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      Virginia Leith

      Virginia Leith

      Highest Rated: 100% A Kiss Before Dying (1956)

      Lowest Rated: 33% The Brain That Wouldn't Die (1962)

      Birthday: Oct 15, 1925

      Birthplace: Cleveland, Ohio, USA

      Actress Virginia Leith built a career in the 1950s that culminated with her most famous role, as a body-less head in "The Brain That Wouldn't Die" (1962). Born in Cleveland, Ohio, she made her film debut in "Fear and Desire" (1953). The low-budget film was the first directed by Stanley Kubrick with the actress playing a peasant captured by four soldiers. She signed a contract with 20th Century Fox and had a run of success in the mid-1950s acting in studio fare. She acted with Ginger Rogers in "Black Widow" (1955), Victor Mature in "Violent Saturday" (1955), and William Holden in "Toward the Unknown" (1956). The actress starred with Guy Madison in the space race drama "On the Threshold of Space" (1956). She was paired with Robert Wagner and Jeffrey Hunter, with whom she had also appeared in "White Feather" (1954), in the noir classic "A Kiss Before Dying" (1956). Leith also appeared on television on a regular basis, on shows such as "Jane Wyman Presents The Fireside Theater" (NBC, 1955-58) and "The Millionaire" (CBS, 1955-60). She married actor Don Harron in 1960 and left acting. A role that she had filmed before that, playing a woman killed in a car crash whose mad scientist fiancé keeps her head alive, was released in 1962. The film, "The Brain That Wouldn't Die," would find a cult horror following. After divorcing Harron in 1968, she eventually returned to acting for a brief period in the late-1970s. She made guest appearances on a number of the eras popular crime shows, including "Starsky and Hutch" (ABC, 1975-79), "Baretta" (ABC, 1975-78), and "Police Woman" (NBC, 1974-78). She was part of the ensemble for the disaster mini-series "Condominium" (HBO, 1980) starring Barbara Eden. She retired from acting again in the early-80s. Leith died after a brief illness at her home in Palm Springs, California on November 4, 2019 at the age of 94.

      Highest rated movies

      100% A Kiss Before Dying
      80% Violent Saturday
      70% Fear and Desire
      33% The Brain That Wouldn't Die

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      Virginia Leith VIOLENT SATURDAY, Virginia Leith, 1955, TM & Copyright ©20th Century Fox Film Corp. / BLACK WIDOW, Virginia Leith, Van Heflin, 1954, TM & Copyright ©20th Century Fox Film Corp. All rights reserved. TOWARD THE UNKNOWN, Virginia Leith, 1956 TOWARD THE UNKNOWN, William Holden, Virginia Leith, 1956 BLACK WIDOW, Virginia Leith, Van Heflin, 1954, TM & Copyright ©20th Century Fox Film Corp. All rights reserved. THE BRAIN THAT WOULDN'T DIE, Virginia Leith, 1962 TOWARD THE UNKNOWN, from left, Virginia Leith, William Holden, 1956 TOWARD THE UNKNOWN, from left, Lloyd Nolan, Virginia Leith, William Holden, 1956 TOWARD THE UNKNOWN, from left, Virginia Leith, William Holden, 1956 TOWARD THE UNKNOWN, Virginia Leith, William Holden, 1956 FEAR AND DESIRE, from left: Virginia Leith, Paul Mazursky, 1953 THE BRAIN THAT WOULDN'T DIE, Bruce Brighton, Virginia Leith, Jason Evers, 1962 TOWARD THE UNKNOWN, Virginia Leith, William Holden, 1956 THE BRAIN THAT WOULDN'T DIE, Jason Evers, Virginia Leith, 1962 THE BRAIN THAT WOULDN'T DIE, Jason Evers, Virginia Leith, Bruce Brighton, 1962 TOWARD THE UNKNOWN, William Holden, Virginia Leith, 1956

      Filmography

      Movies

      Credit
      No Score Yet 57% First Love Mrs. March (Character) - 1977
      33% 28% The Brain That Wouldn't Die Jan Compton/Jan in the Pan (Character) - 1962
      100% 47% A Kiss Before Dying Ellen Kingship (Character) - 1956
      No Score Yet 50% Toward the Unknown Connie Mitchell (Character) - 1956
      No Score Yet No Score Yet On the Threshold of Space Pat Lange (Character) - 1956
      No Score Yet 62% White Feather Ann Magruder (Character) - 1955
      80% 67% Violent Saturday Linda Sherman (Character) - 1955
      70% 35% Fear and Desire Young Girl (Character) - 1953
      No Score Yet 20% Here Come the Girls Chorus Girl (uncredited) (Character) - 1953

      TV

      Credit
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Police Woman Miss Dugan (Guest Star) 1977
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Barnaby Jones Unknown (Guest Star) 1977
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Starsky and Hutch Unknown (Guest Star) 1977
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The 20th Century-Fox Hour Unknown (Character) 1956