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Audiences took notice of MELISSA LEO for her portrayal as Marianne Jordan, Benicio Del Toro's suffering, yet supportive wife in director Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu's critically acclaimed drama, "21 Grams.” She next stars in "Hide and Seek” co-starring with Robert DeNiro. She will soon follow with "The Three Burials Of Melquiades Estrada,” co-starring and directed by Tommy Lee Jones, and the political thriller "Confess.”

Leo will be remembered for her starring role as Detective Kay Howard on the award-winning NBC series "Homicide: Life On The Street.” She was nominated for a daytime Emmy Award for her role as Linda Warner on ABC's "All My Children.”

Her other television credits include the starring role of Emma on the ABC series "The Young Riders.” She has guest starred on numerous television series, including "Law & Order,” "The L - Word,” "CSI,” "Veronica Mars,” "Legacy,” "The Equalizer,” "Miami Vice,” and "Spencer: For Hire.” She also starred in the telefilm "Carolina Skeletons” and the miniseries "Scarlett,” both for director John Erman. Among Leo's feature credits are three movies for Henry Jaglom: "Always,” "Venice/Venice,” and "Last Summer in the Hamptons.” Her other films include Nancy Savoca's "The 24- Hour Woman,” Maggie Greenwald's "The Ballad Of Little Jo,” Jamil Dehlavi's "Immaculate Conception,” Gregory Nava's "A Time Of Destiny,” and Joan Freeman's "Streetwalkin.” She recently completed filming Barry Strugatz' "From Other Worlds,” and Tim McCann's "Runaway Boys.”

Last spring, she appeared in a new Neil LaBute play "The Distance From Here,” directed by Michael Grief, whose ensemble performance won the Drama Desk Award in 2003-2004. She performed in the New York City production of Eve Ensler's "The Vagina Monologues,” as well as with the national tour. Among her many stage credits are "A Touch of the Poet,” "Out of Gas on Lover's Leap,” "The Hurdy Gurdy Man,” at New York Stage & Film at Vassar College, the New York Shakespeare Festival productions of "Don Juan,” and "Cinders,” and "Tongue of the Bird,” at the Public Theatre. She also created the role of Gloria in the world premiere staging of Tennessee Williams' "Will Mr. Meriwether Return From Memphis?”


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