Leith in The Brain That Wouldn't Die (1962)
October 15, 1932|
Cleveland, Ohio, U.S.
(m. 1960; div. 1968)
Virginia Leith (born October 15, 1932) is an American film and television actress.
Leith starred in a few films, with her most productive period coming in the 1950s. Her debut in 1953 was also the first film directed by Stanley Kubrick, a self-financed art house film, Fear and Desire. She signed a contract with 20th Century-Fox in 1954 and had leading roles in films such as On the Threshold of Space, Toward the Unknown, Violent Saturday and opposite Robert Wagner and Joanne Woodward in the crime drama A Kiss Before Dying.
She left show business following her 1960 marriage to actor Donald Harron. After her divorce from Harron, in the 1970s Leith resumed her career and appeared in a few films and on television shows, including Starsky and Hutch, Barnaby Jones, and Baretta. She left the screen again in the early 1980s. Her most recognizable role may have been that of a decapitated woman whose head is kept alive in The Brain that Wouldn't Die.
Virginia had the potential to be one of the greatest supporting stars of screen between 1955 to the late 1960s with her beautiful, nice, and soft reserved princess like composure (which only ever was rivaled by Grace Kelly), but it did not occur after 1956 and is one of the greatest losses of the era. Whereas Kelly was described as being like "ice on fire", Virginia was akin to ice with sunshine. In her last film, The Brain That Would Not Die, shot in late 1959 she showed her ability to separate the two in her performance in the early scenes of the plot glowing radiantly more beautiful than she had ever been seen before and then changed 180 degrees to a scary angry entity as a head being kept alive.
|1953||Fear and Desire||Young Girl|
|Here Come the Girls||Chorus Girl||uncredited|
|1954||Black Widow||Claire Amberly|
|1955||White Feather||Ann Magruder|
|Violent Saturday||Linda Sherman|
|1956||On the Threshold of Space||Pat Lange|
|A Kiss Before Dying||Ellen Kingship|
|Toward the Unknown||Connie Mitchell|
|The 20th Century-Fox Hour||Irene Bennett||1 episode|
|1958||Jane Wyman Presents the Fireside Theatre||Barbara||1 episode|
|The Millionaire||Lil Harrigan||1 episode|
|1959||Alcoa Presents: One Step Beyond||as Sally Conroy||1 episode|
|1961||Great Ghost Tales||1 episode|
|1962||The Brain That Wouldn't Die||Jan Compton|
|1977||Baretta||Sally Locker||1 episode|
|Starsky and Hutch||Margaret Blaine||1 episode|
|First Love||Mrs. March|
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