List of Janet Leigh performances

Janet Leigh was an American actress of film, television, stage, and radio, whose career spanned over five decades. Discovered by actress Norma Shearer, Leigh began her career appearing in several popular films for MGM which spanned a wide variety of genres, including Act of Violence (1948), Little Women (1949), Angels in the Outfield (1951), Scaramouche (1952), The Naked Spur (1953), and Living It Up (1954).

Leigh in 1949

In the latter part of the 1950s, Leigh had supporting roles in Safari (1956), and Orson Welles‘s film noir Touch of Evil (1958). She went on to gain lasting recognition for her portrayal of the doomed Marion Crane in Alfred Hitchcock‘s horror film Psycho (1960), which earned her a Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress and an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actress.[1]

In 1962, she starred in the thriller The Manchurian Candidate, before deciding to scale back her career. Leigh continued to appear in films intermittently throughout the 1960s, with roles in Bye Bye Birdie (1963) and Harper (1966). She began to appear in television frequently in the 1970s, and had roles in such films as Night of the Lepus (1972) and Boardwalk (1979). In 1975, she made her Broadway debut in a production of Murder Among Friends. Leigh subsequently starred in two horror films with her daughter, Jamie Lee Curtis: John Carpenter‘s The Fog (1980) and Halloween H20: 20 Years Later (1998).

Her last film role was in the comedy Bad Girls from Valley High, filmed in 2000 and released posthumously. Leigh died in 2004 of vasculitis, aged 77.

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Year Title Role Director(s) Notes Ref.
1947 The Romance of Rosy Ridge Lissy Anne MacBean Ray Rowland [2]
If Winter Comes Effie Bright Victor Saville [3]
1948 Hills of Home Margit Mitchell Fred M. Wilcox Alternative titles: Danger in the Hills and Master of Lassie [4]
Words and Music Dorothy Feiner Rodgers Norman Taurog [5]
1949 How to Smuggle a Hernia Across the Border Herself Jerry Lewis Short film [6]
Act of Violence Edith Enley Fred Zinnemann [7]
Little Women Meg March Mervyn LeRoy [8]
The Red Danube Maria Buhlen George Sidney [9]
The Doctor and the Girl Evelyn Heldon Curtis Bernhardt Alternative title: Bodies and Souls [10]
That Forsyte Woman June Forsyte Compton Bennett Alternative title: The Forsyte Saga [11]
Holiday Affair Connie Ennis Don Hartman [12]
1951 Strictly Dishonorable Isabelle Perry [13]
Angels in the Outfield Jennifer Paige Clarence Brown [14]
Two Tickets to Broadway Nancy Peterson James V. Kern [15]
It’s a Big Country Rosa Szabo Xenophon Charles Vidor Third segment [16]
1952 Just This Once Lucy Duncan Don Weis [17]
Scaramouche Aline de Gavrillac de Bourbon George Sidney [18]
Fearless Fagan Abby Ames Stanley Donen [19]
1953 The Naked Spur Lina Patch Anthony Mann [20]
Confidentially Connie Connie Bedloe Edward Buzzell [20]
Houdini Bess Houdini George Marshall [21]
Walking My Baby Back Home Chris Hall Lloyd Bacon [22]
1954 Prince Valiant Princess Aleta Henry Hathaway [23]
Living It Up Wally Cook Norman Taurog [24]
The Black Shield of Falworth Lady Anne Rudolph Maté [25]
Rogue Cop Karen Stephanson Roy Rowland [26]
1955 Pete Kelly’s Blues Ivy Conrad Jack Webb [27]
My Sister Eileen Eileen Sherwood Richard Quine [28]
1956 Safari Linda Latham Terence Young [29]
1957 Jet Pilot Lt. Anna Marladovna Shannon
Olga Orlief
Josef von Sternberg Filmed in 1949 [30]
1958 Touch of Evil Susan Vargas Orson Welles [31]
The Vikings Morgana Richard Fleischer [32]
The Perfect Furlough Lt. Vicki Loren Blake Edwards [33]
1960 Who Was That Lady? Ann Wilson George Sidney [34]
Psycho Marion Crane Alfred Hitchcock [35]
Pepe Herself George Sidney [36]
1962 The Manchurian Candidate Eugenie Rose Chaney John Frankenheimer [37]
1963 Bye Bye Birdie Rosie DeLeon George Sidney [38]
Wives and Lovers Bertie Austin John Rich [39]
1966 Kid Rodelo Nora Richard Carlson [40]
Harper Susan Harper Jack Smight Alternative title: The Moving Target [41]
Three on a Couch Dr. Elizabeth Acord Jerry Lewis [42]
An American Dream Cherry McMahon Robert Gist Alternative title: See You in Hell, Darling [43]
1967 The Spy in the Green Hat Miss Diketon Joseph Sargent Re-edited from episodes of The Man from U.N.C.L.E. [44]
Grand Slam Mary Ann Giuliano Montaldo Alternative title: Ad ogni costo [45]
1969 Hello Down There Vivian Miller Alternative title: Sub-A-Dub-Dub [46]
1972 One Is a Lonely Number Gert Meredith Mel Stuart Alternative title: Two Is a Happy Number [47]
Night of the Lepus Gerry Bennett William F. Claxton Alternative title: Rabbits [47]
1979 Boardwalk Florence Cohen Stephen Verona [48]
1980 The Fog Kathy Williams John Carpenter [49]
1985 The Fantasy Film Worlds of George Pal Herself Arnold Leibovit Documentary film [50]
1998 Halloween H20: 20 Years Later Norma Watson Steve Miner [49]
2005 Bad Girls from Valley High Edwina Witt John T. Kretchmer Filmed in 2000; released posthumously [51]

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