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  • There really was a Hollywood by Janet Leigh (Garden City, N.Y.: Doubleday, 1984).


  • Psycho: Behind the Scenes of the Classic Thriller by Janet Leigh with Christopher Nickens (New York: Harmony Books, 1995).

Referenced in:

  • "A" Western Filmmakers: A Biographical Dictionary of Writers, Directors, Cinematographers, Composers, Actors and Actresses by Henryk Hoffmann (Jefferson, NC: McFarland & Co., Inc., 2000).
  • Contemporary Theatre, Film and Television (Detroit, MI : Gale Research Co., 1998).
  • The MGM Stock Company: The Golden Era by James Robert Parish and Ronald L. Bowers (New Rochelle, NY: Arlington House, 1973).
  • Tony Curtis : the man and his movies by Allan Hunter (New York, NY: St. Martin's Press, c1985).

The Books/ Plays of her Films:

  • If winter comes by A.S.M. Hutchinson (Boston: Little, Brown, and Company, 1921).
  • Little Women, Or, Meg, Jo, Beth and Amy by Louisa May Alcott (Boston: Roberts Brothers, 1868).
  • The Forsyte Saga by John Galsworthy (1922).
         (inspiration for THAT FORSYTE WOMAN).
  • Vespers in Vienna by Bruce Marshall (Boston: Houghton Mifflin Co., 1947).
         (inspiration for THE RED DANUBE).
  • "Strictly dishonorable" by Preston Sturges (New York: Grosset & Dunlap, c1931).
  • Scaramouche: a romance of the French revolution by Rafael Sabatini (Boston, New York: Houghton Mifflin Company, 1921).
  • Houdini: his life-story by Harold Kellock from the recollections and documents of Beatrice Houdini (New York: Blue Ribbon Books, c1928).
  • Rogue cop by William P. McGivern (New York: Dodd, Mead, 1954).
  • Men of iron by Howard Pyle (New York: Harper & brothers, 1892).
         (inspiration for THE BLACK SHIELD OF FALWORTH).
  • "Hazel Flagg" book by Ben Hecht; music by Jule Styne; lyrics by Bob Hilliard (New York: Tams-Witmark, 1950).
         (inspiration for LIVING IT UP).
  • My sister Eileen by Ruth McKenney (New York: Harcourt, Brace and company, 1938).
  • "My sister Eileen, a comedy" by Joseph Fields and Jerome Chodorov, based on the stories by Ruth McKenney (New York: Random House, 1941).
  • Badge of evil by Whit Masterson (New York: Dodd, Mead, 1956).
         (inspiration for TOUCH OF EVIL).
  • The Viking by Edison Marshall (New York: Farrar, Straus and Young, 1951).
         (inspiration for THE VIKINGS).
  • Psycho by Robert Bloch (New York: Simon and Schuster, 1959).
  • "Broadway Zauber" by Leslie Bush-Fekete.
         (inspiration for PEPE.)
  • The Manchurian Candidate by Richard Condon (New York: McGraw-Hill, 1959).
  • "Bye bye Birdie" book by Michael Stewart; music by Charles Strouse; lyrics by Lee Adams (1960).
  • "The first wife" by Jay Allen Presson.
         (inspiration for WIVES AND LOVERS).
  • Kid Rodelo by Louis L'Amour.
  • The moving target by Ross Macdonald (1949).
         (inspiration for HARPER).
  • An American dream by Norman Mailer (New York: Dial Press, 1965).
  • The year of the angry rabbit by Russell Braddon (New York: W.W. Norton, 1965).
         (inspiration for NIGHT OF THE LEPUS).
For more information about locating any of the above books, visit this page: Classic Movie Merchandise: Books.



  • "Janet Leigh."  Baseline Celebrity Biographies (1999).
  • Curtis, Jamie Lee.  "My Mom: 'I think of you and Dad as the Demi and Bruce of Your Generation'." The Observer (20 April 1997): 9.
  • Leigh, Janet.  "The real facts about Tony and me."  Silver Screen 24.2 (December 1953): 29.
  • Leigh, Janet.  "And so we were married."  Silver Screen 21.12 (October 1951): 26.


  • Nogueira, R.  "Psycho, Rose and a touch of Orson."  Sight and Sound 39.2 (Spring 1970): 66.
  • Leigh, Janet.  "Every wife must be an actress."  Silver Screen 23.9 (July 1953): 34.
  • Maddox, B.  "Untold tales about Janet and Tony."  Silver Screen 23.5 (March 1953): 40.
  • Pidgeon, W.  "Naive is the word."  Silver Screen 18.7 (May 1948): 36.


  • New York Times (1 May 1995).
  • People (7 August 1995): 85+.
  • Photoplay 81.1 (January 1972): 12.
  • Silver Screen 24.9 (July 1954): 35.
  • Silver Screen 23.1 (November 1952): 34.
  • Silver Screen 22.5 (March 1952): 36.
  • Silver Screen 20.2 (December 1949): 42.
  • Ladies Home Journal n.96 (September 1949): 65.


  • "Intimate Portrait: Janet Leigh" (Lifetime Entertainment).
  • "Janet Leigh -- Hollywood interview, with Tom Cooper" (Tom Cooper Productions, 1985).

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