Jennifer Jason Leigh
|Net Worth||$5 Million|
|Height||5 ft 2 in (1.6 m)|
|Profession||Actor, Voice Actor, Film Producer, Screenwriter|
|Date of Birth||Feb 5, 1962 (60 years old)|
|Nationality||United States of America|
Jennifer Jason Leigh Net Worth:
How much is Jennifer Jason Leigh Net worth?
Jennifer Jason Leigh has a net worth of $5 million as an American actress. Jennifer Jason Leigh’s breakout role was in “Fast Times at Ridgemont High” (1982). She then delivered highly lauded performances in films such as “Last Exit to Brooklyn,” “Single White Female,” “Mrs. Parker and the Vicious Circle,” “Georgia,” and “The Hateful Eight,” for which she was nominated for an Academy Award. Other works by Leigh include the television series “Weeds” and “Atypical” as well as the stage shows “Abigail’s Party” and “Cabaret.”
Early Life and Beginnings of Career
Jennifer Jason Leigh was born Jennifer Leigh Morrow in Los Angeles, California on February 5, 1962. Her mother Barbara was a scriptwriter, while her father Vic was an actor; both were Jewish. At the age of two, Leigh’s parents split. Her mother eventually remarried director Reza Badiyi; in 1982, her father was murdered during a botched helicopter stunt. Leigh’s stepfather gave her a half-sister called Mina, and her older sister Carrie passed away in 2016.
Leigh made her cinematic debut at the age of nine with a nonspeaking role in “Death of a Stranger.” She took acting courses at the Stagedoor Manor Performing Arts Training Center in New York when she was a teenager. After this, Leigh had her first television appearance in an episode of the detective series “Baretta.” She then appeared on “Family,” “CBS Schoolbreak Special,” and “The Waltons.”
Career in Film in the 1980s and 1990s
In the 1981 horror thriller “Eyes of a Stranger,” Leigh played a deaf and blind rape victim for the first time. Her breakthrough came the following year, when she portrayed pregnant student Stacy Hamilton in “Fast Times at Ridgemont High,” a coming-of-age drama. Leigh then appeared in the Rodney Dangerfield comedies “Easy Money” in 1983 and “Grandview, U.S.A.” in 1984. Following this, she was cast in a series of low-budget horror and thriller films, mostly playing mistreated or neurotic women. In “Flesh and Blood,” she portrayed an abducted and raped princess, but in “The Hitcher,” she represented a waitress pursued by a psychopath. In “Heart of Midnight” (1988), she portrayed a lady on the edge of a nervous breakdown, and in “Last Exit to Brooklyn” (1989), she portrayed a prostitute who has been gang-raped. In the 1980s, Leigh also appeared in “Sister, Sister” and “Under Cover.”
Leigh had parts in the black comedy crime picture “Miami Blues,” the action thriller “Backdraft,” the drama “Crooked Hearts,” and the crime feature “Rush” at the beginning of the 1990s. In 1992, she starred as a mentally ill lady who terrorizes her roommate in the psychological thriller “Single White Female,” which was one of her biggest blockbusters. Leigh continued to get high praise for her subsequent projects. She was a member of the award-winning cast of Robert Altman’s “Short Cuts” in 1993, and she featured alongside Tim Robbins in “The Hudsucker Proxy” by the Coen brothers in 1994. In “Mrs. Parker and the Vicious Circle,” “Dolores Claiborne,” and “Georgia,” Leigh performed three of the most acclaimed performances of her career. In the latter half of the 1990s, she appeared in “Kansas City,” “Washington Square,” “A Thousand Acres,” and “eXistenZ,” among others.
Career in Film in the 2000s and Beyond
Leigh entered the new millennium with appearances in the indie films “The King is Alive,” “Skipped Parts,” and “The Anniversary Party,” which she co-wrote and co-directed alongside Alan Cumming. In 2002, she had a brief role in the historical gangster picture “Road to Perdition” by Sam Mendes. Leigh subsequently appeared in “In the Cut,” “The Machinist,” “Palindromes,” “Childstar,” and “The Jacket” in minor parts. In 2007, she featured alongside Nicole Kidman and Jack Black in “Margot at the Wedding” by Noah Baumbach. Leigh appeared in Charlie Kaufman’s directorial debut “Synecdoche, New York” the following year. She reconnected with Baumbach for the 2010 film “Greenberg,” which she co-wrote and produced.
In 2013, Leigh starred in five films, including “The Spectacular Now,” “Kill Your Darlings,” “The Moment,” and “Hateship, Loveship” and “Jake Squared.” She later appeared in “Welcome to Me.” Next, in 2015, Leigh had two critically lauded performances in “Anomalisa” and “The Hateful Eight” by Charlie Kaufman and Quentin Tarantino, respectively. She garnered several honors and nominations for the latter, including a Best Supporting Actress Oscar nomination. Leigh subsequently portrayed characters in “Morgan,” “LBJ,” “Good Time,” “Amityville: The Legacy,” “Annihilation,” and “White Boy Rick.” “Possessor,” “The Woman in the Window,” “Awake,” and “Sharp Stick” are among her latter works.
Leigh first appeared in several television films. Her debut, “Angel City,” debuted in 1980. Among the others were “The First Time,” “Girls of the White Orchid,” “Buried Alive,” and “The Love Letter.” Leigh appeared in episodes of “Twitch City,” “Frasier,” and “Mission Hill” in the early 2000s. In 2009, she began playing the recurring character of Jill Price-Gray on the Showtime series “Weeds,” which was her largest role to date. After the show’s 2012 end, Leigh had a recurring role on the ABC television series “Revenge.” In 2017, she portrayed Chantal Hutchens in “Twin Peaks: The Return” and Elsa Gardner, an overprotective mother, in the Netflix streaming comedy “Atypical.” The Showtime series “The Affair” and the miniseries “Patrick Melrose” and “Lissy’s Story” are among Leigh’s more credits.
Leigh made her theatrical debut in the 1986 Los Angeles production of “Picnic” at the Ahmanson Theatre. In the latter part of the decade, she portrayed the title character in “Sunshine.” Leigh debuted on Broadway in 1998 as the substitute for Sally Bowles in a production of “Cabaret.” A few years later, she featured in the drama “Proof” on Broadway. In 2005, Leigh had one of her most renowned theater performances as Beverly in an off-Broadway production of “Abigail’s Party” by Mike Leigh. In 2011, she returned to Broadway in “House of Blue Leaves.”
In 2005, Leigh married writer-director Noah Baumbach, whom she had met while appearing in the Broadway production of “Proof.” She appeared in his films “Margot at the Wedding” and “Greenberg” in the future. The couple, who had a kid, separated in 2013 due to irreconcilable disagreements.