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Melissa Leo

Melissa Leo
Leo at the 2009 premiere of Whatever Works
Personal information
Birth nameMelissa Chessington Leo
Birth dateSeptember 14, 1960(age 56)
Place of birthManhattan, New York, U.S.

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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's first five seasons from 1993 1997. Having previously been a regular on 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 2009 film, Frozen River earning several nominations and awards, including an Oscar nomination for Best Actress for her role as Ray Eddy. In 2011, Leo earned several awards for her role as Alice Ward in the critically acclaimed 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.

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