Janet Leigh

Born Jul 6, 1927

Janet Leigh was an American actress. She was the mother of Kelly Curtis and Jamie Lee Curtis. Discovered by actress Norma Shearer, Leigh secured a contract with MGM and began her film career in 1947. She appeared in several popular films over the following decade, including Little Women (1949), Holiday Affair (1949), Angels in the Outfield (1951), and Living It Up (1954).… Read More

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1927 Birth Born on July 6, 1927.


1942 15 Years Old At the age of 15 (pretending to be 18) Leigh married 18-year-old John Kenneth Carlisle in Reno, Nevada, on August 1, 1942. The marriage was annulled four months later, on December 28, 1942.
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…  In winter 1945, she was discovered by actress Norma Shearer, whose late husband Irving Thalberg had been a senior executive at Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer. … Read More
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Prior to beginning her movie career, Leigh was a guest star on the radio dramatic anthology The Cresta Blanca Hollywood Players. Her initial appearance on radio at age 19 was in the program's production "All Through the House," December 24, 1946.


Discovered by actress Norma Shearer, Leigh secured a contract with Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer and made her film debut with a starring role in The Romance of Rosy Ridge in 1947. … Read More
1948 21 Years Old In late 1948, Leigh was hailed the "No. 1 glamour girl" of Hollywood, although known for her polite, generous and down-to-earth persona. Many movies followed, notably the 1949 box-office hits Little Women, based on the novel by Louisa May Alcott, and Holiday Affair with Robert Mitchum.
1949 22 Years Old In October 1949, Leigh began filming the Cold War action film Jet Pilot with John Wayne. … Read More
After two brief marriages as a teenager, Leigh married actor Tony Curtis in 1951, and they had two children together, Jamie Lee Curtis and Kelly Curtis. … Read More
1955 28 Years Old In 1955, Leigh played the title role in the musical comedy My Sister Eileen, co-starring Jack Lemmon, Betty Garrett and Dick York.
1956 29 Years Old Her initial roles were ingenues based on characters from historical literature, for example in Scaramouche opposite Stewart Granger. By 1956, she moved to more complex roles, such as the role of Linda Latham in Safari opposite Victor Mature. … Read More


1958 31 Years Old In 1958, Leigh starred as Susan Vargas in the Orson Welles film noir classic Touch of Evil (1958) with Charlton Heston, a film with numerous similarities to Alfred Hitchcock's later film Psycho, which was produced two years after Touch of Evil. … Read More
1962 35 Years Old On September 15, 1962, Leigh married stockbroker Robert Brandt.
1966 39 Years Old She did portray Paul Newman's estranged wife in the 1966 private-detective story, Harper.


1967 40 Years Old Leigh worked primarily in television from 1967 onward. … Read More
1970 43 Years Old 1 More Event
She also starred in several made-for-TV films, most notably the off-length (135 minutes instead of the usual 100) The House on Greenapple Road, which premiered on ABC in January 1970 to high ratings. … Read More
1973 46 Years Old In 1973, she appeared in the episode "Beginner's Luck" of the romantic anthology series Love Story. … Read More


1995 68 Years Old In 1995, she published the non-fiction book Psycho: Behind the Scenes of the Classic Thriller.
1996 69 Years Old In 1996, she published her first novel, House of Destiny, which explored the lives of two friends who forged an empire that would change the course of Hollywood’s history. … Read More
They remained married for 42 years until her death in 2004. … Read More
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