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Birth information

6 July 1927 Merced, California, USA

Death information

3 October 2004 Beverly Hills, Los Angeles, California, USA

Given Name

Jeanette Helen Morrison

How tall is Janet Leigh?

1.66 m

Who is(are) his/her spouse(s)?

Robert Jay Brandt
Tony Curtis
Stanley Harold Reames
John Kenneth Carlisle

Life Story of Janet Leigh

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 young ingénue in a number of films and work with such stars as Errol Flynn, Gary Cooper, James Stewart, Orson Welles and Judy Garland. She appeared in a number of successful films, including Little Women (1949), Angels in the Outfield (1951), Scaramouche (1952), Houdini (1953) and The Black Shield of Falworth (1954), among others. Janet would appear in a variety of films, from...

Significant features of Janet Leigh

Sparkling blue eyes
Voluptuous figure
Deep sultry voice

How much money has Janet Leigh earned?

The Romance of Rosy Ridge (1947) $50 /week
Psycho (1960) $25,000

Publications and Magazines about Janet Leigh

Janet Leigh There Really Was a Hollywood. 1984
Capua, Michelangelo Janet Leigh: A Biography. 2013

What movies did Janet Leigh play or participate?

Actors Filmography
Bad Girls from Valley High (2005) Mrs. Witt, Family Law (2001) Mary Sawyer, Halloween H20: 20 Years Later (1998) Norma, Touched by an Angel (1997) Vera King, In My Sister's Shadow (1997) Kay Connor, The Twilight Zone (1989) Barbara LeMay, Murder, She Wrote (1987) Cornelia Montaigne Harper, Starman (1986) Antonia Weyburn, On Our Way (1985) Kate Walsh, The Love Boat (1985) Joan Philipps / Gail, Tales of the Unexpected (1984) Joan Stackpole, Fantasy Island (1982) Suzanne King / Carol Gates, Matt Houston (1982) Ramona Launders, The Fog (1980) Kathy Williams,...

Birth information

6 July 1927 Merced, California, USA

Death information

3 October 2004 Beverly Hills, Los Angeles, California, USA

Given Name

Jeanette Helen Morrison

How tall is Janet Leigh?

1.66 m

Who is(are) his/her spouse(s)?

Robert Jay Brandt
Tony Curtis
Stanley Harold Reames
John Kenneth Carlisle

Life Story of Janet Leigh

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 young ingénue in a number of films and work with such stars as Errol Flynn, Gary Cooper, James Stewart, Orson Welles and Judy Garland. She appeared in a number of successful films, including Little Women (1949), Angels in the Outfield (1951), Scaramouche (1952), Houdini (1953) and The Black Shield of Falworth (1954), among others. Janet would appear in a variety of films, from...

Significant features of Janet Leigh

Sparkling blue eyes
Voluptuous figure
Deep sultry voice

How much money has Janet Leigh earned?

The Romance of Rosy Ridge (1947) $50 /week
Psycho (1960) $25,000

Publications and Magazines about Janet Leigh

Janet Leigh There Really Was a Hollywood. 1984
Capua, Michelangelo Janet Leigh: A Biography. 2013

What movies did Janet Leigh play or participate?

Actors Filmography
Bad Girls from Valley High (2005) Mrs. Witt, Family Law (2001) Mary Sawyer, Halloween H20: 20 Years Later (1998) Norma, Touched by an Angel (1997) Vera King, In My Sister's Shadow (1997) Kay Connor, The Twilight Zone (1989) Barbara LeMay, Murder, She Wrote (1987) Cornelia Montaigne Harper, Starman (1986) Antonia Weyburn, On Our Way (1985) Kate Walsh, The Love Boat (1985) Joan Philipps / Gail, Tales of the Unexpected (1984) Joan Stackpole, Fantasy Island (1982) Suzanne King / Carol Gates, Matt Houston (1982) Ramona Launders, The Fog (1980) Kathy Williams,...

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Janet Leigh in Psycho (1960)

Was 'discovered' by Norma Shearer from a photo on the desk of Janet's father.

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Janet Leigh and Tony Martin in Wedding Planner - verliebt, verlobt, verplant (2001)

Co-starred with Tony Curtis in five films: Houdini (1953), The Black Shield of Falworth (1954), The Vikings (1958), The Perfect Furlough (1958) and Who Was That Lady? (1960).

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Peter Falk and Janet Leigh in Bob Hope Presents the Chrysler Theatre (1963)

Chosen by Empire magazine as one of the 100 Sexiest Stars in film history (#99). [1995]

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Jamie Lee Curtis and Janet Leigh in The Fog - Nebel des Grauens (1980)

Eloped at the age of 15 - marriage was later annulled. Thus, Tony Curtis was her third husband when she married him at 23.

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Jamie Lee Curtis, Hal Holbrook, and Janet Leigh in The Fog - Nebel des Grauens (1980)

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.

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Hal Holbrook and Janet Leigh in The Fog - Nebel des Grauens (1980)

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.

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Adrienne Barbeau, Jamie Lee Curtis, Hal Holbrook, Janet Leigh, Nancy Kyes, etc.

Attended and graduated from the University of the Pacific in Stockton, California.

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Janet Leigh, Ruth Gordon, and Michael Ayr in Boardwalk (1979)

She 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: 20 Years Later (1998) early in the film when Janet reports to Jamie on a problem with the girls' shower at a private school.

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Edward G. Robinson and Janet Leigh in Top Job (1967)

In 2006, the city of Stockton, California renamed and dedicated a downtown cinema and plaza in her honor. "Janet Leigh Plaza" is in the central core of the redeveloped downtown two blocks away from the "Bob Hope Theater".

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Janet Leigh and Dick Van Dyke in Bye Bye Birdie (1963)

She was the daughter of Frederick Robert Morrison, and his wife, Helen Lita (Westergard). Her father had English, German, Northern Irish (Scots-Irish), and Swiss-German ancestry. Her mother was from a family of Danish immigrants.

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Janet Leigh and Dick Van Dyke in Bye Bye Birdie (1963)

Interviewed in Tom Weaver's book "Science Fiction Stars and Horror Heroes" (McFarland & Co., 1991).

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Janet Leigh and Dick Van Dyke in Bye Bye Birdie (1963)

Biography in: "The Scribner Encyclopedia of American Lives". Volume 7, 2003-2005, pages 326-329. Farmington Hills, MI: Thomson Gale, 2007.

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Janet Leigh and Dick Van Dyke in Bye Bye Birdie (1963)

In June 2010, Pacific Theatre, the campus movie theater of the University of the Pacific, was renamed and dedicated as Janet Leigh Theatre. The theater houses Janet Leigh movie posters, movie stills, college and family photos, and a display cabinet with many personal and professional Janet Leigh artifacts. The lavender gown worn by Ms. Leigh to the 1961 Academy Awards (and created by Edith Head) is on display in the cabinet in the lobby.

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Janet Leigh and Dick Van Dyke in Bye Bye Birdie (1963)

She was awarded a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 1777 Vine Street in Hollywood, California on February 8, 1960.

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Janet Leigh in Bye Bye Birdie (1963)

She was an active Democrat and appeared alongside Tony Curtis at the 1960 Democratic National Convention in Los Angeles, California.

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Janet Leigh in Bye Bye Birdie (1963)

Was portrayed by Scarlett Johansson in Hitchcock (2012).

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Janet Leigh in Bye Bye Birdie (1963)

Gave birth to her 1st child at age 28, a daughter Kelly Curtis on June 17, 1956. Child's father was her 3rd ex-husband, Tony Curtis.

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Ann-Margret and Janet Leigh in Bye Bye Birdie (1963)

Gave birth to her 2nd child at age 31, a daughter Jamie Lee Curtis on November 22, 1958. Child's father was her 3rd ex-husband, Tony Curtis.

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Janet Leigh in Bye Bye Birdie (1963)

She was cremated after death and her ashes are interred at Westwood Village Memorial Park Cemetery in Los Angeles, California.

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Janet Leigh in Bye Bye Birdie (1963)

Became pregnant with her 1st child by husband Tony Curtis in May 1953 but she suffered a miscarriage on July 8, 1953 at age 26.

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Ann-Margret and Janet Leigh in Bye Bye Birdie (1963)

Was 2 months pregnant with her daughter Kelly Curtis when she completed filming Safari (1956) and 5 months pregnant with her when she recorded her appearance on The Rosemary Clooney Show (1956).

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Janet Leigh, Paul Lynde, Dick Van Dyke, and Mary LaRoche in Bye Bye Birdie (1963)

Said on TCM that Van Johnson was responsible for her stage name. While they were filming The Romance of Rosy Ridge (1947), he suggested she shorten her first name to Janet. He also thought that, since the film they were doing was a civil war drama, Lee would go well as her last name. But then he suggested she spell it Leigh. She was concerned there might a problem in being confused with Vivien Leigh; but then Van Johnson reminded her of Van Heflin. He said "there's two Van's and it hasn't hurt either of us".

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Janet Leigh and Dick Van Dyke in Bye Bye Birdie (1963)

Janet Leigh wrote four books: "There Really Was a Hollywood" (1984--an autobiography); "Psycho: Behind the Scenes of the Classic Thriller" (1995, co-authored with Christopher Nickens); "House of Destiny" (1996--a novel); and "The Dream Factory" (2002--a novel).

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Janet Leigh, Dick Van Dyke, and Jesse Pearson in Bye Bye Birdie (1963)

Has never appeared in a Best Picture Oscar nominated film.

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Janet Leigh and Dick Van Dyke in Bye Bye Birdie (1963)

Turned down the role of Simone Clouseau in The Pink Panther (1963). Recently divorced/remarried, she didn't want to go off on location in Europe and be distanced from her family.

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Jamie Lee Curtis, Hal Holbrook, Janet Leigh, Tom Atkins, Nancy Kyes, etc.

Originally, she was considered for the role of Lila Crane in "Psycho" (1960) and Vera Miles was intended for the role of Marion Crane. After a few screen tests, the actresses roles were reversed when they, and Hitchcock, agreed that it would be better for both them and the characters centered within the screenplay.

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Janet Leigh and Walter Slezak in Confidentially Connie (1953)

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Janet Leigh and Greer Garson in Das Schicksal der Irene Forsyte (1949)

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Janet Leigh and Robert Young in Das Schicksal der Irene Forsyte (1949)

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Janet Leigh and Robert Wagner in Prinz Eisenherz (1954)

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Janet Leigh, Fred L. Gillett, Norval Mitchell, etc.

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Janet Leigh, Robert Young, and Harry Davenport in Das Schicksal der Irene Forsyte (1949)

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John Gavin and Janet Leigh in Psycho (1960)

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John Gavin and Janet Leigh in Psycho (1960)

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Martin Balsam and Janet Leigh in Psycho (1960)

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Janet Leigh in Psycho (1960)

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Janet Leigh and Frank Albertson in Psycho (1960)

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Janet Leigh and John Anderson in Psycho (1960)

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John Gavin and Janet Leigh in Psycho (1960)

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