Happy Birthday: Janet Leigh (1927-2004)

Janet Leigh… if you don’t know her name, you most definitely know her work (as well as her famous family). Janet Leigh made her screen debut in 1947 and hit the ground running quickly. By 1949, Leigh co-starred in an MGM retelling of Little Women opposite some of her most legendary cinematic contemporaries: June Allyson, Elizabeth Taylor and Margaret O’Brien.

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Leigh’s work picked up throughout the 1950s. However, she is probably best known for a little 1960 horror movie she stared in from legendary director Alfred Hitchcock. Leigh broke cinematic ground as Marion Crane in Psycho, which shook the filmic landscape of the period.

She continued working for much of the following three decades, last appearing on-screen in 2005.

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Leigh is also known as the mother of actress Jamie Lee Curtis with her equally A-list husband Tony Curtis.

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