Janet Leigh Collection

Michael Wurtz
Holt-Atherton Department of Special Collections
University of the Pacific Library
3601 Pacific Ave.
Stockton, CA 95211
Phone: (209) 946-2404
Fax: (209) 946-2942
URL: http://www.pacific.edu/Library/Find/Holt-Atherton-Special-Collections.html
© 2008
University of the Pacific. All rights reserved.

Janet Leigh Collection

Collection number: MSS 320

Holt-Atherton Department of Special Collections

University of the Pacific Library

Stockton, California
Processed by:
Michael Wurtz
Date Completed:
Encoded by:
Michael Wurtz
© 2008 University of the Pacific. All rights reserved.

Descriptive Summary

Title: Janet Leigh collection
Dates: 1947-2004
Collection number: MSS 320
Collector: Leigh, Janet
Collection Size: 1 linear foot
Repository: University of the Pacific. Library. Holt-Atherton Dept. of Special Collections
Stockton, California 95211
Abstract: The majority of the collection is material that decorated Leigh's home. Including: photographs, movie posters, correspondence, advertisements and magazine covers, and recognitions and awards.
Physical location: For current information on the location of these materials, please consult the library's online catalog.
Languages: Languages represented in the collection: English


Collection open for research.

Publication Rights

Permission for publication is given on behalf of Special Collections as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained by the researcher.

Preferred Citation

Janet Leigh collection. MSS 320. Holt-Atherton Department of Special Collections, University of the Pacific Library.

Biography / Administrative History

Jeanette Helen Morrison was born in Merced, California on July 6, 1927 and died Janet Leigh Brandt in Los Angeles on October 3, 2004. She started at the College of the Pacific in September of 1943 and studied music and psychology (music therapy), joined Alpha Theta Tau, and was involved in student government. She married a fellow student, Stanley Reames, in the fall of 1945. The Reameses left Pacific in the spring semester of 1946 and moved to Los Angeles - the same year that actress Norma Shearer discovered Jeanette. She soon signed a contract with MGM, changed her name to Janet Leigh, and debuted in The Romance of Rosy Ridge. She later married Tony Curtis (1951-1962) and Robert Brandt (1962-2004).
Leigh is most famous for the shower scene in Alfred Hitchcock's Psycho. She was nominated for an Academy Award for best supporting actress and won the Golden Globe Award for best supporting actress in 1960. She also appears in dozens of other films including Touch of Evil, Manchurian Candidate , and Bye Bye Birdie.
Her daughter, Jamie Lee Curtis, attended the University of the Pacific briefly (fall semester 1976 and winter session 1977) before her film career took off.
Throughout the years Leigh focused her energy on helping numerous charitable causes, including SHARE, Inc. (women who raise funds for the "developmentally disabled, abused and neglected children as well as medical research for all forms of developmental disabilities") and the Motion Picture and Television Fund (assists those in the industry with limited means). Leigh received an honorary degree from the University of the Pacific in May of 2004.

Scope and Content of Collection

The majority of the collection is material that decorated Leigh's home. Following her death in 2004, her heirs donated her material to the University of the Pacific. Her Golden Globe award and items from the collection are on exhibit in the Holt-Atherton reading room.
The Janet Leigh Collection consists of six series: photographs, movie posters, correspondence, advertisements and magazine covers, and recognitions and awards.

Indexing Terms

The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.
University of the Pacific
Motion picture actors and actresses -- United States
Morrison, Jeanette Helen
Brandt, Janet Leigh
Reames, Jeanette

Related Material

"Leigh, Janet" student folder in the University Archives
Awards and posters at the Janet Leigh Pacific Theatre on the University of the Pacific campus

Container List


Box 1


1.1: Photographs: "Janet Leigh and Eddie LeBaron Day" in Stockton, January 15, 1950 (includes: Marie Arbios Boyle, Reed Robbins, Lillian and Forest Garvin, Eddie LeBaron, Tully Knoles, DeMarcus Brown, Helen and Fredrick Morrison, the Fox California Theater, Alpha Theta Tau sorority, and photographers Bert Parry [Modern Screen Magazine] and Pardis-Windmiller.)


1.2 Photographs: Jeanette Morrison Reames/ Janet Leigh Brandt at College of the Pacific 1943-1946 and 2004 (includes: Tully Knoles, Don Edwards, Charlie Cook, and Donald DeRosa.)


1.3A and 1.3B (oversize) Photographs: Janet Leigh movie stills, family and celebrities, 1950s and 1995 (includes: Nick Castle, Tony Perkins, David Miller, Karl Malden, Tony Curtis, Princess Elizabeth, Van Johnson, Gene Kelly, Dean Martin, Jerry Lewis, Dick Doane, Jamie Lee Curtis, Kelly Curtis, dinner at White House hosted by Lyndon and Lady Bird Johnson.)


1.4 Movie Posters


1.5 Correspondence (Van Johnson - no date, Jack Valenti - June 18, 2003, illegible - December 28, 1975)


1.6 Advertisements and Magazine Covers, 1950s and 1960s)


1.7 Recognitions and Awards, 1950s - 2000s (Four items on exhibit in 2009 in Holt-Atherton Special Collections reading room: SHARE Inc. 1968, Golden Globe Award 1960, Academy Award nomination 1960, Walk of Fame plaque 1960)