Jennifer Jason Leigh
American actress
Jennifer Jason Leigh
Jennifer Jason Leigh is an American film and stage actress, best known for her roles in Fast Times at Ridgemont High, The Hudsucker Proxy, Single White Female, Last Exit to Brooklyn, Georgia and Short Cuts. She is also the co-writer and co-director of the film The Anniversary Party, made with fellow actor Alan Cumming.
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A Beginner's Guide To Isabelle Huppert
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Oscar Winners 2016 Include 'Spotlight,' Leonardo DiCaprio And Brie Larson
Huffington Post - 12 months
If you are reading this it means awards season is closed to or officially over. So let's take a deep breath. We made it.  Yes, the Oscars mark the end of awards season and it's sure to be quite the night. Chris Rock returns as host and is sure to give Hollywood what's coming to them.  On Sunday night, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences will honor what they deemed to be the best and brightest the film industry had to offer in 2015. At the start of the night, "The Revenant" led with 12 nominations, followed by "Mad Max: Fury Road" which nabbed 10. Meanwhile, "The Martian" garnered seven and "Spotlight," "Bridge of Spies" and "Carol" each collected six. Still, it could be anyone's night -- even Leonardo DiCaprio's since he's expected to finally score his first little gold man.  Check out the full list of Oscar Winners below: Best Picture "The Big Short"' "Bridge of Spies" "Brooklyn" "Mad Max: Fury Road" "The Martian" "The Revenant" "Room" "Spotlig ...
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Mya Taylor Just Became The First Transgender Performer To Win A Major Film Award
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Mya Taylor just made history: On Saturday afternoon, she became the first transgender performer to win a high-profile Hollywood accolade.  Honored for her work in "Tangerine," Taylor took home the Film Independent Spirit Award for Best Supporting Female. It marked the culmination of a lengthy awards season for the movie, whose distributor, Magnolia Pictures, staged a low-key Oscar campaign that also garnered Taylor a Gotham Award for Breakthrough Actor. At the Independent Spirit Awards, which recognize American movies made for less than $20 million, Taylor was up against Robin Bartlett (“H.”), Jennifer Jason Leigh (“Anomalisa”), Marin Ireland (“Glass Chin”) and Cynthia Nixon (“James White”). Her co-star, Kitana Kiki Rodriguez, was nominated for Best Female Lead, but lost to Brie Larson ("Room"). "There is transgender talent," Taylor said during her acceptance speech. "There's very beautiful transgender talent. So, you better get it out there and put it in your next movie." ...
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Jennifer Jason Leigh
CBS News - about 1 year
The Oscar-nominated actress stars in a Quentin Tarantino western and a stop-motion animated story of infidelity
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Watch: Jennifer Jason Leigh on Her First Oscar Nomination
ABC News - about 1 year
The acclaimed actress visits "GMA" live to discuss her role in Quentin Tarantino's "The Hateful Eight."
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Kirsten Dunst and Jennifer Jason Leigh Bask in Rodarte’s Spell
NYTimes - about 1 year
The Mulleavy sisters, favorites of indie-minded Hollywood starlets, showed a collection of frilled leather and sheer lace.
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'Daisy Is An Animal': Jennifer Jason Leigh On Her Comeback In 'The Hateful Eight'
NPR - about 1 year
Actress Jennifer Jason Leigh is back in the spotlight with an Oscar nomination for her role as a murderous woman in the movie The Hateful Eight. NPR's Kelly McEvers talks with her about being cast by Quentin Tarantino.
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Oscars 2016: To play that 'Hateful' woman Daisy, Jennifer Jason Leigh learned a new skill
LATimes - about 1 year
To suggest that after almost 40 years as a professional actor Jennifer Jason Leigh is excited about her first Oscar nomination for her role as Daisy Domergue in "The Hateful Eight" is something of an understatement. "The nomination from something that is so lovely to happen in my life, especially...
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Indie Focus: Looking ahead at the Sundance Film Festival
LATimes - about 1 year
Hello! I’m Mark Olsen, and welcome to your weekly field guide to a world of Only Good Movies. This week sees another new episode of the television program hosted by my colleague Rebecca Keegan and me on Ovation TV. This week we welcome Jane Fonda, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Isabella Rossellini and Joan...
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TV This Week, Jan. 24 - 30: 'The X-Files' and more
LATimes - about 1 year
SUNDAY The Patriots and the Broncos battle for the "AFC Championship" and the Panthers and the Cardinals face off in the "NFC Championship." Noon CBS; 3:30 p.m. Fox Jane Fonda, Joan Allen, Isabella Rossellini and Jennifer Jason Leigh take part in a supporting-actress roundtable on a new edition...
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Film Critique: 'Anomalisa,' (Co-Directors Charlie Kaufman, Duke Johnson)
Huffington Post - about 1 year
Ronald Tiersky January 2016 Film critique: "Anomalisa" (co-directors Charlie Kaufman and Duke Johnson, 2016) A review of a review: is Anthony Lane correct about 'Anomalisa'? This is an unsolicited review of noted New Yorker magazine film critic Anthony Lane's own review of the striking film, 'Anomalisa' ("Gloom and Doom," Jan. 18, p. 78). The issue goes back to intellectual currents of the 1950s and 60s involving the question whether modern man and woman are more the product of society or of the human condition. Was our predicament then, and still now, that "modern man is a mechanized being" who resembles "robotic dolls," that is, people "carved out and beaten down by a consumer society," which is Lane's understanding of Anomalisa? Or, as I perceive what Kaufman is up to, that modern man (or at least the defeated hero in this film) fails in the existential quest for human connection, becoming incurably solipsistic. Put differently, are we all the complete product of a syste ...
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So Little Time, So Many Possibilities
Huffington Post - about 1 year
A brilliant idea. That's what most creatives crave. For some, great ideas come naturally. For others, they arrive on a cloud of fortuitous timing, often resting on a foundation of intuition and introspection. Once a brilliant idea is within an artist's grasp, the next question is what to do with it. Should a creative person take it in one direction? Two directions? Three or four or more? Should an artist present a brilliant idea to trusted collaborators who can join in on bringing it to fruition? Or should an individual recognize that a seemingly brilliant idea might be more than s/he can handle? These are important questions to ask. While many in the arts stress that one learns the most through one's failures, two recent artistic mishaps drew lots of attention. Produced by the African Community Theatre under Kent State University's Department of Pan-African Studies, a recent production of The Mountaintop (a controversial play by Katori Hall) featured two actors alte ...
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Oscar Nominations Are on the Loose!
Huffington Post - about 1 year
It truly is a wonderful time of the year, Awards Season! With the Golden Globes behind us, on to the Oscars we go! The Oscars scream prestige, and lets be real, Oscars are the most celebrated of awards ceremonies. Movie fanatics and critics have been stroking their chins as to see who will make a special appearance on the 2016 Oscars Nominations for months. Well don't let your curiosity kill any cats, because the time has arrived, and the Academy is throwing kindness like confetti towards certain films. With so many wonderful motion pictures (Carol, Joy, Revenant), and so many remarkable performances to recognize (Leonardo DiCaprio for the love of god, Matt Damon, Rooney Mara,) there were of course some shocks and cold-shoulders when the list was released. But hey, it wouldn't be an awards ceremony if someone wasn't ecstatic and someone else totally irritated. So, with all being said, here are the movies and actors who will be killing I mean competing for the desirable golden statue ...
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The Latest: Jennifer Jason Leigh wakes up to an Oscar dream
Yahoo News - about 1 year
BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) — The latest on the 88th annual Oscar nominations announced Thursday in Beverly Hills, California, by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (all times local):
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Jennifer Jason Leigh
    FIFTIES
  • 2015
    Age 53
    Leigh, along with the rest of the cast, appeared at Comic-Con to promote the film in July 2015.
    More Details Hide Details Leigh's performance has received multiple award nominations at various award ceremonies, including her third Golden Globe nomination for Best Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture, her first BAFTA Award nomination for Best Actress in a Supporting Role and her first Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actress. In 1998, Leigh took on the lead role of Sally Bowles in Sam Mendes's Broadway revival of the musical Cabaret, succeeding Natasha Richardson who originated the role in Mendes's production. She succeeded Mary-Louise Parker in the lead role in Proof on Broadway in 2001. Her other theatrical appearances include The Glass Menagerie, Man of Destiny, The Shadow Box, Picnic, Sunshine, and Abigail's Party. In 2011, she played Bunny in the Broadway revival of House of Blue Leaves in New York City alongside Ben Stiller and Edie Falco.
    In 2015, Leigh starred in Quentin Tarantino's The Hateful Eight (2015).
    More Details Hide Details The film, a Western set in Wyoming after the Civil War, was released on December 25.
    In 2015, she received critical acclaim for her voice-work as Lisa in Charlie Kaufman's Anomalisa, and for her role as Daisy Domergue in Quentin Tarantino's The Hateful Eight, for which she was nominated for the Golden Globe, Critic's Choice, BAFTA and the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress.
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  • FORTIES
  • 2012
    Age 50
    She also joined Revenge on ABC, in 2012.
    More Details Hide Details Leigh has received three separate career tributes: at the Telluride Film Festival in 1993, a special award for her contribution to independent cinema from the Film Society of Lincoln Center in 2002, and a week-long retrospective of her film work held by the American Cinematheque at Los Angeles's Egyptian Theatre in 2001.
  • 2010
    Age 48
    Leigh filed for divorce on November 15, 2010, in Los Angeles, citing irreconcilable differences. She sought spousal support as well as primary custody of the couple's son, with visitation for Baumbach. The divorce was finalized in September 2013.
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  • 2009
    Age 47
    In 2009, Leigh was cast in the Showtime TV series Weeds, becoming a regular guest in the eighth season.
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  • 2008
    Age 46
    In recent years, Leigh appeared in the 2008 ensemble film Synecdoche, New York and has acted in two films written and directed by her then partner Noah Baumbach: Margot at the Wedding, costarring Nicole Kidman, and Greenberg.
    More Details Hide Details Leigh has said that the roles were not specifically written for her, as Baumbach does not write roles with actors in mind.
  • 2007
    Age 45
    In 2007, she starred in Margot at the Wedding, which was directed by her then-husband, Noah Baumbach.
    More Details Hide Details She had a recurring role on the Showtime television series Weeds as Jill Price-Gray.
  • 2005
    Age 43
    The couple married on September 2, 2005.
    More Details Hide Details Their son, Rohmer Emmanuel, was born on March 17, 2010.
    Her performance as a manipulative stage mother in Don McKellar's film Childstar won her a Genie Award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in 2005.
    More Details Hide Details After many years of wanting to be in a Todd Solondz movie, she appeared in Palindromes (2004). She also appeared in the psychological thriller The Jacket (2005), alongside Adrien Brody.
  • THIRTIES
  • 2001
    Age 39
    In 2001, Leigh co-wrote and co-directed The Anniversary Party, an independently produced feature film about a recently reconciled married couple who assemble their friends at their Hollywood Hills house, ostensibly to celebrate their sixth wedding anniversary.
    More Details Hide Details As the evening progresses, the party disintegrates into emotional confrontations and bitter arguments as the facade of their happy marriage crumbles. Leigh was inspired by her recent experience filming the low-budget Dogme 95 film The King Is Alive.
  • 1998
    Age 36
    In 1998, she appeared alongside Campbell Scott in the Hallmark Hall of Fame TV film The Love Letter.
    More Details Hide Details In David Cronenberg's eXistenZ (1999), she played a virtual-reality-game designer who becomes lost in her own creation. Leigh had a brief role as a doomed gangster's wife in Sam Mendes's Road to Perdition (2002) and costarred as Meg Ryan's brutally murdered sister in Jane Campion's erotic thriller In the Cut (2003). After a long period of avoiding prostitute roles, she played alongside Christian Bale as his prostitute girlfriend in the thriller The Machinist (2004). Mick LaSalle of the San Francisco Chronicle commented that "As the downtrodden, sexy, trusting and quietly funny prostitute, Leigh is, of course, in her element".
    For her stage work, Leigh was nominated for a Drama Desk award for her Off-Broadway performance as Beverly Moss in Mike Leigh's Abigail's Party. Leigh's Broadway debut occurred in 1998 when she became the replacement for the role of Sally Bowles in Cabaret.
    More Details Hide Details Leigh was born in Hollywood, California. Her father, Vic Morrow (born Victor Morozoff), was an actor, and her mother, Barbara Turner, was a screenwriter. Her parents divorced when she was two. Leigh's birth name was Jennifer Leigh Morrow. She changed her surname early in her acting career, taking the middle name "Jason" in honor of actor Jason Robards, a family friend. Leigh's parents were Jewish (their families were from Russia and Austria, respectively).
  • 1995
    Age 33
    Leigh has an older sister, Carrie Ann Morrow, who was credited as a "technical advisor" on her 1995 film Georgia.
    More Details Hide Details Leigh also has a half-sister, actress Mina Badie (born 'Badiyi' - from her mother's second marriage). Badie acted alongside Leigh in The Anniversary Party. Director Reza Badiyi became Leigh's stepfather when he married Leigh's mother, Barbara. Leigh worked in her first film at the age of nine. It was a nonspeaking role for the film Death of a Stranger (The Execution) (1973). At 14, Leigh attended acting workshops, taught by the esteemed Lee Strasberg, at the Stagedoor Manor Performing Arts Training Center in Loch Sheldrake, New York. Afterwards, she landed a role in the movie The Young Runaways (1978). She also appeared in an episode of Baretta and an episode of The Waltons. Several TV movies followed, including a portrayal of an anorexic teenager in The Best Little Girl in the World, for which Leigh dropped to under medical supervision.
    She starred in a 1995 film written by her mother, screenwriter Barbara Turner, titled Georgia.
    More Details Hide Details In 2001, she co-directed a film with Alan Cumming titled The Anniversary Party. In 2002, Leigh appeared in the crime-drama Road to Perdition.
  • 1993
    Age 31
    In 1993, Leigh appeared in the ensemble film Short Cuts, directed by Robert Altman and, in 1994, she starred in the Coen brothers' The Hudsucker Proxy.
    More Details Hide Details Leigh was nominated for a Golden Globe for her portrayal of Dorothy Parker in Mrs. Parker and the Vicious Circle (1994).
  • TWENTIES
  • 1991
    Age 29
    In 1991, she appeared in Ron Howard's Backdraft, and in 1992 she acted in the drama-thriller Single White Female.
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  • 1990
    Age 28
    Leigh continued performing past her teen years, receiving critical praise for her roles in the 1990 films Miami Blues and Last Exit to Brooklyn.
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  • 1989
    Age 27
    She was selected as one of "America's 10 Most Beautiful Women" by Harper's Bazaar magazine in 1989 and served as a jury member at the 57th Venice International Film Festival in 2000.
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  • TEENAGE
  • 1982
    Age 20
    In 1982, Leigh's father, Vic Morrow, was accidentally killed along with two child actors when a helicopter stunt went wrong while filming Twilight Zone: The Movie.
    More Details Hide Details Leigh and her sister filed a wrongful death lawsuit against Warner Bros. John Landis and Steven Spielberg. They settled out of court a year later and the terms of the settlement have never been made public. Leigh has described herself as shy, introverted and averse to Hollywood publicity, and scandal. Speaking about her roles in smaller, independent films, she said, "I'd much rather be in a movie that people have really strong feelings about than one that makes a hundred million dollars but you can't remember because it's just like all the others." She met independent film writer-director Noah Baumbach in 2001 while starring on Broadway in Proof.
    Her film breakthrough came in 1982 for her performance as Stacy Hamilton in Fast Times at Ridgemont High.
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  • 1981
    Age 19
    She made her big screen debut playing a blind, deaf, and mute rape victim in the 1981 slasher film Eyes of a Stranger, which she quit school to star in.
    More Details Hide Details In 1982, she played a teenager who gets pregnant in the Cameron Crowe-scripted high school comedy Fast Times at Ridgemont High, which served as a launching pad for several of its young stars. While decrying the writing as sexist and exploitative, Roger Ebert was enthusiastic about the acting, singling out Leigh and writing, "Don't they know they have a star on their hands?" With the exception of Ridgemont High and a supporting role in the Rodney Dangerfield comedy Easy Money, Leigh's early film work consisted of playing fragile, damaged or neurotic characters in low-budget horror or thriller genre films. She played a virginal princess kidnapped and raped by mercenaries in Flesh + Blood (1985), an innocent waitress pursued by the psychopathic title character in The Hitcher (1986) (both films pitting her opposite Rutger Hauer), and a young woman on the verge of a nervous breakdown in Heart of Midnight (1989).
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1962
    Age 0
    Born on February 5, 1962.
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