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Leelee Sobieski

At the age of 24, Leelee Sobieski has become a breakout actress of her generation. She most recently starred in the big-budget feature adaptation of the sword and sorcery video game In the Name of the King: Dungeon Siege with Jason Statham, and appeared alongside Nicolas Cage in Neil LaBute's remake of Wicker Man for Warner Bros.

Other recent productions include the comedy film Finding Bliss with Denise Richards, the thriller Night Train with Danny Glover and Steve Zahn, the independent feature Heaven's Fall with Timothy Hutton and David Strathairn which screened at the SXSW Film Festival; Lying with Chloe Sevigny which premiered at Cannes; In a Dark Place, the modern adaptation of Henry James' Turn of the Shrew; the romantic-comedy The Optomist in which she stars with Shane West, and the comedy caper Walk All Over Me which premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival.

Prior to having spent much of the last few years studying fine arts and literature at Brown University, Sobieski starred for director John Dahl in FOX's acclaimed psychological thriller Joy Ride, in producer Neil Moritz's Sony thriller The Glass House, and opposite Albert Brooks in Paramount Classics' tender My First Mister for director Christine Lahti as a misunderstood goth chick. She also starred opposite John Cusack in Lions Gate's Max which tells the story of an art dealer who befriends an aspiring artist named Adolf Hitler. In France, she starred in the French-language film L'IDOLE, and opposite Catherine Deneuve in an adaptation of the novel DANGEROUS LIAISONS that filmed in both French and English.

Sobieski also garnered a Golden Globe nomination for Uprising, the NBC Sweeps mini-series for filmmaker Jon Avnet. Her previous foray into television garnered both a Golden Globe and an Emmy nomination for the portrayal of legendary Joan of Arc in the top-rated, $20 million CBS mini-series Joan of Arc.

She previously treated audiences to a variety of performances including a young nymphet opposite Tom Cruise in legendary director Stanley Kubrick's top-grossing Eyes Wide Shut for Warner Bros., received rave reviews opposite Drew Barrymore in FOX 2000's Never Been Kissed, and lead the Merchant-Ivory production, A Soldier's Daughter Never Cries which also called for Sobieski to exercise her fluent French. She also starred with Josh Hartnett in director Mark Piznarski's FOX 2000 romantic drama, Here on Earth.

Discovered by a casting director who suggested she try acting after spotting her in her New York City school cafeteria, she shortly thereafter landed starring roles in the telefilms Reunion with Marlo Thomas and Peter Strauss, and A Horse for Danny with Robert Urich. The series Charlie Grace soon followed in which she portrayed Mark Harmon's daughter.

Her feature film debut featured Sobieski as Martin Short's daughter in the Tim Allen starrer Jungle 2 Jungle for Disney. She also starred opposite Elijah Wood in Mimi Leder's action thriller Deep Impact for Paramount / Dreamworks SKG.

Sobieski has also spent much of the last few years studying fine arts and literature at Brown University.

Note: This profile was written in or before 2008.
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Leelee Sobieski Facts

Birth NameLiliane Rudabet Gloria Elsveta Sobieski
BirthdayJune 10, 1982 (39)
BirthplaceCarmarque, France
Height5' 10" (1m78)  How tall is Leelee Sobieski compared to you?

Selected Filmography

Deep Impact
88 Minutes
Eyes Wide Shut
Jungle 2 Jungle
The Glass House
Joy Ride
Here on Earth
In the Name of the King: A Dungeon Siege Tale
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