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Janet Leigh



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

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
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
51% Halloween H2O
  • 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
No Score Yet Boardwalk
  • Actor
1979
71% The Fog
  • Kathy Williams
1979
10% 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
92% Bye Bye Birdie
  • Rosie DeLeon
1963
98% The Manchurian Candidate
  • Rosie
1962
No Score Yet Pepe
  • Guest
1960
96% 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
71% The Vikings
  • Morgana
1958
96% Touch of Evil
  • Susan Vargas
1958
60% Jet Pilot
  • Lt. Anna Marladovna Shannon/Olga Orlief
1957
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
83% Houdini
  • Bess Houdini
1953
100% The Naked Spur
  • Lina Patch
1953
No Score Yet Scaramouche
  • Aline de Gavrillac de Bourbon
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

RATING TITLE CREDIT
The Twilight Zone
1985-1989
  • Actor

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