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Hollywood Memorial

Janet Leigh

Discovered when retired film star Norma Shearer saw her picture at a ski resort. Norma recommended her to talent agent Lew Wasserman who got Janet a contract at MGM for $50 a week. Janet’s most famous role was as an office worker who was stabbed to death in a shower by Anthony Perkins’s diabolical character in Alfred Hitchcock’s 1960 film, ‘Psycho.’ Many people thought twice before taking a shower after watching the movie; and in her book, ‘Psycho: Behind the Scenes in the Classic Thriller’ published in 1995, Janet herself admitted to never being able to take a shower again after filming the movie. Janet married fellow actor Tony Curtis in 1951 (her third husband). The union produced actresses Kelly Curtis and Jamie Lee Curtis (of ‘Halloween’ fame). She was cremated and her family in Hollywood keeps her ashes.