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Jennifer Jason Leigh
Jennifer Jason Leigh

Birth Name: Jennifer Lee Morrow

Birth Date: February 5, 1962

Birth Place: Hollywood, California, USA

Height: 5' 3"

Measurements: 34B-23-34½

Quote: "I could never play the ingenue, the girl next door or the very successful young doctor. That would be a bore."


Jennifer Jason Leigh Biography

A professional actor since the age of nine, Jennifer Jason Leigh earned her Screen Actors Guild card at 16 and dropped out of high school to study at the Lee Strasberg Institute and star in seedy made-for-TV movies. Born to actor Vic Morrow and writer/actress Barbara Turner in Hollywood, CA, Jennifer picked up the middle name Jason from family friend Jason Robards Jr. Throughout her career, she has made a name for herself portraying helpless, damaged, or mentally unsound characters, often performing at a higher level than the material. Also known for extensively researching her roles, Leigh dropped down to less than 90 pounds for one of her first features as an anorexic teenager in the TV-movie The Best Little Girl in the World. Never one to shy away from touchy subject matter, her breakthrough role came in 1982 as the naïve high school girl who gets an abortion in Fast Times at Ridgemont High. After a decade of developing a repertoire of various troubled characters, she was nominated for two Critics Circle awards in 1990 for playing prostitutes in both Miami Blues and Last Exit to Brooklyn. She would continue to play vulnerable characters in dangerous situations as the rookie narcotics officer-turned-drug addict in Rush. This was followed by her notorious role as the psycho roommate Hedra who tries to steal the identity of her roommate (Bridget Fonda) in Single White Female. She played a phone sex worker in the ensemble film Short Cuts, her first of three projects involving director Robert Altman. Leigh occasionally stepped out of her down-and-out roles, and in 1994 she shined as Amy Archer in The Hudsucker Proxy. Her comic turn as a plucky undercover journalist was said to recall the work of legendary actresses like Katharine Hepburn and Barbara Stanwyck. She delivered critically acclaimed performances in her next two films, with a Golden Globe nomination for Mrs. Parker and the Vicious Circle and an Independent Spirit nomination for Georgia. After playing an angry daughter in Dolores Claiborne, a spitfire kidnapper in Kansas City, and a domestic violence survivor in Bastard out of Carolina, she took another dramatic turn toward a period film. In Agnieszka Holland's Washington Square, Leigh proved her range by portraying a shy, clumsy girl as she evolves into adulthood. She returned to more showy roles for two films dealing with Shakespeare's King Lear: A Thousand Acres with Jason Robards Jr. and the fourth Dogme 95 film, The King Is Alive. Not limiting herself to dramas, Leigh appeared as an isolated computer programmer in David Cronenberg's thriller eXistenZ and as an over-the-top mom in the comedy Skipped Parts. Around that time, she also appeared on-stage in Broadway and off-Broadway plays, most notably as dancer Sally Bowles in Cabaret. Testing out new ground in 2001, she and fellow Cabaret star Alan Cumming wrote, directed, and starred in the ensemble comedy The Anniversary Party, a digital video project inspired by Dogme 95. Continuing to evolve as a respected actress, she went on to work in the crime genre, first as a hitman's wife in Road to Perdition, and then in Jane Campion's thriller In the Cut.

Jennifer Jason Leigh Filmography

Lymelife (2007) .... Brenda Bartlett
America (2006)
Margot at the Wedding (2007) .... Pauline
Rag Tale (2005) .... Mary Josephine 'MJ' Morton
Easter Sunday (2005) .... Mother
The Jacket (2005) .... Dr. Beth Lorenson
Childstar (2004) .... Suzanne Burnbaum
Palindromes (2004) .... 'Mark' Aviva
Maquinista, El (2004) .... Stevie
-- aka The Machinist
In the Cut (2003) .... Pauline
"Mission Hill" .... Eunice 'Weirdie' Eulmeyer (voice) (1 episode: "Kevin Loves Weirdie" 2002)
Road to Perdition (2002) .... Annie Sullivan
Hey Arnold! The Movie (2002) .... Bridget (voice)
Crossed Over (2002) (TV) .... Karla Faye Tucker
"Frasier" .... Estelle (1 episode: "The Two Hundredth" 2001)
The Quickie (2001) .... Lisa
The Anniversary Party (2001) .... Sally Nash
The Man Who Wasn't There (2001) .... Female inmate ( not credited)
Skipped Parts (2000) .... Lydia Callahan
-- aka The Wonder of Sex
The King Is Alive (2000) .... Gina
-- aka Dogme 4 - The King Is Alive
-- aka Dogme 4
-- aka The King Is Alive
"Twitch City" .... Faith (1 episode: "The Life of Reilly" 2000)
Beautiful View (2000)
Spawn 3: Ultimate Battle (1999) (Straight to Video) .... Lilly (voice)
eXistenZ (1999) .... Allegra Geller
"Superman" .... Cetea (voice) (1 episode: "Absolute Power" 1999)
-- aka Superman: The Animated Series
"Hercules" .... Tempest (voice) (3 episodes, 1998)
-- aka Disney's Hercules
Thanks of a Grateful Nation (1998) (TV) .... Teri Small
-- aka The Gulf War
"Tracey Takes On..." .... Paige Garland (1 episode: "Sports" 1998)
"King of the Hill" .... Amy (voice) (1 episode: "I Remember Mono" 1998)
The Love Letter (1998) (TV) .... Elizabeth Whitcomb
A Thousand Acres (1997) .... Caroline Cook
Washington Square (1997) .... Catherine Sloper
"Spawn" (1997) TV Series .... Lilly
-- aka Todd McFarlane's Spawn
Bastard Out of Carolina (1996) .... Anney Boatwright
Kansas City (1996) .... Blondie O'Hara
Georgia (1995) .... Sadie Flood
Dolores Claiborne (1995) .... Selena St. George
Mrs. Parker and the Vicious Circle (1994) .... Dorothy Parker
-- aka Mrs. Parker and the Round Table
The Hudsucker Proxy (1994) .... Amy Archer
Short Cuts (1993) .... Lois Kaiser
Single White Female (1992) .... Hedra 'Hedy' Carlson
The Prom (1992) .... Lana
Rush (1991) .... Kristen Cates
Crooked Hearts (1991) .... Marriet Hoffman
Backdraft (1991) .... Jennifer Vaitkus
Buried Alive (1990) (TV) .... Joanna Goodman
Miami Blues (1990) .... Susie Waggoner
Fire Princess (1990)
Last Exit to Brooklyn (1989) .... Tralala
The Big Picture (1989) .... Lydia Johnson
Heart of Midnight (1988) .... Carol Rivers
Sister, Sister (1987) .... Lucy Bonnard
Under Cover (1987) .... Tanille Lareoux
Picnic (1986) (TV) .... Madge Owens
The Men's Club (1986) .... Teensy
The Hitcher (1986) .... Nash
Flesh+Blood (1985) .... Agnes
-- aka The Rose and the Sword
Grandview, U.S.A. (1984) .... Candy Webster
Girls of the White Orchid (1983) (TV) .... Carol Heath
-- aka Death Ride to Osaka
Easy Money (1983) .... Allison Capuletti
Have You Ever Been Ashamed of Your Parents? (1983) (TV) .... Andrea Fairchild
-- aka Just Like Us
The First Time (1982) (TV) .... Bonnie
Fast Times at Ridgemont High (1982) .... Stacy Hamilton
-- aka Fast Times at Ridgemont High
"Trapper John, M.D." .... Helen's Daughter (1 episode: "The One and Only" 1982)
Wrong Is Right (1982) .... Young Girl
-- aka The Man with the Deadly Lens
The Best Little Girl in the World (1981) (TV) .... Casey Powell
The Killing of Randy Webster (1981) (TV) .... Amy Wheeler
I Think I'm Having a Baby (1981) (TV) .... Laurie
Eyes of a Stranger (1981) .... Tracy Harris
"The Waltons" .... Kathy Seals (1 episode: "The Pursuit" 1981)
Angel City (1980) (TV) .... Kristy Teeter
-- aka Field of Tears
The Young Runaways (1978) (TV) .... Heather
"Disneyland" .... Heather (1 episode: "The Young Runaways" 1978)
-- aka Disney's Wonderful World
-- aka The Disney Sunday Movie
-- aka The Magical World of Disney
-- aka The Wonderful World of Disney
-- aka Walt Disney
-- aka Walt Disney Presents
-- aka Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color
"Baretta" .... Marcie (1 episode: "Open Season" 1977)
Tod eines Fremden (1973) .... Girl playing with a rubber ball (not credited)
-- aka Death of a Stranger
-- aka Hinrichtung, Die
-- aka The Death Merchants
-- aka The Execution
-- aka The Spy Who Never Was

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