Wednesday, October 06, 2004

Janet Leigh R.I.P.

Janet Leigh died yesterday, aged 77, of natural causes. This is an annoyingly prosaic way to die compared with her spectacular death 44 years ago in the Bates Motel shower -- which also ensured her screen immortality. Psycho was the film that got me seriously into movies and the shot of the dying Marion (Leigh) stretching her hand towards the shower curtain (and the audience) before collapsing is one of my all-time favourites. So it feels weird somehow to read the news reports and obituaries now.

Nothing really worthwhile on the Net -- most say the same things over and over -- but here are a couple of write-ups, from The Guardian and Roger Ebert.

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