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Also Known As: Jennifer Jason Leigh, Jennifer Leigh Morrow Died:
Born: February 5, 1962 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Los Angeles, California, USA Profession: actor

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Movie critic Rex Reed accurately described the characters in Jennifer Jason Leigh's gallery as a collection of "sluts and nuts," but the soft-spoken actress affectionately refers to the hookers, drug addicts and head cases she has played as a group of vulnerable, injured women she is thrilled to get to know on-screen, but grateful she doesn't encounter in real life. A versatile young actress, Leigh possesses intelligence and candor, which have made her one of the leading talents of her generation.

Movie critic Rex Reed accurately described the characters in Jennifer Jason Leigh's gallery as a collection of "sluts and nuts," but the soft-spoken actress affectionately refers to the hookers, drug addicts and head cases she has played as a group of vulnerable, injured women she is thrilled to get to know on-screen, but grateful she doesn't encounter in real life. A versatile young actress, Leigh possesses intelligence and candor, which have made her one of the leading talents of her generation.

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  Anniversary Party, The (2001) Director (Co-Director)

CAST: (feature film)

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 Greenberg (2010)
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 Moment, The (2009)
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 Childstar (2005)
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 Jacket, The (2005) Cast
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1972:
Stage acting debut in "Man of Destiny"
1978:
First TV appearance, "The Young Runaways" on "World of Disney" (NBC)
1980:
TV-movie debut in "Angel City" on CBS
1980:
Film debut in the low-budget horror flick "Eyes of a Stranger"
1982:
Breakthrough performance in poignant teen comedy "Fast Times at Ridgemont High"
1989:
NY stage debut, "Sunshine" off-Broadway at Circle Repertory Theatre
1990:
Turned in searing performance as a gang-raped hooker in the gritty drama "Last Exit to Brooklyn"
1991:
Was blasted by critics for her rare appearance as 'the girlfriend' in Ron Howard's blockbuster "Backdraft"
1991:
Played a drug-addicted undercover cop in "Rush"
1992:
Had memorable role as Bridget Fonda's psychotic roommate in "Single White Female"
1993:
Featured as harried young mother/phone-sex operator in Robert Altman's "Short Cuts"
1994:
Played title character in the period drama "Mrs Parker and the Vicious Circle"; first film with Campbell Scott
1995:
Wrote, co-produced, starred and sang in "Georgia," a drama written by her mother and loosely based on her sister's battle's with heroin addiction and self-image problems
1995:
Starred as Kathy Bates' disturbed writer daughter in "Dolores Claiborne," the film adaptation of Stephen King's novel
1996:
Was praised for her performance in Anjelica Huston's directorial debut "Bastard Out of Carolina" (Showtime)
1996:
Re-teamed with Altman for the jazz era "Kansas City"
1997:
Featured as the favorite daughter of a molesting father (Jason Robards) in "A Thousand Acres," loosely based on Shakespeare's "King Lear"
1997:
Lent voice to a character on the animated sci-fi series "Spawn"
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Cast in pivotal role in Stanley Kubrick's "Eyes Wide Shut"; because of scheduling conflicts was unavailable for re-shoots and was replaced by actress Marie Richardson
1998:
Co-starred with Campbell Scott in the Hallmark TV period romance "The Love Letter" (CBS)
1998:
Replaced Natasha Richardson as Sally Bowles in "Cabaret" on Broadway; first collaboration with Alan Cumming
1998:
Vocal talents featured in episode of Disney's animated TV series "Hercules: The Wonder Boy Years"
1999:
Played a computer game designer in David Cronenberg's bizarre sci-fi drama "eXistenZ" opposite Jude Law
2000:
Featured in "The King Is Alive" (Dogma 4) about a group of passengers who decide to stage "King Lear" when their bus breaks down in the desert; premiered at Cannes Film Festival
2000:
Starred in the romantic drama "Skipped Parts" with Brad Renfro
2001:
Co-starred in "The Quickie"
2001:
Co-wrote, co-directed and co-starred in "The Anniversary Party" with her "Cabaret" co-star and friend Alan Cumming
2001:
Returned to Broadway succeeding Mary-Louise Parker as the lead in "Proof"
2002:
Played convicted murderer Karla Faye Tucked in CBS TV Movie "Crossed Over"
2002:
Appeared in "Road to Perdition" direceted by Sam Mendes
2002:
Cast with Meg Ryan in "In the Cut," directed by Jane Campion
2004:
Starred opposite Christian Bale in "The Machinist"
2005:
Cast in the thriller "The Jacket" with Adrien Brody and Kris Kristofferson
2007:
Directed by her husband, Noah Baumbach in "Margot at the Wedding"; earned an Independent Spirit Award Nomination for Best Supporting Actress
2009:
Joined the cast of Showtime's "Weeds" in a recurring role as Nancy's (Mary-Louise Parker) sister Jill Price-Gray
2010:
Co-wrote with husband Noah Baumbach, the screenplay for "Greenberg"; also acted in the film, which was directed by Baumbach
2011:
Co-starred on Broadway in "The House of Blue Leaves," with Edie Falco and Ben Stiller
2012:
Appeared on the soapy drama "Revenge"
2013:
Featured in the drama "The Spectacular Now"
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Education

Palisades High School: Los Angeles , California -
California State University, Northridge: Northridge , California -
The Lee Strasberg Theatre Institute: Los Angeles , California -

Notes

When Leigh went to join the Screen Actors Guild, there was already a member named Jennifer Leigh; she added the Jason in honor of actor Jason Robards, a close family friend. (Source: People, October 13, 1997). She co-starred with Robards playing one of his daughters in "A Thousand Acres".

Robert Altman has observed that when Leigh is not in character, she does not have one.

"There's something nice about blowing an illusion. I'm a really shy person. But when I'm in character, I can do what that character does. It's a much freer place."--Leigh quoted in Time Out New York, November 22-29, 1995.

"These are women we watch and are either horrified by or thrilled by or we're thanking God we don't live those lives. By acting it, you get to communicate something that's deeper than any label, like white trash, or junkie. And of course, they're much more challenging characters."--Leigh on her choice of roles in "Jason Leigh Lost in 'Georgia'" in Daily News, December 4, 1995.

"I like knowing very little about actors, because when I'm watching a performance, I like to believe that person is who they're playing." --Leigh on why she rarely talks about her personal life to the press, quoted in Chicago Tribune, October 23, 1997.

"I'd like to do an action movie one day. I like doing tae kwon do. I can kick really high." --Leigh to the New York Post, April 18, 1999.

"She is a sensational actress, probably the best in America . . . But socially I felt no connection to her at all. I found her neutral. When she acts, it all comes out, all the devils and the angels. She's tortured. She's diabolical. She can be anything. Yet in real life it's almost as if she doesn't exist, as if she's always waiting for acting, and the acting is the real life. I drove her into a pit of filth and she never complained." --Paul Verhoeven, who directed Leigh in "Flesh & Blood", quoted in London's Sunday Times, April 26, 1999.

Companions close complete companion listing

companion:
Eric Stoltz. Actor. No longer together.
companion:
Bruno Kirby. Actor. No longer together.

Family close complete family listing

mother:
Barbara Turner. TV scriptwriter. Divorced Morrow c. 1964; later married and divorced director Reza Badiyi.
father:
Vic Morrow. Actor. Died in controversial helicopter accident on the set of "Twilight Zone: The Movie" (1982).
step-father:
Reza Badiyi. TV director. Divorced Barbara Turner c. 1979.
sister:
Carrie Morrow. Drug counselor. Born in 1958; reportedly was a heroin addict.
half-sister:
Mina Badie. Actor. Born on November 28, 1970; appeared in "Mrs. Parker and Vicious Circle" (1994),"Georgia" (1995) and "The Anniversary Party"(2001).
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Contributions

Deirdre ( 2007-02-28 )

Source: wikipedia

Jennifer Jason Leigh has been married to Noah Baumbach (The Squid and The Whale - writer/director) since 2005

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