Jennifer Jason Leigh: biography
Jennifer Jason Leigh is an American actress, screenwriter, producer and singer, well-known for her roles in the films Fast Times at Ridgemont High, Single White Female, Short Cuts, Mrs. Parker and the Vicious Circle, Georgia and The Hateful Eight.
Childhood and youth
Jennifer Jason Leigh was born on February 5, 1962, in Hollywood (California). The father of the actress was an actor, and the mother was a scriptwriter. The future Hollywood star spent her childhood on the set, so it is not surprising that she has devoted her life to an acting career.
It is known that during the teen years Jason Leigh attended Lee Strasberg's acting classes. She played her first role at the age of nine and became famous after the release of the teen film Fast Times at Ridgemont High, in which Jennifer got a leading role.
In 1989, the actress portrayed a woman of easy virtue in the movie Last Exit to Brooklyn. This role brought her several film awards, as well as critical acclaim. Later, Jennifer starred in the film Miami Blues, Rush, the television movie Buried Alive, as well as Backdraft with Kurt Russell in a leading role.
One of the greatest achievements in Jennifer’s career was the role of the young lady trying to steal the identity of Bridget Fonda in the 1992 film Single White Female. After the premiere, Leigh received good reviews from critics and the MTV Movie Award for Best Villain. The following year, the actress appeared in Robert Altman’s film Short Cuts, and then in the Coen Brothers’ film The Hudsucker Proxy.
In 1994, Jason Leigh played the role of Dorothy Parker in the commercially successful film Mrs. Parker and the Vicious Circle. Jennifer was nominated for several Golden Globe and Independent Spirit Awards for the movie about the life of American writer Dorothy Parker.
In 1995, Jennifer Jason Leigh played in two successful films: Dolores Claiborne with Kathy Bates and Georgia with Mare Winningham. It is known that the script for the last movie was written by the mother of the actress, Barbara Turner.
Although the actress regularly filmed for several years, the movies did not attract the attention of viewers or critics. In 2001, Jennifer was a screenwriter and director of the film The Anniversary Party and received two nominations for the Independent Spirit Award.
Since the 2000s, the actress has played supporting roles in various films and television projects. The most notable projects of this period are Road to Perdition (2002), In the Cut (2003), The Machinist (2004), The Jacket (2005), Margot at the Wedding (2007) and Synecdoche, New York (2008).
From 2009 to 2012, Leigh played a minor role in the television series Weeds, and in the summer of 2012, she got the role of Kara Clarke-Murphy, a mentally ill woman and mother of one of the title characters, in the television series Revenge.
2013 was marked by the release of the drama Kill Your Darlings, telling about the murder, which in 1944 threw together the great writers of the Beat Generation: Allen Ginsberg (Daniel Radcliffe), Jack Kerouac (Jack Huston) and William Burroughs (Ben Foster).
In September 2014, Welcome to Me premiered at the Toronto Film Festival. Besides Jason Leigh, Kristen Wiig, James Marsden, and Wes Bentley starred there.
The action takes place shortly after the American Civil War. The heroes of the film are bounty hunters and some guests who are forced to wait out a winter storm in an inn. In this movie, Jennifer portrayed a dangerous criminal, Daisy Domergue.
In 2016, fans saw their favorite actress in the science fiction film Morgan directed by Luke Scott. A risk-management specialist goes to a remote secret branch where she must investigate and assess casualties of the accident. There the young lady finds out that the incident has been a fault of a man whose existence is a mystery.
Despite the popularity, Jennifer still manages not to make her personal life public. No matter how hard the media representatives tried, they didn’t find any compromising information.
It is known that from 2005 to 2013, Jason was married to director Noah Baumbach, and the actress gave birth to boy Rohmer Emmanuel Baumbach.
Jennifer Jason Leigh now
In June 2017, the horror film Amityville: The Awakening was released. The plot of the remake of the 1979 movie tells about a girl named Belle (Bella Thorne), who moved to her new home with a single mother, Joan (Jennifer Jason Leigh), younger sister Juliet (Mckenna Grace) and twin brother James (Cameron Monaghan) who is in a coma.
A few days after the move, strange things begin to happen in the house, including the miraculous healing of the brother. As it turns out later, the mother has hidden from the children that their new place was the notorious Amityville house, the site of mass murder.
The same year, the filmography of the actress included the TV series Twin Peaks and the crime drama Good Time. The second film tells the story of a bank robber named Connie (Robert Pattinson), who is desperately trying to fling off pursuers, and Jennifer played the title character's girlfriend.
Although Jennifer does not have accounts on social networks, her admirers have created a fan page on Instagram. Administrators regularly post photos of film premieres and short videos of films with Jason.
Moreover, anyone can easily find on the Internet materials related to the acting career of the Hollywood star and learn more about it.
- 1977 – Baretta
- 1982 – Wrong Is Right
- 1983 – Easy Money
- 1991 – Rush
- 1998 – King of the Hill
- 2001 – The Man Who Wasn't There
- 2004 – The Machinist
- 2005 – The Jacket
- 2007 – Margot at the Wedding
- 2010 – Greenberg
- 2013 – The Spectacular Now
- 2015 – The Hateful Eight
- 2016 – Morgan
- 2017 – Amityville: The Awakening
- 2017 – Good Time