Tony Curtis
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Touch of Evil
Jack Lemmon
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Frank Sinatra
Orson Welles
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John Payne (actor)
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Angela Lansbury
(Movies & TV)

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Janet Leigh

Knowledge Identifier: +Janet_Leigh


Janet Leigh

American actress add

Category: Movies & TV

Born in 1927.

Countries: United States (71%), United Kingdom (14%), California (4%)

Education: undef.

Main connections: Tony Curtis, Touch of Evil, Jack Lemmon

Linked to: University of the Pacific, Democratic Party, University of Southern California, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer




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Janet Leigh was born in 1927 add something


The marriage was annulled four months later, on December 28, 1942 add something


She got the role when performing Phyllis Thaxter's long speech in "Thirty Seconds Over Tokyo" for the head of the studio talent department in 1946 add something


In winter 1945, she was discovered by actress Norma Shearer, whose late husband Irving Thalberg had been a senior executive at Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer add something


She married Stanley Reames in 1945 and they were divorced in 1948 add something


Discovered by actress Norma Shearer, Leigh secured a contract with MGM and began her film career in 1947 add something


Immediately after the film's release, Leigh was cast opposite Walter Pidgeon and Deborah Kerr in "If Winter Comes" in the summer of 1947 add something


Leigh initially left college for a film career, but enrolled in night school at the University of Southern California in 1947 add something


Another film that Leigh was set to star in, before being replaced, was "Alias a Gentleman", in which she was cast in April 1947 add something


Furthermore, due to the box office success of "The Romance of Rosy Ridge", Leigh and Johnson were teamed up again in a film project called "The Life of Monty Stratton" in August 1947 add something


Bruce Marshall - His 1947 novel "Vespers in Vienna" was the basis of the 1949 film "The Red Danube" starring Walter Pidgeon, Ethel Barrymore, Peter Lawford, Angela Lansbury and Janet Leigh


Jack Lemmon - Lemmon's film debut was a bit part as a plasterer/painter in the 1949 film The Lady Takes a Sailor but he was not noticed until his official debut opposite Judy Holliday in the 1954 comedy It Should Happen to You. Lemmon worked with many legendary leading ladies, among them Marilyn Monroe, Natalie Wood, Betty Grable, Janet Leigh, Shirley_MacLaine, Romy Schneider, Doris Day, Kim Novak, Judy Holliday, Rita Hayworth, June Allyson, Virna Lisi, Ann-Margret, Sophia Loren and many more.


During the latter half of the 1950s, she played mostly dramatic roles in such films as "Safari" , "Touch of Evil" and "Psycho" , for which she was awarded the Golden Globe award for Best Supporting Actress and was nominated for the Academy award for Best Supporting Actress add something


She proved versatile, starring in films as diverse as the baseball farce "Angels in the Outfield" in 1951 and the tense western "The Naked Spur" in 1953 add something


Leigh married her third husband, Tony Curtis, on June 4, 1951 add something


Tony Curtis - His first wife was actress Janet Leigh, to whom he was married from 1951 to 1962, and with whom he fathered actresses Kelly and Jamie Lee Curtis


The Vikings (1958 film) - "The Vikings" was the third of five films in which husband-and-wife Tony Curtis and Janet Leigh starred together during their 11 year marriage from 1951 to 1962


Howard Pyle - The novel was adapted into a 1954 film entitled "The Black Shield of Falworth" starring Tony Curtis and Janet Leigh


Betty Garrett - Garrett was cast opposite Janet Leigh and Jack Lemmon in "My Sister Eileen", a 1955 musical remake of a 1942 film starring Rosalind Russell, when Judy Holliday dropped out of the project due to a contract dispute


Ruth McKenney - In 1955, Richard Quine directed a musical adaptation of the 1942 movie, again under the title "My Sister Eileen" starring Betty Garrett, Janet Leigh, and Jack Lemmon


By 1958, she moved to more complex roles add something


In 1958, Leigh starred in the Orson Welles film-noir classic "Touch of Evil" add something


Joanna Moore - In 1958, she had a small role in the film noir classic "Touch of Evil", with Orson Welles, Charlton Heston, Janet Leigh, and Marlene Dietrich


Leigh was a Democrat and appeared alongside Tony Curtis at the 1960 Democratic National Convention add something


Following their divorce in 1962, Leigh married stockbroker, Robert Brandt, in Las Vegas; they remained married until her death add something


Frank Sinatra - In 1962, he starred with Janet Leigh and Laurence Harvey in the political thriller, The Manchurian Candidate, playing Bennett Marco.


The Manchurian Candidate (1962 film) - "'The Manchurian Candidate"' is a 1962 American Cold War suspense thriller directed by John Frankenheimer that stars Frank Sinatra, Laurence Harvey and Janet Leigh and co-stars Angela Lansbury, Henry Silva and James Gregory


Jay Presson Allen - It would later be made into the film "Wives and Lovers" in 1963, starring Janet Leigh and Van Johnson


Some of her TV appearances include "The Man From U.N.C.L.E." two-part episode, "The Concrete Overcoat Affair", in 1966, and the "Murder, She Wrote" 1987 episode, "Doom with a View" add something


Ken Berry - Berry went on to star in the 1969 musical comedy "Hello Down There" as Mel Cheever, the nemesis to Tony Randall and Janet Leigh, and with Denver Pyle in 1976's in "Guardian of the Wilderness", the story of Galen Clark, the man who created Yosemite National Park


Rick Jason - Jason appeared on the NBC interview program "Here's Hollywood ", in the "Rawhide" episode "Incident in the Valley of Shadow", and co-starred in 1969 with George Maharis, Janet Leigh and Jack Albertson in the ABC movie "The Monk"


Ray Stricklyn - In 1973 he joined the public relations firm John Springer Associates in Los Angeles and became one of the most influential publicists in Hollywood , working with some of the biggest names in entertainment, including Henry Fonda, Shelley Winters, Janet Leigh, Elizabeth_Taylor, and Bette Davis


In 1975, Leigh played a retired Hollywood song and dance star opposite Peter Falk and John Payne in the "Columbo" episode "Forgotten Lady" add something


John Payne (actor) - His final role was in 1975, when he co-starred with Peter Falk and Janet Leigh in the "Columbo" episode "Forgotten Lady"


Touch of Evil - Originally scheduled to be premiered at the 1998 Cannes Film Festival with Janet Leigh, Walter_Murch, and Rick Schmidlin attending, the screening was canceled at the eleventh hour after threats of litigation from Welles's daughter, Beatrice Welles, who has issued similar threats against some parties who try to show or alter her father's work


Cooper Foundation - Despite an intensive grass-roots campaign by local preservationists, support by film actors and the movie industry including Kirk Douglas, Charlton Heston, Janet Leigh, Ray_Bradbury, the National Trust for Historic Preservation, and the American Society of Cinematographers, the owner, Nebraska Methodist Health Systems, Inc., went ahead with demolition on August 20, 2001, to make space available for a parking lot for its administration offices

Janet Leigh died in 2004 add something


Leigh was awarded an honorary Doctor of Fine Arts degree at the University of the Pacific in Stockton, California, California, on May 14, 2004 add something


Leigh died at her home on October 3, 2004, after suffering a heart attack add something


On October 13, 2006, Jamie Leigh Curtis and Kelly Curtis unveiled a bronze plaque of their mother to honor her early life in Stockton add something


Leigh was honored posthumously by University of the Pacific with the naming of the "Janet Leigh Theatre" on the Stockton campus on June 25, 2010 add something


Sacha Gervasi - In 2012, Gervasi rewrote and directed "Hitchcock" starring Anthony Hopkins as Alfred Hitchcock, Helen Mirren as his wife Alma, and Scarlett Johansson as Janet Leigh