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Janet Leigh (1927-2004)


  1. Dorothy Patrick, Alias a Gentleman, 1947. On leaving jail after 15 years, Wallace Beery finds himself rich - and hopes to locate his missing daughter. She was not Leigh. Nor Patrick, for that matter – but an imposter!  

  2. Deborah Kerr, Quo Vadis, 1950.      Director John Huston selected Gregory Peck for Marcus Vinicius and  chose Gregory Peck for Marcus Vinicius and Elizabeth Taylor for Lygia. When Peck’s eye infection delayed shooting, the Lygia substitutes also included Kathleen Bryon and Audrey Hepburn.

  3. Ida Lupino, On Dangerous Ground, 1950.   Also in the snowy mountains frame for the blind Mary were Lauren Bacall, Olivia de Havilland, Faith Domergue Susan Hayward, Wanda Hendrix, Deborah Kerr, Margaret Sullavan, Teresa Wright, Jane Wyman - and Broadway newcomer Margaret Phillips. RKO chose well. Because, although un-credited, Lupino also co-directed the noir thriller with Nicholas Ray. In all, she helmed 41 films and TV shows during 1949-1968 when Hollywood women were just supposed to pout, pirouette and pucker up.

  4. Jean Hagen, Carbine Williams, 1951.      Leigh had to go once James Stewart got his way about playing  the prisoner who invented the M-1 carbine rifle for WWII.  Jim admitted he was too old at 43 for the role - certainly way too old to have Leigh as his wife - at 24.  Hagen was 28, but like Stewart, she looked older. 
  5. Jean Simmons, Young Bess, 1952.        Shooting  Fred Zinnemann's Act of Violence and starting wardrobe fittings for Little Women at lunchtime, Janet also found time to test as Bess - rehearsed by her MGM mentor, the wife of intended directorGeorge Sidney."The test turned out well," recalled Janet. "The studio saw another facet of my possibilities. When the time arrived for actual casting, however, theproducer, Sidney Franklin, settled for a real English actress."
  6. Jean Simmons, The Robe, 1952.      The second successive film Janet lost in a single year to the new Brit in town. There was more drama off-screen.  Simmons had an affair with co-star Richard Burton, who was then warned off by her husband Stewart Granger. With a gun.
  7. Debbie Reynolds, Athena, 1954.     Change of genre, change of star… Esther’s typical swimfest churned into a typical MGMusical (new generation) for Powell - and Debbie Reynolds, Virginia Gibson, Nancy Kilgas,  instead of Janet Leigh, Ann Miller, Elaine Stewart.  Esther got a co-writing nod, not enough to stop her leaving Metro after Jupiter’s Darling, 1954. 
  8. Elizabeth Taylor, Giant, 1955.
  9. Susan Hayward, I’ll Cry Tomorrow, 1955.    When MGM voted for Hayward over June Allyson for the alcoholic Broadway/Hollywood singing star Lillian Roth, director Charles Walters stormed out and Daniel Mann strolled in. Also in the loop were Roths of all ages… Piper Laurie, 22; Grace Kelly and Jean Simmons, 25; Janet Leigh, 27 ; Jane Russell, 33; and Jane Wyman, like Allyson and Hayward, 37. On Oscarnight, Hayward lost a fourth time.
  10. Diane Foster, The Deep Six, 1958.       Disagreeing with the co-star announced by Warners, Alan Ladd preferred one of theyoungsters he was keen to build within his Jaguar company - soon known as Alley Cat due to his hit ’n’ miss product.  
  11. Claire Bloom, The Chapman Report, 1962.    When the LA Times prematurely announced Orson Welles as Dr Kinsey - er, Dr Chapman! - it also said that Leigh and Jayne Mansfield would be among his sex-research projects. Director George Cukor did not agree. Most guy’s roles went to Warner’s (cheaper) TV stars - Ray Danton, Chad Everett, Ty Hardin, Efrem Zimbalist Jr, etc. 
  12. Shirley MacLaine, Wives and Lovers, 1963.     And so Janet had to deal with the sudden success of her novelist husband, Van Johnson.
  13. Capucine, The Pink Panther, 1964.
  14. Mia Farrow, The Last Unicorn, 1981.   Leigh, Elizabeth Hartman and Shasi Wells were the mixed bag (and ages) to voice the unicorn in the toon based on the book (and script) by Peter S Beagle. Farrow as a unicorn…  but no - no comment.




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