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Janet Leigh Biography and Filmography
Janet Leigh
Birthday: July 6, 1927
Birth Place: Merced, California, USA
Height: 5' 5"
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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.
A Fate Totally Worse Than Death (2005)
[ Monica Keena ][ Julie Benz ][ Nicole Bilderback ][ Tanja Reichert ]
Halloween H20: 20 Years Later (1998)
[ Jamie Lee Curtis ][ Michelle Williams ][ Jodi Lyn O'Keefe ]
In My Sister's Shadow (1997)
[ Nancy McKeon ]
Ei, Das (1993)
The Fog (1980)
[ Jamie Lee Curtis ][ Adrienne Barbeau ]
Birthday Party/Ghostbreaker (1979)
[ Annette Funicello ]
Boardwalk (1979)
[ Ruth Gordon ]
Mirror, Mirror (1979)
[ Loretta Swit ][ Lee Meriwether ][ Robin Mattson ]
Till Death Do Us Part, Maybe/Chubs/Locked Away (1978)
[ Melissa Sue Anderson ]
Telethon (1977)
[ Eve Plumb ][ Jill St. John ][ Polly Bergen ][ Randi Oakes ]
Murder at the World Series (1977)
[ Lisa Hartman ][ Karen Valentine ][ Lynda Day George ]
Columbo: Forgotten Lady (1975)
[ Jamie Lee Curtis ][ Francine York ]
Murdock's Gang (1973)
[ Donna Kei Benz ]
Night of the Lepus (1972)
One Is a Lonely Number (1972)
[ Kathleen Quinlan ]
Deadly Dream (1971)
The House on Greenapple Road (1970)
[ Eve Plumb ][ Lynda Day George ]
Honeymoon with a Stranger (1969)
[ Barbara Steele ]
The Monk (1969)
[ Mary Wickes ]
Hello Down There (1969)
[ Lee Meredith ]
Ad ogni costo (1967)
The Concrete Overcoat Affair: Part 1 (1966)
[ Leticia Roman ]
An American Dream (1966)
[ Eleonor Parker ][ Susan Denberg ]
Three on a Couch (1966)
Harper (1966)
[ Lauren Bacall ][ Shelley Winters ][ Pamela Tiffin ]
Kid Rodelo (1966)
Murder in the First (1964)
Wives and Lovers (1963)
[ Shelley Winters ][ Marianna Hill ]
Bye Bye Birdie (1963)
[ Ann-Margret ][ Kim Darby ][ Maureen Stapleton ]
The Manchurian Candidate (1962)
[ Angela Lansbury ]
Psycho (1960)
[ Vera Miles ][ Patricia Hitchcock ]
Who Was That Lady? (1960)
[ Dyanne Thorne ][ Joi Lansing ]
Pepe (1960)
[ Debbie Reynolds ][ Kim Novak ][ Zsa Zsa Gabor ][ Shirley Jones ][ Donna Reed ]
The Perfect Furlough (1958)
[ Linda Cristal ]
The Vikings (1958)
Touch of Evil (1958)
[ Marlene Dietrich ][ Zsa Zsa Gabor ][ Joi Lansing ]
Jet Pilot (1957)
[ Mamie Van-Doren ]
Safari (1956)
My Sister Eileen (1955)
Pete Kelly's Blues (1955)
[ Jayne Mansfield ]
Rogue Cop (1954)
[ Anne Francis ]
The Black Shield of Falworth (1954)
Living It Up (1954)
[ Sheree North ]
Prince Valiant (1954)
[ Debra Paget ]
The Naked Spur (1953)
Walking My Baby Back Home (1953)
Houdini (1953)
Confidentially Connie (1953)
Fearless Fagan (1952)
Scaramouche (1952)
[ Eleonor Parker ][ Wendy Wilcoxon ]
Just This Once (1952)
It's a Big Country (1951)
Two Tickets to Broadway (1951)
[ Howard Hughes ][ Vera Miles ][ Mamie Van-Doren ][ Joi Lansing ]
Angels in the Outfield (1951)
[ Barbara Billingsley ]
Strictly Dishonorable (1951)
Holiday Affair (1949)
That Forsyte Woman (1949)
The Doctor and the Girl (1949)
The Red Danube (1949)
[ Angela Lansbury ]
Little Women (1949)
[ Elizabeth Taylor ][ June Allyson ]
How to Smuggle a Hernia Across the Border (1949)
Hills of Home (1948)
Act of Violence (1948)
[ Barbara Billingsley ]
Words and Music (1948)
[ Judy Garland ][ Cyd Charisse ]
If Winter Comes (1947)
[ Angela Lansbury ][ Deborah Kerr ][ Malla Nurmi ]
The Romance of Rosy Ridge (1947)
  • Was 'discovered' by Norma Shearer from a photo on the desk of Janet's father.
  • Mother of Jamie Lee Curtis and Kelly Curtis.
  • Chosen by Empire magazine as one of the 100 Sexiest Stars in film history (#99). [1995]
  • Eloped at the age of 14 - marriage was later annulled. Thus, Tony Curtis was her 3rd husband when she married him in her 20s.
  • Measurements: 36C-21-36 (in 1953), 35 1/2-23-36 (measured in 1960s), (Source: Celebrity Sleuth magazine)
  • Actually made Touch of Evil (1958), with a broken arm. Her arm was in a cast when she showed up for production, so they took her arm out of the cast and used every trick they could to hide it.
  • She was awarded an Honorary Doctor of Fine Arts degree at University of the Pacific in Stockton, California on May 14, 2004. She delivered an inspirational speech to graduating students, faculty, and administrators in accepting her award. Author Maxine Hong Kingston and US Solicitor General Ted Olson were also awarded honorary degrees on the same day.
  • Graduated from the University of the Pacific in Stockton, California.
  • John Carpenter's The Fog (1980) is the only film in which Janet and her actress daughter Jamie Lee Curtis appear together, though they do not meet until the film's end.
  • Janet and her actress daughter Jamie Lee Curtis appear together in John Carpenter's The Fog (1980), though they do not meet until the film's end. They also appear together in Halloween H20 early in the film when Janet reports to Jamie on a problem with the girls' shower at a private school.

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