About Janet Leigh
Janet Leigh, born Jeanette Helen Morrison, was a well-known American actress, dancer, author, and singer.
Janet Leigh received the prestigious Golden Globe Award for her role in the suspense film, 'Psycho'. Leigh was also nominated for an Academy Award for her performance in the film.
Kelly Cutis and Jamie Lee Curtis are her children. Norma Shearer, a renowned actress, helped Leigh get her first break in the industry. Leigh made her debut on radio in 1946 and signed a contract with MGM in 1947.
Janet Leigh had a big presence in numerous important box-office blockbuster movies of all genres throughout her career as an actor, including 'The Naked Spur', 'Act of Violence', 'Angels In The Outfield', 'Little Women', 'Living It Up', and 'Scaramouche'.
Janet's marriage to actor, Tony Curtis, made the news multiple times, until they divorced in 1962. Leigh opted to end her acting career the same year. She did feature in a few significant films later on, but they were few and far between. Leigh died in 2004, following a year-long fight with an illness caused by blood vessel inflammation.
Janet Leigh Net Worth, Earnings & Spending Habits
What was Janet Leigh’s net worth?
Janet Leigh's net worth was $20 million. Her net worth was primarily derived from her multiple successful film appearances.
How much did Janet Leigh earn per year?
Janet Leigh worked as a lead actress and a supporting actress in many movies and television series. As such, her annual income would vary depending on her different roles.
Height, Age & Physical Attributes
How tall was Janet Leigh?
Janet Leigh was 5 ft 6 in (166 cm) tall.
How old was Janet Leigh?
Janet Leigh was born on July 6, 1927, and died on October 3, 2004, when she was 77 years old, after a battle with vasculitis.
Childhood And Education
Jeanette Helen Morrison, the only child of Helen Lita and Frederick Robert Morrison, was born on July 6, 1927, in Merced, California. Leigh's family moved to Stockton shortly after her birth, where she spent her childhood. Her father struggled to sustain the family with his manufacturing job and took numerous extra jobs following the Great Depression. As such, she was raised in poverty.
Leigh was reared as a Presbyterian and spent her youth singing in the local church chorus. When her paternal grandfather got terminally sick in 1941, the family migrated to Merced and moved into her grandparents' home.
She went to Weber Grammar School in Stockton and then to Stockton High School. Leigh excelled in school and graduated from high school at 16 years old. In September 1943, Leigh enrolled at the College of the Pacific (now University of the Pacific), where she majored in Music and Psychology.
Norma Shearer noticed Leigh's sharp acting skills in 1946 and offered her an MGM contract. Lew Wasserman, a talent agent, was shown a photograph of Leigh by Shearer. This photo was shot when she was on vacation at Sugar Bowl, a ski resort where her parents used to work.
Leigh was studying Psychology and Music at the College of the Pacific when she got a job with MGM. She debuted in the acting industry with no prior experience, thanks to the guidance of renowned theater instructor, Lillian Burns.
Family, Romance, And Relationships
Who was Janet Leigh’s partner?
On August 1, 1942, Leigh married John Kenneth Carlisle. The marriage lasted four months before being annulled on December 28, 1942, as she had claimed to be 18 at the time, but was only 15.
On October 5, 1945, she married Stanley Reames. She was 18 years old at the time and the marriage lasted nearly 4 years, before the couple divorced on September 7, 1949.
Leigh married for the third time when she chose to marry actor, Tony Curtis, in 1951. She had two children, Kelly, and Jamie Lee. Both of their daughters went on to have great careers as actresses. Her marriage to Tony Curtis ended in divorce in 1962, when Tony Curtis served her with divorce papers on the set of 'The Manchurian Candidate'.
Following that, Leigh married Robert Brandt, a renowned stockbroker in Las Vegas. She was committed to him for 42 years, before her death in 2004.
Career And Professional Highlights
Best Known For…
Prior to her film debut, Leigh appeared as a guest star on the radio drama anthology, 'The Cresta Blanca Hollywood Players'. At the age of 19, she made her first radio performance in 'All Through the House', a Christmas special that aired on December 24, 1946. She made her film debut as the romantic interest of box office star, Van Johnson's character, in the big-budget Civil War drama, 'The Romance Of Rosy Ridge' (1947). She earned the part after giving the head of the studio talent department a performance of Phyllis Thaxter's big speech in 'Thirty Seconds Over Tokyo'.
During filming, Leigh's name was changed from Jeanette Reames, to Janet Leigh, and then back to her real name, Jeanette Morrison, since the studio feared Janet Leigh might be confused with actress Vivien Leigh. Johnson, however, did not like the name and it was eventually changed back to Janet Leigh.
Leigh gained great recognition for her performance as a nun in the anti-communist movie 'The Red Danube', which was followed by a part as Glenn Ford's love interest in 'The Doctor And The Girl'. Other 1949 roles, include playing June Forsyte in 'That Forsyte Woman' (1949), with Greer Garson and Errol Flynn, and co-starring with Robert Mitchum in the RKO-produced 'Holiday Affair' (1949). In December of that year, she began production on Josef von Sternberg's adventure movie 'Jet Pilot', in which she played the female protagonist opposite John Wayne. Due to producer Howard Hughes' frequent re-editing, the picture would be delayed for over eight years before it was released.
She starred in the critically praised comedy, 'Fearless Fagan' (1952), about a clown recruited into the military, and then in the Western, 'The Naked Spur' (1953), alongside James Stewart.
Leigh was a member of the Motion Picture and Television Foundation's board of directors, which provides medical services to performers.
What awards did Janet Leigh win?
Aside from her Golden Globe win for Best Supporting Actress and her Academy Award nomination for the same role, Leigh received a number of additional honors.
She was also awarded an honorary degree of Doctor of Fine Arts from the University of the Pacific in Stockton, California.
Janet Leigh’s Hobbies And Interests
Janet Leigh released the non-fiction book, 'Psycho: Behind The Scenes Of A Classic Thriller', in 1995. 'House Of Destiny', her debut fiction novel, was released in 1996, and portrayed the lives of two friends who formed an empire that would change the direction of the Hollywood history. The success of the book generated a sequel, 'The Dream Factory' (2002), which was set in Hollywood.
Other Interesting Janet Leigh Facts And Trivia
- Janet Leigh, a long-time Democrat, backed John F. Kennedy in the 1960 US presidential election and Lyndon B. Johnson in 1964 US presidential election.
- Janet Leigh died on October 3, 2004, at the age of 77, in her Beverly Hills home, after a long struggle with vasculitis.
- To honor Janet Leigh she was awarded with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 1960.
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