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July 6, 2024

28 Amazing Photos of Janet Leigh as Marion Crane in “Psycho” (1960)

Psycho not only left cinema forever changed, but also one of its stars, Janet Leigh. The late actress had an incredible career, starring in classics such as Little Women (1949) and Scaramouche (1952), but her most iconic role is probably Marion Crane in Alfred Hitchcock’s 1960 film.

In 1960, Leigh was cast as the morally conflicted murder victim Marion Crane in Hitchcock’s Psycho, co-starring with John Gavin and Anthony Perkins. Leigh was reportedly so traumatized by watching her character’s shower murder scene that she went to great lengths to avoid showers for the rest of her life.

Released in June 1960, Psycho was a major critical and commercial success. For her performance, Leigh received a Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress and was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress. Leigh’s role in Psycho became career-defining and she later commented: “I’ve been in a great many films, but I suppose if an actor can be remembered for one role then they’re very fortunate. And in that sense I’m fortunate.”

Her character’s death early in the film has been noted as historically relevant by film scholars as it violated narrative conventions of the time, while her murder scene itself is considered among both critics and film scholars to be one of the most iconic scenes in film history.

Below is a selection of 28 amazing photos of Janet Leigh as Marion Crane in Psycho:


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