Janet Leigh (born Jeanette Helen Morrison; July 6, 1927 October 3, 2004) was an American actress. Her most famous role was in Alfred Hitchcock's classic Psycho, for which she received a Golden Globe and was nominated for an Academy Award.
Janet Leigh in Touch of Evil (1958).Leigh's best-known role was as the morally ambiguous Marion Crane in the Alfred Hitchcock classic 1960 film Psycho. In spite of her outstanding performance as Crane, Leigh went through typecasting and spent most of her career doing guest appearances on TV shows. Her performance earned her a Golden Globe and an Academy award nomination. Years later, she wrote a book about the making of Psycho, in which she dispelled the urban legends which had popped up around it, notably, about the immortal "shower scene."
She had starring roles in many other films, including the Orson Welles film-noir classic Touch of Evil, 1962's The Manchurian Candidate with Frank Sinatra and the 1963 musical Bye Bye Birdie based on the hit Broadway show.
In 1975, Leigh played a retired Hollywood song and dance star opposite Peter Falk and John Payne in Columbo: Forgotten Lady. She also appeared in two horror films with her daughter, Jamie Lee Curtis, playing a major role in The Fog (1980), and making a brief appearance in Halloween H20: 20 Years Later (1998).
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