American actress born on July 6, 1927 in Merced (California) and died on October 3, 2004 in Beverly Hills (California). His full name was Jeannette Helen Morrison.
Only child, spent his childhood traveling city by city. With an IQ above normal, he finished his studies at the Institute at the age of 15 years. Big fan of cinema since childhood, studied music and psychology at the University of the Pacific in Stockhom (California), where his parents had moved. When they worked at a ski resort, the actress Norma Shearer saw a picture of Janet and brought her to the Metro Goldwyn Mayer. There they did a test and gave him the starring role in The Romance of Rosy Ridge (1947), Roy Rowland. He was twenty years old and perfectly embodied the ideal of the young naive, role that would interpreted on numerous occasions. His first success was little women (1949) by Mervyn LeRoy, adapted from the novel by Louise May Alcott, where shared poster with other young as Elizabeth Taylor , June Allysonand Margaret O'Brien. Janet became, very early, in a big star with small roles.
She got married for the first time when he was only fourteen, but the marriage was annulled shortly thereafter. Four years later he returned to marry again, and this time the marriage lasted two years. In 1951 he married for the third time, on that occasion with the actor Tony Curtis. By then had already intervened in nearly a dozen films, among which were the Red Danube (1949), George Sidney, or a couple of titles under the orders of Clarence Brown: It's a Big Country (1951) and Angels in the Outfield (1951). In the 1950's Leigh went to swell the list of "bad girls" of Hollywood, in which Natalie Wood or Debbie Reynolds were also. While she was married with Curtis starred together nine titles, among which should be mentioned: the Great Houdini (1953), George Marshall; Armor black (1954), Rudolph Maté; Vacation without bride (1958), Blake Edwards; The Vikings (1958), by Richard Fleischer; Pepe (1960) and who was that girl? (1960) by George Sidney.
Definitely the career of Leigh took off in the 1950s, with titles like Prince Valiant (1954), Henry Hathaway; My sister Elena (1955), Richard Quine; or thirst for evil (1958), by Orson Welles, adapted from the novel by Whit Masterson, where the actress shared poster with Charlton Heston (despite breaking an arm just before starting production, Leigh insisted on making the film).
The actress opened the 1960's intervening in psychosis (1960) by Alfred Hitchcock, based on the novel by Robert Bloch. It had a body double for the famous shower scene.
In 1962 he divorced Tony Curtis, and was married to director Robert Brandt. The Messenger of fear (1962), John Frankenheimer, or Harper, private investigator (1966), Jack Smight, placed the actress back in the cinema of suspense. But also starred in comedies like these and others (1963), by John Rich, along with Van Johnson; and three on a couch (1966), directed by Jerry Lewis.
In the 1970s their star was turning, and directors began to call for small stellar roles (as Night of the Lepus, 1972, of William F. Claxton), and began to participate regularly in television shows ("The Horror Hall of Fame", 1990;) ("Hitchcock: Shadow of a Genius", 1999). In 1998 she starred in, along with his daughter Jamie Lee, Halloween H20, Steve Miner. Your surname in the film was Crane, the same as his character in psychosis.
With Tony Curtis had two daughters: Jamie Lee and Kelly Lee, both actresses.
1947: The Romance of Rosy Ridge; If Winter Comes. 1948: Words And Music; Hill of Home. 1949: Little women; The dynasty of the Forsyte; The Red Danube; How To Smuggle a Hernia Across the Border; Holiday Affair; The Doctor And The Girl; Act of Violence. 1951: Strictly Dishonorable; It's a Big Country; Two Tickets to Broadway; Angels in the Outfield. 1952: Scaramouche; Just This Once; Fearless Fagan. 1953: Walking My Baby Back Home; Colorado Jim; The Great Houdini; Confidentially Connie. 1954: The courageous Prince; Prisoner of his betrayal; Black breastplate; Living your life. 1955: My sister Elena; Pete Kelly's Blues. 1956: Safari. 1957: Love reaction. 1958: Thirst for evil; The Vikings; Free wedding vacation. 1960: Psychosis; Who was that girl?; Pepe. 1962: The Messenger of fear. 1963: A kiss for Birdie; They and the others. 1965: Kid Rodelo. 1966: Harper, research private; Three on a couch; Slaves of sin; The Spy in the Green Hat. 1968: Diamonds to go-go. 1969: Hello Down There. 1972: A woman without love; Night of the Lepus. 1979: Boardwalk. 1980: The fog. 1984: Terror in the Aisles. 1985: The Fantasy Film World of George Pal. 1993: das Ei.1998: Halloween H20; Unmasking the Horror. 2000: a Fate Totally Worse Than Death.
Works for television
1957: Schlitz Playhouse of Stars (episode: Carriage from Britain). 1963: The Andy Williams Show; Bob Hope Presents The Chrysler Theatre. 1966: The man from Uncle (episode: The Concrete Overcoat Affair). 1969: The Monk; Honeymoon with a Stranger. 1970: The House on Greenapple Road; The Virginian (episode: Jenny). 1971: Deadly Dream. 1973: Murdock completo Gang; Ghost Story (episode: Death completo Hand); Love Story (episode: Beginner completo Luck). 1975: Columbo: Forgotten Lady. 1977: The circus of the stars; Murder at the World Series; Telethon. 1978: Holiday at sea (episodes: Till Death Do Us Part, Maybe/Chubs/Locked Away). 1979: tribute to Alfred Hitchcock; Mirror, Mirror. 1982: Matt Huston (episode: Who Would Kill Ramona?).1985: Hitchcock: il brivido of genius. 1987: Murder, She Wrote (episode: Doom With a View). 1988: The Twilight Zone (episode: Rendezvous in a Dark Place). 1990: The Horror Hall of Fame. 1993: Okavango: The Last Frontier. 1997: Fatal obsession; Touched by an Angel (episode: Charades). 1999: Hitchcock: Shadow of a Genius. 2000: Howard Hughes: His Women And His Movies; Mary Pickford: A Life on Film. 2001: Family Law (episode: The Quality of Mercy).