Leelee Sobieski Biography (1982-)

Leelee Sobieski. Born Liliane Sobieski, on June 10, 1982, in New York City. Sobieski and her brother Roby were raised by their father Jean, a painter, and their mother, Elizabeth, a writer who later assumed the role of her daughter’s manager. While attending a private high school in New York City, Sobieski garnered the attention of a casting director who coaxed her to audition for the TV movie Reunion (1994). Sobieski was awarded the role and starred opposite Marlo Thomas.

Sobieski’s debut film was Disney’s comedy Jungle to Jungle(1997). Shortly after, she landed her breakthrough role in Deep Impact (1998) and was also cast in A Soldier’s Daughter Never Cries(1998). Sobieski earned praise for both performances and was offered the leading role in 1999’s TV miniseries , for which she received an Emmy nomination for Best Actress.

In 1999, Sobieski accepted more unconventional projects. She portrayed a geeky high school student opposite Drew Barrymore in Never Been Kissed(1999) and played the flirtatious daughter of a shop owner in Stanley Kubrick’s Eyes Wide Shut(1999), which starred Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman.

Sobieski currently lives in New York City, where she still attends the same private school where she was first discovered. In 2000, she starred opposite Chris Klein in the sentimental teenage romance Here On Earth. The following year, she released three very different features, the spooky thriller The Glass House, the independent feature My First Mister, costarring Albert Brooks, and the suspenseful Joy Ride.

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