Born: 6 July 1927
Died: 3 October 2004
Birthplace: Merced, California
Best known as: The sexy star of Hitchcock's Psycho
Name at birth: Jeanette Helen Morrison
Blonde, calmly beautiful and undeniably a grownup, Janet Leigh was one of the biggest movie stars of the 1950s. Leigh began making movies in 1947, and her 11-year marriage to actor Tony Curtis (1951-62) made them the Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt of their day. Leigh made over fifty films, mostly light fare, but with a few notable dramatic exceptions: Orson Welles' Touch of Evil (1958), Alfred Hitchcock's Psycho (1960) and John Frankenheimer's The Manchurian Candidate (1962). Her deadly shower scene in Psycho has long been considered a classic moment in American movies.
Extra credit: The Independent called Leigh the ingenue who "was married to Tony Curtis and murdered by Alfred Hitchcock"... Leigh and Curtis are the parents of actress Jamie Lee Curtis.
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