Purchase College Alumna Leigh Dillon ’79 Coached Julianne Moore to Emmy Win

When Julianne Moore accepted her Emmy award last night for Best Actress in a Miniseries or Movie for her role in HBO’s Game Change, she thanked  Leigh Dillon, a Purchase College graduate and former faculty member.

As Moore’s dialect coach, Dillon prepared the actress to portray Sarah Palin. In her speech, Moore thanked Dillon for being “so patient with me.”

Dillon ’79 received her BFA in Acting from Purchase and then taught in the Acting program from 2002 to 2012; she retired this past summer to focus on her professional work. Dillon has worked as a voice and speech coach with a host of well-known performers, including Archie Panjabi, Julia Ormond, Amanda Peet, Matthew Lillard, Calista Flockhart, and Freddie Prinze Jr.

Here is a selection of television shows and movies Dillon has been associated with:

Game Change: HBO vocal/dialect Julianne Moore, on-set
The Good Wife: CBS (seasons 1-4) Archie Panjabi
This Must Be The Place: dialect, on-set
The Music Never Stopped: dialect, Julia Ormond, on-set
Person Of Interest: CBS (Dutch) on set
I Am Slave: ADR dialect (Sudanese) Isaach de Bankole
A Gifted Man: CBS, dialect (Haitian) on-set
Pan Am: ABC, dialect (English)
The Brass Teapot: dialects (Chinese & American)
Restless: dialect, Moshe Ivgy
The Citizen: dialect (El Salvadorian) Andrea di Stefano
Claire Dolan: dialect, Katrin Cartlidge
Vig: dialect, Freddie Prinze Jr.
New York Undercover: dialect (NY) Jonathan LaPaglia (season 3) FOX

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