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Her first name is pronounced "TAY-uh."

Her character in Deep Impact (1998) breaks the story on a comet which is going to hit the Earth and her character on The Naked Truth (1995) works for "The Comet".

Her paternal grandmother was Helenka Adamowska, who was the daughter of Polish musicians Jozef Adamowski and Antonina Szumanowska. Her grandmother was the niece, by marriage, of composer and politician Ignacy Jan Paderewski. Helena was among those who helped found UNICEF.

Her father suffered from skin cancer.

Planned on majoring in anthropology and/or psychology, but dropped out of college at age 20 to do background modeling.

Attended Sarah Lawrence College

Daughter of Emily and Anthony Pantaleoni

Has one brother, Thomas "Tom" Pantaleoni.

Was going to be one of the new Charlie's Angels in the proposed "Angels '88", along with Claire Yarlett, but the series never got off the ground.

Her grandmother, Helenka Adamowska Pantaleoni, co-founded what would become the US Fund for UNICEF in 1947 and served as its President for 25 years. Téa, herself, has served as a Goodwill Ambassador for UNICEF since 2001.

Calls her children West and Miller. It is tradition in their family to use the middle names as a first name.

Went to Oahu (HI) to help search for her cousin, Tim Pantaleoni, in the summer of 1995. He mysteriously vanished while hiking and to this day has never been found.

Her paternal great-grandfather, Guido Pantaleoni, was an Italian immigrant who was himself of Italian and Irish descent. In the US he married Téa's American-born great-grandmother, Ellen Morton Colladay, who had German and English ancestry. Téa's paternal grandmother was the daughter of Polish parents. Her great-grandfather Guido was the brother of Maffeo Panteloni, a prominent economist in Italy. Her mother, who is from Texas, was adopted and did not know the names of her biological parents until they were located by the show Finding Your Roots with Henry Louis Gates, Jr. (2012).

Grand-niece of Hank Patterson (Fred Ziffel of Green Acres (1965)).

Ex-sister-in-law of Laurie Birnbaum and Daniel Ducovny.

Inherited the stage wardrobe of Sonny Bono. They are a perfect fit, requiring no alterations. She wore a glittered suit once owned by Sony Bono on the The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson (2005) broadcast on December 22, 2007. She demonstrated that the suits have Velcro fasteners to make it easier to quickly change outfits.

Was considered for the role of "Rachel" on Friends (1994) (1994-2004).

Her husband David Duchovny called her for his "Phone a Friend" lifeline when he appeared on Who Wants to Be a Millionaire (1999). When she couldn't offer him any help in regards to the question, she simply told him; "You're screwed, honey".

Appears in A League of Their Own (1992), with Geena Davis. Her husband, David Duchovny, played Davis' ex-husband, Jeff Goldblum, on Saturday Night Live (1975).

Considered for the role of Melissa Robinson in Ace Ventura: Pet Detective (1994).

On October 15, 2008, she and David Duchovny confirmed that they had been separated for several months after Duchovny's much publicized sexual addiction. The couple publicly reconciled after his rehab period and were seen frequently together, but on June 29, 2011, it was reported the couple had again separated.

Raised on Manhattan's Upper East Side and sent to exclusive all-girls Brearley School and The Putney School, a progressive boarding school in Vermont. She graduated from Putney in 1984 intent on studying anthropology and psychology.

Was accepted to Sarah Lawrence College but dropped out after her freshman year to travel through Italy and Japan. It was following her travels that she ended up in Boston and, on a friend's dare, entered a local casting call for a new TV series to be called "Angels '88," a campy take on "Charlie's Angels" (1976). With no experience, she won the lead role but the series never materialized.

She and husband David Duchovny appeared together on TV only once, when she played herself on the 2000 The X-Files (1993) episode, The X-Files: Hollywood A.D. (2000).

Gave birth to her first child at age 33, daughter West Duchovny on April 24, 1999. She goes by her middle name West because of her family's custom.

Took a two-year break from Hollywood to give birth and nurture her daughter West.

Gave birth to her second child at age 36, son Kyd Miller Duchovny (7 lb. 10 oz.), on June 15, 2002, in Los Angeles. He'goes by his middle name Miller because of family tradition. Father was her second husband, David Duchovny.

In a relationship with Madam Secretary (2014) co-star Tim Daly since summer 2014.

Is a huge fan of fly fishing, an activity she pursues as often as she can.

Her mother, who is from Texas, was adopted by Florry Elizabeth (Roberts) and Virgil Pearson Patterson. On the show Finding Your Roots with Henry Louis Gates, Jr. (2012), Téa discovered that her mother's biological parents were Abilene Gindratt and Sumpter Daniel.

Asteroid 8299 Téaleoni, discovered by Eric Elst at La Silla in 1993, was named after Leoni.