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Melissa Leo (full name -. Melissa Chessington Leo, born Melissa Chessington Leo, also known as Margaret Mae, born Margaret May.) – American actress. She was born April 14, 1960 in New York, USA.
Melissa’s mother was a teacher and his father, Arnold Leo worked as editor of the publication «Grove Press» and part-time fisherman. After high school, Melissa entered the New York State University, but did not finish my studies, abandoning his studies for the sake of acting work.
First of all, Melissa is known as the independent film actress. His first role she played in serial soap opera “All My Children” (1984-1985 gg.), Shooting for which won the “Emmy”. Debut full-length movie took in the movie “Always” (1985).
During his acting career, Melissa received several awards and nominations. In 2004, the actress was awarded the prize of the Phoenix Film Critics Society (PFCS) in the category “Best Ensemble Cast” in the movie “21 Grams” (2003). In addition, the Society of Film Critics awarded her the prize for supporting actress in the same film.
In 2009, Melissa was nominated for “Oscar” for best actress in the film “Frozen River.” Two years later, the actress won just two awards for Best Supporting Actress in “The Fighter.” Film critic Roger Ebert noted that Melissa was able to perfectly convey the image of the heroic women in economic stagnation. At the ceremony “Oscar” ceremony, actress excitement used obscene words in his speech, and then apologized for having applied for an invalid expression acceptance speech. This is the first case in the history of film awards.
In 2013, the actress once again won the “Emmy” for a guest role in the series “Louis.” Also her game in the thriller «Lullaby» was awarded «Maverick Actor» award for Best Actor.
The actress has received numerous awards and positive feedback from critics for shooting in many large-format film productions, but the actress remembered by the audience in the role of a detective in the series “Homicide” most, where her character was the only woman at the police station.
Melissa’s husband – actor John Heard. In 1987, their first-born was born – son John Matthew. A little later, the family adopted another boy named Adam, who was born in 1984. The actress spent her life in New York and lives with her husband and sons in the area of Stone Ridge.