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Leelee Sobieski (born June 10, 1982) is an American actress. Sobieski rose to fame in her mid-teens with her appearance in the movie Deep Impact. She has received an Emmy nomination for the 1999 TV movie Joan of Arc, and two Golden Globe nominations for Joan of Arc and the TV movie Uprising.

Early life

Sobieski was born Liliane Rudabet Gloria Elsveta Sobieski in New York Citymarker. Her parents are American novelist/screenwriter Elizabeth (née Salomon), who also works as Sobieski's manager, and French painter and former actor Jean Sobieski.

Sobieski's first name, "Liliane", was the name of her paternal grandmother. One of her middle names, "Elsveta", is derived from "Elżbieta" which is the Polish equivalent of "Elizabeth". Sobieski's younger brother Robert attends Princeton Universitymarker. Sobieski's maternal grandfather, United States Navy captain Robert Salomon, was Jewish and Sobieski grew up in a "pan-religious" family; she has said that she is "proud of [her] Jewish roots".

She attended Trevor Day School and studied literature and fine art at Brown Universitymarker.


Sobieski rose to fame in her mid-teens with her appearance in the movie Deep Impact (1998) and played a modern Lolita in Stanley Kubrick's Eyes Wide Shut (released in 1999, she was not even fifteen when her nymphet-like scenes were shot). She was playing alongside Tom Cruise: she recalls he was "very kind and considerate with me," and says her most vivid recollection of Stanley Kubrick was that he "genuinely seemed to hold something magic".

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 2001 TV movie Uprising.

Her roles in the 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 sexual intrigue made use of her fluency in French.

Personal life

Sobieski speaks fluent French, which she picked up from her father, who currently lives in France.

Sobieski is engaged to fashion designer Adam Kimmel. In mid-September 2009, the couple confirmed that Sobieski was expecting her first child with Kimmel.


Year Film Role Notes
1995 A Horse for Danny Danny Bara
1997 Jungle 2 Jungle Karen
1998 Deep Impact Sarah Hotchner
A Soldier's Daughter Never Cries Charlotte Anne 'Channe' Willis Nominated — Chicago Film Critics Association Award for Most Promising Newcomer
1999 Never Been Kissed Aldys Martin
Joan of Arc Joan of Arc Nominated — Emmy Award for Best Lead Actress in a Miniseries or Movie
Nominated — Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Miniseries or Television Film
Nominated — Satellite Award for Best Actress – Miniseries or Television Film

Eyes Wide Shut Milich's Daughter
2000 Here on Earth Samantha 'Sam' Cavanaugh
2001 My First Mister Jennifer
Joy Ride Venna Wilcox
The Glass House Ruby Baker
Uprising Tosia Altman Nominated — Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Miniseries or Television Film
2002 L'Idole Sarah Silver
Max Liselore von Peltz
2003 Les Liaisons dangereuses Cécile de Volanges TV
2005 Hercules Deianeira TV
2006 Lying Sarah
Heavens Fall Victoria Price
In a Dark Place Anna Veigh
The Wicker Man Sister Honey
The Elder Son Lolita
2007 Walk All Over Me Alberta
In the Name of the King: A Dungeon Siege Tale Muriella
2008 88 Minutes Lauren Douglas
Acts of Violence Olivia Flyn
2009 Finding Bliss Jody Balaban
Night Train Chloe
Public Enemies Polly Hamilton
The Mad Cow Abby Gibbons (post-production)


  1. "Don't Walk All Over Leelee", News of the World Sunday Magazine, February 3, 2008, p28.
  2. Stated on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno on August 30, 2006
  3. Article: New York Magazine - Little Leelee
  4. Janet Weeks. TV Guide; May 15, 1999; Pages 38 - 42
  5. Leelee Sobieski is Engaged, July 17, 2009.
  6. Leelee Sobieski Expecting Her First Baby, September 16, 2009.

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