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Janet Leigh (1927–2004)

Janet Leigh was the only child of a couple who often moved from town to town. Living in apartments, Janet was a bright child who skipped several grades and finished high school when she was 15. A lonely child, she would spend much of her time at movie theaters. She was a student, studying music and psychology, at the University of the Pacific ... See full bio »

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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 7 wins & 4 nominations. See more awards »

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Psycho Marion Crane
Touch of Evil
Touch of Evil Susan Vargas
The Manchurian Candidate
The Manchurian Candidate Eugenie Rose Chaney
The Fog
The Fog Kathy Williams


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 2005 Bad Girls from Valley High
Mrs. Witt
 2001 Family Law (TV Series)
Mary Sawyer
- The Quality of Mercy (2001) ... Mary Sawyer
 1998 In My Sister's Shadow (TV Movie)
Kay Connor
 1997 Touched by an Angel (TV Series)
Vera King
- Charades (1997) ... Vera King
 1993 Das Ei (Short)
Das Ei (voice)
 1989 The Twilight Zone (TV Series)
Barbara LeMay
- Rendezvous in a Dark Place (1989) ... Barbara LeMay
 1987 Murder, She Wrote (TV Series)
Cornelia Montaigne Harper
- Doom with a View (1987) ... Cornelia Montaigne Harper
 1986 Starman (TV Series)
Antonia Weyburn
- Society's Pet (1986) ... Antonia Weyburn
 1985 On Our Way (TV Movie)
Kate Walsh
 1978-1985 The Love Boat (TV Series)
Joan Philipps / Gail
- Instinct/Unmade for Each Other/BOS (1985) ... Joan Philipps
 1982-1984 Tales of the Unexpected (TV Series)
Joan Stackpole
- I Like It Here in Wilmington (1984) ... (uncredited)
- Light Fingers (1982) ... Joan Stackpole
 1979-1982 Fantasy Island (TV Series)
Suzanne King / Carol Gates
- Roller Derby Dolls/Thanks a Million (1982) ... Suzanne King
 1982 Matt Houston (TV Series)
Ramona Launders
- Who Would Kill Ramona? (1982) ... Ramona Launders
 1979 Boardwalk
Florence Cohen
 1979 Mirror, Mirror (TV Movie)
Millie Gorman
 1977 Telethon (TV Movie)
Elaine Cotten
 1977 Murder at the World Series (TV Movie)
Karen Weese
 1975 Columbo (TV Series)
Grace Wheeler Willis
- Forgotten Lady (1975) ... Grace Wheeler Willis
 1975 Movin' On (TV Series)
Nina Smith
- Weddin' Bells (1975) ... Nina Smith
 1973 Love Story (TV Series)
- Beginner's Luck (1973) ... Leonie
 1973 Murdock's Gang (TV Movie)
Laura Talbot
 1973 Circle of Fear (TV Series)
- Death's Head (1973) ... Carol
 1972 Two Is a Happy Number
Gert Meredith
 1971 The Deadly Dream (TV Movie)
Laurel Hanley
 1971 My Wives Jane (TV Movie)
Jane Franklin
 1971 The Name of the Game (TV Series)
Glory Bates
- The Man Who Killed a Ghost (1971) ... Glory Bates
 1970 Bracken's World (TV Series)
Maggie Morgan
- The Anonymous Star (1970) ... Maggie Morgan
 1970 The Virginian (TV Series)
Jenny Davis
- Jenny (1970) ... Jenny Davis
 1970 House on Greenapple Road (TV Movie)
Marian Ord
 1969 Honeymoon with a Stranger (TV Movie)
Sandra Latham
 1969 The Monk (TV Movie)
Janice Barnes
 1969 Hello Down There
Vivian Miller
 1968 The Danny Thomas Hour (TV Series)
Liza Merrick
- One for My Baby (1968) ... Liza Merrick
 1967 The Jerry Lewis Show (TV Series)
- Episode #1.4 (1967)
 1967 Grand Slam
Mary Ann
 1964-1966 Bob Hope Presents the Chrysler Theatre (TV Series)
Virginia Ballard / Carol Hartley
- Dear Deductible (1966) ... Virginia Ballard
- Murder in the First (1964) ... Carol Hartley
 1966 See You in Hell, Darling
Cherry McMahon
 1966 Three on a Couch
Dr. Elizabeth Acord
 1966 Kid Rodelo
 1963 Wives and Lovers
Bertie Austin
 1960 Pepe
Janet Leigh
 1958 The Perfect Furlough
Lt. Vicki Loren
 1957 Schlitz Playhouse (TV Series)
 1956 Safari
 1954 Rogue Cop
Karen Stephanson
 1953 Walking My Baby Back Home
Chris Hall
 1953 Confidentially Connie
Connie Bedloe
 1952 Fearless Fagan
Abby Ames
 1952 Just This Once
Lucy Duncan
 1951 It's a Big Country: An American Anthology
Rosa Szabo Xenophon
 1949 Holiday Affair
 1949 The Doctor and the Girl
Evelyn 'Taffy' Heldon
 1949 The Red Danube
Olga Alexandrova / Maria Buhlen
 1949 Little Women
 1947 The Romance of Rosy Ridge
Lissy Anne MacBean
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Autobiography: "There Was Really a Hollywood" See more »

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2 Print Biographies | 1 Portrayal | 3 Interviews | 14 Articles | 13 Pictorials | 13 Magazine Cover Photos | See more »


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[on working with Alfred Hitchcock] Hitch relished scaring me. When we were making Psycho (1960), he experimented with the mother's corpse, using me as his gauge. I would return from lunch, open the door to the dressing room and propped up in my chair would be this hideous monstrosity. The horror in my scream, registered on his Richter scale, decided which dummy he'd use as the Madame. See more »


She was awarded an Honorary Doctor of Fine Arts degree at University of the Pacific in Stockton, California on May 14, 2004. She delivered an inspirational speech to graduating students, faculty, and administrators in accepting her award. Author Maxine Hong Kingston and US Solicitor General Ted Olson were also awarded honorary degrees on the same day. See more »


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