Téa Leoni

by ethnic on December 27, 2007

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Birth Name: Elizabeth Téa Pantaleoni

Place of Birth: New York City, New York, U.S.

Date of Birth: February 25, 1966

Ethnicity: 1/16th Italian, 1/4 Polish, with the rest being English, Scots-Irish (Northern Irish), German, and Irish

Téa Leoni is an American actress and producer. She starred on the television series The Naked Truth. She has two children with her former husband, actor David Duchovny.

Téa’s father was of one half Polish, one eighth Italian, one eighth German, one eighth Irish, and one eighth other British Isles, ancestry. Téa’s mother was from a Southern family, with English and Scots-Irish (Northern Irish) roots.

Téa’s paternal grandfather was Guido Pantaleoni (the son of Guido Pantaleoni and Ellen Morton Colladay). Téa’s great-grandfather Guido was an Italian immigrant, born in Macerata, Marche, Italy. His father, Téa’s great-great-grandfather Diomede Pantaleoni, who was in the Italian Senate, was the son of Pantaleone Pantaleoni, a lawyer, and of Marianna Petrucci. His mother, Téa’s great-great-grandmother Lady Jane Isabella Massy Dawson, a British woman, was of Irish descent, from Tipperary. Tea’s great-grandfather Guido’s brother, Maffeo Panteloni, was a prominent economist. Tea’s great-grandmother Ellen was American, the daughter of Samuel Rittenhouse/Rakestraw Colladay, who was of German descent, and of Sarah “Sallie” Burton Harrison, who had British Isles ancestry.

Téa’s paternal grandmother was Helen “Helenka” Tradusa Adamowska (the daughter of Józef Adamowski and Antonina Szumanowska/Szumowska). Helen co-founded the US Fund for UNICEF in 1947. Józef and Antonina were Polish-born musicians. Józef was the son of Wincenty Adamowski.

Téa’s maternal grandfather was Virgil Pearson Patterson (the son of Greene Davis Patterson and Mary Isabel Newton). Greene was the son of Calvin James Patterson and Margaret E. Pearson. Mary Isabel was the daughter of Robert F. Newton and Rebecca Belzora “Beth” Scoggins.

Téa’s maternal grandmother was Florry Elizabeth Roberts (the daughter of Edwin McKay Roberts and Emily West Simpson). Edwin was the son of Young Allen Roberts and Sarah Elizabeth Hatley Bledsoe.

Sources: Genealogies of Téa Leoni – http://worldconnect.rootsweb.ancestry.com

Téa’s paternal great-grandfather, Guido Pantaleoni – http://www.findagrave.com

Genealogy of Téa’s paternal great-grandmother, Ellen Morton Colladay – http://worldconnect.rootsweb.ancestry.com

Téa’s paternal great-grandparents, Jozef Adamowski and Antonina Szumanowska, on the 1900 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org

Genealogy of Téa’s maternal grandfather, Virgil Pearson Patterson (focusing on his own mother’s side) – http://worldconnect.rootsweb.ancestry.com

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{ 11 comments… read them below or add one }

neiltennant July 23, 2017 at 6:23 am

she looks 100 percent polish or russian

look at her face

andrew September 19, 2016 at 3:51 pm

Guido Pantaleoni Jr. -> the son of Guido Pantaleoni Sr. (the son of Diomede Pantaleoni and Lady Jane Isabella Massy Dawson) and Ellen Morton Colloday. Guido Sr. was born in Macerata, Marche, Italy. Diomede Pantaleoni was the son of Pantaleone Pantaleoni, a lawyer, and Marianna Petrucci. Massy Dawson family hailed from Tipperary, Ireland


Kimmel May 15, 2016 at 8:12 pm

Thought she was Finnish.

xoxo November 19, 2015 at 8:16 pm

She looks like Tom Cruise.

Capricious October 11, 2015 at 7:04 am

Lool looks nothing like an Italian.

Looks more Anglo Celtic than anything. And a pretty one at it too.

athelya November 21, 2015 at 7:05 pm

if you look past your bias about italians not having blonde hair and blue eyes youll see it.. her long face, long nose, small mouth – all that is italian.

andrew November 22, 2015 at 5:18 am

I don’t know where my previous comment landed, btw Tea is not a blonde. This is her natural hair colour.


andrew August 26, 2015 at 2:29 am

Treccani Encyclopedia says Pantaleoni married the Englishwoman Jane Isabella Massy Dawson (much younger than him) in 1856 in Naples. They had three sons: Maffeo (1857), Guido (1858), Raoul (1860)


andrew August 26, 2015 at 8:45 am

Massy Dawson is a prominent Irish family

andrew August 26, 2015 at 3:26 pm

so she’s 1/16 Italian from her paternal great-great-grandfather Diomede Pantaleoni. Her paternal great-grandfather Guido Panteleoni was half Irish

Tea’s relative Maffeo Panteloni was an economist


hesh123 August 25, 2015 at 7:53 pm

Can’t believe she was married to that ugly sad sack, just makes no sense

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