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Jennifer Jason Leigh
Jennifer Jason Leigh
Jennifer Jason Leigh


She is also the co-writer and co-director of the film The Anniversary Party, made with fellow actor Alan Cumming. in subsequent interviews, Leigh has stated that the role is her least favorite performance: “In mainstream movies, the woman’s role is mostly just to prove that the leading man is heterosexual. I’m not good at that, and I’m not interested in that.” Leigh found more success in the gritty crime drama Rush (1991), in which she portrayed an undercover narcotics policewoman who becomes a junkie in the line of duty in and falls in love with her partner Jason Patric. Arguably Leigh’s finest performance was in the role of Sadie Flood, an angry, drug-addicted rock singer living in the shadow of her successful older sister (Mare Winningham) in Georgia (1995). The film was written by Leigh’s mother Barbara Turner, and was co-produced by Turner and Leigh. Georgia was met with universal critical praise, with Leigh’s performance hailed as one of the best of the year. Peter Travers of Rolling Stone wrote that ” fierce, funny, exasperating and deeply affecting portrayal commands attention”; James Berardinelli claimed, “There are times when it’s uncomfortable to watch this performance because it’s so powerful”, while Kenneth Turan of the Los Angeles Times said “Leigh’s exceptional performance tears you apart.
Jennifer Jason Leigh
Jennifer Jason Leigh
Jennifer Jason Leigh
Jennifer Jason Leigh
Jennifer Jason Leigh
Jennifer Jason Leigh


An episode of The Waltons and several TV movies followed, including a portrayal of an anorexic teenager in The Best Little Girl in the World, for which Leigh dropped to 86 pounds (39 kg) under medical supervision. in 1990, Leigh made a significant career breakthrough when she was voted the year’s Best Supporting Actress by both the New York Film Critics Circle and the Boston Society of Film Critics for her portrayals of two very different prostitutes: the tough streetwalker Tralala who submits to a brutal gang in Last Exit to Brooklyn, and Susie, a teenage prostitute who falls in love with ex-con Alec Baldwin in Miami Blues. Leigh reportedly told director Ron Howard that she wished that she could be the fire because it had the film’s best role. in a change of pace from her “bad girl” roles, Leigh played the fast-talking reporter Amy Archer in the Coen Brothers’ comic homage to 1930s screwball comedy The Hudsucker Proxy (1994), modeling her performance and speaking style on the early work of Katharine Hepburn. in 1993, she joined the ensemble cast of Robert Altman’s film Short Cuts, playing a phone-sex operator who diapers her newborn baby while talking to clients. After a long period of avoiding prostitute roles, she played alongside Christian Bale as his prostitute girlfriend in the thriller The Machinist (2004). Her performance as a manipulative stage mother in Don McKellar’s film Childstar won her a Genie Award in 2005. in recent years, Leigh appeared in the 2008 ensemble film Synecdoche, New York and has acted in two films written and directed by her then-partner Noah Baumbach – Margot at the Wedding, co-starring Nicole Kidman, and Greenberg.
Jennifer Jason Leigh
Jennifer Jason Leigh
Jennifer Jason Leigh
Jennifer Jason Leigh
Jennifer Jason Leigh
Jennifer Jason Leigh
Jennifer Jason Leigh
Jennifer Jason Leigh
Jennifer Jason Leigh
Jennifer Jason Leigh
Jennifer Jason Leigh
Jennifer Jason Leigh


In 1990, Leigh made a significant career breakthrough when she was voted the year’s Best Supporting Actress by both the New York Film Critics Circle and the Boston Society of Film Critics for her portrayals of two very different prostitutes: the tough streetwalker Tralala who submits to a brutal gang in Last Exit to Brooklyn, and Susie, a teenage prostitute who falls in love with ex-con Alec Baldwin in Miami Blues. Leigh reportedly told director Ron Howard that she wished that she could be the fire because it had the film’s best role. Leigh took her first lead role as the writer and critic Dorothy Parker in Alan Rudolph’s film Mrs. Parker and the Vicious Circle (1994). Working again with Altman, a family friend, she played a streetwise kidnapper alongside Miranda Richardson in Altman’s Jazz Era drama Kansas City (1996). Taking another radical change of pace, she starred in Agnieszka Holland’s version of the Henry James novel Washington Square (1997), as a mousy 19th-century heiress courted by a gold-digger. She succeeded Mary-Louise Parker in the lead role in Proof on Broadway in 2001. She is currently playing Bunny in the Broadway revival of House of Blue Leaves in New York City alongside Ben Stiller and Edie Falco.