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    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

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Drew Taylor on Sep 4th 2014, 9:30AM

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'Prisoners' Review: 10 Things to Know About the Crime Thriller

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Sep 19th 2013, 8:30AM

'Charlie Countryman' Posters Debut: Shia LaBeouf Dangles For Love

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Erin Whitney on Sep 19th 2013, 8:00AM

Sep 19th 2013, 8:00AM

Review: Olympus Has Fallen (2013)

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Scott Mendelson on Mar 22nd 2013, 5:32AM

Mar 22nd 2013, 5:32AM

Melissa Leo, 'Why Stop Now' Star, On Winning Oscars, Tracy Morgan And Trying Comedy

Posted by
Kase Wickman on Aug 15th 2012, 3:55AM

Aug 15th 2012, 3:55AM

Melissa Leo On Losing 'Catching Fire' Role: 'I Would Have Liked To Have Done It'

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Kase Wickman on Aug 6th 2012, 12:43PM

Aug 6th 2012, 12:43PM

Oscar Presenters: Melissa Leo, Christian Bale, Colin Firth And Natalie Portman Return To Academy Awards

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Sharon Knolle on Feb 23rd 2012, 12:08PM

Feb 23rd 2012, 12:08PM

David O. Russell Ready for 'Fighter' Sequel

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Jacob Hall on Mar 22nd 2011, 2:00PM

Mar 22nd 2011, 2:00PM

Oscar Winners: Whose Next Role is the Most Enticing?

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Monika Bartyzel on Mar 1st 2011, 2:30PM

Mar 1st 2011, 2:30PM

Early Edition: Mandy Moore Scares Up a New Role; Melissa Leo Teams With Jesse Eisenberg

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Harley W. Lond on Mar 1st 2011, 3:00AM

Mar 1st 2011, 3:00AM

12 Fun (and Depressing) Stats From The 83rd Academy Awards

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Erik Childress on Feb 28th 2011, 5:00PM

Feb 28th 2011, 5:00PM

Stars in Rewind: The 2011 Oscar Winners

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Jacob Hall on Feb 28th 2011, 2:00PM

Feb 28th 2011, 2:00PM

Melissa Leo Apologizes for Dropping F-Bomb During Oscars

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PopEater Editors on Feb 27th 2011, 7:35PM

Feb 27th 2011, 7:35PM

Kirk Douglas Is Hilarious at the Oscars; Melissa Leo Drops the F-Bomb

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PopEater Editors on Feb 27th 2011, 4:44PM

Feb 27th 2011, 4:44PM

Oscar Winners 2011: 'The King's Speech,' 'Inception' Take Four

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Peter Hall on Feb 27th 2011, 3:30PM

Feb 27th 2011, 3:30PM

Oscar Rankings: The Pool-Busting Final Ranking of 2010

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Erik Childress on Feb 24th 2011, 3:00PM

Feb 24th 2011, 3:00PM

The 2011 Oscar Nominees Before They Were Stars (VIDEO)

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Jason Newman on Feb 23rd 2011, 5:30AM

Feb 23rd 2011, 5:30AM

Oscar Rankings: Make Your Picks the Vegas Way!

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Erik Childress on Feb 10th 2011, 1:00PM

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Oscar Rankings: Who Are the Front-Runners?

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SAG Awards 2011: 'The King's Speech' Wins Best Ensemble, Actor

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Moviefone Staff on Jan 30th 2011, 3:07PM

Jan 30th 2011, 3:07PM

'Red State' Sundance Review: Kevin Smith Preaches a New Tune

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Jan 23rd 2011, 8:00PM

Oscar Rankings: The Final Rankings (Before The Nominations)

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Erik Childress on Jan 20th 2011, 9:00AM

Jan 20th 2011, 9:00AM

Critics' Choice Awards 2011 Winners: 'The Social Network' Wins More Friends

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Jan 14th 2011, 5:00PM

Movie News Quick Hits: 'Avengers' Cameo in 'Thor', New 'Green Lantern' Image and More

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Dec 30th 2010, 8:00AM

Chicago & Ten Other Critics Groups Shed Light on Oscar Rankings

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Dec 26th 2010, 10:00AM

Time To Get 'Social' About This Year's Oscar Rankings

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Dec 16th 2010, 12:55PM

Mark Wahlberg on Boxing, Bad Accents and Bringing 'The Fighter' to Life

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Dec 14th 2010, 5:05PM

'The Fighter' Review: Wahlberg and Bale Kick Some Butt

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Dec 10th 2010, 5:00AM

The Alternative Awards: Considering The Supporting Actresses

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Erik Childress on Nov 30th 2010, 9:00AM

Nov 30th 2010, 9:00AM

Hilary Swank and Sam Rockwell Show Some 'Conviction' (review)

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Oct 17th 2010, 5:30PM

Oscar Predictions 2011: We Place Our Early Bets in All Major Categories

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Oct 14th 2010, 2:00PM

'The Fighter' Trailer: Mark Wahlberg and Christian Bale Duke It Out

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Sep 16th 2010, 6:20AM

Kevin Smith's 'Red State' Starts Populating

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Aug 4th 2010, 7:15AM

Nightly News: Sandra Bullock on Top, Moneywise; More Cast for Kevin Smith's 'Red State'

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Aug 3rd 2010, 7:54PM

Finally - Hilary Swank In Something Good Again! A Trailer for 'Conviction'

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Jun 18th 2010, 12:32PM

Tribeca Film Festival Awards Winners 2010

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Andrew Scott on Apr 30th 2010, 4:55AM

Apr 30th 2010, 4:55AM

5 Questions from Tribeca With Melissa Leo

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Apr 26th 2010, 10:00AM

Sundance Review: Welcome To The Rileys

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Jan 28th 2010, 9:17AM

Sundance Primer: Welcome to the Rileys

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The Top 10+ Sundance Movies to Watch

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