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Jennifer Jason Leigh

Highest Rated:   100% Bastard out of Carolina (1996)
Lowest Rated:   0% Rag Tale (2005)
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Birthplace:   Hollywood, California, USA
A professional actor since the age of nine, Jennifer Jason Leigh earned her Screen Actors Guild card at 16 and dropped out of high school to study at the Lee Strasberg Institute and star in seedy made-for-TV movies. Born to actor Vic Morrow and writer/actress Barbara Turner in Hollywood, CA, Jennifer picked up the middle name Jason from family friend Jason Robards Jr. Throughout her career, she has made a name for herself portraying helpless, damaged, or mentally unsound characters, often performing at a higher level than the material. Also known for extensively researching her roles, Leigh dropped down to less than 90 pounds for one of her first features as an anorexic teenager in the TV-movie The Best Little Girl in the World. Never one to shy away from touchy subject matter, her breakthrough role came in 1982 as the naïve high school girl who gets an abortion in Fast Times at Ridgemont High. After a decade of developing a repertoire of various troubled characters, she was nominated for two Critics Circle awards in 1990 for playing prostitutes in both Miami Blues and Last Exit to Brooklyn. She would continue to play vulnerable characters in dangerous situations as the rookie narcotics officer-turned-drug addict in Rush. This was followed by her notorious role as the psycho roommate Hedra who tries to steal the identity of her roommate (Bridget Fonda) in Single White Female. She played a phone sex worker in the ensemble film Short Cuts, her first of three projects involving director Robert Altman. Leigh occasionally stepped out of her down-and-out roles, and in 1994 she shined as Amy Archer in The Hudsucker Proxy. Her comic turn as a plucky undercover journalist was said to recall the work of legendary actresses like Katharine Hepburn and Barbara Stanwyck. She delivered critically acclaimed performances in her next two films, with a Golden Globe nomination for Mrs. Parker and the Vicious Circle and an Independent Spirit nomination for Georgia. After playing an angry daughter in Dolores Claiborne, a spitfire kidnapper in Kansas City, and a domestic violence survivor in Bastard out of Carolina, she took another dramatic turn toward a period film. In Agnieszka Holland's Washington Square, Leigh proved her range by portraying a shy, clumsy girl as she evolves into adulthood. She returned to more showy roles for two films dealing with Shakespeare's King Lear: A Thousand Acres with Jason Robards Jr. and the fourth Dogme 95 film, The King Is Alive. Not limiting herself to dramas, Leigh appeared as an isolated computer programmer in David Cronenberg's thriller eXistenZ and as an over-the-top mom in the comedy Skipped Parts. Around that time, she also appeared on-stage in Broadway and off-Broadway plays, most notably as dancer Sally Bowles in Cabaret. Testing out new ground in 2001, she and fellow Cabaret star Alan Cumming wrote, directed, and starred in the ensemble comedy The Anniversary Party, a digital video project inspired by Dogme 95. Continuing to evolve as a respected actress, she went on to work in the crime genre, first as a hitman's wife in Road to Perdition, and then in Jane Campion's thriller In the Cut. In the several years to come, Leigh would remain an active force on screen, appearing most memorably in films like Margot at the Wedding, Synecdoche, New York, and on the series Weeds. After several years of quiet films, she made a splash in 2015 with two very different movies - the stop-motion film Anomalisa (directed by Charlie Kaufman and Duke Johnson) and The Hateful Eight, a western homage by Quentin Tarantino. Leigh nabbed an Oscar nomination for her work The Hateful Eight, the first in her career.

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Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
No Score Yet Annihilation
  • The Psychologist
2018
No Score Yet White Boy Rick
  • Actor
2018
64% LBJ
  • Lady Bird Johnson
2017
No Score Yet Amityville: The Awakening
  • Joan
2017
88% Good Time
  • Actor
$2M 2017
40% Morgan
  • Dr. Kathy Grieff
$4M 2016
No Score Yet 21 Years: Quentin Tarantino
  • Actor
2016
92% Anomalisa
  • Lisa
2015
75% The Hateful Eight
  • Daisy Domergue
$54.2M 2015
73% Welcome to Me
  • Deb
2015
14% Jake Squared
  • Sheryl
$2.2k 2014
13% The Moment
  • Lee
2014
50% Hateship Loveship
  • Chloe
2014
No Score Yet Me
  • Jennifer
2014
76% Kill Your Darlings
  • Naomi Ginsberg
$0.7M 2013
92% The Spectacular Now
  • Sara
2013
No Score Yet Luck, Trust & Ketchup: Robert Altman in Carver Country
  • Actor
2011
75% Greenberg
  • Producer
  • Beth
  • Screenwriter
$2.3M 2010
69% Synecdoche, New York
  • Maria
$3M 2008
52% Margot at the Wedding
  • Pauline
$2M 2007
No Score Yet Hubert Selby Jr.: It'll Be Better Tomorrow
  • Actor
2006
0% Rag Tale
  • Actor
2005
75% Childstar
  • Suzanne Burns
2005
44% The Jacket
  • Dr. Lorenson
$6.3M 2005
77% The Machinist
  • Stevie
$1M 2004
42% Palindromes
  • `Mark' Aviva
$0.5M 2004
34% In the Cut
  • Pauline
$4.8M 2003
81% Road to Perdition
  • Annie
$104.1M 2002
29% Hey Arnold! The Movie
  • Bridget
$13.6M 2002
No Score Yet Crossed Over
  • Karla Faye Tucker
2002
No Score Yet The Quickie
  • Lisa
2001
60% The Anniversary Party
  • Producer
  • Director
  • Screenwriter
  • Sally Nash
$3M 2001
61% The King Is Alive
  • Gina
2001
No Score Yet Skipped Parts
  • Producer
  • Lydia Callahan
2000
No Score Yet Spawn 3: The Ultimate Battle
  • Director
  • Actor
1999
71% Existenz
  • Allegra Geller
1999
71% Rush
  • Kristen Cates
1999
No Score Yet The Love Letter
  • Elizabeth Whitcomb
1998
82% Washington Square
  • Catherine Sloper
1997
23% A Thousand Acres
  • Caroline Cook
1997
No Score Yet Matter of Trust
  • Actor
1997
100% Bastard out of Carolina
  • Anney
1996
63% Kansas City
  • Blondie O'Hara
1996
80% Georgia
  • Sadie
  • Producer
1995
82% Dolores Claiborne
  • Selena St. George
1995
74% Mrs. Parker and the Vicious Circle (Mrs. Parker and the Round Table)
  • Dorothy Parker
1994
57% The Hudsucker Proxy
  • Amy Archer
1994
95% Short Cuts
  • Lois Kaiser
1993
56% Single White Female
  • Hedra Carlson
1992
74% Backdraft
  • Jennifer Vaitkus
1991
No Score Yet Crooked Hearts
  • Marriet Hoffman
1991
No Score Yet Buried Alive
  • Joanna Goodman
1990
81% Miami Blues
  • Susie "Pepper" Waggoner
1990
91% The Big Picture
  • Lydia Johnson
1989
78% Last Exit to Brooklyn
  • Tralala
1989
No Score Yet Heart of Midnight
  • Carol Rivers
1988
No Score Yet Hermana, Hermana
  • Lucy Bonnard
1988
No Score Yet Under Cover
  • Tanille Laroux
1987
No Score Yet The Men's Club
  • Teensy
1986
61% The Hitcher
  • Nash
1986
79% Flesh & Blood (Flesh+Blood) (The Rose and the Sword)
  • Agnes
1985
No Score Yet Grandview U.S.A.
  • Candy
1984
No Score Yet Beyond the Darkness (Buio Omega)
  • Actor
1984
No Score Yet Death Ride to Osaka
  • Carol Heath
1983
56% Easy Money
  • Allison Capuletti
1983
No Score Yet Just Like Us
  • Actor
1983
No Score Yet The First Time
  • Actor
1982
78% Fast Times At Ridgemont High
  • Stacy Hamilton
1982
38% Wrong Is Right
  • Young Girl
1982
No Score Yet Eyes of a Stranger
  • Tracy
1981
No Score Yet The Best Little Girl in the World
  • Casey Powell
1981
No Score Yet The Killing of Randy Webster
  • Actor
1981
No Score Yet Angel City
  • Kristy Teeter
1980

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
75% Atypical
2017
  • Elsa
  • Producer
  • 2017
No Score Yet Conan
2010
  • Guest
  • 2017
No Score Yet Late Night With Seth Meyers
2014
  • Guest
  • 2016
No Score Yet Sunday Morning
2011
  • Appearing
  • 2016
No Score Yet The Late Late Show With James Corden
2015
  • Guest
  • 2016
No Score Yet The View
1997
  • Guest
  • 2016
No Score Yet Charlie Rose
2013
  • Guest
  • 2016
  • 2015
No Score Yet Jimmy Kimmel Live
2003
  • Guest
  • 2015
75% Revenge
2011-2015
  • Kara Wallace Clarke
  • 2015
  • 2013
  • 2012
77% Weeds
2005-2012
  • Jill Price-Gray Jill
  • 2012
  • 2011
  • 2009
No Score Yet Frasier
1993-2004
  • Guest
  • 2001
No Score Yet Revenge
  • Kara Wallace Clarke

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