That Time Tea Leoni Got a Plaque at New Bedford Cable Access
Back in 2003, Tea Leoni had just finished filming a movie with Adam Sandler called Spanglish. While the film was in production, Tea was summering in the Nonquitt section of Dartmouth, and she was informed that the movie's producers were in need of a recut of one of her lines.
All the film needed was a voice-over, no camera involved.
So, instead of getting on a plane and flying all the way back to Hollywood to record one line, Leoni made her way down to the South End of New Bedford.
Someone had told her about the studios at New Bedford Cable Access.
Leoni showed up, and the staff ushered her to the sound booth where she read the line with varying inflection and emotion -- roughly 30 times to give the producers plenty of options.
You're gonna lose that weight. You're gonna look beautiful.
The line rivals "These pretzels are making me thirsty" from Seinfeld fame.
Leoni made a comment about how nice the facilities were, and that the SouthCoast was certainly equipped to shoot a movie.
Fast forward 10 years to 2013. The studio Leoni used was being renovated.
Station manager Jim Marshall had an idea: What if New Bedford Cable Access dedicated the sound booth to Tea Leoni? Would she come out for the dedication? Would she have a sense of humor about it?
Turns out, the answer was "yes" to all of the above.
Leoni drove herself, alone, to the dedication the day after Thanksgiving 2013. She laughed along with the staff at the less-than-traditional event, playing along the entire time.
Marshall told us Leoni couldn't have been nicer.
"She has a heart of gold," Marshall said.
Leoni stayed and enjoyed a light breakfast, chatting with the staff for nearly an hour.
When Leoni visits Dartmouth for the holidays, she will often ask about members of the station's staff.
Watch the studio dedication here: