According to the ‘Halloween’ actress, her late actress mother would have been in denial and would have never acknowledged director Alfred Hitchcock’s misconduct.
AceShowbiz –Janet Leigh would have been “really upset” by the #MeToo movement, her daughter Jamie Lee Curtis believes.
The #MeToo and Time’s Up movements were sparked by the sexual harassment and assault allegations against former Miramax boss Harvey Weinstein, who is currently serving 23 years in prison for rape.
While the crusades have been welcomed by the majority of women as they have pushed for equality across Hollywood, Jamie doesn’t think her mum would have been involved.
During a chat with Melanie Griffith for Interview magazine, as they both reflected on their mothers working with Alfred Hitchcock, Jamie said, “I don’t know how he was with your mum, but he apparently was not very good with my mum.”
“I don’t think Janet would have ever acknowledged if there was any bad behaviour. She was, it’s a bad term, but kind of Pollyannaish about the industry. I think the #MeToo movement would have really upset her. It’s not fair to unpack that, because she’s dead and I’m going to put words in her mouth, but knowing her, I think she would not say that he misbehaved in any way. But it’s interesting that maybe our mothers were in competition with each other.”
Melanie’s mum Tippi Hedren starred in 1963’s “The Birds” and 1964’s “Marnie“, both directed by Hitchcock, while Janet is most famous for her role in the filmmaker’s horror classic “Psycho“.
“I don’t think Janet would ever have acknowledged anything, because from her standpoint, she was just grateful. That was very much her take. I think she would have looked at it as, ‘That was just the way it was,’ ” Jamie continued.
Leigh died in 2004 aged 77.
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