Tea Leoni - Ghost Town Press Stills

Gallery of photos from the DreamWorks Pictures/Spyglass Entertainment movie "Ghost Town" starring Ricky Gervais, Greg Kinnear and, of course, Tea Leoni.

Tea Leoni - Filmography

Spanglish - 20041. Manure (2009) (filming) - Rosemary Rose
2. Ghost Town (2008/II) (completed) - Gwen
3. You Kill Me (2007) - Laurel Pearson
4. Fun with Dick and Jane (2005) - Jane Harper
5. Spanglish (2004) - Deborah Clasky
6. House of D (2004) - Mrs. Warshaw
7. People I Know (2002) - Jilli Hopper
8. Hollywood Ending (2002) - Ellie
9. Jurassic Park III (2001) -. Amanda Kirby
10. The Family Man (2000) - Kate Reynolds
11. There's No Fish Food in Heaven (1998) - Landeene
12. The Naked Truth (TV Series) - Nora Wilde (49 episodes, 1995-1998)
13. Deep Impact (1998) - Jenny Lerner
14. Flirting with Disaster (1996) - Tina Kalb
15. Bad Boys (1995) - Julie Mott
16. Frasier (TV Series) - Sheila (1 episode, 1995)
17. Wyatt Earp (1994) - Sally
18. The Counterfeit Contessa (1994) (TV) - Gina Leonarda Nardino
19. "Flying Blind" (TV Series) - Alicia (22 episodes, 1992-1993)
20. A League of Their Own (1992) (as Tea Leoni) - Racine 1st Base
21. Switch (1991) - Connie the Dream Girl
22. "Santa Barbara" (1984) (TV series) - Lisa DiNapoli (1989)

Téa Leoni Biography

Early life

Tea Leoni was born Elizabeth Téa Pantaleoni in New York City. She is the daughter of Emily, a dietician and nutritionist, and Anthony Pantaleoni, a lawyer. Leoni’s mother is a native of Texas and her father is of Italian and Polish descent. Leoni’s paternal grandmother, Helen "Helenka" Tradusa Adamowska, was a film and stage actress who was a member of a family of prominent musicians known as the Adamowski Trio; through her, Leoni is related to Polish musician and prime minister Ignacy Jan Paderewski. Leoni's paternal great-grandfather was the brother of Italian economist and politician Maffeo Pantaleoni.


Leoni attended Brearley School and The Putney School. She attended but did not complete studies at Sarah Lawrence College. She went on to star in a number of TV series and movies, starting as “Lisa DiNapoli” on Santa Barbara in 1989. She starred in the 1995 box-office hit, Bad Boys, along with Will Smith and Martin Lawrence. She had an important role in the commercially successful movie Deep Impact, in which her character breaks the story of a comet that is going to hit Earth. She also starred in Woody Allen’s movie Hollywood Ending, with Allen and Mark Rydell. In 2004, she starred in Spanglish with Adam Sandler, Cloris Leachman, and Paz Vega.

In 1992, Leoni landed the starring role in Fox’s Flying Blind, a short-lived sitcom. In 1995, Leoni landed the lead role in the television sitcom The Naked Truth, playing Nora Wilde, a tabloid news journalist. The show was a minor hit and was cancelled in 1998. Another film role followed in 2000, playing the lead alongside Nicolas Cage in The Family Man. In 2001, she starred with Sam Neill and William H. Macy in the blockbuster, Jurassic Park III, the third instalment of the Jurassic Park franchise. The film was a major box office hit and is one of her most notable roles.

Leoni ranked #79 on the FHM 100 Sexiest Women of 2000.

Personal life

Leoni states in the October 27, 2006, issue of Life magazine that she became a goodwill ambassador for UNICEF partially because her paternal grandmother was the president of the U.S. Fund for UNICEF for 25 years.

Leoni married her first husband, Neil Joseph Tardio, Jr., a television producer, on June 8, 1991, at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church in Hope, New Jersey. The couple divorced in 1995. She married her second husband, actor David Duchovny, on May 6, 1997, after a nine-week courtship. Their first child, daughter Madelaine West Duchovny, was born on April 24, 1999, in Southern California, and their second, son Kyd Miller Duchovny, was born on June 15, 2002, in Los Angeles, California. The family lives in Malibu, California. Leoni starred as herself representing Dana Scully alongside Garry Shandling as Fox Mulder in the X-Files season 7 spoof episode "Hollywood A.D." Duchovny was also writer and director.