This is YOUR chance
to tell Melissa which of her
films/series/guest roles/etc. is YOUR favorite!
What do you like about it?
What set it apart from her other work?
Go ahead and send
in your thoughts... we'll post it here for everyone
|Kay Eakin says:
|I was so pleased to recognize Melissa Leo in "The Three Burials...." last week. I
was a big fan of her in "Homicide" and have not seen her since. She is an
excellent actress, and I hope to have other opportunities to watch her work.
Please pass on my good wishes.
|Jeff Whyte says:
|Was Melissa Leo in the movie Hide and Seek with Robert DeNiro? If not,
the actress appearing in the movie playing the neighbour was brilliant. It reminded me of the fine performance given by Melinda Dillon in Absence of Malice.
|Wendy W (Nac, TX) says:
| My first
introduction to Melissa Leo was in 1989 in her role as Emma Shannon in
The Young Riders. It’s hard for me to explain why I connected with her
character the way I did. Perhaps it was the true strength she displayed
and the caring she gave to her "boys". When she vowed that they
wouldn’t be orphans as long as she was around, I knew Emma meant that
I was 14 when The
Young Riders first aired. During those rough and uncertain years of
adolescence, it’s very hard to find anyone who you think cares enough
to understand. Perhaps I thought Emma was that type of person. Over the
next year, we were shown true depth, love and sprit through Emma. She
was a quintessential model of a frontier woman and a model to many
other young girls.
I was amazed in
many ways by the intensity that Melissa gave to Emma. Her abilities as
an actress always inspired me and her skills showed in every scene. My
favorite scenes in particular were the ones with Josh Brolin. There was
a great and undeniable chemistry between Josh and Melissa. It never
seemed like they were trying too hard to hold the scene together—they
were comfortable in their surroundings and the scene just flowed from
there. They complimented each other’s talent and it was always exciting
to watch every move they made together—like a perfect dance. (And that
still holds true today.)
During the second
season of The Young Riders, it broke my heart during the first episode
to see that Sam and Emma wouldn’t be there. We were given a feeble
explanation of their absence, but it never fully explained the reasons.
With Melissa and Brett gone, there was a void that was never filled—no
matter who they brought in to replace them. It would be nearly 6 years
before I found out why Melissa and Brett left, and it still upsets me.
Too many young girls who seek out a role model with depth, wisdom,
heart, soul and above all—moral and values—lost a great teacher that
year. She was taken away from us and the show was never the same.
I hope Melissa
understands what Emma meant to so many others and me. When I think back
to my teen years, I sometimes think of them as having two mothers. Emma
was like my second mother and she always will be. During that one year
that she was with us, she left such an impression on me to do better,
to be better and live life as a better person.
My gratitude goes
out to Melissa for that. And because of her inspiration and strength, I
dabbled into writing fan fiction, which strengthened my skills and
ability as a writer. And still, any story I write (or brainstorm on)
for TYR fan fiction, is always set in the first season (which is the
only season I consider.) It’s a small comfort and joy I have and I
always delight in "writing for Emma".
So once again,
Melissa, thank you for bringing us Emma. Her legacy still lives on in
your many fans, and we still follow you in all of your other and new
Thank you for the
inspiration and heart. God bless…
|Erika J (Phoenix, AZ) says:
|I know Melissa has done a
lot of work before and a lot of work since, but I'll always have a soft
spot in my heart for feisty, yet vunerable Kay Howard, who is still the
only single woman on TV to never say "Does my butt look big in this?" I
salute her, despite my massive hair envy, and I could watch a show that
was just her and Belzer flirting with/picking on each other all day
long. Congratulations... it couldn't happen to a better gal.
|Sameena N (Omaha, NE)
|My fav Melissa Leo role
was in Homicide. I loved the show and her character was both
gritty and warm, tough combination but she pulled it off.
|Karen H (Texas) says:
|I realize I haven't seen
much of the wonderful shows Melissa has done, but of the ones I have
seen my favorite character is Emma Shannon from the Young Riders.
I loved the way she interacted with all the other characters and was
greatly upset when they wrote her out of the show. It wasn't just
the same without Emma looking after the boys.
Thanks, Melissa, for sharing your talent with the rest of us.
|Wendy M (Modesto, CA) says:
| My favorite role for Melissa would have to be that of
the loving, kind housekeeper/surrogate mother Emma Shannon on the ABC
western series The Young Riders. She along with the other cast
and crew members created a show that will continue to live on in the
hearts and minds of fans everywhere.
|Rosalie (Chicago, IL) says:
|Just wanted to let you know, Melissa, that I enjoyed
your work in TYR and that I was so disappointed to see you were let go
after the first season. You and Brett were an integral part of
the show, and I think it was a very big mistake for the producers to
release you both. The show was never the same after that. I
also wanted to say that I'm delighted that you are making a buzz in
this new movie "21 Grams." I wish you all the best of luck and
continued success for the future. God bless!
|Lenny D (Mississauga,
|Hello my name is Lenny I have been a big fan of yours
for a long time, your work has inspired me and helped me become more
confident about my self and who I am, and you inspire me to go for my
dreams and never give up no matter what.
Your truly a great person, I am a big fan of all the work you have
done. You were amazing in 21 grams it is the best film I have ever
seen. Thank you for being who you are.