Olivia Hussey is an Argentine-British actress. After appearing in theatre in London, Hussey was chosen to play the role of Juliet in Franco Zeffirelli's 1968 film version of Romeo and Juliet, she won a Golden Globe and the David di Donatello Award for her performance, gained international recognition. In 1974, she appeared as Jess Bradford, in the horror film Black Christmas, she reunited with Zeffirelli in the miniseries Jesus of Nazareth, as Mary, mother of Jesus, appeared in John Guillermin's Agatha Christie adaptation Death on the Nile. She appeared in several international productions throughout the 1980s, including the Japanese production Virus, the Australian horror film Turkey Shoot, she appeared in two made-for-television horror productions: Psycho IV: The Beginning and Stephen King's It, both first screened in 1990. In addition to screen acting, Hussey has worked as a voice actress, providing voice roles in multiple Star Wars video games, including Star Wars: Rogue Squadron, Star Wars: Force Commander, Star Wars: The Old Republic.
Hussey was born Olivia Osuna in Buenos Aires, the first child of Andrés Osuna, an Argentine opera singer, Joy Hussey, a secretary from England. Her parents divorced when she was two years old, at age seven Hussey moved with her mother and younger brother to London, where she spent the remainder of her early life, her parents were Catholic and she was raised Roman Catholic. In London, she attended the Italia Conti Academy drama school for five years. At age 13, she began acting professionally on the stage. Assuming her mother's maiden name as her stage name, Hussey appeared on the London stage as Jenny in The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie, opposite Vanessa Redgrave. During the run of this play, Italian film director Franco Zeffirelli first spotted her because of her beauty and theatrical skill. At 15, she was chosen out of 500 actresses to star as Juliet in Zeffirelli's film version of Romeo and Juliet, opposite Leonard Whiting's Romeo. Prior to her role in Romeo and Juliet, she had appeared in minor roles in two films: The Battle of the Villa Fiorita and Cup Fever, an episode of the television series Drama 61–67.
In 1969, she won a special David di Donatello Award and the Golden Globe Award for New Star of the Year - Actress for her performance in Romeo and Juliet. In 1971, she appeared in the British drama All the Right Noises, followed by the crime film The Summertime Killer, the musical Lost Horizon, opposite Liv Ullmann, John Gielgud, Sally Kellerman. In 1974, she played the leading role of Jess Bradford in the Canadian horror film, Black Christmas, which became influential as a forerunner of the slasher film genre of horror films, she played the mother of Jesus, in the 1977 television production of Jesus of Nazareth. In 1978 she played Rosalie Otterbourne in Death on the Nile with Peter Ustinov, appeared in The Cat and the Canary, she starred as Marit in the Japanese film Virus, played Rebecca of York in the 1982 remake of Ivanhoe. In 1987, Hussey appeared in a clip for the Michael Jackson video Liberian Girl, among others, who included Steven Spielberg, John Travolta, Olivia Newton-John, Whoopi Goldberg, Lou Ferrigno, Billy Dee Williams.
In 1990, Hussey appeared in two horror projects, playing Norma Bates, the mother of Norman Bates, in Psycho IV: The Beginning, a prequel to Alfred Hitchcock's Psycho, in the miniseries It, an adaptation of the Stephen King novel. Hussey played the lead in Mother Teresa of Calcutta, a biographical film about Mother Teresa, for which she was presented with a Character & Morality in Entertainment Award on 12 May 2007 in Hollywood, she stated in an interview that it had been her dream and wish to portray the role of Mother Teresa of Calcutta since she finished her role as the Virgin Mary in Jesus of Nazareth. Hussey and Leonard Whiting reunited as on-screen partners in the film Social Suicide, the only film that they both appeared in since Romeo and Juliet. Hussey has worked as a voice actress, was nominated for "Outstanding Individual Achievement for Voice Acting by a Female Performer in an Animated Television Production" at the Annie Awards for her work in the DC animated universe, as Talia al Ghul.
She voiced the character of Kasan Moor in the PC/Nintendo 64 game, Star Wars: Rogue Squadron and was in the massively multiplayer online role-playing game Star Wars: The Old Republic as Jedi Master Yuon Par. She lent her voice to Star Wars: Force Commander in 2000, she quit acting for two years following the success of Franco Zeffirelli's Romeo and Juliet due to an ongoing struggle with agoraphobia. In 1971 Hussey married actor Dean Paul Martin, son of the singer Dean Martin, they had a son, Alexander Gunther Martin, in 1973, before divorcing in 1978. Dean Paul Martin died in 1987 when his National Guard F-4 Phantom jet fighter crashed in California's San Bernardino Mountains during a snowstorm. In 1980 Hussey married Japanese singer Akira Fuse in two ceremonies, one at home in Los Angeles and a second, an Indian wedding, in Miami, she gave birth to her son Max in 1983. She divorced Fuse in 1989. In 1991 Hussey married American rock musician David Glen Eisley, a son of the late actor Anthony Eisley.
In October 1993 she gave birth to her daughter, India Eisley. India an actress, played her first major role in the American teen drama The Secret Life of the American Teenager in 2008, her memoir, The Girl on the Balcony: Olivia Hussey Finds Life After Romeo and Juliet, was released o
Tenebrae is a 1982 Italian giallo film written and directed by Dario Argento. The film stars Anthony Franciosa as American author Peter Neal, who – while in Rome promoting his latest murder-mystery novel – becomes embroiled in the search for a serial killer who may have been inspired to kill by his novel. John Saxon and Daria Nicolodi co-star as Neal's agent and assistant, while Giuliano Gemma and Carola Stagnaro appear as detectives investigating the murders. John Steiner, Veronica Lario and Mirella D'Angelo feature in minor roles; the film has been described as exploring themes of dualism and sexual aberration, has strong metafictional elements. After Argento had experimented with pure supernatural horror with 1977's Suspiria and 1980's Inferno, Tenebrae represented the filmmaker's return to the giallo horror subgenre, which he had helped popularize in the 1970s. Argento was inspired by a series of incidents which saw an obsessed fan telephone the director to criticize him for the damaging psychological effects of his previous work.
The telephone calls culminated in death threats towards Argento, who channelled the experience into the writing of Tenebrae. The director wanted to explore the senselessness of killings he had witnessed and heard about while staying in Los Angeles in 1980, his feeling at the time that true horror came from those who wanted "to kill for nothing". Shot on location in Rome and at Elios Studios, Tenebrae utilized modern-looking locations and sets to help Argento realize his intent that the film reflect a near-future with a diminished population. Employing director of photography Luciano Tovoli, Argento intended that the film simulate the stark, realistic lighting featured in television police shows at the time. Several former members of Italian rock band Goblin provided Tenebrae's music, a synth-heavy score inspired by rock and disco music. Tenebrae was a modest success in Italy. However, in the United Kingdom, it was added to the infamous list of "video nasties" and banned from sale until 1999.
The film's theatrical distribution in the United States was delayed until 1984, when it was released in a censored version under the title Unsane. In its cut form, Tenebrae received a negative critical reception, but the original restored version became available for reappraisal; the film critic and author Maitland McDonagh has said that it is "in many respects... the finest film that Argento has made". Peter Neal, an American writer of violent horror novels, visits Italy to promote his latest work, Tenebrae, he is joined in Rome by his assistant Anne, his literary agent Bullmer. Unbeknownst to Neal, his embittered fiancée Jane has vandalized his suitcase in JFK and followed him to Rome. Hours before Neal's arrival, young shoplifter Elsa is killed with a razor by an unseen assailant. Detective Giermani and Inspector Altieri question Neal because Elsa's mouth had been stuffed with pages of Tenebrae. Neal receives an anonymous letter, deemed by Giermani a prelude to an impending killing spree; the film is punctuated hereafter by visions tormenting an unseen man.
Implied to be flashbacks, they showcase a young woman flirting with several male youths in a beach. One of them slaps her and is chased and held down by the others while she kicks and orally rapes him with red high-heeled shoes. Unequivocally POV shot flashbacks show him stabbing her to death in revenge. More killings and letters ensue in the present. Lesbian journalist and Neal acquaintance Tilde is murdered at her home, along with her lover Marion. Maria, the daughter of Neal's landlord, is axed to death after stumbling into the killer's lair. TV book reviewer Christiano Berti shows an intense fixation on Neal's work, as well as a bigoted prudishness much like that of the killer's letters. Following this hunch, the fact that Maria's body was found in Berti's district and his assistant Gianni spy on Berti, burning pictures and files identifying him as the killer. Gianni sees Berti telling someone "I killed them all!" and having his head split by an axe, but is unable to see the murderer. He finds Neal knocked unconscious on the lawn and they flee the scene.
Neal has sex with a first in their six-year acquaintance. After Neal leaves Bullmer's office the next morning, his fiancée Jane comes out of an adjacent room and is revealed to be Bullmer's lover. Giermani calls Neal to the Berti crime scene after finding dossiers proving Berti's obsession with him, but is unaware of the burnt evidence, he thus believes the killer is still at large, is comforted by Neal's intention to leave Rome. Jane receives a gift of red shoes like those prevalent in the seaside flashbacks. Bullmer is stabbed to death in a public square while waiting for Jane, who witnesses the aftermath and flees. Neal's plane leaves for Paris that evening. Meanwhile, Gianni is haunted by the significance of, he realizes that Berti's self-incriminating last words imply two murderers. Before Gianni can share this detail with anyone, he is garrotted to death in his car. A distraught Jane calls Anne to her place, waits in her kitchen holding a pi
Nosferatu: A Symphony of Horror, or Nosferatu, is a 1922 German Expressionist horror film, directed by F. W. Murnau, starring Max Schreck as the vampire Count Orlok; the film, shot in 1921 and released in 1922, was an unauthorized adaptation of Bram Stoker's Dracula. Various names and other details were changed from the novel: for instance, "vampire" became "Nosferatu" and "Count Dracula" became "Count Orlok". Stoker's heirs sued over the adaptation, a court ruling ordered that all copies of the film be destroyed. However, a few prints of Nosferatu survived, the film came to be regarded as an influential masterpiece of cinema; the film was released in the United States on 3 June 1929, seven years after its original premiere in Germany. In 1838, Thomas Hutter lives in the fictional German city of Wisborg, his mysterious employer, estate agent Herr Knock, sends Hutter to Transylvania to visit a new client named Count Orlok who plans to buy a house in Wisborg. Hutter entrusts his loving wife Ellen to his good friend Harding and Harding's sister Annie, before embarking on his long journey.
Nearing his destination in the Carpathian Mountains, Hutter stops at an inn for dinner. The locals become frightened by the mere mention of Orlok's name and discourage him from traveling to his castle at night, warning of a werewolf on the prowl; the next morning, Hutter takes a coach to a high mountain pass, but the coachman declines to take him any further than the bridge as nightfall is approaching. A black-swathed coach appears after Hutter crosses the bridge and the coachman gestures for him to climb aboard. Hutter is welcomed at a castle by Count Orlok; when Hutter is eating dinner and accidentally cuts his thumb, Orlok tries to suck the blood out, but his repulsed guest pulls his hand away. Hutter wakes up to a deserted castle the morning after and notices fresh punctures on his neck which, in a letter he sends by courier on horseback to be delivered to his devoted wife, he attributes to mosquitoes; that night, Orlok signs the documents to purchase the house across from Hutter's own home in Wisborg and notices a photo of Hutter's wife, remarking that she has a "lovely neck."
Reading a book about vampires that he took from the local inn, Hutter starts to suspect that Orlok is Nosferatu, the "Bird of Death." He cowers in his room as midnight approaches. The door opens by itself and Orlok enters, his true nature revealed, Hutter hides under the bed covers and falls unconscious. At the same time this is happening, his wife awakens from her sleep, in a trance walks towards the balcony and onto the railing. Alarmed, Harding shouts Ellen's name and she faints while he asks for a doctor. After the doctor arrives, she shouts Hutter's name, remaining in the trance and able to see Orlok in his castle threatening her unconscious husband; the doctor believes this trance-like state is due to "blood congestion". The next day, Hutter explores the castle. In its crypt, he finds the coffin. Hutter dashes back to his room. Hours from the window, he sees Orlok piling up coffins on a coach and climbing into the last one before the coach departs. Hutter escapes the castle through the window, but is knocked unconscious by the fall and awakens in a hospital.
When he is sufficiently recovered, he hurries home. Meanwhile, the coffins are shipped down river on a raft, they are transferred to a schooner, but not before one is opened by the crew, revealing a multitude of rats. The sailors on the ship get sick one by one. Suspecting the truth, the first mate goes below to destroy the coffins. However, Orlok awakens and the horrified sailor jumps into the sea. Unaware of his danger, the captain becomes Orlok's latest victim; when the ship arrives in Wisborg, Orlok leaves unobserved, carrying one of his coffins, moves into the house he purchased. The next morning, when the ship is inspected, the captain is found dead. After examining the logbook, the doctors assume; the town is stricken with panic, people are warned to stay inside. There are many deaths in the town. Knock, committed to a psychiatric ward, escapes after murdering the warden; the townspeople give chase, but he eludes them by climbing a roof using a scarecrow. Meanwhile, Orlok stares from his window at the sleeping Ellen.
Against her husband's wishes, Ellen had read the book. The book claims that the way to defeat a vampire is for a woman, pure in heart to distract the vampire with her beauty all through the night, she faints. When Hutter revives her, she sends him to fetch Professor Bulwer. After he leaves, Orlok comes in, he becomes so engrossed drinking her blood. Knock, recaptured, senses what is happening to Orlok, but is restrained from breaking out of his cell to warn him; when a rooster crows, Orlok vanishes in a puff of smoke as he tries to flee, which Knock senses as he dies. Ellen lives just long enough to be embraced by her grief-stricken husband; the last scene shows Count Orlok's ruined castle in the Carpathian Mountains, symbolizing the end of his reign of terror. Max Schreck as Count Orlok Gustav von Wangenheim as Thomas Hutter Greta Schröder as Ellen Hutter Alexander Granach as Knock Georg H. Schnell as Shipowner Harding Ruth Landshoff as Annie John Gottowt as Professor Bulwer Gustav Botz as Professor Sievers Max Nemetz as The Captain of The Empusa Wolfgang Heinz as First Mate of The Empusa Hardy von Francois as mental hospital doctor Albert Venoh
King Kong (1933 film)
King Kong is a 1933 American pre-Code monster adventure film directed and produced by Merian C. Cooper and Ernest B. Schoedsack; the screenplay by James Ashmore Creelman and Ruth Rose was developed from an idea conceived by Cooper and Edgar Wallace. It stars Fay Wray, Bruce Cabot and Robert Armstrong, opened in New York City on March 2, 1933, to rave reviews, it has been ranked by Rotten Tomatoes as the greatest horror film of all time and the thirty-third greatest film of all time. The film tells of a huge, ape-like creature dubbed Kong who perishes in an attempt to possess a beautiful young woman. King Kong is noted for its stop-motion animation by Willis O'Brien and a groundbreaking musical score by Max Steiner. In 1991, it was deemed "culturally and aesthetically significant" by the Library of Congress and selected for preservation in the National Film Registry. A sequel followed with Son of Kong, with several more films made in the following decades; the year is 1932. In New York Harbor, filmmaker Carl Denham, famous for making wildlife films in remote and exotic locations, charters Captain Englehorn's ship, the Venture, for his new project.
However, he is unable to secure an actress for a female role. Searching in the streets of New York City, he finds Ann Darrow and promises her the adventure of a lifetime; the crew boards the Venture and sets off, during which the ship's first mate Jack Driscoll, falls in love with Ann. Denham reveals to the crew that their destination is in an uncharted territory, he alludes to a monstrous creature named Kong, rumored to dwell on the island. The crew anchor offshore, they encounter a native village, separated from the rest of the island by an ancient stone wall. They witness a group of natives preparing to sacrifice a young woman termed the "bride of Kong"; the intruders are spotted and the native chief stops the ceremony. When he sees Ann, he offers to trade six of his tribal women for the "golden woman", they return to the Venture. That night, natives kidnap Ann from the ship and take her to their altar, where she is offered to Kong, an enormous gorilla-like creature. Kong carries Ann into the wilderness as Denham and some volunteers enter the jungle in hopes of rescuing her.
They are ambushed by a Stegosaurus, which they manage to defeat. After facing a Brontosaurus and Kong himself and Denham are the only survivors. A Tyrannosaurus attacks Ann and Kong. Meanwhile, Driscoll continues to follow them. Upon arriving in Kong's lair, Ann is menaced by a snake-like Elasmosaurus, which Kong kills. While Kong is distracted killing a Pteranodon that tried to fly away with Ann, Driscoll reaches her and they climb down a vine dangling from a cliff ledge; when Kong notices and starts pulling them back up, the two fall unharmed. They run through the jungle and back to the village, where Denham and the surviving crewmen are waiting. Kong, breaks open the gate and relentlessly rampages through the village. Onshore, now determined to bring Kong back alive, knocks him unconscious with a gas bomb. Shackled in chains, Kong is taken to New York City and presented to a Broadway theatre audience as "Kong, the Eighth Wonder of the World". Ann and Jack are surrounded by a group of press photographers.
Kong, breaks loose. The audience flees in horror. Ann is whisked away to a hotel room on a high floor, his hand smashes through the hotel room window, immobilizing Jack, abducts Ann again. Kong rampages through the city, he wrecks a crowded elevated train and climbs the Empire State Building. At its top, he is attacked by four airplanes. Kong destroys one, but succumbs to their gunfire, he ensures Ann's safety before falling to his death. Ann and Jack are reunited. Denham pushes through a crowd surrounding Kong's corpse in the street; when a policeman remarks that the planes got him, Denham tells him, "No, it wasn't the airplanes. It was Beauty killed the Beast". Before King Kong entered production, a long tradition of jungle films existed, whether drama or documentary, such films adhered to a narrative pattern that followed an explorer or scientist into the jungle to test a theory only to discover some monstrous aberration in the undergrowth. In these films, scientific knowledge could be subverted at any time, it was this that provided the genre with its vitality and endurance.
In the early 20th century, few zoos had primate exhibits so there was popular demand to see them on film. At the turn of the 20th century, the Lumière Brothers sent film documentarians to places westerners had never seen, Georges Méliès utilized trick photography in film fantasies that prefigured that in King Kong. Jungle films were launched in the United States in 1913 with Beasts in the Jungle, the film's popularity spawned similar pictures such as Tarzan of the Apes. In 1925, The Lost World made movie history with special effects by Willis O'Brien and a crew that would work on King Kong. King Kong producer Ernest B. Schoedsack had earlier monkey experience directing Chang: A Drama of the Wilderness in 1927 and Rango in 1931, both of which prominently featured monkeys in authentic jungle settings. Capitalizing on this trend, Congo Pictures released the hoax documentary Ingagi in 1930, advertising the film as "an authentic incontestable celluloid document showing the sacrifice of a living woman to mammoth gorillas."
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Jess Bradford is a fictional character in Bob Clark's 1974 psychological slasher film Black Christmas in which she was created by the writer A. Roy Moore and portrayed by actress Olivia Hussey, her story is expanded upon in the Lee Hays novelization of the film. The character has since been met with acclaim for challenging gender roles, she has been regarded as one of the most influential heroines in film and is considered to be one of the earliest examples of the final girl trope. In the mid 2000s, Hussey was approached to reprise her role in a direct sequel to the original film shortly after the release of the 2006 reboot. However, the film was scrapped after the death of Bob Clark. In the original Black Christmas, Jess is a member of the sorority house Pi Kappa Sig. Jess, along with her sorority sisters, began to receive disturbing phone calls from a disorientated man. During a Christmas party, Jess receives another obscene phone call and lets Barb, Phyl and several other girls to listen to the incoherent ramblings of the disturbed caller, who does several different voices within each call he makes.
The next day, Jess meets with her boyfriend, Peter, to tell him that she is pregnant and getting an abortion which causes him to get upset. Jess attends a search party to help find a missing girl. After the girl's corpse is found, Jess receives another phone call, she calls the police, unaware that Peter is in the house until he argues with her. He leaves as the police tap the phone, she manages to keep the caller on the phone long enough for the police to trace the call and they tell her the man is calling from inside the house. Jess goes upstairs, she discovers the corpses of her friends and sees the eyes of the caller who reveals himself as Billy looking at her through the door crack, telling her not to "tell what we did, Agnes..." before she slams the door on him. He chases her downstairs and grabs her hair as she tries to unlock the front door. Jess manages fleeing to the basement with a fire poker for protection, she locks the door. As Jess wanders the basement, she sees Peter looking into the window, Jess kills him, believing him to be the killer.
The police hear her screams. They sedate Jess and unknowingly leave her in the house with the real killer, in the attic, her fate is left ambiguous. Jess appears as the main character in the novelization of the film. Shortly after the release of the 2006 reboot, Bob Clark began to work on a direct sequel to the original film. Olivia Hussey was set to reprise her role as Jess. In this film, Jess would have been the new house mother of the sorority house; the film was abandoned after the untimely death of Clark. In The Mammoth Book of Slasher Movies, Peter Normanton praised the importance that Jess has on the film saying "Jessica Bradford has to confront a dilemma in her own life, one that will have a major bearing on the outcome of this film."In Fright Xmas, Alan-Bertaneisson Jones stated that the plot of Black Christmas did not focus on the killer but rather on Jess and the other girls from the film, saying that "This is quite refreshing, because unlike in movies where the victims are just a line of meat to feed to the grinder, in this film Jessica is a much more realized character.
And noted the complexity around her character stating that "In Black Christmas Jess rebels against her boyfriend, planning to have an abortion. She is no virgin, yet she is the sole survivor of Billy's rampage." Final girl Jess on IMDb
Janet Leigh was an American actress, singer and author. Raised in Stockton, California, by working-class parents, Leigh was discovered at age eighteen by actress Norma Shearer, who helped her secure a contract with Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer. Leigh had her first formal foray into acting appearing in radio programs before making her film debut in The Romance of Rosy Ridge. Early in her career, she appeared in several popular films for MGM which spanned a wide variety of genres, including Act of Violence, Little Women, Angels in the Outfield, The Naked Spur, Living It Up. Leigh played dramatic roles during the latter half of the 1950s, in such films as Safari and Orson Welles's film noir Touch of Evil, but achieved her most lasting recognition as the doomed Marion Crane in Alfred Hitchcock's Psycho, which earned her a Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress and an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actress, her publicized marriage to actor Tony Curtis ended in divorce in 1962, after starring in The Manchurian Candidate that same year, Leigh scaled back her career.
Intermittently, she continued to appear in films, including Bye Bye Birdie, Night of the Lepus, Boardwalk. In late 1975, she made her Broadway debut in a production of Murder Among Friends, she would go on to appear in two horror films with her daughter, Jamie Lee Curtis: The Fog and Halloween H20: 20 Years Later. In addition to her work as an actress, Leigh wrote four books between 1984 and 2002, two of which were novels, she died in October 2004 at age 77, following a year-long battle with vasculitis, an inflammation of the blood vessels. The only child of Helen Lita and Frederick Robert Morrison, Leigh was born Jeanette Helen Morrison on July 6, 1927 in Merced, California, her maternal grandparents were immigrants from Denmark, her father had Scots-Irish and German ancestry. Shortly after Leigh's birth, the family relocated to Stockton, she was brought up in poverty, as her father struggled to support the family with his factory employment, he took various additional jobs after the Great Depression.
Leigh sang in the local church choir throughout her childhood. In 1941, when her paternal grandfather became terminally ill, the family relocated to Merced where they moved into her grandparents' home, she attended Weber Grammar School in Stockton, Stockton High School. Leigh graduated from high school at age sixteen. In September 1943, she enrolled at the College of the Pacific, where she majored in music and psychology. While in college, she joined the Alpha Theta Tau sorority, sang with the college's a cappella choir. In order to help support her family, she spent Christmas and summer vacations working at retail shops and dime stores, as well as working at the college's information desk during her studies. In the winter of 1945–6, actress Norma Shearer was vacationing at Sugar Bowl, a ski resort in the Sierra Nevada mountains where Leigh's parents were working at the time. In the resort lobby, Shearer noticed a photograph of Leigh taken by the ski club photographer over the Christmas holiday, which he had printed and placed in a photo album available for guests to browse.
Upon returning to Los Angeles, Shearer showed Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer talent agent Lew Wasserman the photograph of the then-eighteen-year-old Leigh. She would recall that "that smile made it the most fascinating face I had seen in years. I felt I had to show that face to somebody at the studio."Through her association with MGM, Shearer was able to facilitate screen tests for Leigh with Selena Royle, after which Wasserman negotiated a contract for her, despite her having no acting experience. Leigh dropped out of college that year, was soon placed under the tutelage of drama coach Lillian Burns. Prior to beginning her film career, Leigh was a guest star on the radio dramatic anthology The Cresta Blanca Hollywood Players, her initial appearance on radio at age 19 was in the program's production "All Through the House," a Christmas special that aired on December 24, 1946. Leigh made her film debut in the big budget film The Romance of Rosy Ridge in 1947, as the romantic interest of Van Johnson's character.
She got the role when performing Phyllis Thaxter's long speech in Thirty Seconds Over Tokyo for the head of the studio talent department. During the shooting, Leigh's name was first changed to "Jeanette Reames" to "Janet Leigh" and back to her birth name "Jeanette Morrison", because "Janet Leigh" resembled Vivien Leigh too much. However, Johnson did not like the name and it was changed back to "Janet Leigh". Leigh left college for a film career, but enrolled in night school at the University of Southern California in 1947. After the film's release, Leigh was cast opposite Walter Pidgeon and Deborah Kerr in If Winter Comes. Furthermore, due to the box office success of The Romance of Rosy Ridge and Johnson were teamed up again in a film project called The Life of Monty Stratton in August 1947; the project was shelved and released in 1949 as The Stratton Story, starring James Stewart and June Allyson. Another film that Leigh was set to star in, before being replaced, was Alias a Gentleman, in which she was cast in April 1947.
By late 1947, Leigh was occupied with the shooting of the Lassie film Hills of Home, her third movie and the first in which she received star billing. She had a
Daria Nicolodi is an Italian actress and screenwriter. Daria Nicolodi was born in Florence on 19 June 1950, her father was a Florentine lawyer and her mother, was a scholar of ancient languages. Her maternal grandfather was composer Alfredo Casella, she moved to Rome in the late 1960s. In 1970 she participated in the television variety show Babau in four episodes, written by Poli Paul and Ida Omboni and directed by Vito Molinari; because of program content deemed outrageous at the time, the show was "archived" and only broadcast by RAI six years later. In the early 1970s Nicolodi had some significant work in the cinema and theater under the guidance of Elio Petri. In the same year, Nicolodi participated in some TV productions, such as the serial story Nicotera, Without a Trace with Rossano Brazzi, Portrait of a Veiled Woman with Nino Castelnuovo, the drama Saturnino Farandola with Mariano Rigillo, Rosaura at 10. Nicolodi starred in five films directed by Dario Argento between 1975 and 1987: Deep Red, Tenebrae and Opera.
She has a co-writing credit on Suspiria. Notably, Nicolodi starred in the final film of Italian horror auteur Mario Bava. After her relationship with Argento ended in 1985, Nicolodi participated in a few occasional thriller/horror films, exploiting her aura of dark lady of the genre in some films, in recent years, movies directed by her daughter Asia Argento. In 2007, Nicolodi made a comeback to the cinema, working with her daughter Asia in Argento's The Mother of Tears, the thematic sequel to both Suspiria and Inferno. In the early seventies, she had a relationship with the sculptor Mario Ceroli. Nicolodi had a professional and romantic relationship with director Dario Argento, they separated in 1985. Asia had a daughter of her own. In 2012, Nicolodi was highlighted in the retrospective Argento: Il Cinema Nel Sangue at the Museum of Arts and Design in New York City; the retrospective celebrated the influence of the Argento family on filmmaking in Italy and around the world. It highlighted Nicolodi's contribution to Dario Argento's films as well as that of his father and daughter.
Many Wars Ago, 1970 I Nicotera, 1972 Property Is No Longer a Theft, 1973 Deep Red, 1975 Ritratto di donna velata, 1975 Shock, 1977 Inferno, 1980 Il minestrone, 1981 Tenebrae, 1982 Phenomena, 1985 Macaroni, 1985 Delirium, 1987 Opera, 1987 The Devil's Daughter, 1991 The End Is Known, 1993 Viola Kisses Everybody, 1998 Notes of Love, 1998 Rosa and Cornelia, 2000 Scarlet Diva, 2000 The Mother of Tears, 2007 Il mostro di Firenze, 2009 Daria Nicolodi on IMDb Official Site Official MySpace