Janet Leigh

Actor, Author
Actress Janet Leigh's early film career found her playing wholesome ingnues in everything from musicals and Westerns to comedies and thrillers, which made excellent if artistically unremarkable use of her generous smile ... Read more »
Born: 07/05/1927 in Merced, California, USA

Filmography

Actor (110)

Bad Girls From Valley High 2014 (Movie)

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AFI's 100 Years..100 Heroes and Villains 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

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AFI's 100 Years... 100 Thrills 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

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Family Law 1987 - 1988, 1997 - 1998, 2000 - 2001 (Tv Show)

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Intimate Portrait: Jamie Lee Curtis 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

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Intimate Portrait: Judy Garland 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

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Rosemary Clooney: Girl Singer 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

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The Hollywood Fashion Machine 1998 - 2001 (TV Show)

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Dick Van Dyke: Put on a Happy Face 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

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Hedda Hopper: Hollywood's Gossip Queen 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

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Intimate Portrait: Ava Gardner 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

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Anthony Perkins: A Life in the Shadows 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

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Bob Fosse: The E! True Hollywood Story 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

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Halloween Homes 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

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Reconstructing Evil 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

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The 5th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

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The Rat Pack 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

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Anthony Perkins: The E! True Hollywood Story 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

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Frank Sinatra: The E! True Hollywood Story 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

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Mary Pickford: A Life on Film 1998 (Movie)

Interviewee (Actor)

Touched By an Angel 1987 - 1988, 1997 - 1998 (Tv Show)

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Jamie Lee Curtis 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

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Jerry Lewis: The Last American Clown 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

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Charlton Heston: For All Seasons 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

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Inside the Dream Factory 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

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Stephen Verona: Self Portrait 1994 (Movie)

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The Story of Lassie 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

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Okavango 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

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The Thalians 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

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Superstars and Their Moms 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

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Murder, She Wrote 1987 - 1988 (Tv Show)

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Happy Birthday, Hollywood! 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

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On Our Way 1984 - 1985 (TV Show)

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The Fantasy Film World of George Pal 1985 (Movie)

Herself (Actor)

The Night of 100 Stars II 1984 - 1985 (TV Show)

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The Thrill of Genius 1984 (Movie)

Herself (Actor)

The All-Star Salute to Mother's Day 1980 - 1981 (TV Show)

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Mirror, Mirror 1979 - 1980 (TV Show)

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The Fog 1980 (Movie)

Kathy Williams (Actor)

Boardwalk 1979 (Movie)

Florence (Actor)

Gene Kelly... An American in Pasadena 1977 - 1978 (TV Show)

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Circus of the Stars 1976 - 1977 (TV Show)

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Love Story 1973 - 1974 (TV Show)

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Ghost Story 1972 - 1973 (TV Show)

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Night of the Lepus 1972 (Movie)

Jerry Bennett (Actor)

My Wives Jane 1970 - 1971 (TV Show)

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One Is a Lonely Number 1971 (Movie)

Gert Meredith (Actor)

The Monk 1969 - 1970 (TV Show)

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Hello Down There 1969 (Movie)

Vivian Miller (Actor)

Looking Back 1968 - 1969 (TV Show)

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For Love Or $$$ 1967 - 1968 (TV Show)

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An American Dream 1966 (Movie)

Cherry McMahon (Actor)

Harper 1966 (Movie)

Susan Harper (Actor)

Kid Rodelo 1965 (Movie)

Nora (Actor)

The Spy in the Green Hat 1965 (Movie)

Miss Diketon (Actor)

Three on a Couch 1965 (Movie)

Dr Elizabeth Acord (Actor)

Bye Bye Birdie 1963 (Movie)

Rosie DeLeon (Actor)

The Manchurian Candidate 1962 (Movie)

Eugenie Rose--Rosie (Actor)

Wives and Lovers 1962 (Movie)

Bertie Austin (Actor)

Pepe 1960 (Movie)

Herself (Actor)

Psycho 1960 (Movie)

Marion Crane (Actor)

Who Was That Lady? 1960 (Movie)

Ann Wilson (Actor)

The Perfect Furlough 1958 (Movie)

Lieutenant Vicki Loren (Actor)

The Vikings 1958 (Movie)

Morgana (Actor)

Touch of Evil 1958 (Movie)

Susan Vargas (Actor)

Jet Pilot 1957 (Movie)

Anna (Actor)

Safari 1956 (Movie)

Linda (Actor)

My Sister Eileen 1955 (Movie)

Eileen Sherwood (Actor)

Pete Kelly's Blues 1955 (Movie)

Ivy Conrad (Actor)

Living It Up 1954 (Movie)

Wally Cook (Actor)

Prince Valiant 1954 (Movie)

Aleta (Actor)

Rogue Cop 1954 (Movie)

Karen Stephanson (Actor)

The Black Shield of Falworth 1954 (Movie)

Lady Anne (Actor)

Confidentially Connie 1953 (Movie)

Connie Bedloe (Actor)

The Naked Spur 1953 (Movie)

Lina Patch (Actor)

Fearless Fagan 1952 (Movie)

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Houdini 1952 (Movie)

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It's a Big Country 1952 (Movie)

Rosa Szabo Xenophon (Actor)

Just This Once 1952 (Movie)

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Scaramouche 1952 (Movie)

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Walking My Baby Back Home 1952 (Movie)

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Strictly Dishonorable 1951 (Movie)

Isabelle Perry (Actor)

Two Tickets to Broadway 1951 (Movie)

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Angels in the Outfield 1950 (Movie)

Jennifer Paige (Actor)

Holiday Affair 1949 (Movie)

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That Forsyte Woman 1949 (Movie)

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The Doctor and the Girl 1949 (Movie)

Evelyn 'Taffy' Heldon (Actor)

The Red Danube 1949 (Movie)

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Act of Violence 1948 (Movie)

Edith Enley (Actor)

Hills of Home 1948 (Movie)

(Actor)

Little Women 1948 (Movie)

(Actor)

Words and Music 1948 (Movie)

(Actor)

If Winter Comes 1947 (Movie)

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The Romance of Rosy Ridge 1947 (Movie)

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Hollywood: The Golden Years (TV Show)

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Honeymoon With a Stranger (TV Show)

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In My Sister's Shadow (TV Show)

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Murder at the World Series (TV Show)

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Murdock's Gang (TV Show)

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Telethon (TV Show)

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The Deadly Dream (TV Show)

Actor
Music (1)

An American Dream 1966 (Movie)

("A Time For Love") (Song Performer)

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 if artistically unremarkable 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 superceded 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 naked 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.

Relationships

Robert Brandt

Husband
Married September 1962 until her death Oct. 3, 2004

John Carlisle

Husband
Marriage annulled December 1942

Tony Curtis Actor

Husband
Married 1951 Divorced 1962 Acted together in the films "Houdini" (1953), "The Vikings," and "Who Was That Lady?" (1960)

Jamie Lee Curtis Actor

Daughter
Born Nov. 22, 1958; father, Tony Curtis

Kelley Curtis

Daughter
Born c. 1956 father, Tony Curtis

Stanley Reames

Husband

EDUCATION

College of the Pacific

Stockton , California
Left for MGM film contract in 1946

College of the Pacific

Stockton , California
Left for MGM film contract in 1946

Stockton High School

Stockton , California

Milestones

1999

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

1998

Appeared with daughter Jamie Lee Curtis in "Halloween H2O"

1995

Published memoir on the making of "Psycho" titled, Psycho: Behind the Scenes of the Classic Thriller

1995

Published first novel, House of Destiny

1990

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

1984

Published autobiography, There Really Was a Hollywood

1979

Co-starred in Stephen Verona's "Boardwalk"

1968

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

1963

Played Rosie in film, "Bye Bye Birdie"

1962

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

1960

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

1956

Began TV appearances with "The Rosemary Clooney Show"

1955

Played title role in "My Sister Eileen"

1947

Made film debut in "The Romance of Rosy Ridge"

1946

Signed by MGM

Bonus Trivia

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"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." - Leigh in People magazine, Aug. 1, 1995

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