Virginia Leith

Virginia Leith

Highest Rated: 100% A Kiss Before Dying (1956)

Lowest Rated: 33% The Brain That Wouldn't Die (1962)

Birthday: Oct 15, 1925

Birthplace: Cleveland, Ohio, USA

Actress Virginia Leith built a career in the 1950s that culminated with her most famous role, as a body-less head in "The Brain That Wouldn't Die" (1962). Born in Cleveland, Ohio, she made her film debut in "Fear and Desire" (1953). The low-budget film was the first directed by Stanley Kubrick with the actress playing a peasant captured by four soldiers. She signed a contract with 20th Century Fox and had a run of success in the mid-1950s acting in studio fare. She acted with Ginger Rogers in "Black Widow" (1955), Victor Mature in "Violent Saturday" (1955), and William Holden in "Toward the Unknown" (1956). The actress starred with Guy Madison in the space race drama "On the Threshold of Space" (1956). She was paired with Robert Wagner and Jeffrey Hunter, with whom she had also appeared in "White Feather" (1954), in the noir classic "A Kiss Before Dying" (1956). Leith also appeared on television on a regular basis, on shows such as "Jane Wyman Presents The Fireside Theater" (NBC, 1955-58) and "The Millionaire" (CBS, 1955-60). She married actor Don Harron in 1960 and left acting. A role that she had filmed before that, playing a woman killed in a car crash whose mad scientist fiancé keeps her head alive, was released in 1962. The film, "The Brain That Wouldn't Die," would find a cult horror following. After divorcing Harron in 1968, she eventually returned to acting for a brief period in the late-1970s. She made guest appearances on a number of the eras popular crime shows, including "Starsky and Hutch" (ABC, 1975-79), "Baretta" (ABC, 1975-78), and "Police Woman" (NBC, 1974-78). She was part of the ensemble for the disaster mini-series "Condominium" (HBO, 1980) starring Barbara Eden. She retired from acting again in the early-80s. Leith died after a brief illness at her home in Palm Springs, California on November 4, 2019 at the age of 94.

Highest rated movies

A Kiss Before Dying
Violent Saturday
Fear and Desire
The Brain That Wouldn't Die




No Score Yet 54% First Love Mrs. March (Character) - 1977
33% 28% The Brain That Wouldn't Die Jan Compton/Jan in the Pan (Character) - 1962
100% 49% A Kiss Before Dying Ellen Kingship (Character) - 1956
No Score Yet 44% Toward the Unknown Connie Mitchell (Character) - 1956
No Score Yet No Score Yet On the Threshold of Space Pat Lange (Character) - 1956
No Score Yet 59% White Feather Ann Magruder (Character) - 1955
80% 69% Violent Saturday Linda Sherman (Character) - 1955
71% 36% Fear and Desire Young Girl (Character) - 1953
No Score Yet 20% Here Come the Girls Chorus Girl (uncredited) (Character) - 1953


No Score Yet No Score Yet Police Woman Miss Dugan (Guest Star) 1977
No Score Yet No Score Yet Barnaby Jones Unknown (Guest Star) 1977
No Score Yet No Score Yet Starsky and Hutch Unknown (Guest Star) 1977
No Score Yet No Score Yet The 20th Century-Fox Hour Unknown (Character) 1956