Monday, October 4, 2004

Turn Off the Shower

Janet Leigh has died.

Janet Leigh, the wholesome beauty who co-starred with James Stewart, John Wayne and Frank Sinatra in films of the 1940s to 1960s and achieved her most lasting fame as the victim of a shower slashing in Alfred Hitchcock’s “Psycho,” died Sunday at her Beverly Hills, Calif., home, the New York Daily News reported on its Web site today. She was 77.


She often said she hadn’t been able to take a shower since the movie. “It’s not a hype, not something I thought would be good for publicity,” she insisted. “Honest to gosh, it’s true.”

Her other films included “Act of Violence,” “Little Women,” “Holiday Affair,” “Strictly Dishonorable,” “The Naked Spur,” “Living It Up,” “Jet Pilot,” “Bye Bye Birdie” and “Safari.”

Leigh appeared with daughter Jamie Lee in the 1980 thriller “The Fog” and made occasional television appearances in her later years. She had married Curtis’ father, Tony Curtis, in 1951 when both stars were at the height of their fame. They divorced in 1962.