While Google takes its sweet time reindexing this site since moving from WordPress to Squarespace, it has become apparent to me that a good percentage (no, a scary percentage) of search engine traffic to this site if coming from queries for images of “Janet Leigh’s breasts”. Now, I’m not talking about search queries for “Janet Leigh” and search queries for “breasts”, I’m talking, specifically about the actual search term: “Janet Leigh’s breasts”, and, I should add, “Janet Leigh naked” and “Janet Leigh nude”.
While a happy part of me would like to think that people are merely searching for truth behind the long-running story that Janet Leigh actually appeared nude for a couple of frames in the shower scene of Alfred Hitchcock’s “Psycho” (the story, which I wrote about nearly a year ago on this blog), there just can’t be that many interested part-time film buffs. I mean, I’m talking at least 40-50 searches a day from around the world, for images, not text!
Am I missing something? Is there a new porn star named “Janet Leigh”? I mean, what is the fascination?
Yes, I do understand that in her day, the late Janet Leigh was not only a talented actress (“Jet Pilot”, “Touch of Evil”, “The Manchurian Candidate”) and a very beautiful woman. Starting her career as the quintessential “girl-next-door”, she transformed, in the 1960′s into a B-movie sex goddess for a short period of time. Richard Armstrong, in an article entitled “The Fall of Janet Leigh” says, “Once Welles and Hitchcock got hold of them, Janet Leigh’s breasts would become moments in the subterranean glop of America’s postwar id.” (I found that using Google search!)
However, the number of searches ending up here and the seeming frantic nature of the searches really has me baffled. It does make me a little pleased that maybe some film history education is getting out to a bunch of guys who might not normally seek the information and have just stumbled here during, uh, recreation time (that’s Jamie Lee’s mom, for God’s sake!).
If, indeed, you have landed here searching for information about Janet Leigh’s nudity in Hitchock’s shower scene, apart from my original article here, there’s an additional terrific article at hitchcockwiki that goes into a hell of a lot more detail than I do, specifically talking about Marli Renfro, who stood-in nude for Ms. Leigh during the shooting. I hate to spoil things for you, but when you do see the out-of-focus naked breasts (that Hitch snuck past the censors) at the end of the scene, you are in fact looking at Marli Renfro’s breasts.
Just goes to show you the awesome power of Google. Welcome, stranger, enjoy your stay. I guess it’s a good thing I didn’t write something about Megan Fox and accidentally use the words “nude” or “naked” on the same page, because then — uh — oops.