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Train wreck at Montparnasse (October 22, 1895) by Studio Lévy and Sons.
Train wreck at Montparnasse (October 22, 1895) by Studio Lévy and Sons.

Jeanette Helen Morrison (July 6, 1927 – October 3, 2004), known professionally as Janet Leigh, was an American actress and author.

Discovered by actress Norma Shearer, Leigh secured a contract with MGM and made her film debut with a starring role in The Romance of Rosy Ridge in 1947. Over the following years, she appeared in several popular films of a wide variety of genres, including Act of Violence (1948), Little Women (1949), Holiday Affair (1949), Angels in the Outfield (1951), Scaramouche (1952), The Naked Spur (1953), Walking My Baby Back Home (1953) and Living It Up (1954).

After two brief marriages at a young age, Leigh married actor Tony Curtis in 1951. The couple received significant media attention and starred in five films together: Houdini (1953), The Black Shield of Falworth (1954), The Vikings (1958), The Perfect Furlough (1958) and Who Was That Lady? (1960). Leigh played mostly dramatic roles during the latter half of the 1950s, in films such as Safari (1955), Touch of Evil (1958), and Psycho (1960), for which she was awarded the Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress and was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress. She continued to appear occasionally in films and television, including The Manchurian Candidate (1962) and two films with her daughter Jamie Lee Curtis: The Fog (1980) and Halloween H20: 20 Years Later (1998).

Leigh died in 2004 at the age of 77, following a year-long battle with vasculitis, an inflammation of the blood vessels. She was survived by her fourth husband of 42 years, Robert Brandt, and her two daughters by actor Tony Curtis: Jamie Lee Curtis and Kelly Curtis.


Feature films
Year Title Role
1947 The Romance of Rosy Ridge Lissy Anne MacBean
1947 If Winter Comes Effie Bright
1948 Hills of Home Margit Mitchell
1948 Words and Music Dorothy Feiner Rodgers
1948 Act of Violence Edith Enley
1949 Little Women Margaret 'Meg' March/Brooke
1949 The Red Danube Olga Alexandrova aka Maria Buhlen
1949 The Doctor and the Girl Evelyn 'Taffy' Heldon
1949 That Forsyte Woman June Forsyte
1949 Holiday Affair Connie Ennis
1951 Strictly Dishonorable Isabelle Perry
1951 Angels in the Outfield Jennifer Paige
1951 Two Tickets to Broadway Nancy Peterson
1951 It's a Big Country Rosa Szabo Xenophon
1952 Just This Once Lucille 'Lucy' Duncan
1952 Scaramouche Aline de Gavrillac de Bourbon
1952 Fearless Fagan Abby Ames
1953 The Naked Spur Lina Patch
1953 Confidentially Connie Connie Bedloe
1953 Houdini Bess Houdini
1953 Walking My Baby Back Home Chris Hall
1954 Prince Valiant Princess Aleta
1954 Living It Up Wally Cook
1954 The Black Shield of Falworth Lady Anne
1954 Rogue Cop Karen Stephanson
1955 Pete Kelly's Blues Ivy Conrad
1955 My Sister Eileen Eileen Sherwood
1956 Safari Linda Latham
1957 Jet Pilot Lt. Anna Marladovna Shannon / Olga Orlief
1958 Touch of Evil Susan 'Susie' Vargas
1958 The Vikings Morgana
1958 The Perfect Furlough Lt. Vicki Loren
1960 Who Was That Lady? Ann Wilson
1960 Psycho Marion Crane
1962 The Manchurian Candidate Eugenie Rose Chaney
1963 Bye Bye Birdie Rosie DeLeon
1963 Wives and Lovers Bertie Austin
1966 Kid Rodelo Nora
1966 Harper Susan Harper
1966 Three on a Couch Dr. Elizabeth Acord
1966 An American Dream Cherry McMahon
1967 Grand Slam Mary Ann
1969 Hello Down There (aka Sub-A-Dub-Dub) Vivian Miller
1972 One Is a Lonely Number (aka Two Is a Happy Number) Gert Meredith
1972 Night of the Lepus Gerry Bennett
1979 Boardwalk Florence Cohen
1980 The Fog Kathy Williams
1998 Halloween H20: 20 Years Later Norma Watson
2005 Bad Girls from Valley High Mrs. Witt
Television films
Year Title Role
1969 The Monk Janice Barnes
1969 Honeymoon with a Stranger Sandra Latham
1970 The House on Greenapple Road Marian Ord
1971 My Wives Jane Jane Franklin
1971 Deadly Dream Laurel Hanley
1973 Murdock's Gang Laura Talbot
1975 Columbo: Forgotten Lady Grace Wheeler
1977 Murder at the World Series Karen Weese
1977 Telethon Elaine Cotte
1979 Mirror, Mirror Millie Gorman
1985 On Our Way Kate Walsh
1998 In My Sister's Shadow Kay Connor


  • There Really Was a Hollywood (Autobiography) (Doubleday, 1984)
  • Psycho: Behind the Scenes of the Classic Thriller (Harmony, 1995)
  • The Dream Factory (novel) (Mira, 2002)

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