I have long been a “fan” of Janet Leigh’s, in spite of having not seen a lot of her films. Truth be told, until recently I had only seen two of her movies! I have no idea how I spent a lifetime watching old movies and had not crossed her lovely path more frequently. As one would expect from a Westerns’ fanatic, it was in a Western I saw her first… The Naked Spur. I actually saw her in this western before I did in Little Women.
I loved her even more in the 1949 classic Little Women (Amazon link) than I did in The Naked Spur. Around this time, I also saw her in Bye Bye Birdie and that was all it took for her to become a personal favorite.
Margaret O’Brien, Janet Leigh, Elizabeth Taylor, and June Allyson
I love Ann-Margret as much as anyone, but Dick Van Dyke, Janet Leigh, and Maureen Stapleton make Bye, Bye Birdie the FUN movie it is. They are always my favorite part about the whole movie!
After Bye Bye Birdie, I made it a point to find more Janet Leigh movies and I have come to absolutely ADORE her.
It always boggles the mind how, as I said, after a lifetime of watching movies, you can STILL discover new favorites along the way. Janet Leigh is now one that I “collect” – the tier of personal favorites who I collect all of their films, magazines, photos, cards, etc. It’s always costly to find a new “top tier” favorite, but it’s even more exciting!