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run-around. v sr A " " -. , h '' " I Jessica Tandy, who left Holly to score a big hit in "Streetcar York, returns to films riding the bitter, however, and feels that mediums. I. PILOT AND SIREN Janet Leigh says she's off on new tack in "Jet shows her as jet aviatrix but also exerting lure for men. Miss Leigh tion, was costarred in light comedy-drama "Holiday Affair" soon Jet Pilot' New i Character -Building' Role BY EDWIX SCHALLERT Josef Von Sternberg, who is directing "Jet Pilot" at RKO, calls Janet Leigh "a dream." He said on the set: "I couldn't have i - " s Gives Janet invented anyone who would more satisfactorily fulfill my expectations for this picture. She is ideal." Miss Leigh has launched on her greatest departure in acting. She plays a woman jet pilot in the production, her second on loan to RKO from her home studio, Metro. She was recently in the romantic comedy drama, "Holiday Affair," which has received many" advance encomiums. Robert Mitchum was her male costar in this feature. John Wayne is the he-man hero of "Jet Pilot." New Venture Miss Leigh says that the latest picture is a new venture in more ways than one. "The film has hardly started before I attempt romantically to intrigue Wayne," she said. In the scene which I witnessed on the set, she had just emerged from the shower attired alluringly in a towel, and the place of action, I gathered, was a men's barracks in Alaska. So allure had practically become her middle name, except that it was pepful rather than sultry as exemplified by Marlene Dietrich, whom Von Sternberg originally introduced as one of the most glamorous of the screen's stars. In scarcely three years Janet has had a succession of assignments that she identifies as remarkably career-building. She has played in 11 pictures in all, beginning with "The Romance of Rosy Ridge" and including recently the noteworthy "Little Women," "The Forsyte Saga," and "The Red Danube," as well as "The Doctor and the Girl" which afforded her a very good part, at Metro. Come as Climax The loanouts to RKO, at the particular request of Howard Hughes, have come as a climax. While she had starred with various other luminaries at her own studio, in both of these films she is overwhelmingly the feminine interest. "Each picture along the way has been an advantage," said Janet. "So I consider that I have 1 t Pilot," , prior which not only to this produc to show, Leigh been exceptionally fortunate. I thought 'Romance of Rosy Ridge,' which was the first, was the best that might have come my way at that time. It still is one of my most cherished experiences to look back on, becausa everybody was so helpful. 'The Red Danube' in more recent days offered me a wonderful dramatic opportunity. Difficult to Choose "But it has always been difficult for me to pick my favorite part, .because each has enabled me to advance in some direc tion, and has definitely prevented my becoming typed. I myself hope that future developments will be like that. I want the chance above everything else to be versatile in what I do on the screen. "These two RKO pictures put more responsibility on me and that is an especially good test to face at this juncture. I would not have been ready for it a year or so ago. So I feel that great care has been exercised in handling my fate in pictures." Janet is a Californian, from Stockton. Her grandparents dwelt in the mountain country near Yosemite. She tells of visiting them and seeing the landmarks, including , the places where Joaquin Murietta used to hide out. A subterranean tunnel enabled him to flee the law, because thus he could go from one hide-out to the other when the pursuit became hot. Discovery Recalled It is well known by now that Miss Leigh was discovered by Norma Shearer while she was vacationing at the Sugar Bowl Ski Lodge at Soda Springs, who originally brought her to the attention of Metro. Miss Leigh hopes to see her discoverer again sometime soon, although, Miss Shearer has had a long sojourn in Europe. Janet was married to Stanley Reames, a college sweetheart, Oct. 5, 1945, and they were divorced' well over a year ago. Her constant escort has been Turn to Page 3, Column 3

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  1. The Los Angeles Times,
  2. 18 Dec 1949, Sun,
  3. Page 97

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