Jennifer Jason Leigh Birthday: February 5, 1962 Birth Place: Hollywood, California, USA Height: 5' 3"
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Born in Los Angeles, Jennifer Jason Leigh - the daughter of actor Vic Morrow - worked in her first film at the age of nine, in a nonspeaking role for the film Death of a Stranger (Tod eines Fremden (1973)). At 14 she attended summer acting workshops given by Lee Strasberg and landed a role in the Disney TV movie The Young Runaways (1978) (TV), and received her Screen Actors Guild membership in an episode of the TV series "Baretta" (1975) when she was 16. Jennifer performed in several TV movies and dropped out of Pacific Palisades High School six weeks short of graduation for her major role in the film Eyes of a Stranger (1981). Her first major success came as the female lead in Fast Times at Ridgemont High (1982).
After reading the script for Backdraft (1991), she reportedly told director Ron Howard that she wished she was the fire because it has the best part.
She attended the infamous "Stagedoor Manor," which is an upstate New York summer camp that trains teenagers in acting, singing and dancing. Her fellow alumni include sitcom actor Zach Braff from NBC's "Scrubs" (2001), the writer and director Todd Graff (who made a film about the camp), and the pop star Mandy Moore.
Is of Russian descent.
She is good friends with actress/model Phoebe Cates; they met while filming Fast Times at Ridgemont High (1982) together.
Frequently works with maverick director Robert Altman who, before his maverick days, worked with her father, Vic Morrow on the sixties televison series "Combat!" (1962).
Lived with Eric Stoltz for 5 years in the 80s
One of her best friends is Paul Thomas Anderson.
Took the name 'Jason' from family friend actor Jason Evers. (Look at trivia for Jason Robards, says that 'Jason' in her name was taken from him.)
She has worked with three of the four Baldwin brother in five different movies. Miami Blues (1990) and Lymelife (2005) with Alec Baldwin, Last Exit to Brooklyn (1989) and Mrs. Parker and the Vicious Circle (1994) with Stephen Baldwin and Backdraft (1991) with William Baldwin.