Jennifer Jason Leigh

Lowest Rated: 0% Rag Tale (2005)
Birthday: Feb 5, 1962
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.


Highest Rated Movies



58% White Boy Rick Actor 2018
87% Annihilation Dr. Ventress $20.7M 2018
57% LBJ Lady Bird Johnson $2.4M 2017
28% Amityville: The Awakening Joan 2017
91% Good Time Corey Ellman $2M 2017
37% Morgan Dr. Kathy Grieff $4M 2016
No Score Yet 21 Years: Quentin Tarantino Actor 2016
92% Anomalisa Lisa 2015
74% The Hateful Eight Daisy Domergue $54.2M 2015
74% Welcome to Me Deb 2015
25% Jake Squared Sheryl $2.2K 2014
13% The Moment Lee 2014
51% 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
76% Greenberg Producer Beth Screenwriter $2.3M 2010
68% Synecdoche, New York Maria $3.1M 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
78% Childstar Suzanne Burns 2005
44% The Jacket Dr. Lorenson $6.3M 2005
77% The Machinist Stevie $1M 2004
43% Palindromes `Mark' Aviva $0.5M 2004
34% In the Cut Pauline $4.8M 2003
80% 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
61% The Anniversary Party Producer Director Screenwriter Sally Nash $3M 2001
60% 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
74% Existenz Allegra Geller 1999
71% Rush Kristen Cates 1999
No Score Yet The Love Letter Elizabeth Whitcomb 1998
81% Washington Square Catherine Sloper 1997
24% 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
83% Dolores Claiborne Selena St. George 1995
74% Mrs. Parker and the Vicious Circle (Mrs. Parker and the Round Table) Dorothy Parker 1994
56% The Hudsucker Proxy Amy Archer 1994
95% Short Cuts Lois Kaiser 1993
55% 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
60% The Hitcher Nash 1986
81% 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
60% 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


89% Patrick Melrose
Eleanor Melrose
  • 2018
No Score Yet The Talk
  • 2018
81% Atypical
Producer Elsa
  • 2018
  • 2017
No Score Yet Conan
  • 2017
No Score Yet Tavis Smiley
  • 2017
No Score Yet Late Night With Seth Meyers
  • 2016
No Score Yet Sunday Morning
  • 2016
No Score Yet The Late Late Show With James Corden
  • 2016
No Score Yet The View
  • 2016
No Score Yet Watch What Happens Live With Andy Cohen
  • 2016
No Score Yet Charlie Rose
  • 2016
  • 2015
No Score Yet Variety Studio: Actors on Actors
  • 2016
  • 2015
No Score Yet Jimmy Kimmel Live
  • 2015
69% Revenge
Kara Wallace Clarke
  • 2015
  • 2013
  • 2012
70% Weeds
Jill Price-Gray Jill
  • 2012
  • 2011
  • 2009
94% Frasier
  • 2001
No Score Yet King of the Hill
  • 1998
No Score Yet Tracey Takes On...
  • 1998
No Score Yet The Waltons
  • 1981
No Score Yet Revenge
Kara Wallace Clarke