Jennifer Jason Leigh  

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"He always ate everything I ever gave him and he never hit me."--Susie Waggoner in Miami Blues (1990)

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Jennifer Jason Leigh (born February 5, 1962) is an American actress, writer, producer and director. Leigh began her career as a teenager in the 1970s, guest-starring on several television shows. Her film breakthrough came in 1982 for her performance as Stacy Hamilton in Fast Times at Ridgemont High. She continued performing as an adult, receiving critical praise for her roles in the 1990 films Miami Blues and Last Exit to Brooklyn. In 1991, she appeared in Ron Howard's Backdraft, and in 1992 she acted in the drama-thriller Single White Female. In 1993, she appeared in the ensemble film Short Cuts, directed by Robert Altman, and in 1994 she starred in the Coen brothers' The Hudsucker Proxy. She was nominated for a Golden Globe for her portrayal of Dorothy Parker in Mrs. Parker and the Vicious Circle (1994). In 1995, she starred in a film written by her mother, screenwriter Barbara Turner, titled Georgia. In 2001, she co-directed a film with Alan Cumming titled The Anniversary Party.

In 2002, Leigh appeared in the crime-drama Road to Perdition. In 2007, she starred in Margot at the Wedding, which was directed by her former husband, Noah Baumbach. She had a recurring role on the television series Weeds as Jill Price-Gray. In 2015, she received critical acclaim for her voice-work as Lisa in Charlie Kaufman's Anomalisa, and for her role as Daisy Domergue in Quentin Tarantino's The Hateful Eight, for which she was nominated for the Golden Globe, Critic's Choice, BAFTA, and Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress.

On stage, Leigh was nominated for a Drama Desk award for her Off-Broadway performance as Beverly Moss in Mike Leigh's Abigail's Party. Leigh made her Broadway debut in 1998, as a replacement in the role of Sally Bowles in Cabaret.

Leigh has a reputation for playing characters on society's bottom rung, often prostitutes or junkies.

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