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Melissa Leo is an American actress best known for her Academy Award-winning performance in the 2010 film The Fighter.
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The actress is humble about her success, once telling The Guardian, "I'm very happy with where I am. I think it's what Joseph Campbell meant by 'follow your bliss.' I can walk past almost everybody in an airport or a supermarket unnoticed and I'm fine with that. Acting is a lowly job. I never set out to be a celebrity."
Leo had a three-year relationship with actor John Heard, which resulted in the 1987 birth of their son, John Matthew. The couple split in 1990, and Heard lost a 1994 lawsuit over custody of their son. He began harassing Leo in 1996, and the next year was arrested for stalking. Leo's live-in boyfriend, John Russell, filed charges against Heard for harassment and assault.
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