Jennifer Jason Leigh


Jennifer Jason Leigh Trivia


  • Trivia

    • Jennifer was approached to play the role of Libby on Lost but declined the offer.

    • Jennifer was originally cast for Eyes Wide Shut (1999), but as the shoot took over a year, Leigh left to fulfill other obligations and Marie Richardson took her place.

    • Jennifer and her family attended a private screening of The Blackboard Jungle (1955) the night after her father's death.

    • Jennifer's astrological sign is Aquarius.

    • Jennifer's favorite place to eat is Lucy's El Adobe Cafe at 5536 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA. Jennifer says, "I like the food, and it's dark, and they've got booze."

    • Jennifer's first on-screen (though uncredited) appearance was as a little girl bouncing a rubber ball in the West German film Tod Eines Fremden (Death Of A Stranger) (1973). Family friend Jason Robards appeared in the same film as well.

    • Jennifer was nominated for Best Performance by an Actress in a Drama for
      Mrs. Parker And The Vicious Circle (1995).

    • Jennifer starred in two movies back-to-back with fellow actor Rutger Hauer, in Flesh And Blood (1985) and The Hitcher (1986).

    • Jennifer was given the MTV Movie award for Best Villain for her role in Single White Female (1993).

    • Jennifer hated her role as a fireman's girlfriend in Backdraft (1992), saying that out of all the main characters in the film, hers was the most underdeveloped.

    • Jennifer joined with Alan Cumming to write, direct, and produce The Anniversary Party in 2001.

    • Jennifer received a special award at the Tellirude Film Festival in 1993 for her contributions to independent cinema.

    • Jennifer has been praised by Salon Magazine as "one of America's best actors."

    • Jennifer dropped to ninety pounds to play the drug addicted barroom rock singer, Sadie Flood in 1995's Georgia, alongside Mare Winningham. Jennifer sang all of the songs but one by Van Morrison, the eight and a half minute track 'Take Me Back'.

    • Jennifer's favorite movies are: Dog Day Afternoon, The Fly, Forbidden Games, and My Night at Maud's.

    • Jennifer played the psychotic roommate from Hell, Hedy, alongside Bridget Fonda in the 1992 thriller Single White Female.

    • Jennifer's favorite musicians are: Bob Dylan, Van Morrison, Liz Phair, Ella Fitzgerald, and L7.

    • Jennifer played an undercover narcotics agent that gets addicted to the drugs that she seizes in the line of duty, in the 1991 movie Rush.

    • Jennifer played a young woman in the midst of a mental nervous breakdown in a seedy nightclub inherited by her uncle in Heart of Midnight, in 1989.

    • Jennifer's least favorite role was in 1991 in Ron Howrd's firefighting drama Backdraft. She played a run-of-the-mill girlfriend, and she felt her character was underdeveloped.

    • Jennifer does extensive background research on her roles, she has interviewed: phone sex operators, psychiatrists, sexual abuse survivors, drug dealers, drug addicts, vice officers, and prostitutes in preparation for her characters.

    • Jennifer was launched into the spotlight in 1982, when she appeared alongside Nicolas Cage, Sean Penn, and Forest Whitaker in the hit teen comedy Fast Times at Ridgemont High.

    • Jennifer took on the part of a virginal princess who was kidnapped, raped, and tortured by ruthless mercanaries in Paul Verhoeven's medieval work Flesh and Blood (1985).

    • Jennifer was honored with a special award for her contribution to the Independent Cinema from the Film Society of Lincoln Center in 2002.

    • Jennifer made her bigscreen debut in 1980 in the slasher film Eyes Of a Stranger, playing a deaf, blind, and mute rape victim.

    • Jennifer became interested in acting as a child, and participated in a summer acting workshop led by Lee Strasberg at age 14.

    • Jennifer was born in Hollywood, California as Jennifer Lee Morrow. She is the daughter of late actor Victor Morrow, and screenwriter Barbara Turner. Both parents are Jewish, but Jennifer was primarily raised without a religion.

    • Jennifer lost weight to portray a teenage anorexic in the 1981 tv movie The Best Little Girl In The World. She dropped to 86 lbs. while under medical supervision.

    • Jennifer turned down a role in A League Of Their Own (1992).

    • Jennifer's measurements are: 34B-23-34 1/2 (Source: Celebrity Sleuth magazine).

    • Jennifer turned down the main role for Pretty Woman (1990).

    • Jennifer had a scene filmed for Eyes Wide Shut (1999), but was unavailable for re-shoots and the scene was re-filmed with someone else.

    • Jennifer auditioned for the role of Sarah Connor in The Terminator in 1984, but lost the part to Linda Hamilton.

    • Jennifer is close friends with Phoebe Cates since their time working together on Fast Times At Ridgemont High (1982).

    • Jennifer was named one of 'America's 10 Most Beautiful Women' by Harper's Bazaar magazine in 1989.

    • Jennifer first received her Screen Actors' Guild card when she was 16, while working on an episode of Baretta.

    • Jennifer is 5 feet 3 inches tall.

    • Jennifer read for the audiobook version of Paint It Black by Janet Fitch, released in September 2006.

    • Jennifer did magazine ads for Gap Clothing in 2001.

    • Jennifer appeared in Faith No More's "Last Cup Of Sorrow" music video in 1997.

    • She took the name Jason from family friend, actor Jason Robards.

    • She's been called a post-modern Meryl Streep, and is considered to be one of the hardest working actresses in Hollywood.

    • She married her filmmaker boyfriend Noah Baumbach over the Labor Day weekend 2005.

    • She won two 1990 Critic Society awards for her portrayal of Tralala in Last Exit to Brooklyn (1989) and as Susan Waggoner in Miami Blues (1990).

  • Quotes

    • Jennifer Jason Leigh: I just don't plan things. I live a month at a time.

    • Jennifer Jason Leigh: Writing, producing and directing, I must say, is incredibly satisfying and gratifying. I've never been happier.

    • Jennifer Jason Leigh: I'd much rather be in a movie that people have really strong feelings about than one that makes a hundred million dollars but you can't remember because it's just like all the others.

    • Jennifer Jason Leigh: People can have so many ill-conceived ideas about me based on the parts that I play. I've had guys, when I've been single, come out of the woodwork to date me and I've found out very quickly that they were expecting some kind of whirlwind, some dramatic crazy person - and that's just not me.

    • Jennifer Jason Leigh: I love being in therapy. It's just constantly fulfilling for me.

    • Jennifer Jason Leigh: I used to hang out by the food table at parties because you don't have to talk to anybody. If you do then you can talk about the food.

    • Jennifer Jason Leigh: Your best friend is the only one who would tell you the person you are in love with is a sexually ambivalent man-child.

    • Jennifer Jason Leigh: I think I live in this mythical world where doing the parts I do is not going to hurt me, and telling people my age is not going to hurt me. And it actually does. It's a bit sick-making but, you know, I can't change who I am.

    • Jennifer Jason Leigh: I could never play the ingenue, the girl next door or the very successful young doctor. That would be a bore.