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Melissa Leo

Melissa Chessington Leo (born September 14, 1960) is an American actress. After appearing on several television shows and films in the late '80s, her breakthrough role came in 1993 as Det. Sgt. Kay Howard on the television series Homicide: Life on the Street for the show first five seasons from 1993 – 1997. She was also previously been a regular on the television shows All My Children and The Young Riders. Her breakthrough film role was in the 2003 film, 21 Grams as Marianne Jordan. Following several films, Leo received critical acclaim and national attention in the 2008 film, Frozen River earning several nominations and awards, including an Oscar nomination for Best Actress. Leo earned several awards for her role as Alice Ward in the 2010 film, The Fighter. For this role Leo won the Golden Globe, Screen Actors Guild Award and Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress. Leo currently appears on the HBO television series Treme as Antoinette "Toni" Bernette. Leo was born in Manhattan, New York City. She is the daughter of Peggy (née Chessington), a California-born teacher, and Arnold Leo, an editor at Grove Press, fisherman, and spokesman for the East Hampton Baymen's Association. Leo

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'The Fighter' -- Real-Life Mom Dies

'The Fighter' -- Real-Life Mom Dies

The real-life mother and manager of retired welterweight champ Micky Ward -- played by Melissa Leo in the movie "The Fighter" -- passed away today ... after doctors took her off life support.Alice… READ MORE >

Melissa Leo -- The Acceptance Speech F-Bomb

Melissa Leo
The Acceptance Speech F-Bomb

Melissa Leo's foul mouth just tarnished her Oscar speech -- because she dropped the first f-bomb of the night moments after winning an Academy Award for best supporting actress.  READ MORE >

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Melissa Leo's Dress -- Table for One?

Melissa Leo's Dress -- Table for One?

Best Supporting Actress nom Melissa Leo arrived to the Oscars wearing a lovely table doily from Marc Bouwer Home Collection. READ MORE >

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