Tea Leoni


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Leoni was born in New York City. Her mother, Emily Ann (nรฉe Patterson), was a dietitian and nutritionist, and her father, Anthony Pantaleoni, was a corporate lawyer with the firm Fulbright & Jaworski. Her paternal grandfather was of Italian, English and Irish descent; he was a nephew of Italian economist and politician Maffeo Pantaleoni. Leoni's paternal grandmother, Polish-American Helenka Adamowska Pantaleoni, a film and stage actress, was the daughter of musicians Jรณzef Adamowski and Antonina Szumowska-Adamowska. Leoni's mother is a native of Amarillo, Texas, and a niece of actor Hank Patterson. Leoni grew up in Englewood, New Jersey, and New York City, and attended two private schools, Brearley School and The Putney School in Vermont. She attended but did not complete studies at Sarah Lawrence College. In Series 4, Episode 8 of the PBS series "Finding Your Roots", Professor Louis B. Gates was able to identify her maternal grandparents, previously unknown. Her grandmother was Abilene Gindratt from Vick, Louisiana, and her grandfather was Sumpter James Daniel, whose ancestors originated in Ireland and settled in Virginia in the early 18th century, and had a plantation in Fairfax County, seven miles from George Washington.