Remembered primarily as the girl in the shower scene from Psycho Janet Leigh stared in a wide array of films genres from musical comedy to drama and thriller.
My own interest with her started in My Sister Eileen, a musical with Betty Garrett and Jack Lemmon. I didn't even realize she was the gal from psycho until I looked her up and found out she had stared in some other great classics such as Touch of Evil, The Manchurian Candidate and Angels on the Outfield which has since been remade.
In fact she is about my first 50's star who I have actually enjoyed. Unlike many other blond beauties of the era Janet Leigh always comes across as a very intelligent and capable young woman. I read somewhere that she was attending university (studying music and psychology!) before being spotted by Norma Shearer in the late 1940's and promptly brought to Hollywood.
There's a quote from Shearer "that smile made it the most fascinating face I had seen in years. I felt I had to show that face to somebody at the studio." I agree with this statement wholeheartedly. There's an intelligence in her smiles which makes you believe she is always aware of what is going on
In Holiday Affair with Robert Mitchum there's a scene where he is telling her of his dream to make boats after which, he makes a couple of self-effacing jokes. Leigh gives him one of her knowing clever, smiles which immediately encapsulates her perceptiveness as to Mitchum's true and serious desire to have a career in boat-making. Another actress, I feel, would have treated the moment as an opportunity to let out a sweet smile of admiration.
Bottom line shes a wonderful, charming but largely forgotten actress.
Would like to know if there are any other GOAH fans out there?