A Tribute to the Late Greats of 2004

Goodbye

July 6, 1927 - Oct. 3, 2004

When I went to the movies growing up, Janet Leigh was a leading lady who always impressed and amazed me. After I made Halloween, I had the chance to work with name actors on The Fog, and I thought of her immediately. To her great credit, she was different from some actors I'd worked with because she was classically trained in the studio system. That experience came in handy in one sequence where she had to cry. We had to do that scene over and over, and Janet could turn the tears on and off every time the camera rolled. It was extraordinary to watch. She understood the timing of every scene. If I wanted to increase the speed of something, she was there. She was a person who loved to act, knew her profession, and just went at it. The last time I saw her was at an awards ceremony. I was up on stage, and she blew me a kiss from the audience. That's what she was like — absolutely wonderful. (Leigh died of vasculitis in Los Angeles.)

Originally posted Dec 27, 2004 Published in issue #799-800 Dec 31, 2004 Order article reprints