Janet Leigh

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Movie Actress
Date of Birth July 6, 1927
Place of Birth Merced, California
Date of Death Oct 3, 2004 (77)
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Janet Leigh

Janet Leigh was an American actress, singer, dancer, and author, whose career spanned over five decades. Raised in Stockton, California by working-class parents, Leigh was discovered at 18 by actress Norma Shearer, who helped her secure a contract with Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer. Leigh had her first formal foray into acting appearing in radio programs before making her film debut in The Romance of Rosy Ridge. Early in her career, she appeared in several popular films for MGM which spanned a wide variety of genres, including Act of Violence, Little Women, Angels in the Outfield, Scaramouche, The Naked Spur, and Living It Up. Leigh played mostly dramatic roles during the latter half of the 1950s, in such films as Safari and Orson Welles's film noir Touch of Evil, but achieved her most lasting recognition as the doomed Marion Crane in Alfred Hitchcock's Psycho, which earned her a Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress and an Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actress.

Born: Jeanette Helen Morrison, July 6, 1927, Merced, California, U.S.
Died: October 3, 2004, Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Resting place: Westwood Village Memorial Park Cemetery
Alma mater: University of the Pacific
Occupation: Actress, singer, dancer, author
Years active: 1947–2004
Political party: Democratic
Children: Kelly Curtis, Jamie Lee Curtis
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About Janet Leigh

Actress who shocked movie audiences with her role as Marion Crane in Alfred Hitchcock's Psycho. In 1980, she played Kathy Williams in The Fog.

Before Fame

She studied music and psychology at the University of the Pacific before securing a contract with MGM.


She played Eugenie Rose Chaney in the 1962 film The Manchurian Candidate.

Family Life

She married Tony Curtis in 1951, and the couple had two daughters before their divorce in 1962.


She starred opposite Charlton Heston and Orson Welles in the 1958 film Touch of Evil.

Information related to Janet Leigh

  • Best Supporting Actress Golden Globe (film) winners
  • University of the Pacific (United States) alumni
  • Burials at Westwood Village Memorial Park Cemetery
  • Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer contract players
  • Artists from Los Angeles
  • Actresses from California
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