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  • Melissa Leo

    Born on September 14, 1960 in New York, New York

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Mildred Pierce (2011)

Melissa Leo as "Lucy Gessler"

Based on the title character introduced in James M. Cain's classic 1941 novel, the five-part miniseries stars Kate Winslet as young mother Mildred Pierce, who struggles to make a new life for her and her two daughters after divorcing her husband. Searching for work during the Depression proves troublesome until Mildred meets a waitress named Ida, who works at a local diner. With Ida's help, Mildred, a talented baker, begins selling her homemade pies at the diner. Soon she is operating her own chicken and pie restaurant, and then other eateries too. But while business is booming, Mildred's personal life is not, leading to a regrettable confrontation between her and daughter Veda.

Emmy (Primetime) (2011) Nominated Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie

The Fighter (2010)

Melissa Leo as "Alice Ward"

For Micky Ward (Mark Wahlberg), boxing is a family affair. His tough-as-nails mother is his manager. His half-brother, Dicky (Christian Bale), once a promising boxer himself, is his very unreliable trainer. Despite Micky's hard work, he is losing and, when the latest fight nearly kills him, he follows his girlfriend's advice and splits from the family. Then Micky becomes a contender for the world title and he -- and his family -- earns a shot at redemption.

Academy Award (2010) Won Best Supporting Actress
Golden Globe (2010) Won Best Performance By an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture
Screen Actors Guild Awards (2010) Won Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role
Screen Actors Guild Awards (2010) Nominated Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture

Frozen River (2008)

Melissa Leo as "Ray Eddy"

After her husband deserts her, working-class mother Ray Eddy (Melissa Leo) is in great need of money to find a home. Lured by the possibility of easy cash, Ray joins Lila (Misty Upham) a widowed Mohawk who earns a living by smuggling immigrants from Canada to the U.S. across the St. Lawrence.

Academy Award (2008) Nominated Best Actress
Screen Actors Guild Awards (2008) Nominated Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role

All My Children (1970)

Set in the upscale town of Pine Valley, Pa., a fictional suburb of Philadelphia, "All My Children" revolves around the intertwined relationships and secrets of several families and has a history of controversial yet socially relevant storylines dealing with topics like abortion in the 1970s, AIDs in the 1980s, and same-sex marriage in the 2000s. Though the long-running soap was canceled by ABC in 2011, the series was revived for online viewing in April 2013. While its online episodes are just 30 minutes, the scheming, drama and romance remain central to the show, and many of the beloved characters from the broadcast run return for the online version.

Emmy (Daytime) (1985) Nominated Outstanding Younger Actress in a Drama Series

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