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  • Studied at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts, and the Neighborhood Workshop in New York City.
  • Lives by a quote from her grandfather, actor Melvyn Douglas: "All acting, if it's any good, is character acting."
  • Favorite actor was Peter Sellers.
  • Did stand-up comedy in the 1980s.
  • Produced and starred in her own Web series Illeanarama: Supermarket of the Stars.
  • Dubbed a number of voices for Martin Scorsese's The Last Temptation of Christ.
  • Shared a dressing room with rock singer Deborah Harry of Blondie on the set of New York Stories.
  • Once dated Martin Scorsese.
  • In his will, her grandfather Melvyn Douglas left her his Best Supporting Oscar for Being There.
  • Plays Aerosmith's manager on the pre-ride video for Walt Disney World's Rock 'n Roller Coaster attraction.


  • 2002, Emmy — Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series: Nominee


  • Melvyn Douglas — Grandfather
  • Erik Hesselberg — Brother
  • Martin Scorsese — Ex-significant Other
  • Helen Gahagan — Grandmother
  • Jonathan Axelrod — Ex-husband
  • Stefan Gregor Hesselberg — Brother
  • Gregory Hesselberg — Father
  • Joan Georgescu Hesselberg — Mother
  • Rosalind Hightower — Grandmother

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  • Birth Name: Illeana Hesselberg
  • Birth Place: Quincy, Massachusetts, United States
  • Profession: Actor, Director, Producer, Writer

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