Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Happy Birthday to Janet Leigh

On this day in 1927, Janet Leigh was born in Merced, CA. In the winter of 1945 Leigh was discovered by actress Norma Shearer helping Leigh to secure a contract with Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios in Hollywood. She made her screen apperance in 1947 in The Romance of Rosy Ridge opposite Van Johnson.

In the course of her career she starred in a number of different films; some of which included Little Women (1949), If Winter Comes (1947), The Stratton Story (1949), Touch of Evil (1958), and most notably Psycho (1960).

In 1951 Leigh married actor Tony Curtis and had two daughters; actresses Jamie Lee Curtis and Kelly Curtis. The marriage ended in 1962. She also was on the board of directors for the Motion Picture and Television Foundation. She appeared with her daughter Jaime in two horror films, The Fog (1980) and Halloween H20: 20 Years Later (1998).

On October 3, 2004 Janet Leigh died in Los Angeles, CA from cardiac arrest. She had been suffering from vascutilis and peripheral neuropathy. She was laid to rest in Westwood Memorial Park in Los Angeles, CA.

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