Merced, California, USA
Place of Death
Beverly Hills, Los Angeles, California, USA
Claim to Fame
Hills of Home, Little Women, Touch of Evil, Psycho
Cause of Death
Actor/Actress, Soundtrack, Other Crew
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Janet Leigh's real name was Jeanette Morrison. She was the only child of a couple who often moved from town to town. Living in apartments, Jeanette 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 Jeanette on the front desk and asked if she could borrow it. This led to a screen test at MGM, a name change to Janet Leigh, 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, Kirk Douglas and John Wayne. She starred in a number of successful films, among them Act of Violence (1948), Words and Music (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 45 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.
University of the Pacific
Full Name at Birth
Jeanette Helen Morrison
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Jeanette Helen Morrison (July 6, 1927 – October 3, 2004), known professionally as Janet Leigh, was an American actress and author. She is best remembered for her performance in Psycho (1960), for which she was awarded the Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress and received an Academy Award nomination.
Jamie Lee Curtis (Daughter), Kelly Curtis (Daughter)
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passed away on 3rd Oct 2004 aged 77. |||
Janet Leigh passed away on 3rd Oct 2004 aged 77.
Janet Leigh was previously married to Tony Curtis (1950 - 1962), Stanley Reames (1945 - 1949) and John Carlisle (1942).
She was also in relationships with Arthur M. Loew Jr. (1950).
Janet Leigh is rumoured to have hooked up with Jorge Guinle (1962), Peter Lawford, Ralph Kiner, Porfirio Rubirosa, Johnny Stompanato and Bob Fosse.
Janet Leigh had 2 children, Kelly (60) and Jaime Lee (57).
Janet Leigh is a 77 year old American Actress. Born Jeanette Helen Morrison on 6th July, 1927 in Merced, California, USA, she is famous for Hills of Home, Little Women, Touch of Evil, Psycho in a career that spans 1946–2004. Her zodiac sign is Cancer.
Janet Leigh was in 18 on-screen matchups, notably with Dick Van Dyke in Bye Bye Birdie (1963), Frank Sinatra in The Manchurian Candidate (1962), Charlton Heston in Touch of Evil (1958), Gene Kelly in It's a Big Country (1951) and Glenn Ford in The Doctor and the Girl (1949).
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21st-century American actresses.
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