Melissa Leo

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Biography

  • Birth Name: Melissa Chessington Leo
  • Birth Place: New York, NY
  • Date of Birth / Zodiac Sign: 09/14/1960, Virgo
  • Profession: Actor
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Melissa Leo Fast Facts:
  • Beat out Julia Roberts for the part of Linda Warner on All My Children.
  • Appeared in the 1990 music video for Billy Joel's "Downeaster Alexa."
  • Best known for her role as police officer Kay Howard on Homicide: Life on the Street.
  • Won an Independent Spirit Award and was nominated for an Oscar, a Screen Actors Guild Award and a Broadcast Film Critics Award for her performance in 2008 indie drama Frozen River.
  • Wanted to be an actor since her mother took her to the Peter Schumann Bread and Puppet Theatre Workshop as a child.
  • Melissa Leo Relationships:
  • John Matthew Heard - Son
  • Arnold Leo - Father
  • Peggy Leo - Mother
  • John Heard - Ex-significant Other
  • Melissa Leo Awards:
  • 2008 Oscar: Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role - Nominee
  • 2010 Tribeca Film Festival: Best New York Narrative. Special Jury Mention - Winner
  • 2008 Screen Actors Guild Awards: Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role - Nominee
  • 2011 Golden Globe: Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture - Winner
  • 2010 Screen Actors Guild Awards: Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role - Winner
  • 2010 Screen Actors Guild Awards: Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture - Nominee
  • 2011 Emmy: Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie - Nominee
  • 2013 Emmy: Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series - Winner
  • 2010 Oscar: Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role - Winner
  • College:
  • Attended State University of New York, Purchase, NY

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