Janet Leigh

Birthday: Jul 6, 1927
Birthplace: Not Available
The only child of a very young married couple, American actress Janet Leigh spent her childhood moving from town to town due to her father's changing jobs. A bright child who skipped several grades in school, Leigh took music and dancing lessons, making her public debut at age 10 as a baton twirler for a marching band. Her favorite times were the afternoons spent at the local movie house, which she referred to as her "babysitter." In 1946, Leigh's mother was working at a ski lodge where actress Norma Shearer was vacationing; impressed by a photograph of Leigh, Shearer arranged for the girl (whose prior acting experience consisted of a college play) to be signed with the MCA talent agency. One year later Leigh was at MGM, playing the ingenue in the 1947 film Romance of Rosy Ridge. The actress became one of the busiest contractees at the studio, building her following with solid performances in such films as Little Women (1949), The Doctor and the Girl (1950), and Scaramouche (1952) -- and catching the eye of RKO Radio's owner Howard Hughes, who hoped that her several RKO appearances (on loan from MGM) would lead to something substantial in private life. Instead, Leigh married Tony Curtis (her second husband), and the pair became the darlings of fan magazines and columnists, as well as occasional co-stars (Houdini [1953], The Vikings [1958], Who Was That Lady? [1960]). Even as this "perfect" Hollywood marriage deteriorated, Leigh's career prospered. Among her significant roles in the '60s were that of Frank Sinatra's enigmatic lady friend in The Manchurian Candidate (1962), Paul Newman's ex-wife in Harper (1966), and, of course, the unfortunate embezzler in Alfred Hitchcock's Psycho (1960), who met her demise in the nude (actually covered by a moleskin) and covered with blood (actually chocolate sauce, which photographed better) in the legendary "shower scene." In the '80s, Leigh curtailed her film and TV appearances, though her extended legacy as both the star/victim of Psycho and the mother of actress Jamie Lee Curtis still found her a notable place in the world of cinema even if her career was no longer "officially" active.

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Filmography

MOVIES

CREDIT
No Score Yet Tcm Presents Psycho Actor 2015
No Score Yet Alfred Hitchcock: Master of Suspense Actor 2013
No Score Yet The Bad Girls From Valley High Mrs. Witt 2005
No Score Yet Words and Music Dorothy Feiner 1998
52% Halloween H20 Norma 1998
No Score Yet The AFI Lifetime Achievement Awards: Jack Lemmon Actor 1988
No Score Yet The Fantasy Film World of George Pal Actor 1985
75% The Fog Kathy Williams 1980
No Score Yet Boardwalk Actor 1979
8% Night of the Lepus Gerry Bennett 1972
No Score Yet One Is a Lonely Number Gert 1972
No Score Yet A Place Called Today Actor 1972
No Score Yet Hello Down There Vivian Miller 1969
No Score Yet Grand Slam Mary Ann 1968
No Score Yet Three on a Couch Dr. Elizabeth Acord 1966
100% Harper (The Moving Target) Susan Harper 1966
No Score Yet An American Dream Actor 1966
89% Bye Bye Birdie Rosie DeLeon 1963
98% The Manchurian Candidate Rosie 1962
No Score Yet Pepe Guest 1960
97% Psycho Marion Crane 1960
No Score Yet Who Was That Lady? Ann Wilson 1960
No Score Yet The Perfect Furlough (Strictly for Pleasure) Lt. Vicki Loren 1958
75% The Vikings Morgana 1958
96% Touch of Evil Susan Vargas 1958
60% Jet Pilot Lt. Anna Marladovna Shannon/Olga Orlief 1957
No Score Yet Safari Linda Latham 1956
No Score Yet Pete Kelly's Blues Ivy Conrad 1955
No Score Yet Rogue Cop Karen Stephanson 1955
No Score Yet My Sister Eileen Eileen Sherwood 1955
No Score Yet The Black Shield of Falworth Lady Anne 1954
No Score Yet Living It Up Wally Cook 1954
No Score Yet Prince Valiant Princess Aleta 1954
85% Houdini Bess Houdini 1953
100% The Naked Spur Lina Patch 1953
No Score Yet Scaramouche Aline de Gavrillac de Bourbon 1952
No Score Yet Just This Once Lucille 'Lucy' Duncan 1952
No Score Yet It's a Big Country Rosa Szabo 1951
No Score Yet Two Tickets to Broadway Nancy Peterson 1951
No Score Yet Angels in the Outfield Jennifer Paige 1951
No Score Yet Strictly Dishonorable Isabelle Perry 1951
No Score Yet Holiday Affair Connie Ennis 1949
No Score Yet That Forsyte Woman June Forsyte 1949
No Score Yet The Red Danube Maria Buhlen 1949
No Score Yet The Doctor and the Girl Evelyn 'Taffy' Heldon 1949
83% Little Women Meg March 1949
90% Act of Violence Edith Enley 1948
No Score Yet Hills of Home Margit Mitchell 1948
No Score Yet Romance of Rosy Ridge Lissy Anne MacBean 1947
No Score Yet If Winter Comes Effie Bright 1947

TV

CREDIT
No Score Yet Touched by an Angel
1994-2003
Vera
  • 1997
No Score Yet The Twilight Zone
1985-1989
  • 1989
No Score Yet Murder, She Wrote
1984-1996
Cornelia
  • 1987
No Score Yet Columbo
1968-2003
  • 1975
100% The Man From U.N.C.L.E.
1964-1968
Miss Diketon
  • 1966
No Score Yet Tales of the Unexpected
1979-1988
Joan Stackpole

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