Ione Skye

Ione Skye

Birth name: Ione Skye Leitch
Born: September 4, 1970
Age: 53
Birthplace: Hampstead, London, England
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Ione Skye Lee (/aɪˈoʊni/;[1] née Ione Skye Leitch, September 4, 1970)[a] is a British-born American actress, author, and painter. She made her film debut in the thriller River's Edge (1986) before gaining mainstream exposure for her starring role in Cameron Crowe's Say Anything... (1989). She continued to appear in films throughout the 1990s, with notable roles in Wayne's World (1992) and One Night Stand (1997).

Other film credits include the comedy Fever Pitch (2005) and an uncredited role in Zodiac (2007). Skye also guest-starred on several television series, including The Twilight Zone (2002), Private Practice, and a recurring role on Arrested Development.

In addition to acting, Skye also works as a painter, and has authored several children's books. In 2006, VH1 ranked her number 84 on its list of the 100 Greatest Teen Stars.[3]

Skye was born Ione Skye Leitch in Hampstead, London, England,[2] the daughter of folk singer-songwriter Donovan and model Enid Karl (née Stulberger). Her father is Scottish, and her mother was an American of Jewish descent who was raised in the Bronx, New York City.[4][5] Her second name comes from the Isle of Skye. She is the younger sister of Camp Freddy singer Donovan Leitch. Skye's parents were separated at the time of her birth, and she was raised by her mother, having little to no contact with her father.[6]

Skye grew up primarily in Los Angeles and San Francisco, and also spent time in Connecticut. She attended Immaculate Heart High School and Hollywood High School in Los Angeles.[6]



Skye made her film debut in River's Edge in 1986,[6] followed by a role as the title character in The Rachel Papers (1989). She played Diane Court, a withdrawn high school valedictorian, in the 1989 film Say Anything..., the feature film debut of director Cameron Crowe; the film attained a cult following and lent Skye international recognition.[7]

In 1992, she played the role of Eleanor Grey on the short-lived television series Covington Cross and a supporting role in the Stephen La Rocque film Samantha. She subsequently had supporting roles as Elise in the comedy Wayne's World (1992) and the Mike Figgis-directed drama One Night Stand (1997).

In 2007, Skye had a small, well-received part in the David Fincher film Zodiac, and appeared in the music video for the Harvey Danger song "Sad Sweetheart of the Rodeo."

In an interview with[8] in December 2010, Skye said she had not paid perfect attention to her career arc over the years, saying she "never struck when the iron was hot" when it came to going after big Hollywood roles in her 20s.

In 2013, she appeared in a supporting part in the independent horror film Haunt, with Jacki Weaver.[9] In 2016, Skye directed the music video for the Against Me! single "333".[10] The same year, she appeared in the short film Kitty, directed by Chloë Sevigny.[11]

Other ventures

In addition to acting, Skye is also a painter, and sells her own works.[12] She also wrote the children's book My Yiddish Vacation, published by Henry Holt and Company in May 2014.[13] Skye has cited comic book artist Daniel Clowes as an inspiration for her painting and writing.[14]

Personal life

For several years in the 1980s, Skye had a relationship with Red Hot Chili Peppers frontman Anthony Kiedis.[14] Kiedis's 2004 book Scar Tissue contains a nude photo of the couple. Skye was 18 when the picture was taken.

Skye was first married to Adam Horovitz, a member of the Beastie Boys.[15] The couple married in 1992, separated in 1995, and divorced in 1999.[14]

Skye then had a relationship with furniture designer David Netto, and they had a daughter, Kate, in December 2001.[15] The family, Skye's home in Hollywood, and Netto's apartment in New York City were featured in the February 2003 issue of Vogue. The two were engaged, but eventually separated.[16]

In 2008, Skye became engaged to Australian musician Ben Lee.[17] On December 29, 2008, Skye and Lee were married in a Hindu wedding ceremony in India.[17] They have one daughter, Goldie Priya Lee, born September 24, 2009.[18]

In an extensive 2015 interview, Skye discussed her struggle with addiction, including bouts with alcoholism and other drug use.[14]



Year Title Role Notes
1986 River's Edge Clarissa
1987 Stranded Deirdre Clark
1988 A Night in the Life of Jimmy Reardon Denise Hunter
1989 Say Anything... Diane Court
1989 The Rachel Papers Rachel Noyce
1990 Mindwalk Kit Hoffman
1992 Gas Food Lodging Trudi
1992 Wayne's World Elyse
1992 Guncrazy Joy
1992 Samantha Elaine
1994 Cityscrapes: Los Angeles Young Woman
1994 The Color of Evening Halys Smith
1994 Girls in Prison Carol Madison
1995 Four Rooms Eva Segment: "The Missing Ingredient"
1996 Dream for an Insomniac Frankie
1996 The Size of Watermelons Maggie
1997 One Night Stand Jenny
1998 Went to Coney Island on a Mission from God... Be Back by Five Gabby
1999 Mascara Rebecca
1999 Jump Stephanie
1999 But I'm a Cheerleader Kelly Uncredited
2000 The Good Doctor Nadia Wickham Short film
2000 Men Make Women Crazy Theory Short film
2000 Moonglow
2001 Southlander: Diary of a Desperate Musician Miss Highrise
2001 Free Catherine
2001 Angryman
2001 Chicken Night Mama Short film
2003 Spin, Shoot & Run Jolynn
2005 Fever Pitch Molly
2005 Bad Girls Behind Bars
2006 The Lather Effect Zoey
2007 Zodiac Kathleen Johns Uncredited
2013 Return to Babylon Virginia Rappe
2014 Haunt Emily Asher
2015 Monsters Marie Short film
2015 Ingrid Helena Short film
2016 A Secret Promise Diana Mancini Also known as: The Homeless Billionaire
2016 Dear Eleanor Charlotte
2016 Kitty Short film
2016 XOXO Susan
2018 Holy New York Dalia


Year Title Role Notes
1987 Napoleon and Josephine: A Love Story Pauline Bonaparte Miniseries
1989 Nightmare Classics Marie Episode: "Carmilla"
1991 The General Motors Playwrights Theater Joanna Dibble Episode: "It's Called the Sugar Plum"
1992 Covington Cross Eleanor Grey 13 episodes
1994 Girls in Prison Carol Madison TV movie
1997 The Perfect Mother Kathryn M. Podaras Television film
1998 Tower of the Firstborn Diane Shannon Television film
2000 The Fearing Mind Irene Episode: "Gentleman Caller"
2002 The Twilight Zone Melina Kroner Episode: "Night Route"
2003 The Dead Zone Madeleine Wey Episode: "Visions"
2004 The Clinic Emma Matthews Television film
2004 Back When We Were Grownups Minerva 'Min' Foo Television film
2005 Life As We Know It Food Stand Woman Episode: "Papa Wheelie"
2005-2018 Arrested Development Mrs. Veal 3 episodes
2006 12 Hours to Live Megan Saunders Television film
2008 Private Practice Monica Episode: "Know When to Fold"
2010 The Santa Incident Joanna Television film
2014 Awkward. Samantha Perry Episode: "Welcome to Hell"
2018 UDrive Me Tammi
2018 Camping Carleen

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