovny, who’s appeared in more than 70 TV series and movies, and has won 13 of his 63 award nominations; they married on 13 May 1997, after having dated for only two months. Téa was 33 when she gave birth to their daughter West Duchovny on 24 April 1999, and was 36 when she delivered their son Kyd Miller Duchovny on 15 June 2002.
Téa and David separated in 2008 because of his sex addiction. David then entered a rehab program, and they reconciled in 2009, but split again in June 2011 and divorced in August 2014.
Since December 2014, Téa’s been in a relationship with popular American actor Tim Daly, whom she met while shooting for the series “Madam Secretary”.
She hasn’t mentioned other men whom she’s maybe been with, Téa’s in a long-term relationship with Tim Daly as of April 2023, has been married twice, and has two children with her second husband David Duchovny.
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— Tim Daly (@TimmyDaly) November 8, 2019
Interesting facts and hobbies
Téa’s a philanthropist, and was in 2001 named a goodwill ambassador by UNICEF; her paternal grandmother Helenka Pantaleoni served as the president of the US Fund for UNICEF for nearly three decades.
The asteroid 8299 Tealeoni was named after her.
She’s active on Instagram and has uploaded over 50 pictures and videos onto the social media network, while more than 8,500 people are following her today.
Téa’s travelled to many countries all around the world, and travelling’s her favorite hobby; Téa’s dream travel destination’s Kyoto, Japan.
She’s a supporter of the organization People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), and her favorite animals are dogs and raccoons.
Téa’s favorite actress is Angelina Jolie, and some of her favorite movies include “Original Sin”, “Shark Tale” and “Maleficent: Mistress of Evil”.
Height, eyes and wealth
Téa’s age is 57. She has blue eyes and blonde hair, is 5ft 8ins (1.73m) tall and weighs around 135lbs (62kgs).
Téa’s net worth’s been estimated at over $50 million, as of April 2023.