Leelee Sobieski was born in New York City. Her French father,
Jean Sobieski, is a painter, and her mother, Elizabeth Salomon,
is an American writer. Leelee Sobieski has noted that her
"great, great, great, great uncle" was John III Sobieski, a
Polish king. Leelee speaks fluent French, although she
does not speak Polish.
Leelee Sobieski rose to fame in her mid-teens with her appearance in the movie Deep Impact (1998) and went on to play a modern Lolita in Stanley Kubrick's Eyes Wide Shut (Released in 1999, although she was not even seventeen when her nymphet-like scenes were shot), which led to the forming of a firm friendship with the director. The title role in the TV movie Joan of Arc (1999) earned her an Emmy nomination and a Golden Globe nomination and a second nomination followed her portrayal of Tosia Altman in the TV movie Uprising (2001).
Leelee Sobieski's fluency in French landed her roles in Merchant Ivory Film A Soldier's Daughter Never Cries (1998), L'Idole (2002) and the miniseries Les Liaisons dangereuses (2003) with Catherine Deneuve and Rupert Everett, an adaptation of Laclos's classic novel of s--ual intrigue.
Other movies Leelee has starred in include Jungle 2 Jungle (1997), Never Been Kissed (1999), Here on Earth (2000), My First Mister (2001), The Glass House (2001), Uprising (2001), Joy Ride (2001), Max (2002), and Hercules (NBC, 2005). She will soon be seen alongside Nicolas Cage in the remake of The Wicker Man directed by Neil LaBute, and alongside Al Pacino in Jon Avnet's 88 Minutes.
Leelee Sobieski graduated from Brown University in 2005. Because of her resemblance to actress Helen Hunt, they were both pitted against each other on the 59th episode of Celebrity Deathmatch.
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