Janet Leigh: A Biography by Michelangelo Capua

By Michelangelo Capua

For the 1st decade of her profession Leigh seemed because the stereotypical "nice girl." She was once solid contrary a number of the industry's largest names together with Robert Mitchum in vacation Affair, Stewart Granger in Scaramouche, James Stewart within the bare Spur, and Charlton Heston in contact of Evil. Alfred Hitchcock's Psycho provided her such a lot memorable function: Marion Crane, who's murdered earlier than the image is part over. The half earned Leigh an Academy Award nomination. From 1951 to 1962, Leigh was once married to favourite co-star Tony Curtis. they'd daughters, Kelly and Jamie Lee Curtis, either one of whom of their parents' specialist footsteps.
This ebook finds and displays upon Janet Leigh's lifestyles and profession and in addition widely analyzes her motion pictures and tv appearances.

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It became one of the many “home movies” produced under the fictitious company name Gae-Ron Productions, named after Lewis’ children Gary and Ronnie. Another production Lewis co-wrote that included Janet and Tony was How to Smuggle a Hernia Across the Border. It was a funny story inspired by Dean Martin’s wartime personal problems with a hernia. “A lot of us would gather there and make these funny movies,” Janet recalled. “And we would then all go and have dinner, and we would go back and continue our shoot the next day.

The only good thing about Words and Music was they had Janet Leigh play my wife. 10 Through Lillian Burns, who was still tutoring her with daily acting lessons, Janet met actor Barry Nelson. A handsome man ten years her senior, Nelson was making a film called Undercover Maisie (1947). He and Janet started to spend a lot of time together, rehearsing scenes from famous plays and discussing acting techniques. At the same time Janet’s marriage was slowly disintegrating. Stan was frustrated that his musical aspirations had remained unfulfilled, and that he was making a living doing a job he disliked.

Von Sternberg accepted the restrictions, recognizing immediately Hughes’ own objectives: Janet and a collection of new jet-planes. ” “He was a very difficult man,” Janet recalled. “I am an easy-going person but he had the most quietly infuriating way of saying something…. ”41 Though von Sternberg finished shooting in seven weeks, the cast was brought in months later for additional scenes. Hughes 36 JANET LEIGH was dissatisfied with the result. Director Nicholas Ray was then brought in to shoot more scenes, and Furthman’s script was further diluted.

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