Leigh, Janet

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Leigh, Janet Gender: F
Jeanette Helen Morrison
born on 6 July 1927 at 14:15 (= 2:15 PM )
Place Merced, California, 37n18, 120w29
Timezone PST h8w (is standard time)
Data source
BC/BR in hand
Rodden Rating AA
Collector: Wilsons
Astrology data s_su.18.gif s_cancol.18.gif 13°49' s_mo.18.gif s_libcol.18.gif 12°38 Asc.s_scocol.18.gif 08°21'

Janet Leigh


American actress and author famous for her shower scene in classic horror film "Psycho" in 1960. Directed by Alfred Hitchcock, Leigh turned in a stunning performance, shocking audiences with the most terrifying stabbing scene in movie history. Leigh started her film career in 1947 playing sweet ingénue roles opposite Van Johnson, Kirk Douglas and Tony Curtis. The publicity generated by her marriage to Tony Curtis received as much attention as the Korean War.

Her proud father displayed a photograph of his pretty teenage daughter on his desk in a ski lodge, drawing attention from celebrity skiers. Actress Norma Shearer sent the photograph to Lew Wasserman, the president of the MCA talent agency. Hollywood believed Leigh would be a new attractive star for the MGM studios. In 1946, at the age of 19, she went to Hollywood and signed under Louis B. Mayer for a $50-a-week contract. The debut film showcasing her innocent persona was "The Romance of Rosie Ridge" with Van Johnson.

Impressed with her vulnerable and sweet screen appearance, she was soon making many films such as "Little Women," 1949, "That Forsythe Woman," 1950, "Scaramouche," 1952 and "The Vikings" in 1958. Even though she appeared to be a successful actress in the '50s and early '60s, Leigh was too shy to solicit for the roles she wanted to play. Lacking salesmanship and hesitating before studio executives, Leigh lost strong female leads. The three films Leigh considers her finest are Orson Welles' 1958 film "Touch of Evil," Hitchcock's "Psycho," and "The Manchurian Candidate," 1962. After she started her family with actor Tony Curtis, Leigh decided to retire from her film career. Her last picture release was "The Fog" in 1980.

Before Leigh arrived in Hollywood, she had been twice married. At 14, she eloped to Reno, NV with her first husband, Kenneth Carlyle. The marriage was annulled a few months later. At 18, she married musician Stanley Reames and divorced three years later, in 1948. Married to her third husband, Tony Curtis in 1951, they lived a Beverly Hills celebrity marriage with much fanfare. The couple had two daughters, Kelly Lee in 1956 and Jamie Lee in 1958. Given all the publicity, the marriage ended in 1961 after Curtis left her for 17-year-old actress, Christine Kaufmann. Leigh married a fourth time, to stockbroker Bob Brandt in 1964.

President Lyndon Johnson asked Leigh in 1964 to be the ambassador to Finland after her hard work in South America for the U.S. Information Service. She turned the appointment down in order to spend the time with her two young daughters and her new husband.

In 1995, Leigh switched careers and took up writing with the publication of her book, co-authored by Christopher Nickens, "Psycho: Behind the Scenes" and her first novel, "House of Destiny." She has always kept a diary of names, dates and facts about her life which she used to write her autobiography, "There Really Was a Hollywood."

The legend persists that, terrified of being vulnerable in taking showers, Leigh personally only takes baths.

On October 3, 2004, the 77-year old actress died at her home in Beverly Hills, CA. The cause of death was vasculitis, a condition from which the actress had suffered for the past year.

Link to Wikipedia biography


  • associate relationship with Hitchcock, Alfred (born 13 August 1899). Notes: "Psycho"
  • parent->child relationship with Curtis, Kelly (born 17 June 1956)
  • spouse relationship with Curtis, Tony (born 3 June 1925). Notes: Bitter
  • compare to chart of Shearer, Norma (born 11 August 1902). Notes: Shearer "discovered" Leigh


  • Work : New Career 1947 (Started her film career)
  • Relationship : Divorce dates 1948 (From second husband Stanley Reames)
  • Relationship : Marriage 4 June 1951 (Third marriage Tony Curtis)
    chart Placidus Equal_H.
  • Family : Change in family responsibilities 17 June 1956 at 02:14 AM in Santa Monica, CA (Daughter Kelly Lee born)
    chart Placidus Equal_H.
  • Family : Change in family responsibilities 22 November 1958 at 08:37 AM in Los Angeles, CA (Daughter Jamie Lee born)
    chart Placidus Equal_H.
  • Work : Published/ Exhibited/ Released 1960 (Noted film "Psycho")
  • Relationship : Divorce dates 1961 (From Tony)
  • Relationship : Marriage 1964 (Fourth marriage Bob Brandt)
  • Work : Lose social status 1964 (Declined job of Ambassadorship)
  • Work : Published/ Exhibited/ Released 1980 (Last film "The Fog")
  • Work : New Career 1995 (Began writing, first book released)
  • Health : Medical diagnosis 2003 (vasculitis)
  • Death by Disease 3 October 2004 (of vasculitis, age 77)
    chart Placidus Equal_H.

Source Notes

B.C. in hand from the Wilsons

(Contemporary American Horoscopes has 3:15 PM. The B.C. is blurred and difficult to read. Roscoe Hope in AA 4/1986 reads the B.C. as 3:10 PM. LMR and Steinbrecher agree that it reads 2:15 PM. Gauquelin Book of American Charts also gives 2:15 PM. Leigh herself apparently agrees with 2:15 PM as that is the time she wrote to Steinbrecher upon his inquiry."


  • Diagnoses : Body Part Problems : Circulatory problems
  • Family : Relationship : Mate - Noted (Tony Curtis)
  • Family : Relationship : Number of Marriages (Four)
  • Family : Parenting : Kids 1-3 (Two daughters)
  • Family : Parenting : Kids - Noted (Jamie Lee and Kelly)
  • Vocation : Entertainment : Actor/ Actress (Oscar nomination)
  • Vocation : Writers : Autobiographer
  • Vocation : Writers : Fiction
  • Vocation : Writers : Textbook/ Non-fiction
  • Notable : Famous : Top 5% of Profession
  • Notable : Book Collection : Profiles Of Women