Tea Leoni is a Hollywood actress and producer who came to limelight in 1995 with Julie Mott in the Michael Bay action comedy film Bad Boys alongside Will Smith and Martin Lawrence. She has starred in countless movies and TV series and has won several awards to prove her hard work and outstanding performance. Below is everything you need to know about the beautiful actress, including her relationship with American actor and producer James Timothy Daly, better known as Tim Daly.
Who is Tea Leoni?
Tea was born Elizabeth Pantaleoni on the 28th day of February 1966 in New York City to Anthony and Emily Ann Pantaleoni. Her father is a lawyer and her mother a dietitian and nutritionist. Tea Leoni is not an only child, she has a brother named Thomas.
Leoni comes from a family of intellectuals and of mixed heritage; her grandfather is of Italian, English and Irish descent, while her grandmother is of Polish descent. She grew up in Englewood, New Jersey, and New York, respectively, and attended Brearley Schools in New York and later Putney School, Vermont. After high school, she continued her education at Sarah Lawrence College, but she dropped out after her freshman year to pursue a career in acting.
His journey in the entertainment industry began in 1988 after attending an audition for the television series. Angels 88. She was selected for the lead role after the audition on the show, but due to production delays, the TV show never aired. The following year, she landed the role of Lisa DiNapoli on an NBC soap opera Santa Barbara, appearing in six episodes.
In 1991, she made her first film appearance playing a minor role in the film. Switch, the following year she appeared in the sports comedy film “A League of Their Own”. Her big break came in 1995 when she starred opposite Will Smith and Martin Lawrence in the comedy action film Bad Boys – The film was a smash hit and launched Tea Leoni into a new phase of her acting career in designating her as a rising star in the industry.
The success of the film earned her multiple offers to star in other films such as Jurassic Park, The Family Man, Deep Impact, Spangling a comedy-drama film where she played Adams Sandler’s wife. She was also in Having Fun With Dick and Jane as Jane Harper alongside Jim Carrey and in the box office hit crime drama film People I Know as Jilli Hopper.
After spending nearly a decade in the industry, Tea Leoni returned to television series with a starring role in the CBS political television drama. Madam Secretary where she starred as Elizabeth McCord, a Secretary of State and former CIA analyst, the TV show received a good number of reviews and was well received by the general public. She has so far contributed more to Leoni’s ever-increasing popularity. Her performance on the show earned her a People’s Choice Award nomination for Favorite Actress in New TV Series in 2014 and a CBS MVP Award for Most Motivated Speech in 2016.
Tea Leoni is sure to be one of the top earners in Hollywood, her net worth is currently estimated to be around $15 million which is the earnings from her acting career. Considering she’s still active in the industry, that number certainly won’t stay static for long.
Is she married or with Tim Daly? Her husband, children
Leoni is currently unmarried, but has been dating Hollywood actor and producer James Timothy Daly, better known as Tim Daly, since 2014. Daly also co-stars with his secretary.
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Tea Leoni has however been married twice. She married in June 1991 at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, Hope, New Jersey and divorced four years later (1995). They had no children together.
Her second marriage was to actor David Duchovny. The couple tied the knots in May 1997, after running for eight months. They had two children together; a son and a daughter (Kyd Miller Duchovny and Madelaine West Duchovny).
In 2008, it was all over the media that the couple had been separated for several months; Their split was reportedly linked to Duchovny’s sex addiction. However, they were able to get back together but not for long as they finally ended their marriage in divorce in 2014.