Born: September 4, 1970
Birthplace: Hampstead, London, England
Ione Skye Lee (/aɪˈoʊni/; née Ione Skye Leitch, September 4, 1970) is a British-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), One Night Stand (1997), and But I'm a Cheerleader (1999).
Other film credits include the comedy Fever Pitch (2005) and an uncredited role in Zodiac (2007). Skye has 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 "100 Greatest Teen Stars" list.
Skye was born Ione Skye Leitch in Hampstead, London, England, 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. Her second name comes from the Isle of Skye. She is the younger sister of Camp Freddy singer Donovan Leitch, who was married to former model Kirsty Hume. 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.
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.
Skye made her film debut in River's Edge in 1986, 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 She played Diane Court, a withdrawn high school valedictorian, in the 1989 film Say Anything..., the feature film debut of director Cameron Crowe; the film attained a cult following and lent Skye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.
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 but 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 a rare interview with mondo-video.com 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 twenties.
In 2013, she appeared in a supporting part in the independent horror film Haunt, opposite Jacki Weaver. In 2016, Skye directed the music video for the Against Me! single "333". The same year, she appeared in the short film Kitty, directed by Chloë Sevigny.
In addition to acting, Skye is also a painter, and sells her own works. She has also written the children's book My Yiddish Vacation, published by Henry Holt and Company in May 2014. Skye has cited comic book artist Daniel Clowes as an inspiration for her painting and writing.
For several 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 then had a relationship with furniture designer David Netto and they had a daughter, Kate, in December 2001. 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 relationship, but eventually separated.
In 2008, Skye became engaged to Australian musician Ben Lee. On December 29, 2008, Skye and Lee were married in a Hindu wedding ceremony in India. They have one daughter, Goldie Priya Lee, born September 24, 2009.
In an extensive 2015 interview, Skye discussed her struggle with addiction, including bouts with alcoholism and other drug use.
|1988||Night in the Life of Jimmy Reardon, AA Night in the Life of Jimmy Reardon||Denise Hunter|
|1989||Say Anything...||Diane Court|
|1989||Rachel Papers, TheThe Rachel Papers||Rachel Noyce|
|1992||Gas Food Lodging||Trudi|
|1994||Cityscrapes: Los Angeles||Young Woman|
|1994||Color of Evening, TheThe 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|
|1997||One Night Stand||Jenny|
|1998||Went to Coney Island on a Mission from God... Be Back by Five||Gabby|
|1999||But I'm a Cheerleader||Kelly||Uncredited|
|2000||Good Doctor, TheThe Good Doctor||Nadia Wickham||Short film|
|2000||Men Make Women Crazy Theory||Short film|
|1997||Size of Watermelons, TheThe Size of Watermelons||Maggie|
|2001||Southlander: Diary of a Desperate Musician||Miss Highrise|
|2001||Chicken Night||Mama||Short film|
|2003||Spin, Shoot & Run||Jolynn|
|2005||Bad Girls Behind Bars|
|2006||Lather Effect, TheThe Lather Effect||Zoey|
|2013||Return to Babylon||Virginia Rappe|
|2016||Secret Promise, AA Secret Promise||Diana Mancini||Also known as: The Homeless Billionaire|
|2018||Holy New York||Dalia|
|1987||Napoleon and Josephine: A Love Story||Pauline Bonaparte||Miniseries|
|1989||Nightmare Classics||Marie||Episode: "Carmilla"|
|1991||General Motors Playwrights Theater, TheThe 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||Perfect Mother, TheThe Perfect Mother||Kathryn M. Podaras||Television film|
|1998||Tower of the Firstborn||Diane Shannon||Television film|
|2000||Fearing Mind, TheThe Fearing Mind||Irene||Episode: "Gentleman Caller"|
|2002||Twilight Zone, TheThe Twilight Zone||Melina Kroner||Episode: "Night Route"|
|2003||Dead Zone, TheThe Dead Zone||Madeleine Wey||Episode: "Visions"|
|2004||Clinic, TheThe 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||Santa Incident, TheThe Santa Incident||Joanna||Television film|
|2014||Awkward.||Samantha Perry||Episode: "Welcome to Hell"|