Ione Skye

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Ione Skye
Ione Skye.JPG
Skye at Hollywood Life Magazine’s 7th Annual Breakthrough Awards, December 9, 2007
BornIone Skye Leitch
(1970-09-04) September 4, 1970 (age 44)
Hertfordshire, England
Spouse(s)Adam Horovitz (m. 1992–99) (divorced)
Ben Lee (m. 2008)
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Ione Skye
Ione Skye.JPG
Skye at Hollywood Life Magazine’s 7th Annual Breakthrough Awards, December 9, 2007
BornIone Skye Leitch
(1970-09-04) September 4, 1970 (age 44)
Hertfordshire, England
Spouse(s)Adam Horovitz (m. 1992–99) (divorced)
Ben Lee (m. 2008)

Ione Skye Lee (/ˈni/;[1] born Ione Skye Leitch, September 4, 1970)[2] is a British-American actress who became a teen idol after the 1989 movie Say Anything.... In 2006, VH1 placed her at number 84 on its "100 Greatest Teen Stars" list.[3]

Early life[edit]

Skye was born Ione Skye Leitch in Hertfordshire, England, the daughter of folk singer/songwriter Donovan and model Enid Karl (née Stulberger). Her father is Scottish and her mother is an American from a Jewish family.[4] She is the younger sister of Camp Freddy singer Donovan Leitch, who is married to former model Kirsty Hume. Skye was brought up in Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Connecticut. She attended Immaculate Heart High School and Hollywood High School for the Performing Arts in 1987.


Skye made her film debut in River's Edge in 1986, and played the title character in The Rachel Papers (1989). She played Diane Court in the 1989 film Say Anything... In 1992, she played the role of Eleanor Grey on the short-lived TV show Covington Cross and a supporting role in the Stephen La Rocque film Samantha. She also had a small but well-received part in the 2007 David Fincher film Zodiac, and appeared in the music video for the Harvey Danger song "Sad Sweetheart Of The Rodeo."

In a rare interview with[5] in December 2010, Skye admitted to not paying 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.

Personal life[edit]

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

Skye's first husband, Adam Horovitz, is a member of the Beastie Boys.[6] The couple married in 1992, separated in 1995, and divorced in 1999.

Skye had a relationship with furniture designer David Netto and they had a daughter, Kate, in December 2001.[6] The family, Skye's home in Hollywood, and Netto's apartment in New York City were featured in the February 2003 issue of Vogue magazine. The two were engaged during their on-again, off-again bi-coastal[clarification needed] relationship.[7] Eventually they broke up.

In 2008, Skye became engaged to musician Ben Lee.[8] On December 29, 2008, Skye and Lee were married in a Hindu wedding ceremony in India.[9] They have a daughter, Goldie Priya Lee, who was born September 24, 2009.[10]

Skye is also a painter.[11] She has also written a children's book called My Yiddish Vacation, published by Henry Holt and Company in May 2014.

Skye also practices Buddhism.


1986River's EdgeClarissa
1987StrandedDeirdre Clark
1988Night in the Life of Jimmy Reardon, AA Night in the Life of Jimmy ReardonDenise Hunter
1989Say Anything...Diane Court
1989Rachel Papers, TheThe Rachel PapersRachel Noyce
1990MindwalkKit Hoffman
1992Gas Food LodgingTrudi
1992Wayne's WorldElyse
1994Cityscrapes: Los AngelesYoung Woman
1994Color of Evening, TheThe Color of EveningHalys Smith
1994Girls in PrisonCarol Madison
1995Four RoomsEvaSegment: "The Missing Ingredient"
1996Dream for an InsomniacFrankie
1997One Night StandJenny
1998Went to Coney Island on a Mission from God... Be Back by FiveGabby
1999But I'm a CheerleaderKelly
2000Good Doctor, TheThe Good DoctorNadia WickhamShort film
2000Men Make Women Crazy Theory
2000Size of Watermelons, TheThe Size of WatermelonsMaggie
2001Southlander: Diary of a Desperate MusicianMiss Highrise
2001Chicken NightMamaShort film
2003Spin, Shoot & RunJolynn
2005Fever PitchMolly
2005Bad Girls Behind Bars
2006Lather Effect, TheThe Lather EffectZoey
2007ZodiacKathleen Johns (uncredited)
2009Secret Promise, AA Secret PromiseDiana Mancini
2013HauntEmily Asher
2013Return to BabylonVirginia RappePost-production
1987Napoleon and Josephine: A Love StoryPauline BonaparteTV miniseries
1989Nightmare ClassicsMarieEpisode: "Camilla"
1991General Motors Playwrights Theater, TheThe General Motors Playwrights TheaterJoanna DibbleEpisode: "It's Called the Sugar Plum"
1992Covington CrossEleanor Grey13 episodes
1994Girls in PrisonCarol MadisonTV movie
1997Perfect Mother, TheThe Perfect MotherKathryn M. PodarasTV movie
1998Sands of Time, TheThe Sands of TimeDiane ShannonTV movie
2000Fearing Mind, TheThe Fearing MindIreneEpisode: "Gentleman Caller"
2002Twilight Zone, TheThe Twilight ZoneMelina KronerEpisode: "Night Route"
2003Dead Zone, TheThe Dead ZoneMadeleine WeyEpisode: "Visions"
2004Clinic, TheThe ClinicEmma MatthewsTV movie
2004Back When We Were GrownupsMinerva 'Min' FooTV movie
2005Life As We Know ItFood Stand WomanEpisode: "Papa Wheelie"
2005Arrested DevelopmentMrs. VealEpisode: "Meat the Veals"
200612 Hours to LiveMegan SaundersTV movie
2008Private PracticeMonicaEpisode: "Know When to Fold"
2010Santa Incident, TheThe Santa IncidentJoannaTV movie


  1. ^ Ione Skye Biography (1970?-)
  2. ^ according to the British birth index, she was born in 1970, not 1971
  3. ^ 100 Greatest Teen Stars
  4. ^ "Some Hollywood celebrities and VIPs say ‘Hooray For Christmas,’ while others say ‘Hooray for The Holidays’". Retrieved 2014-02-04. 
  5. ^ "". Retrieved 2014-02-04. 
  6. ^ a b Anya Leon. "Ben Lee, Ione Skye Welcome a Daughter - Babies, Ben Lee, Ione Skye". People magazine. Retrieved 2010-08-30. 
  7. ^ "A Tale of Two Cities," by Plum Sykes, Vogue, February 2003, page 275.
  8. ^ "Lee needs guru's OK to wed". The Daily Telegraph. 2008-01-15. 
  9. ^ A Wedding in India for Actress Ione Skye, January 11, 2009
  10. ^ Josh Greenberg (2009-09-28). "Ione Skye and Ben Lee Say Baby!". E! Online. Retrieved 2009-09-28. 
  11. ^ "Ione Skye Paintings: Gallery". 

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