Janet Leigh papers

Special Collections
Margaret Herrick Library © 2013

Descriptive Summary

Title: Janet Leigh papers
Date (inclusive): 1936-2003
Collection number: 568
Creator: Leigh, Janet
Extent: 42 linear feet of papers.
Repository: Margaret Herrick Library. Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
Languages: English

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Preferred Citation

Janet Leigh papers, Margaret Herrick Library, Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

Acquisition Information

Gift of Jamie Lee Curtis, 2005


Janet Leigh was an American actress active in film from 1947 to 1980. Leigh was married to actor Tony Curtis, with whom she had a daughter, actress and author Jamie Lee Curtis. Janet Leigh was nominated for an Academy Award in the supporting actress category for PSYCHO (1960).

Collection Scope and Content Summary

The Janet Leigh papers span the years 1936-2003 and encompass approximately 42 linear feet. The collection includes scripts, voluminous scrapbook pages, periodicals, and photographs. There are around 100 bound scripts, split evenly between film and television productions. The subject files are largely comprised of material kept by Leigh since the 1980s.


Arranged in the following series: 1. Production files; 2. Television files; 3. Stage files; 4. Radio files; 5. Subject files, subseries A-D as follows: A. General; B. Books; C. Organizations; D. Periodicals; 6. Photographs

Indexing Terms

Leigh, Janet , 1927-2004--Archives.