Ione Skye

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Ione Skye

Skye at Hollywood Life Magazine's 7th Annual Breakthrough Awards, December 9, 2007
Born Ione Skye Leitch
(1970-09-04) September 4, 1970
Hampstead, London, England[1]
Nationality British-American
Spouse(s) Adam Horovitz (m. 1992–99) (divorced)
Ben Lee (m. 2008)
Children 2

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

Early life

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.[5] 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 grew 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[6] 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.

In 2016, Skye directed the music video for the Against Me! single "333".[7]

Personal life

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 was first married to Adam Horovitz, a member of the Beastie Boys.[8] 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.[8] 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.[9] Eventually they broke up.

In 2008, Skye became engaged to musician Ben Lee.[10] On December 29, 2008, Skye and Lee were married in a Hindu wedding ceremony in India.[11] They have a daughter, Goldie Priya Lee, who was born September 24, 2009.[12]

Skye is a painter.[13] She has written a children's book called My Yiddish Vacation, published by Henry Holt and Company in May 2014.


Year Title Role Notes
1986 River's Edge Clarissa
1987 Stranded Deirdre Clark
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
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 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 Mascara Rebecca
1999 Jump Stephanie
1999 But I'm a Cheerleader Kelly
2000 Good Doctor, TheThe Good Doctor Nadia Wickham Short film
2000 Men Make Women Crazy Theory
2000 Moonglow
2000 Size of Watermelons, TheThe Size of Watermelons Maggie
2001 Angryman
2001 Free Catherine
2001 Southlander: Diary of a Desperate Musician Miss Highrise
2001 Chicken Night Mama Short film
2003 Spin, Shoot & Run Jolynn
2005 Fever Pitch Molly
2005 Bad Girls Behind Bars
2006 Lather Effect, TheThe Lather Effect Zoey
2007 Zodiac Kathleen Johns (uncredited)
2009 Secret Promise, AA Secret Promise Diana Mancini
2013 Haunt Emily Asher
2013 Return to Babylon Virginia Rappe
2015 Dear Eleanor Charlotte
2016 Kitty Short film
2016 XOXO Susan
Year Title Role Notes
1987 Napoleon and Josephine: A Love Story Pauline Bonaparte TV miniseries
1989 Nightmare Classics Marie Episode: "Camilla"
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 TV movie
1998 Tower of the Firstborn Diane Shannon TV movie
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 TV movie
2004 Back When We Were Grownups Minerva 'Min' Foo TV movie
2005 Life As We Know It Food Stand Woman Episode: "Papa Wheelie"
2005–2013 Arrested Development Mrs. Veal 2 episodes
2006 12 Hours to Live Megan Saunders TV movie
2008 Private Practice Monica Episode: "Know When to Fold"
2010 Santa Incident, TheThe Santa Incident Joanna TV movie


  2. 1 2 "Ione Skye Biography (1970?-)". Retrieved November 30, 2014. ...born September 4, 1970 (some sources cite 1971), in London (some sources cite Hertfordshire), England; raised in Los Angeles, San Francisco, CA, and Connecticut
  3. According to the British Birth Index, she was born in 1970.
  4. 100 Greatest Teen Stars
  5. "Ione Skye Interview". The Howard Stern Show (Interview). Interview with Ione Skye. May 9, 1999.
  6. "". Retrieved 2014-02-04.
  7. Yoo, Noah. "Against Me! Share New "333" Video Starring "Orange Is the New Black"'s Natasha Lyonne: Watch | Pitchfork". Retrieved 2 September 2016.
  8. 1 2 Anya Leon. "Ben Lee, Ione Skye Welcome a Daughter - Babies, Ben Lee, Ione Skye". People magazine. Retrieved 2010-08-30.
  9. "A Tale of Two Cities," by Plum Sykes, Vogue, February 2003, page 275.
  10. "Lee needs guru's OK to wed". The Daily Telegraph. 2008-01-15.
  11. A Wedding in India for Actress Ione Skye, January 11, 2009
  12. Josh Greenberg (2009-09-28). "Ione Skye and Ben Lee Say Baby!". E! Online. Retrieved 2009-09-28.
  13. "Ione Skye Paintings: Gallery".
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