Janet Leigh: A Biography

Janet Leigh: A Biography

by Michelangelo Capua


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For the first decade of her career Leigh appeared as the stereotypical “nice girl.” She was cast opposite some of the industry’s biggest names including Robert Mitchum in Holiday Affair, Stewart Granger in Scaramouche, James Stewart in The Naked Spur, and Charlton Heston in Touch of Evil. Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho supplied her most memorable role: Marion Crane, who is murdered before the picture is half over. The part earned Leigh an Academy Award nomination. From 1951 to 1962, Leigh was married to favorite co-star Tony Curtis. They had two daughters, Kelly and Jamie Lee Curtis, both of whom followed in their parents’ professional footsteps.
This book reveals and reflects upon Janet Leigh’s life and career and also extensively analyzes her films and television appearances.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780786470228
Publisher: McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
Publication date: 03/08/2013
Pages: 260
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.20(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Michelangelo Capua is the author of several McFarland biographies of Hollywood film stars. He lives in London.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents

Preface 1

 1. Jeanette Helen Morrison 5

 2. Cinderella in Hollywood 19

 3. Tony 40

 4. A Darling Couple 55

 5. Scenes from a Marriage 73

 6. Orson Welles 82

 7. Shower Time 95

 8. Hard Times 106

 9. Living and Loving 116

10. New Horizons 131

Filmography 149


  A. Television Appearances 212

  B. Documentaries 223

  C. Archive Footage Appearances 223

  D. Newsreels and Other Appearances 225

  E. Stage Appearances 227

  F. Radio Programs 228

  G. Literary Works 231

  H. Recordings 231

  I. Awards and Honors 232

Chapter Notes 234

Bibliography 239

Index 244

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