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Creator / Leelee Sobieski

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"I did try to get a few of those teen high-school movies, but they just didn't like me. I guess I wasn't a certain type."

Liliane Rudabet Gloria Elsveta "Leelee" Sobieski (born June 10, 1983 in New York City) is an American actress of Polish, Ashkznazi Jewish and Swiss descent.

She is best known for her roles in such movies as Deep Impact, Never Been Kissed, Eyes Wide Shut, Joy Ride, The Glass House, and Public Enemies. She also played a rookie cop on the short-lived NYC 22, and was nominated for an Emmy Award for the role of Joan of Arc in the 1999 CBS/CBC miniseries.

In 2012, she announced her retirement from acting, saying she wanted to raise her children in peace and that she had become disillusioned after seeing several women's roles become overly sexualized. Nowadays, she works as an artist under the name Leelee Kimmel.


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  • Dyeing for Your Art: The multiple facial piercings her character has in My First Mister were real - after filming completed, she let them all close up, but kept the jewelry as a memento.
  • One-Woman Song: "Why Leelee Won't Love Me" by Primitive Whore.
  • Playing Gertrude: Due to her height, when she was younger, she was able to play older characters, like on NewsRadio when she was 14, playing a girl taking her SATs (and not taking them seriously, indicating she wasn't just some young prodigy).
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  • Star-Derailing Role: Fresh off momentum from Never Been Kissed and Eyes Wide Shut as the next "It Girl", The Glass House was her first headlining role. A critical (holding 20% at Rotten Tomatoes) and, worse, commercial failure ($18m domestic TOTAL, though opening the week after 9/11 did not help) ended that route real quick, and she's been pretty low profile since, to the point of ending her acting career in 2012.
  • Statuesque Stunner: She's 5'10".