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Janet Leigh
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Jeanette Helen Morrison

July 6, 1927(1927-07-06)
DiedOctober 3, 2004(2004-10-03) (aged 77)
Years active1946–2004
Spouse(s)John Carlisle (1942–1942)
Stanley Reames (1945–1949)
Tony Curtis (1951–1962)
Robert Brandt (1962–2004)
ChildrenKelly Curtis
Jamie Lee Curtis

Jeanette Helen Morrison (July 6, 1927 – October 3, 2004), known professionally as Janet Leigh, was an American actress and author. She is best known for her role in Psycho, for which she won a Golden Globe Award and was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress.

Early life

Leigh was born in Merced, California, and grew up in Merced. She was the only child of Helen Lita (née Westergaard) and Frederick Robert Morrison. Her birth name was Jeanette Helen Morrison. Her maternal grandparents were immigrants from Denmark.[1] In winter 1945, she was discovered by actress Norma Shearer, whose late husband Irving Thalberg had been a senior executive at Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.

Marriage and family

Leigh married actor Tony Curtis in 1951. They had two daughters, actresses Kelly Curtis (born 1956) and Jamie Lee Curtis (born 1958). The couple divorced in 1962.


Leigh died on October 3, 2004 of vasculitis in Beverly Hills, California, aged 77.


  1. There/Hollywood, page 6, 1985, by Janet Leigh

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