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Melissa Leo

Melissa LeoAKA Melissa Chessington Leo

Born: 14-Sep-1960
Birthplace: New York City

Gender: Female
Race or Ethnicity: White
Sexual orientation: Straight
Occupation: Actor

Nationality: United States
Executive summary: Sgt. Kay Howard on Homicide

Melissa Leo played the tough-as-nails Sgt. Kay Howard on Homicide: Life on the Street, a character was originally written as a man. Before Homicide, she appeared on the soap All My Children, and the prime time western The Young Riders with Anthony Zerbe. In the 1992 film Immaculate Conception, she played the Senator's daughter who fell under the spell of Pakistani eunuchs. During Homicide's run, she appeared in the mini-series Scarlett, a sequel to Gone with the Wind, playing Scarlett O'Hara's bitchier kid sister.

Since leaving Homicide, she has appeared in numerous films, but most have been small-scale efforts that have won her little attention, including three films by Henry Jaglom, who makes low budget films that earn rave reviews and minimal box office. In Leo's better-known recent films, she earned terrific reviews as Benicio Del Toro's wife in 21 Grams, and played the grieving next-door neighbor in Hide and Seek with Dakota Fanning and Robert De Niro.

Leo had a son in 1987 with then-boyfriend John Heard, who promptly sued her for custody of the child, lost in court, and was eventually arrested for stalking Leo.

Boyfriend: John Heard (one son)
Son: (b. 1987)

    University: SUNY Purchase

    Oscar for Best Supporting Actress 2011 for The Fighter
    Golden Globe 2011 for The Fighter (supporting actress)
    John Kerry for President
    Risk Factors: Smoking

    TELEVISION
    Treme Toni Bernette (2010)
    Homicide: Life on the Street Kay Howard (1993-97)

    FILMOGRAPHY AS ACTOR
    Prisoners (30-Aug-2013)
    Oblivion (10-Apr-2013)
    Olympus Has Fallen (20-Mar-2013)
    A Single Shot (9-Feb-2013)
    Charlie Countryman (21-Jan-2013)
    Flight (14-Oct-2012)
    Francine (13-Feb-2012)
    Why Stop Now (27-Jan-2012) · Penny Bloom
    Seven Days in Utopia (2-Sep-2011) · Lily
    Mildred Pierce (27-Mar-2011)
    Red State (23-Jan-2011) · Sara
    The Fighter (10-Dec-2010) · Alice Ward
    Conviction (11-Sep-2010) · Nancy Taylor
    The Space Between (23-Apr-2010)
    The Dry Land (24-Jan-2010) · Martha
    Welcome to the Rileys (23-Jan-2010) · Lois Riley
    Everybody's Fine (3-Nov-2009)
    Dear Lemon Lima (Jun-2009) · Mrs. Howard
    Veronika Decides to Die (16-May-2009)
    According to Greta (13-May-2009) · Karen
    Don McKay (24-Apr-2009) · Marie
    Righteous Kill (11-Sep-2008)
    Ball Don't Lie (26-Apr-2008)
    The Alphabet Killer (7-Feb-2008) · Kathy Walsh
    Frozen River (Jan-2008)
    Mr. Woodcock (14-Sep-2007)
    The Cake Eaters (29-Apr-2007)
    Black Irish (20-Apr-2007)
    Hollywood Dreams (8-Apr-2006)
    Stephanie Daley (21-Jan-2006)
    Confess (21-Oct-2005) · Agnes Lessor
    American Gun (15-Sep-2005) · Louise
    The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada (20-May-2005) · Rachel
    Hide and Seek (27-Jan-2005)
    21 Grams (5-Sep-2003)
    Homicide: The Movie (13-Feb-2000)
    The 24 Hour Woman (1999) · Dr. Suzanne Pincus
    Last Summer in the Hamptons (13-Sep-1995) · Trish Axelrod
    Scarlett (13-Nov-1994)
    The Ballad of Little Jo (20-Aug-1993)
    Venice/Venice (12-Sep-1992)
    Immaculate Conception (11-Sep-1992)
    Carolina Skeletons (30-Sep-1991)
    The Bride in Black (21-Oct-1990)
    A Time of Destiny (22-Apr-1988)
    Deadtime Stories (11-May-1986)
    Streetwalkin' (17-Oct-1985)
    Always (7-Sep-1985)

Official Website:
http://www.melissaleo.com/


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