Janet Leigh: 1927-2004
It's not just because of the Bates Motel that Leigh, who died Oct. 3 at 77 after a long bout with an inflammatory illness, earned a spot in Hollywood. Her pert sexiness—she was like a blond sparrow that chirped "come hither"—livened up Orson Welles's Touch of 'Evil ('58) and The Manchurian Candidate ('62). Her 11-year marriage to Tony Curtis, 79, produced a second-generation star, Jamie Lee Curtis. The actress, 45, was by Leigh's bedside last week with sister Kelly, 48, also an actress, and Leigh's fourth husband, producer Robert Brandt, 77. This past summer, when Leigh's health was failing, Jamie Lee publicly saluted her for teaching her how to survive as an actress—and as a person. "No prima donna attitude allowed," said Jamie Lee. "A great gift."