Virginia Leith

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Virginia Leith
Born (1932-10-15) October 15, 1932 (age 86)
Years active1953–1983
Don Harron
(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.[1] 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.[2] Her most recognizable role may have been that of a decapitated woman whose head is kept alive in The Brain That Wouldn't Die.

Personal life[edit]

She was involved with actor Jeffrey Hunter during his divorce in 1955. She dated actor Marlon Brando in 1956.[3]


Year Title Role Notes
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
1983 Curtains Screamer

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "A Silent Virginia is Discovered". Life. May 11, 1953. p. 122. ISSN 0024-3019.
  2. ^ "Virginia Leith Biography". Brian's Drive-In Theater. Retrieved March 27, 2018.
  3. ^ "Virginia Leith Profile". Glamour Girls of the Silver Screen. Retrieved March 27, 2018.

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