Jennifer Jason Leigh is an American actress and producer known for playing all her roles with a strong conviction. She is a critically acclaimed actress who has appeared in over fifty films throughout her career. Mostly known for appearing in films like ‘Miami Blues’, ‘The Hateful Eight’, ‘Last Exit to Brooklyn’, she has earned several nominations for the Academy and the Golden Globe Awards. She is also famous for her rigorous training and the intensive method-inspired search she does to prepare for each of her roles. Jennifer has often spoken on her love for experimenting with her roles and that she is not into acting in mainstream movies. She prefers playing roles that have a depth to them instead of playing typical roles. She has often been compared to Johnny Depp owing to her ability to completely transform herself into another person for a role. Jennifer ditched the ‘Morrow’ in her name and took up Jason in honor of Jason Robards, a family friend. Jennifer Jason Leigh Movies And Tv Shows.
Jennifer worked in her first film at the age of nine, in a nonspeaking role for the film Death of a Stranger (The Spy Who Never Was (1976)). At 14 she attended summer acting workshops given by Lee Strasberg and landed a role in the Disney TV movie The Magical World of Disney: The Young Runaways (1978), and received her Screen Actors Guild membership in an episode of the TV series Baretta (1975) when she was 16. Jennifer performed in several TV movies and dropped out of Pacific Palisades High School six weeks short of graduation for her major role in the film Eyes of a Stranger (1981). Her first major success came as the female lead in Fast Times at Ridgemont High (1982).
Jennifer Jason Leigh Bio/Wiki
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Jennifer Jason Leigh Family, Education & More
Jennifer Jason Leigh was born Jennifer Lee Morrow in Los Angeles, California, the daughter of writer Barbara Turner and actor Vic Morrow. Her father was of Russian Jewish descent and her mother was of Austrian Jewish ancestry. She is the sister of Carrie Ann Morrow and half-sister of actress Mina Badie. Jennifer’s parents divorced when she was two.
Best Known For Playing the role of Stacy Hamilton in the 1982 coming-of-age comedy film, Fast Times at Ridgemont High. Having been cast as Dorothy Parker in the 1994 biographical drama film, Mrs. Parker and the Vicious Circle
First Movie Jennifer Leigh made her theatrical film debut in the 1976 drama film, The Spy Who Never Was. However, she wasn’t credited for her appearance. She made her first credited theatrical film appearance as Tracy Harris in the horror thriller, Eyes of a Stranger, in 1981. As a voice actress, she made her theatrical film debut by voicing the character of Bridget in the animated adventure comedy, Hey Arnold!: The Movie, in 2002.
First TV Show Leigh made her first TV show appearance as Marcie in the crime drama series, Baretta, in 1977.
As a voice actress, she made her TV show debut as Amy in the animated series, King of the Hill, in 1998.
A personal trainer plays her character in The Best Little Girl in the World (1981), Jennifer had to reduce her body weight to 86 lbs. So, she underwent a strict health routine and followed a proper diet and a specific workout routine.
Jennifer Jason Leigh Net Worth
Jennifer Jason Leigh net worth: Jennifer Jason Leigh is an American actress who has a net worth of $7 million dollars. Born in Hollywood, California, Jennifer Jason Leigh began acting when she was in elementary school, and trained at the Stagedoor Manor Performing Arts Training Center in upstate New York.
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Throughout the late 70s and early 80s, she appeared in guest-starring and starring roles on various television shows and in TV movies. However, it was her performance in the 1982 film, “Fast Times at Ridgemont High”, that finally gained her widespread recognition.
Her back-to-back, critically acclaimed performances in the 1990s, “Last Exit to Brooklyn” and “Miami Blues” further cemented her status in Hollywood. Since then, she has appeared in such projects as “Single White Female”, “The Hudsucker Proxy”, “Mrs. Parker and the Vicious Circle”, “Georgia”, “The Anniversary Party”, and “Margot at the Wedding”. She had a recurring role on the television shows, “Weeds”, and “Revenge”. In 2015, Jennifer starred in Quentin Tarantino’s blockbuster “The Hateful Eight”.
Boyfriends, Affairs and More
Robert Downey Jr. – Jennifer Leigh and actor Robert Downey Jr. were supposed to be an item.
Kevin Spacey – She was once rumored to be dating actor, producer, and singer, Kevin Spacey.
Steven Shainberg – Leigh and Steve Shainberg, a director and producer, had a short term relation.
David Dukes (1982-1984) – Actor David Dukes and Leigh began dating in 1982. However, in 1984, they decided to part ways.
Eric Stoltz (1985-1989) – Jennifer and actor, director, and producer, Eric Stoltz, started dating in 1985. In 1989, however, their romance fizzled out and the duo decided to end the relationship.
Jason Patric (1992-1994) – Jennifer Jason Leigh started dating actor Jason Patric in 1992. After dating for 2 years, the couple broke up in 1994.
Noah Baumbach (2005-2010) – Jennifer got married to filmmaker Noah Baumbach on September 2, 2005. The marriage lasted for around 5 years and on November 15, 2010, Leigh decided to end the marriage and filed for a divorce citing irreconcilable differences. They have a son named Rohmer Emmanuel (b. March 17, 2010).
Jennifer Jason Leigh Movies And Tv Shows
Moving on to more substantial roles in the 1980s, Leigh starred as an anorexic teenager in the 1981 television movie The Best Little Girl in the World. She also appeared in the seminal teen flick Fast Times at Ridgemont High with Sean Penn, Judge Reinhold, Phoebe Cates, and Forest Whitaker the following year.
‘Last Exit to Brooklyn’ and ‘Backdraft’
As she made the transition from child to adult actor, Leigh tackled a series of challenging roles. She earned great reviews for her work in the urban drama the Last Exit to Brooklyn (1990), based on the book by Hubert Selby Jr. The following year, Leigh appeared in the firefighter drama Backdraft (1991) with Kurt Russell. She also co-starred with Jason Patric in the crime drama Rush that same year.
‘Single White Female’ and ‘Short Cuts’
One of Leigh’s most well-known roles was the deeply disturbed roommate in Single White Female (1992), with Bridget Fonda. She was also part of the stellar ensemble cast for Robert Altman’s Short Cuts (1993), which also included Julianne Moore and Tim Robbins. Tackling a literary legend, Leigh earned positive reviews for her portrayal of writer Dorothy Parker in Mrs. Parker and the Vicious Circle (1994).
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Some Known Facts About Jennifer Jason Leigh
- She was born at 12:33 pm -PST.
- She took ‘Jason’ as her middle name to honor her father’s friend, Jason Robards.
- During the filming of Twilight Zone: The Movie, her father and 2 child artists got killed as a helicopter shot went wrong resulting in their death.
- At the age of 9, Jennifer got her first chance to act in a film.
- After Leigh backed out from Spread (2009), Anne Heche was cast as her replacement.
- She also auditioned for the 1978 film, Pretty Baby. However, Brooke Shields was selected to play the part of Violet.
- Jennifer Jason Leigh is a good friend of actress Phoebe Cates.
- She previously served as a model for photographer Gregory Crewdson.
- Jennifer Jason Leigh is not active on social media.
Who are the parents of Jennifer Jason Leigh?
Vic Morrow (Father), Barbara Turner (Mother)
Where is Jennifer Jason Leigh from?
Hollywood, Los Angeles, CA
What is Jennifer Jason Leigh’s net worth?
Jennifer Jason Leigh is an American actress who has a net worth of $7 million dollars as of 2023. Born in Hollywood, California, Jennifer Jason Leigh began acting when she was in elementary school, and trained at the Stagedoor Manor Performing Arts Training Center in upstate New York.