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Melissa Leo

Academy Award-Winning Actress

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Melissa Leo Biography

Melissa Leo was born in New York City and was raised by father Arnold Leo, an editor and fisherman, and mother Peggy Leo, a teacher. After her parents divorced, she moved to Vermont and then London with her mother.

Leo learned to love theater while in London and returned to the United States at age 18 to study at the State University of New York at Purchase. After two years there, Leo dropped out to pursue acting. Not long after, she landed a recurring role on the soap opera “All My Children,” which led to a Daytime Emmy nomination in 1985

Leo's breakthrough role came in 1993, when she began playing Detective Sergeant Kay Howard on the NBC series “Homicide: Life on the Street.” She rose to big screen prominence with an impressive performance as a wife of an addict in the 2003 film “21 Grams.” Her role garnered an award nomination for best supporting actress from the L.A. Film Critics Association. The film opened up many doors and she went on to win acclaim for her performance as a struggling mother in the heralded film “Frozen River” (2008), most notably Independent Spirit Award, Screen Actors Guild and Academy Award nominations—all in the best actress category. That same year, Leo received praise for her role as a mother of a kidnapped, drug-addicted son in the film “Lullaby.”

More films followed, including “Everybody's Fine” (2009) with Robert DeNiro, “Conviction” (2010) with Hilary Swank and “The Fighter” (2010) with Mark Wahlberg. In the latter film, she played Alice Ward, the mother of boxer Mickey Ward (played by Wahlberg); she garnered wide acclaim for her performance, including a Golden Globe and an Academy Award.

Moving back to TV in 2011, Leo showcased her talent in the HBO series “Mildred Pierce,” the FX comedy “Louie” and as Toni Bernette on “Treme.”

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    Our booking agents have successfully helped clients around the world secure talent like Melissa Leo for both live and virtual events for over 15 years. The team at All American Entertainment represents and listens to the needs of organizations and corporations seeking to hire keynote speakers, celebrities or entertainers for speaking engagements, personal appearances, product endorsements, or corporate entertainment. Fill out a booking request form for Melissa Leo, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to discuss your upcoming event. One of our experienced agents will be happy to help you get pricing information and check availability for Melissa Leo or any other celebrity of your choice.
  • HOW MUCH DOES IT COST TO BOOK Melissa Leo?

    Booking fees for Melissa Leo, or any other speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. Pricing often varies between live and virtual events. Other factors that can affect speaker fees include the talent's schedule, market conditions, length of presentation, and the location of the event. The live and virtual event speaking fees listed on this website are intended to serve as a guideline only. In some cases, the actual quote may be above or below the stated range. For the most current fee to hire Melissa Leo, please fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak with an experienced booking agent.
  • WHO IS THE AGENT FOR Melissa Leo?

    All American Entertainment has successfully secured celebrity talent like Melissa Leo for clients worldwide for more than 15 years. As a full-service talent booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book Melissa Leo for your next private or corporate function.
  • WHAT IS A FULL-SERVICE TALENT BOOKING AGENCY?

    All American Speakers is a "buyers agent" and exclusively represents talent buyers, meeting planners and event professionals, who are looking to secure celebrities and speakers for personal appearances, speaking engagements, corporate entertainment, public relations campaigns, commercials, or endorsements. We do not exclusively represent Melissa Leo or claim ourselves as the exclusive booking agency, business manager, publicist, speakers bureau or management for Melissa Leo or any other speaker or celebrity on this website. For more information on how we work and what makes us unique, please read the AAE Advantage.
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Melissa Leo Biography

Melissa Leo was born in New York City and was raised by father Arnold Leo, an editor and fisherman, and mother Peggy Leo, a teacher. After her parents divorced, she moved to Vermont and then London with her mother.

Leo learned to love theater while in London and returned to the United States at age 18 to study at the State University of New York at Purchase. After two years there, Leo dropped out to pursue acting. Not long after, she landed a recurring role on the soap opera “All My Children,” which led to a Daytime Emmy nomination in 1985

Leo's breakthrough role came in 1993, when she began playing Detective Sergeant Kay Howard on the NBC series “Homicide: Life on the Street.” She rose to big screen prominence with an impressive performance as a wife of an addict in the 2003 film “21 Grams.” Her role garnered an award nomination for best supporting actress from the L.A. Film Critics Association. The film opened up many doors and she went on to win acclaim for her performance as a struggling mother in the heralded film “Frozen River” (2008), most notably Independent Spirit Award, Screen Actors Guild and Academy Award nominations—all in the best actress category. That same year, Leo received praise for her role as a mother of a kidnapped, drug-addicted son in the film “Lullaby.”

More films followed, including “Everybody's Fine” (2009) with Robert DeNiro, “Conviction” (2010) with Hilary Swank and “The Fighter” (2010) with Mark Wahlberg. In the latter film, she played Alice Ward, the mother of boxer Mickey Ward (played by Wahlberg); she garnered wide acclaim for her performance, including a Golden Globe and an Academy Award.

Moving back to TV in 2011, Leo showcased her talent in the HBO series “Mildred Pierce,” the FX comedy “Louie” and as Toni Bernette on “Treme.”

Melissa Leo Videos

  • Melissa Leo Talks About "Equalizer 2"

FAQs on booking Melissa Leo

  • How to book Melissa Leo?

    Our booking agents have successfully helped clients around the world secure talent like Melissa Leo for both live and virtual events for over 15 years. The team at All American Entertainment represents and listens to the needs of organizations and corporations seeking to hire keynote speakers, celebrities or entertainers for speaking engagements, personal appearances, product endorsements, or corporate entertainment. Fill out a booking request form for Melissa Leo, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to discuss your upcoming event. One of our experienced agents will be happy to help you get pricing information and check availability for Melissa Leo or any other celebrity of your choice.
  • How much does it cost to book Melissa Leo?

    Booking fees for Melissa Leo, or any other speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. Pricing often varies between live and virtual events. Other factors that can affect speaker fees include the talent's schedule, market conditions, length of presentation, and the location of the event. The live and virtual event speaking fees listed on this website are intended to serve as a guideline only. In some cases, the actual quote may be above or below the stated range. For the most current fee to hire Melissa Leo, please fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak with an experienced booking agent.
  • Who is the agent for Melissa Leo?

    All American Entertainment has successfully secured celebrity talent like Melissa Leo for clients worldwide for more than 15 years. As a full-service talent booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book Melissa Leo for your next private or corporate function.
  • What is a full-service talent booking agency?

    All American Speakers is a "buyers agent" and exclusively represents talent buyers, meeting planners and event professionals, who are looking to secure celebrities and speakers for personal appearances, speaking engagements, corporate entertainment, public relations campaigns, commercials, or endorsements. We do not exclusively represent Melissa Leo or claim ourselves as the exclusive booking agency, business manager, publicist, speakers bureau or management for Melissa Leo or any other speaker or celebrity on this website. For more information on how we work and what makes us unique, please read the AAE Advantage.

Melissa Leo is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics . The estimated speaking fee range to book Melissa Leo for your event is available upon request. Melissa Leo generally travels from and can be booked for (private) corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances. Similar motivational celebrity speakers are Amy Adams, Andrea Riseborough, Carla Gugino, Florence Pugh and Olivia Colman. Contact All American Speakers for ratings, reviews, videos and information on scheduling Melissa Leo for an upcoming live or virtual event.

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  • Melissa Leo Talks About "Equalizer 2"

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This website is a resource for event professionals and strives to provide the most comprehensive catalog of thought leaders and industry experts to consider for speaking engagements. A listing or profile on this website does not imply an agency affiliation or endorsement by the talent.

All American Entertainment (AAE) exclusively represents the interests of talent buyers, and does not claim to be the agency or management for any speaker or artist on this site. AAE is a talent booking agency for paid events only. We do not handle requests for donation of time or media requests for interviews, and cannot provide celebrity contact information.

If you are the talent, and wish to request removal from this catalog or report an issue with your profile, please click here.

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