Melissa Leo who is an American actress was born on 14th September of the year 1960. She had her breakthrough role in the year 1993 on the TV series called Homicide: Life on the Street as Det. Sgt. Kay Howard. She is the native of Manhattan, New York City, New York, and United States. She spent her early life on Lower East Side. She is the daughter of Peggy and Arnold Leo II. She also has an elder brother who is named as Erik Leo. Her parents got divorced and then her mother moved them to the Red Clover Commune in Putney, Vermont. She began to perform as a child with Bread and Puppet Theatre Company. She went to study at the Bellow Falls High School located in Vermont. She also studied acting at the Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts in London as well as she also attended the SUNY Purchase but she did not graduate. She chose to leave the school and then moved
At the beginning of her acting career, she made her debut in the year 1984 for which she was also nominated for the Daytime Emmy at Daytime Emmy Awards/ 12th Daytime Emmy Awards for the outstanding Ingenue/ Woman in the Drama series for All My Children. After that, she began to make her appearance in several of other movies which also include the lead role as strait-laced girl named Cookie in the Streetwalkin, Last Summer in the Hamptons, A TIem of Destiny and Venice/ Venice. Her other filmography includes Garden, First Breath, Patch, Hide and Seek, American Gun, The Limbo Room, Stephanie Daley, Hollywood Dreams, No Shoulder, Runaway, Code of Ethics, Black Irish, Midnight Son, One Night, Frozen River, The Cake Eaters and Bomb to name some few.
In addition to that, Leo has also made her appearance in numbers of the TV series as well as shows which also include The Equalizer, Spenser: for hire, Miami Vice, Gideon Oliver, Maw & Order, Scarlett, Legacy, Veronica Mars, CSI, Law & Order: Criminal Intent, The L Word, Shark, Criminal Minds, Cold Case, Mildred Pierce, Louie, and Wayward Pines. Additionally, she has also been filming the movies London Has Fallen, Snowden and The Big Short.
To talk about her personal life biography, Melissa has not married yet nor she has any husband. She was previously in relationship with her ex-boyfriend John Heard. She also has one child,a son together with him. She gave to their child, a son named John Matthew Heard in the year 1987. Melissa and John then got separated in 1990 and John lost the 1995 lawsuit over the custody of their son. In addition to that, she has also adopted one baby one who was born in 1984. Later, her ex-boyfriend started to harass Leo in 1996 and he was also arrested for stalking the following year. At present, she is residing in Stone Rodge, New York. Apart from that, Leo has now reached at the age of 54. Although she has reached at mid fifties, she still looks beautiful and has maintained her figure. Besides that, she is also active in the Instagram, facebook and Twitter.