Janet Leigh


Actor
Janet Leigh

About

Also Known As
Jeanette Helen Morrison, Jeanette Reems
Birth Place
Merced, California, USA
Born
July 06, 1927
Died
October 03, 2004
Cause of Death
Vasculitis

Biography

Actress Janet Leigh's early film career found her playing wholesome ingénues in everything from musicals and Westerns to comedies and thrillers, which made excellent use of her generous smile and unflaggingly positive nature. But in 1960, Leigh's name - and terrifying screams - became synonymous with cinematic legend as Alfred Hitchcock's doomed heroine in the infamous stabbing shower sc...

Photos & Videos

Two Tickets to Broadway - Lobby Cards
Little Women (1949) - Publicity Stills
Hills of Home - Publicity Photos

Family & Companions

John K Carlyle
Husband
Marriage annulled in 1942.
Stanley Reames
Husband
Bandleader. Married in 1946; divorced in 1948.
Tony Curtis
Husband
Actor. Married in 1951; divorced in 1962; acted together in the films "Houdini" (1953), "The Black Shield of Falworth" (1954), "The Vikings" (1958), "The Perfect Furlough" (1959) and "Who Was That Lady?" (1960).
Robert Brandt
Husband
Stockbroker. Married in 1962.

Bibliography

"The Dream Factory"
Janet Leigh, Mira Books (2002)
"Psycho: Behind the Scenes of the Classic Thriller"
Janet Leigh and Christopher Nickens, Harmony/Crown (1995)
"House of Destiny"
Janet Leigh, Mira Books (1995)
"There Really Was a Hollywood"
Janet Leigh, Doubleday (1984)

Notes

"I don't take showers. Or, if there is no other way to bathe, I make sure all of the doors and windows in the house are locked, and I leave the bathroom door and shower curtain open so I have a perfect, clear view." --Janet Leigh in People, August 1, 1995,

"There's a difference between retiring from a profession and retiring from life. I choose not to do the latter." --Janet Leigh

Biography

Actress Janet Leigh's early film career found her playing wholesome ingénues in everything from musicals and Westerns to comedies and thrillers, which made excellent use of her generous smile and unflaggingly positive nature. But in 1960, Leigh's name - and terrifying screams - became synonymous with cinematic legend as Alfred Hitchcock's doomed heroine in the infamous stabbing shower scene from "Psycho." Despite her later roles, which were eventually superseded by turns as a mother, humanitarian and best-selling author, audiences would still forever remember those fateful 45 seconds of the dying Leigh, glimpsed in silhouette, her hands tearing vainly at the shower curtain as her blood spirals down the drain. Like the film itself, Leigh became an enduring part of the fabric of movie history.

Filmography

 

Cast (Feature Film)

Mary Pickford: A Life on Film (2000)
Interviewee
In My Sister's Shadow (1999)
Charlton Heston: For All Seasons (1995)
Stephen Verona: Self Portrait (1995)
The Story of Lassie (1994)
The Fantasy Film Worlds of George Pal (1985)
The Fog (1980)
Boardwalk (1979)
Mirror, Mirror (1979)
Millie Gorman
Murder at the World Series (1977)
Karen Weese
Telethon (1977)
Murdock's Gang (1973)
Laura Talbot
Night of the Lepus (1972)
Gerry Bennett
One is a Lonely Number (1972)
Gert Meredith
The Deadly Dream (1971)
Laurel Hanley
Hello Down There (1969)
Vivian Miller
Grand Slam (1968)
Mary Ann
An American Dream (1966)
Cherry McMahon
Three on a Couch (1966)
Dr. Elizabeth Acord
Kid Rodelo (1966)
Nora
Harper (1966)
Susan Harper
The Spy in the Green Hat (1966)
Bye Bye Birdie (1963)
Rosie DeLeon
Wives and Lovers (1963)
Bertie Austin
The Manchurian Candidate (1962)
Rosie
Pepe (1961)
Who Was That Lady? (1960)
Ann Wilson
Psycho (1960)
Marion Crane
The Perfect Furlough (1959)
Lt. Vicki Loren
Touch of Evil (1958)
Susan Vargas
The Vikings (1958)
Morgana
Jet Pilot (1957)
Lt. Anna Marladovna, also known as Olga Orliev
Safari (1956)
Linda
My Sister Eileen (1955)
Eileen Sherwood
Pete Kelly's Blues (1955)
Ivy Conrad
The Black Shield of Falworth (1954)
Lady Anne
Prince Valiant (1954)
Aleta
Rogue Cop (1954)
Karen Stephanson
Living It Up (1954)
Wally Cook
The Naked Spur (1953)
Lina Patch
Walking My Baby Back Home (1953)
Chris Hall
Houdini (1953)
Bess Houdini
Confidentially Connie (1953)
Connie Bedloe
Scaramouche (1952)
Aline de Gavrillac
It's a Big Country: An American Anthology (1952)
Rosa Szabo
Fearless Fagan (1952)
Abby Ames
Just This Once (1952)
Lucy Duncan
Strictly Dishonorable (1951)
Isabelle Perry
Two Tickets to Broadway (1951)
Nancy Peterson
Angels in the Outfield (1951)
Jennifer Paige
Holiday Affair (1949)
Connie [Ennis]
Act of Violence (1949)
Edith Enley
The Doctor and the Girl (1949)
Evelyn Heldon
That Forsyte Woman (1949)
June Forsyte
The Red Danube (1949)
Maria Buhlen [also known as Olga Alexandrova]
Little Women (1949)
Meg [March]
Words and Music (1948)
Dorothy Feiner
Hills of Home (1948)
Margit Mitchell
If Winter Comes (1948)
Effie Bright
The Romance of Rosy Ridge (1947)
Lissy Anne MacBean

Cast (Special)

Intimate Portrait: Famous Families (2003)
Interviewee
Intimate Portrait: Elizabeth Taylor (2002)
Intimate Portrait: Judy Garland (2001)
AFI's 100 Years... 100 Thrills (2001)
Rosemary Clooney: Girl Singer (2001)
Howard Hughes: His Women and His Movies (2000)
SAG Awards Show (2000)
Presenter
Intimate Portrait: Ava Gardner (2000)
Interviewee
Hedda Hopper: Hollywood's Gossip Queen (2000)
Dick Van Dyke: Put on a Happy Face (2000)
Intimate Portrait: Jamie Lee Curtis (2000)
Reconstructing Evil (1999)
Interviewee
Anthony Perkins: A Life in the Shadows (1999)
Bob Fosse: The E! True Hollywood Story (1999)
Interviewee
Dial H For Hitchcock: The Genius Behind the Showman (1999)
Interviewee
The Rat Pack (1999)
Hometown Heroes (1998)
Interviewee
Halloween Homes (1998)
Frank Sinatra: The E! True Hollywood Story (1998)
Interviewee
Grace, Caroline, Stephanie: The Curse of the Royal Family -- The E! True Hollywood Story (1997)
Anthony Perkins: The E! True Hollywood Story (1997)
Intimate Portrait: Janet Leigh (1996)
Jerry Lewis: The Last American Clown (1996)
Jamie Lee Curtis (1996)
Inside The Dream Factory (1995)
The Thalians (1991)
Superstars And Their Moms (1989)
Happy Birthday, Hollywood! (1987)
The Night of 100 Stars II (1985)
On Our Way (1985)
The Screen Actors Guild 50th Anniversary Celebration (1984)
Bob Hope Special: Bob Hope's Women I Love - Beautiful but Funny (1982)
The All-Star Salute to Mother's Day (1981)
Gene Kelly... An American in Pasadena (1978)
Circus of the Stars (1977)
Hollywood: The Dream Factory (1972)
My Wives Jane (1971)
Jane Franklin

Cast (Short)

World News - 1954 (1954)
Herself

Life Events

1946

Signed by MGM

1947

Made film debut in "The Romance of Rosy Ridge"

1955

Played title role in "My Sister Eileen"

1956

Began TV appearances with "The Rosemary Clooney Show"

1960

Had breakout role in Alfred Hitchcock's "Psycho"; earned Oscar nomination as Best Supporting Actress

1962

Co-starred in the classic film, "The Manchurian Candidate"

1963

Played Rosie in film, "Bye Bye Birdie"

1969

Made TV-movie debut, "The Monk" (ABC)

1979

Co-starred in Stephen Verona's "Boardwalk"

1984

Published autobiography, <i>There Really Was a Hollywood</i>

1990

Returned to "Psycho" territory as host of the Showtime TV-movie, "Psycho IV: The Beginning"

1995

Published memoir on the making of "Psycho" titled, <i>Psycho: Behind the Scenes of the Classic Thriller</i>

1995

Published first novel, <i>House of Destiny</i>

1998

Appeared with daughter Jamie Lee Curtis in "Halloween H2O"

1999

Appeared as mother of Nancy McKeon and Alexandra Wilson in the CBS TV-movie, "In My Sister's Shadow"

Photo Collections

Two Tickets to Broadway - Lobby Cards
Here are a few Lobby Cards from RKO's Two Tickets to Broadway (1951). Lobby Cards were 11" x 14" posters that came in sets of 8. As the name implies, they were most often displayed in movie theater lobbies, to advertise current or coming attractions.
Little Women (1949) - Publicity Stills
Here are a few Publicity Stills from Little Women (1949). Publicity stills were specially-posed photos, usually taken off the set, for purposes of publicity or reference for promotional artwork.
Hills of Home - Publicity Photos
Here are a few Publicity Stills from Hills of Home (1948), featuring Lassie with Edmund Gwenn and Janet Leigh. Publicity stills were specially-posed photos, usually taken off the set, for purposes of publicity or reference for promotional artwork.
Scaramouche - Publicity Stills
Here are several publicity stills from MGM's Scaramouche (1952), starring Stewart Granger, Eleanor Parker, and Janet Leigh. Publicity stills were specially-posed photos, usually taken off the set, for purposes of publicity or reference for promotional artwork.
The Vikings - Movie Posters
The Vikings - Movie Posters
Harper - Movie Poster
Harper - Movie Poster
The Manchurian Candidate - Movie Posters
Here are a few original release movie posters from John Frankenheimer's The Manchurian Candidate (1962), starring Laurence Harvey, Frank Sinatra, and Janet Leigh.
Psycho - Lobby Cards
Here are a few Lobby Cards from Psycho (1960). Lobby Cards were 11" x 14" posters that came in sets of 8. As the name implies, they were most often displayed in movie theater lobbies, to advertise current or coming attractions.
Angels in the Outfield - Publicity Stills
Here are a number of stills taken to help publicize MGM's Angels in the Outfield (1951), starring Paul Douglas and Janet Leigh. Publicity stills were specially-posed photos, usually taken off the set, for purposes of publicity or reference for promotional artwork.
That Forsyte Woman - Scene Stills
Here are several scene stills from MGM's That Forsyte Woman (1949), starring Greer Garson, Errol Flynn, and Robert Young.
The Naked Spur - Movie Poster
Here is the American one-sheet movie poster for The Naked Spur (1953). One-sheets measured 27x41 inches, and were the poster style most commonly used in theaters.
Holiday Affair - Publicity Stills
Here are a few publicity stills for Holiday Affair (1949). Publicity stills were specially-posed photos, usually taken off the set, for purposes of publicity or reference for promotional artwork.
Little Women (1949) - Movie Poster
Here is the American one-sheet movie poster for Little Women (1949). One-sheets measured 27x41 inches, and were the poster style most commonly used in theaters.
Act of Violence - Portrait Publicity Stills
Here are a few close-up Publicity Stills from Act of Violence (1949), starring Robert Ryan, Janet Leigh, and Van Heflin. Publicity stills were specially-posed photos, usually taken off the set, for purposes of publicity or reference for promotional artwork.
Just This Once - Lobby Cards
Here are a few Lobby Cards from Just This Once (1952), starring Janet Leigh and Peter Lawford. Lobby Cards were 11" x 14" posters that came in sets of 8. As the name implies, they were most often displayed in movie theater lobbies, to advertise current or coming attractions.
Janet Leigh - Color MGM Publicity Stills
Here are several color publicity stills of Janet Leigh, taken while she was under contract to MGM.
Holiday Affair - Lobby Card Set
Here is a set of Lobby Cards from RKO's Holiday Affair (1949). Lobby Cards were 11" x 14" posters that came in sets of 8. As the name implies, they were most often displayed in movie theater lobbies, to advertise current or coming attractions.
Holiday Affair - Alternate "Noir" Movie Poster
Here is a movie poster RKO sent out for Holiday Affair (1949). When the comedy-drama did not perform well at the box-office, RKO attempted an alternate ad campaign reminiscent of star Robert Mitchum's earlier Film Noir successes.
Touch of Evil - Lobby Card Set
Here is a set of Lobby Cards from Touch of Evil (1958), starring Charlton Heston, Orson Welles, and Janet Leigh. Lobby Cards were 11" x 14" posters that came in sets of 8. As the name implies, they were most often displayed in movie theater lobbies, to advertise current or coming attractions.
The Romance of Rosy Ridge - Janet Leigh Publicity Stills
Here are a few publicity photos of Janet Leigh, taken for her film debut in MGM's The Romance of Rosy Ridge (1947).
Act of Violence - Publicity Art
Here is a specialty drawing created by MGM for newspaper and magazine reproduction to publicize Act of Violence (1949), starring Janet Leigh and Van Heflin.
Rogue Cop - Lobby Card Set
Here is a set of Lobby Cards from MGM's Rogue Cop (1954), starring Robert Taylor, Janet Leigh, George Raft, and Anne Francis. Lobby Cards were 11" x 14" posters that came in sets of 8. As the name implies, they were most often displayed in movie theater lobbies, to advertise current or coming attractions.
Holiday Affair - Scene Stills
Here are several scene stills from Holiday Affair (1949), starring Robert Mitchum and Janet Leigh.
Safari - Lobby Cards
Here are a few Lobby Cards from Columbia Pictures' Safari (1956), starring Victor Mature and Janet Leigh. Lobby Cards were 11" x 14" posters that came in sets of 8. As the name implies, they were most often displayed in movie theater lobbies, to advertise current or coming attractions.
Act of Violence - Lobby Card
Here is a Lobby Card from MGM's Act of Violence (1949), starring Robert Ryan, Van Heflin, and Janet Leigh. Lobby Cards were 11" x 14" posters that came in sets of 8. As the name implies, they were most often displayed in movie theater lobbies, to advertise current or coming attractions.
Confidentially Connie - Lobby Cards
Here are a few Lobby Cards from Confidentially Connie (1953), starring Van Johnson and Janet Leigh. Lobby Cards were 11" x 14" posters that came in sets of 8. As the name implies, they were most often displayed in movie theater lobbies, to advertise current or coming attractions.
Just This Once - Movie Poster
Here is the American one-sheet movie poster for MGM's Just This Once (1952), starring Peter Lawford and Janet Leigh. One-sheets measured 27x41 inches, and were the poster style most commonly used in theaters.
Night of the Lepus - Pressbook
Here is the original campaign book (pressbook) for Night of the Lepus (1972). Pressbooks were sent to exhibitors and theater owners to aid them in publicizing the film's run in their theater.
Hills of Home - Movie Poster
Here is the American one-sheet movie poster for Hills of Home (1948), featuring Lassie. One-sheets measured 27x41 inches, and were the poster style most commonly used in theaters.

Videos

Movie Clip

Three On A Couch (1966) - They All Have The Same Problem Producer-director Jerry Lewis is an L-A artist who has improbably won a year’s sponsored work in Paris, celebrating with his psychiatrist fianceè (Janet Leigh), who’s realized she can’t join him, because of patients like Susan (Mary Ann Mobley), early in Three On A Couch, 1966.
Three On A Couch (1966) - He Trusts Bugs Mary Lou (Leslie Parrish) with her shrink Liz (Janet Leigh), whose boyfriend Chris (director and star Jerry Lewis) is taking outrageous steps to cure her patients so they can get married, in Three On A Couch, 1966.
Red Danube, The (1949) - At The Gondola In Ten MInutes Smooth MGM introduction of flashy supporting players, Melville Cooper, Angela Lansbury and Peter Lawford, as British military staffers in post WWII Rome, opening the big budget political-romance The Red Danube, 1949, starring Janet Leigh, Walter Pidgeon and Ethel Barrymore.
Red Danube, The (1949) - We Have Our Lord Just arrived in Vienna where they’ll be sorting Russian refugees, Brits Nicobar (Walter Pidgeon), McPhinister (Peter Lawford) and Quail (Angela Lansbury) meet their hostess, the Mother Superior (Ethel Barrymore), and top-billed Janet Leigh makes her first appearance, in The Red Danube, 1949.
Fog, The (1980) - Open, Their Dark And Icy Death From producer and director and co-writers Debra Hill and John Carpenter, nice chilling ghost-story opening, with all of John Houseman’s performance, Ty Mitchell as young Andy listening, from The Fog, 1980, starring Adrienne Barbeau (then Mrs. Carpenter), Jamie Lee Curtis, Janet Leigh and Hal Holbrook.
Living It Up (1954) - I Mean A Female Girl New Mexico doctor Steve (Dean Martin) is sorry he can’t pretend patient Homer (Jerry Lewis) really has radiation poisoning, even though it’s costing him a trip to New York, until he meets reporter Wally (Janet Leigh) from the sponsoring newspaper, in the remake of Nothing Sacred, Living It Up, 1954.
Living It Up (1954) - Money Burns A Hole In My Pocket Reporter Wally (Janet Leigh) in New York doesn’t want romantic doctor Steve (Dean Martin) to know she’s having his buddy-patient (Jerry Lewis) seen by experts, guides him into a song from the Broadway musical (Hazel Flagg) based on the movie Nothing Sacred, 1937, of which this movie is a remake, in Living It Up, 1954.
Who Was That Lady? (1960) - That Was My Wife Director George Sidney shooting on location at Columbia University in Manhattan, where Tony Curtis is a chemistry teacher, caught canoodling by his (real) wife Janet Leigh, co-star Dean Martin backing up with an original tune by Sammy Cahn and James Van Heusen, opening Who Was That Lady?, 1960.
Who Was That Lady? (1960) - In The Performance Of My Duty Columbia professor David (Tony Curtis), with conspiring TV-writer buddy Mike (Dean Martin), ambushes his wife Ann (Janet Leigh, also Mrs. Curtis), who has caught him cheating, and launches their elaborate lie justifying his infidelity, in director George Sidney’s Who Was That Lady?, 1960.
Living It Up (1954) - First Time I Saw A Radioactive Early in Paramount's Dean Martin/Jerry Lewis re-boot of Nothing Sacred, 1937, Jerry as obscure New Mexico railroad employee Homer discovers he's slept in a radioactive car, then in New York reporter "Wally" (Janet Leigh) sees it as a pitch for her editor Oliver Stone (Fred Clark), in Living It Up, 1954.
Living It Up (1954) - You're Gonna Dance With Me Now the toast of Manhattan because he’s supposed to be dying of radiation poisoning (in the remake of Nothing Sacred, 1937, and based on the Broadway musical version Hazel Flagg), MC Sid Tomak introduces Jerry Lewis as doomed Homer for a song by Jule Styne and Bob Hilliard, with Sheree North dancing in her movie debut, Dean Martin and Janet Leigh watching, in Living It Up, 1954.
Pete Kelly's Bues (1955) - Real Egg-Beater Producer, director and title character Jack Webb, with his band (Lee Marvin of note) in tow, shows up at the shindig thrown by Kansas City party girl Ivy (Janet Leigh, not a singer but a good sport) as she's coaxed to perform, tune by Jesse Greer and Benny Davis, in Pete Kelly's Blues, 1955.

Trailer

Manchurian Candidate, The (1962) - (Original Trailer) A Korean War hero doesn't realize he's been programmed to kill in the original The Manchurian Candidate (1962) starring Frank Sinatra, Laurence Harvey and Angela Lansbury, from the novel by Richard Condon.
Prince Valiant - (Original Trailer) A young Viking prince strives to become a knight in King Arthur''s Court and restore his exiled father to his rightful throne in Prince Valiant (1954).
One Is A Lonely Number - (Original Trailer) A young woman (Trish Van Devere), abandoned by her husband, cannot accept that her marriage is over in One Is a Lonely Number (1972).
Night of the Lepus - (Original Trailer) Death comes hippity-hopping down the bunny trail as giant rabbits unleash The Night of the Lepus (1972).
Harper - (Original Trailer) A broken-down private eye (Paul Newman) sets out to find a rich woman's missing husband in Harper (1966).
Doctor and the Girl, The - (Original Trailer) A doctor (Glenn Ford) leaves his wealthy family to work in the slums in The Doctor and the Girl (1949) with Janet Leigh as the girl.
Bye Bye Birdie - (Original Trailer) A rock star's personal appearance turns a small town into a disaster area. Ann-Margret and Dick Van Dyke star in the Broadway musical hit.
Words And Music - (Original Trailer) Judy Garland, Lena Horne and Perry Como perform the songs of Rodgers and Hart in Words And Music (1948).
Naked Spur, The -- (Original Trailer) A captive outlaw uses psychological tactics to prey on a bounty hunter in The Naked Spur (1953), directed by Anthony Mann and starring James Stewart, Robert Ryan and Janet Leigh.
Little Women (1949) - (Original Trailer) June Allyson is Jo and Elizabeth Taylor, Amy, seen here in the original theatrical trailer for the first color version of Louisa May Alcott's Little Women, 1949, delivered by co-stars Peter Lawford and Janet Leigh.
Vikings, The - (Original Trailer) Two Vikings (Kirk Douglas, Tony Curtis) fight over a throne and a beautiful captive (Janet Leigh) in the epic adventure The Viking (1958).
Living It Up - (Black-and-white Trailer) Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis replace Fredric March and Carole Lombard from Nothing Sacred (1937) in the color remake Living It Up (1954).

Promo

Family

Kelley Curtis
Daughter
Actor. Born c. 1956.
Jamie Lee Curtis
Daughter
Actor. Born November 22, 1958.

Companions

John K Carlyle
Husband
Marriage annulled in 1942.
Stanley Reames
Husband
Bandleader. Married in 1946; divorced in 1948.
Tony Curtis
Husband
Actor. Married in 1951; divorced in 1962; acted together in the films "Houdini" (1953), "The Black Shield of Falworth" (1954), "The Vikings" (1958), "The Perfect Furlough" (1959) and "Who Was That Lady?" (1960).
Robert Brandt
Husband
Stockbroker. Married in 1962.

Bibliography

"The Dream Factory"
Janet Leigh, Mira Books (2002)
"Psycho: Behind the Scenes of the Classic Thriller"
Janet Leigh and Christopher Nickens, Harmony/Crown (1995)
"House of Destiny"
Janet Leigh, Mira Books (1995)
"There Really Was a Hollywood"
Janet Leigh, Doubleday (1984)

Notes

"I don't take showers. Or, if there is no other way to bathe, I make sure all of the doors and windows in the house are locked, and I leave the bathroom door and shower curtain open so I have a perfect, clear view." --Janet Leigh in People, August 1, 1995,

"There's a difference between retiring from a profession and retiring from life. I choose not to do the latter." --Janet Leigh