Janet Leigh dead at 77

Oct 04, 2004 by Ian Evans

Janet Leigh, best known for the pivotal murderous shower scene in Psycho has died at the age of 77.

Leigh, who was battling vasculitis, died at home on Sunday with her husband, Robert Brandt, and her daughters, Jamie Lee Curtis (news) and Kelly Curtis, at her side.

Leigh, whose film career began in 1947, appeared in more than fifty films including Touch of Evil and The Manchurian Candidate.

Leigh received a best supporting actress Oscar® nomination for the role. After seeing the finished edit of Psycho, Leigh said that, “I do not take showers. As a result of seeing it edited … it left such an indelible impression on my mind that I cannot take a shower. And that is the truth.”