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Jennifer Jason Leigh

Jennifer Jason LeighAKA Jennifer Lee Morrow

Born: 5-Feb-1962 [1]
Birthplace: Hollywood, CA

Gender: Female
Race or Ethnicity: White
Sexual orientation: Straight
Occupation: Actor

Nationality: United States
Executive summary: Fast Times at Ridgemont High

Though her mother tried to talk her out of it, Leigh started taking acting lessons at 14 and, coming from a show business family, she had little trouble getting into film. She won early acclaim as an anorexic in a TV movie, and became famous in Fast Times at Ridgemont High. While that movie was still in first run theaters and getting generally good reviews, her father Vic Morrow was killed by a helecopter filming the Twilight Zone movie. At her mother's house the next night, Leigh and the rest of the family paid their respects by watching Morrow's The Blackboard Jungle.

Robert Altman directed her in two of her best films, Short Cuts and Mrs. Parker and the Vicious Circle. She usually appears in small, independent films as opposed to multiplex blockbusters, but her few truly mainstream movies include Single White Female, Road to Perdition, and Stephen King's Dolores Claiborne. Leigh memorably directed herself and an all-star cast in the Hollywood drawing room drama The Anniversary Party, co-starring, co-written, and co-directed by Alan Cumming. They played husband and wife believably, but were never romantically linked in real life.

Leigh's mother, Barbara Turner, is an accomplished screenwriter, and wrote Leigh's Georgia. Her stepfather, Reza Badiyi, was a TV director for decades in a career stretching from Get Smart to She Spies. He was also good buddies with film director Robert Altman. Leigh's on-screen middle name, Jason, is an homage to family friend Jason Robards.


[1] In biographies written before 1990, she is reported to have been born in 1958. In more recent bios, her birthday has been revised to 1962.

Father: Vic Morrow (actor, m. 1957, div. from Turner in 1964)
Mother: Barbara Turner (screenwriter, Pollock, div. 1964)
Father: Reza Badiyi (stepfather, TV director, Get Smart, b. 17-Apr-1930, m. 1968, div. 1985)
Sister: Carrie Ann Morrow (drug counselor)
Sister: Mina Badie (half-sister, actress, Roger Dodger, )
Boyfriend: David Dukes (actor, b. 1945, cohabited early 1980s, d. 2000)
Boyfriend: Eric Stoltz (together 1985-89)
Boyfriend: Jason Patric
Husband: Noah Baumbach (filmmaker, together since 2001, m. 3-Sep-2005, sep. 2010)
Son: Rohmer (b. 17-Mar-2010)

    High School: Palisades High School, Pacific Palisades, CA

    Camp: Stagedoor Manor
    Russian Ancestry
    Risk Factors: Smoking

    FILMOGRAPHY AS DIRECTOR
    The Anniversary Party (23-May-2001)

    FILMOGRAPHY AS ACTOR
    Jake Squared (27-Sep-2013)
    Hateship Loveship (7-Sep-2013)
    The Moment (21-Apr-2013)
    The Spectacular Now (18-Jan-2013)
    Kill Your Darlings (18-Jan-2013)
    Greenberg (14-Feb-2010) · Beth
    Synecdoche, New York (23-May-2008) · Maria
    Margot at the Wedding (31-Aug-2007) · Pauline
    Rag Tale (12-Aug-2005)
    The Jacket (23-Jan-2005) · Dr. Lorenson
    Childstar (10-Sep-2004)
    Palindromes (3-Sep-2004)
    The Machinist (18-Jan-2004) · Stevie
    In the Cut (9-Sep-2003) · Pauline
    Road to Perdition (12-Jul-2002) · Annie Sullivan
    Hey Arnold! The Movie (May-2002) · Bridget [VOICE]
    Crossed Over (3-Mar-2002)
    The Quickie (25-Jul-2001)
    The Anniversary Party (23-May-2001)
    Skipped Parts (6-Jun-2000) · Lydia Callahan
    The King Is Alive (11-May-2000) · Gina
    Spawn 3: Ultimate Battle (17-Aug-1999) [VOICE]
    eXistenZ (16-Feb-1999) · Allegra Geller
    The Love Letter (1-Feb-1998)
    A Thousand Acres (19-Sep-1997)
    Washington Square (12-Sep-1997)
    Bastard Out of Carolina (24-Aug-1996)
    Kansas City (15-May-1996)
    Georgia (19-May-1995) · Sadie
    Dolores Claiborne (24-Mar-1995) · Selena St. George
    Mrs. Parker and the Vicious Circle (7-Sep-1994)
    The Hudsucker Proxy (11-Mar-1994) · Amy Archer
    Short Cuts (1-Oct-1993)
    Luck, Trust & Ketchup: Robert Altman in Carver Country (1993) · Herself
    Single White Female (14-Aug-1992)
    Rush (22-Dec-1991) · Kristen
    Crooked Hearts (31-May-1991)
    Backdraft (24-May-1991) · Jennifer Vaitkus
    Buried Alive (9-May-1990)
    Miami Blues (20-Apr-1990)
    Last Exit to Brooklyn (12-Oct-1989)
    The Big Picture (15-Sep-1989)
    Heart of Midnight (3-Mar-1989)
    Under Cover (4-Dec-1987) · Tanille Laroux
    Sister, Sister (13-Sep-1987)
    The Men's Club (Sep-1986) · Teensy
    The Hitcher (21-Feb-1986) · Nash
    Flesh + Blood (30-Aug-1985) · Agnes
    Grandview, U.S.A. (3-Aug-1984)
    Girls of the White Orchid (28-Nov-1983)
    Easy Money (19-Aug-1983) · Allison Capuletti
    Fast Times at Ridgemont High (13-Aug-1982) · Stacy Hamilton
    Wrong Is Right (16-Apr-1982)
    The Best Little Girl in the World (11-May-1981)
    The Killing of Randy Webster (11-Mar-1981)
    I Think I'm Having a Baby (3-Mar-1981)
    Eyes of a Stranger (11-Feb-1981)


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