Illeana has had show business in her blood since she was a child.
The granddaughter of screen legend Melvyn Douglas, Illeana began
studying acting at the Neighborhood Playhouse in New York. As a
teenager, she acted in many plays and also did standup comedy. In
1988, working for a publicist in New York led to her first movie
role. Illeana would act in several Scorsese films. These were small
roles, but by learning from actors and directors, Illeana developed
her talents. In 1993, Illeana directed and starred in a comedy
short "The Perfect Woman" which won Best Short Film at the Aspen
Festival. This success was a turning point, and led to larger
parts, such as getting a starring role in the commercially
successful movie "To Die For" (1995) with big-name stars. That led
to over 20 TV and movie projects after that. Illeana has developed
quite an impressive resumé of work. She provides royal
entertainment for her fans (royal being an appropriate word, since
it's speculated she was named after Princess Elena).
Biography courtesy of the Internet Movie Database (www.imdb.com).