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Janet Leigh Dies at 77

Janet Leigh ( search ), the wholesome beauty whose shocking murder in the classic Alfred Hitchcock thriller "Psycho" was credited with making generations of film fans think twice about stepping into a motel room shower, has died. She was 77.The actress' husband, Robert Brandt, and her daughters, actresses Kelly Curtis and  Jamie Lee Curtis ( search ), were at their mother's side when she died Sunday at her Beverly Hills home, said Heidi Schaeffer, a spokeswoman for Jamie Lee Curtis."She died peacefully at home," Schaeffer told The Associated Press on Monday.Leigh had suffered from vasculitis, an inflammation of the blood vessels, for the past year.The stunning blonde enjoyed a long and distinguished career, appearing in such films as the 1962 political thriller "The Manchurian Candidate" and in Orson Welles' 1958 film noir classic  "Touch of Evil." ( search ) But she gained her most lasting fame in "Psycho" as the embezzling office worker who is stabbed to death in the shower by cross-...

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