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R.I.P Janet Leigh (article)

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  1. Not fashion related...but another hollywood icon passes away..



    LOS ANGELES, California (CNN) -- Hollywood movie star Janet Leigh, best known as the slasher victim in the 1960 Alfred Hitchcock thriller, "Psycho," has died, a spokeswoman for her daughter, actress Jamie Lee Curtis, said Monday.

    "Janet Leigh died peacefully in her home Sunday afternoon," said the spokeswoman, Heidi Schaeffer.

    Leigh, 77, died in her Beverly Hills home surrounded by daughters Jamie Lee and Kelly Curtis and her fourth husband, Robert Brandt, Schaeffer said.

    Leigh had been battling vasculitis -- an inflammation of the blood vessels -- for a year, she said.

    Leigh married Brandt in 1964 after an 11-year marriage to actor Tony Curtis, the father of her two children.

    Leigh was born Jeanette Helen Morrison in Merced, California, on July 6, 1927. Norma Shearer, a Hollywood star of the '20s and '30s, saw a photograph of her and recommended her to Lew Wasserman, a powerful talent agent. Leigh was still a teenager at the time.

    She was signed by MGM and first appeared in "The Romance of Rosy Ridge" (1947).

    "Psycho," however, was no doubt her most famous role. The shower scene, meticulously laid out by Hitchcock, took a week to film.

    She noted that she hadn't been able to take a shower since the movie. "It's not a hype," she told The Associated Press. "Honest to gosh, it's true."

    In addition to "Psycho," Leigh's other films included "The Manchurian Candidate" (1962), "Bye Bye Birdie" (1963), "Little Women" (1949) and the Orson Welles classic "Touch of Evil" (1958). More recently, she appeared in "The Fog" (1980) and "Halloween H20: 20 Years Later" (1998) with daughter Jamie Lee.

    Leigh had requested that all donations in her name be made to the Motion Picture and Television Foundation.

    Leigh's publicist, John Frazer, said the actress served on the board of directors for the fund, which provides health care and medical treatment to those who work in the entertainment industry.

    "She was not only a legendary actress, but she was also an author and a humanitarian," Frazer said.

    CNN's Dalit Herdoon in New York contributed to this report.
  2. alonesolo

    alonesolo Guest

    I was just listening to the news about this. She was such a beautiful woman.

    And I had heard that about her being afraid of showers.
  3. Just bumping because it's relevant...she is afterall inextricably linked w/ "Psycho"

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