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Jennifer Jason Leigh

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“I'd much rather be in a movie that people have really strong feelings about than one that makes a hundred million dollars but you can't remember because it's just like all the others.”

 

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… read more

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Jordan Kaltz

31Aug13

a relaxing voice

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    Ariel Rowan

    27Jan14

    I love reading your filmography I do it like every week lol!!!! This one yes

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Craig B

5Feb12

Happy 50th to JENNIFER JASON LEIGH. One of the very best actors working. A piece I wrote on 10 great JJL movie moments: http://filmexperience.blogspot.com/2010/07/top-ten-great-jennifer-jason-leigh.html

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wendy and lucy

8Dec11

she's one of the coolest.

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Westley

11Nov11

One of my favorite actresses.