Janet Leigh Biography
Date of Birth July 6, 1927 Merced, California
Janet Leigh was born Jeanette Helen Morrison in Merced, California and grew up in Merced. The only child of Helen Lita and Frederick Robert Morrison. Leigh left the University of the Pacific, where she was studying music and psychology, after Wasserman secured a contract with MGM, despite having no acting experience.
Jeanette Helen Morrison, known professionally as Janet Leigh, was an American actress and author. She is best remembered for her performance in Psycho (1960), for which she was awarded the Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress and received an Academy Award nomination. Leigh was so traumatized by the film’s iconic shower scene that she went to great lengths to avoid showers for the rest of her life.By her marriage to actor Tony Curtis, she was the mother of Jamie Lee Curtis and Kelly Curtis.
Leigh died at her home on October 3, 2004, at the age of 77 after suffering a heart attack. She suffered from vasculitis and peripheral neuropathy, which caused her right hand to become gangrenous. She was cremated after death and her ashes are interred in a niche in Westwood Village Memorial Park Cemetery in Los Angeles, California.
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