A blend of beauty and smartness, Leelee Sobieski is a retired American actress who was beloved by TV fans during her acting career. A truly gifted entertainer, Leelee stunned many people with her acting prowess and was nominated for many awards, including Emmy and Golden Globe Awards. She earned many fans who were often thrilled when information about a new project involving her was announced.
Leelee Sobieski appeared in so many feature films and TV series during her acting career and amazed fans with her versatility in different roles. However, after 18 years in the industry, she said goodbye to Hollywood. And while many have often regretted that decision, Leelee Sobieski has been thriving.
Leelee Sobieski Was Discovered at Age 11
Leelee Sobieski was born on the 10th of June in the year 1983. The actress was born in the city of New York. It was also there that her parents raised her. Even though everyone now calls her Leelee Sobieski, it is noteworthy that her full birth name is Liliane Rudabet Gloria Elsveta Sobieski.
Leelee is by no means the only creative in her family. Her father, Jean Sobieski, is a former actor and painter. Her mother, Elizabeth Sobieski, is also a creative, with a focus on screenwriting and film production. Growing up in this kind of home must have inspired her to choose acting as a career. Even though she is an American woman, Leelee also has French roots because her father was born in France.
Leelee Sobieski is not an only child; she has a younger brother called Robert Sobieski with whom she grew up. Just like his older sister, Robert, who is also called Roby, is an actor. The siblings are very fond of each other.
Growing up, Leelee attended the Trevor Day School and graduated in 2001. She then proceeded to attend Brown University, where she studied Art. However, according to reports, she did not graduate. Over the years, she has gone on to make a great career out of acting.
Leelee was eating at a cafeteria at the age of 11 when a casting agent discovered her. Thus, she began her acting career, with a debut appearance in the 1994 TV Movie, Reunion.
Exploring Leelee Sobieski’s Filmography
Her meeting with the casting agent initially led her to audition for the role of Claudia in a 1994 movie called Interview with the Vampire. But she never got it. The next year in 1995, when she was just about 12 years old, she made her debut in a feature movie when she appeared as Danielle ‘Danny’ Fortuna in A Horse for Danny. That same year, she stunned people with her acting prowess via her performance as Jenny Grace in Charlie Grace, a TV series.
In 1998, Leelee starred as Tanya in the series F/X: The Series. In 2001, she portrayed Venna in Joy Ride then appeared as Tosia Altman in Uprising, a TV movie. Her stunning performance in Uprising got her a second Golden Globe nomination. At this time, Leelee was already a highly sought-after actress.
Over the years, she went on to appear in many more movies and TV series including Frasier in 2002, Dangerous Liaisons in 2003, Hercules in 2005, Heavens Fall in 2006, Walk All Over Me in 2007, Finding Bliss in 2009, Drop Dead Diva in 2010, The Good Wife in 2011 and NYC 22 in 2012, among many others.
In 2012, Leelee retired from acting. According to her, she made the move to focus more on her family. At the time, she had appeared in 42 movies and TV shows.
Although Leelee Sobieski retired and is no longer an active actress, she has appeared in a couple of movies recently. She appeared in the 2016 movie, The Last Film Festival, and the TV movie, Amerikali Kiz in 2018.
A Look At Some of Her Best Works
In 1998, Leelee Sobieski appeared in the action/drama/romance movie, Deep Impact. The film became very successful and made her very famous as a young actress. It was the movie that helped to bring her to the attention of many casting directors. That same year, she also appeared in A Soldier’s Daughter Never Cries, a drama film in which she acted as Charlotte Anne ‘Channe’ Willis. Many people hailed her performance, and she subsequently got nominated for the Young Artist Award.
When she was about 15 years old – in 1998, Leelee got cast as Joan d’Arc in Joan of Arc, a TV mini-series which happens to be one of her best-known works. The movie was so good that it earned her an Emmy nomination, as well as a Golden Globes nod. Other notable works by Leelee Sobieski include The Glass House (2001), Never Been Kissed (1999), and Eyes Wide Shut (1999).
As part of recognition for her performances, Leelee has three award wins and ten nominations. Two of them are from the Golden Globes while she has one from Primetime Emmy.
Acting Made Leelee a Millionaire
The actress raked in a lot of money during her acting career. Having featured in many high-grossing movies and TV series, some of which got her nominations for top awards in the industry, Leelee is expected to have made a considerable amount of wealth over time. After all, her movies made almost a billion ($805.4 million) globally.
Unfortunately, because of the infamous Hollywood accounting, it is difficult to determine how much exactly she made. At the moment, Celebrity Net Worth estimates Leelee Sobieski to be worth circa $6 million. How much of it is from her acting career remains elusive, but the assumption is it is a sizeable fraction.
She Has Been Married Since 2010
Leelee Sobieski is a happily married woman. The actress is married to a man identified as Adam Kimmel, a menswear designer. He is also the son of American real estate developer, Martin Kimmel.
According to sources, the couple began to date in 2009, and their passionate relationship caught the attention of fans. The couple got engaged later in 2009 and finally tied the knot as husband and wife on the 31st of August in 2010.
Leelee and Adam’s family has grown with the arrival of two kids. Their first child, a girl called Louisanna, was born in December 2009. Their second child, a son named Martin, was born in 2014.
One of the reasons Leelee Sobieski left acting was to focus on her family. Considering they are still together and look happy to be, we can say her decision has worked out well for her.
Leelee Sobieski’s Life After Acting
If her family was her first reason for quitting Hollywood, the industry’s culture is her second. Leelee Sobieski had a lot of criticism for Hollywood culture, which she summed up in her words as ‘gross.’ Since quitting the industry, she has taken another creative career – painting, and sculpting.
Now working under the name, Leelee Kimmel, she paints on small and large canvases. She also worked in virtual reality, using Google Tilt Brush. As an artist, her works feature a lot of bright colors, with abstract and textured shapes. They are quintessentially representations of her eccentric personality during her days as an actress.
Even more impressive is that it is not a vanity effort. Leelee’s work is recognized by professionals and has featured in exhibitions. Leelee’s work has featured at the Simon Lee Gallery in London, Journal Gallery in Brooklyn, and Paris, and South Korean galleries.