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Liliane, or Leelee, Sobieski was born on June 10, 1983 in New York City, to an American screenwriter mom and a French artist father. Fluent in her dad’s native language and with model looks, Leelee was also a talented actress from a young age. But after discovering something much more important to her, the former star no longer graces our screens.

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Sobieski owes her distinctive features to what she describes as “melting pot roots,” of which she is justifiably proud. Her French father is of Polish and Swiss heritage, and her mom is of Ashkenazi Jewish and Dutch descent. What’s more, her mom’s father was a Jewish U.S. Navy Captain.

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