Auditioned for the role of Catwoman in Batman Returns Moved in with Jack Black and Nicole Kidman during filming Margot at the Wedding , because they wanted to perfect their roles as a dysfunctional family. She has received three separate career tributes - at the Telluride Film Festival in , a special award for her contribution to independent cinema from the Film Society of Lincoln Center in , and a week-long retrospective showing of her film work held by the American Cinematheque at Los Angeles' Egyptian Theatre in June Reportedly auditioned for the role of Violet in Pretty Baby , but the part went to Brooke Shields instead. Ex-daughter-in-law of Jonathan Baumbach. Returned to work five months after giving birth to her son Rohmer in order to film her guest appearance on Weeds
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Pinterest Noir star of the 90s But a part of me obviously wanted to understand and know what it was like, but from a very safe distance. A lot of my pull towards acting was trying to understand my sister — and my father, for that matter. I like playing people that are drunk. You have to lose yourself in acting. But it also probably did give me a certain freedom and release, but in a very safe way. There have been few romantic or comedy roles, but plenty of grit and torment, notably in Georgia , a drama written by her mother in which she played a drug-addicted rocker overshadowed by a successful sister.
Feb 5, Birthplace: Throughout her career, she has made a name for herself portraying helpless, damaged, or mentally unsound characters, often performing at a higher level than the material. Also known for extensively researching her roles, Leigh dropped down to less than 90 pounds for one of her first features as an anorexic teenager in the TV-movie The Best Little Girl in the World. After a decade of developing a repertoire of various troubled characters, she was nominated for two Critics Circle awards in for playing prostitutes in both Miami Blues and Last Exit to Brooklyn.
Early life[ edit ] Leigh was born in Hollywood , California. She changed her surname early in her acting career, taking the middle name "Jason" in honor of actor Jason Robards , a family friend. Leigh's parents were Jewish , and their families were from Russia and Austria , respectively. Her older sister, Carrie Ann Morrow, who was credited as a "technical advisor" on her film Georgia , died in Badie acted alongside Leigh in The Anniversary Party.