Tea Leoni is a woman who knows who she is. And what she wants.
On a rare day off from shooting her CBS political drama, "Madam Secretary," she talked about a question she gets over and over: Who inspired her portrayal of her character, Secretary of State Elizabeth McCord — real-life counterparts Hillary Clinton or Condoleezza Rice or Madeleine Albright?
"For a while," Leoni said, "I joked around that it was (Henry) Kissinger, because I was getting so tired of the question.
She's really inspired by her dad. New York corporate lawyer Anthony Pantaleoni, she said, "is the most even-keeled, most diplomatic human."
On "Madam Secretary," Leoni plays a woman of strength, charm and forbearance. The show has been renewed for a second season.
Co-stars include Bebe Neuwirth, Zeljko Ivanek and Tim Daly, who plays her husband.
Her 17-year marriage to David Duchovny ended last year. "It's not to say we didn't both have hurt, but David and I still adore each other," she said. "He is part of my family."
Conan goes to Cuba
On next Wednesday's show, Conan O'Brien will be found in a familiar place: behind a desk. Or, rather, what he describes as a borrowed cafe table. In Havana, Cuba. But for most of the hour, "Conan" will find its host airing a talk show from the nearby but isolated island country for the first time since Jack Paar took his own late-night show to Cuba in 1959. O'Brien tries to learn how to rumba and visits a cigar factory where 400 virtuosos make cigars.
Charged: Actor Will Patton, of the movies "Remember the Titans" and "Armageddon" and the current TNT series "Falling Skies," was charged with driving under the influence in his native South Carolina. Patton, 60, was stopped on the Isle of Palms on Tuesday night. Patton was driving a pickup truck seen veering over the centerline of the main road through the beach community northeast of Charleston, according to an incident report. Patton failed a field sobriety test and refused a blood alcohol test.
Hot dress: Los Angeles sheriff's detectives are investigating the theft of a $150,000 pearl-adorned dress worn by actress Lupita Nyong'o at Sunday's Academy Awards. Sheriff's Sgt. Richard Bowman said the dress was reported stolen from a West Hollywood hotel on Tuesday. The ivory Calvin Klein dress featured 6,000 pearls of various sizes. The 31-year-old actress won an Oscar last year for her role in "Twelve Years a Slave."