Janet Leigh Biography

Birthday: 1927-07-06
Place of Birth: Merced, California
Height: 5' 5½" (1.66 m)
Wiki Biography: Janet Leigh was the only child of a couple who often moved from town to town. Living in apartments, Janet was a bright child who skipped several grades and finished high school when she was 15. A lonely child, she would spend much of her time at movie theaters. She was a student, studying music and psychology, at the University of the Pacific until she was "discovered" while visiting her parents in Northern California. Her father was working the desk at a ski resort where her mother worked as a maid. Retired MGM actress Norma Shearer saw a picture of Janet on the front desk and asked if she could borrow it. This led to a screen test at MGM and a starring role in The Romance of Rosy Ridge (1947). MGM was looking for a young naive country girl and Janet filled the bill perfectly. She would play the ingénue in a number of films and work with such stars as Errol Flynn, Gary Cooper, James Stewart, Orson Welles and John Wayne. She appeared in a number of successful films, among them Act of Violence (1948), Little Women (1949), Holiday Affair (1949), Angels in the Outfield (1951), Scaramouche (1952), Houdini (1953), The Naked Spur (1953), The Black Shield of Falworth (1954), Living It Up (1954), My Sister Eileen (1955), Safari (1956), and the Orson Welles film noir classic Touch of Evil (1958). Janet's films ranged from comedies to westerns to musicals to dramas. Of her more than 50 movies, she would be most remembered for the 40 minutes she was on screen in Alfred Hitchcock's Psycho (1960). Even though her character was killed off early in the picture, she won a Golden Globe and was nominated for an Academy Award as Best Supporting Actress. Her next film was The Manchurian Candidate (1962), in which she co-starred with Frank Sinatra. For the rest of the decade, her appearances in films were rare, but she worked with Paul Newman in Harper (1966). In the 1970s she appeared on the small screen in a number of made-for-TV movies. In 1980 she appeared alongside her daughter Jamie Lee Curtis in The Fog (1980), and, later, in Halloween H20: 20 Years Later (1998). Janet Leigh died at age 77 in her home in Beverly Hills, California on October 3, 2004.

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TV Title Appeared As Year Genre
Houdini Bess Houdini
Psychos Marion Crane 1960 Horror
Girl's High Mrs. Witt 2006
Fast Food Mania Edith Enley 2012
Movies Title Appeared As Year Genre
Hills of Home 1948
Act of Violence 1948 Thriller, Drama
Words and Music 1948 Comedy, Musical
Holiday Affair Connie Ennis 1949 0, Biography
That Forsyte Woman June Forsyte 1949
Scaramouche 1952 Adventure, Drama, History
The Naked Spur Lina Patch 1953 0, 0, Fantasy
Houdini 1953 Drama
Living It Up Wally Cook 1954
The Black Shield of Falworth 1954 Adventure, Romance
Rogue Cop 1955 Crime, Drama
Jet Pilot Anna 1957
Touch of Evil Susan Vargas 1958 Crime, Thriller
The Vikings Princess Morgana 1958
The Perfect Furlough 1958
Who Was That Lady? 1960 Comedy
Psycho Marion Crane 1960 Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Bye Bye Birdie Rosie DeLeon 1963 0, 0
Harper Susan Harper 1966 Crime, Mystery, Drama
Three On A Couch 1966
Night of the Lepus 1972 Horror, Sci Fi, Thriller
The Fog Kathy Williams 1980 Horror
Halloween H20: 20 Years Later Norma Watson 1998 Drama, Horror, Thriller
The Manchurian Candidate Eugenie Rose Chaney 2004 0, Game Show
Bad Girls from Valley High Mrs. Witt 2005 Comedy