Virginia Leith, the girl with “the brain that wouldn’t die” has left us. She met photographer Stanley Kubrick while modeling, and she debuted as an actress when he directed his first film, Fear and Desire, in 1953.
Between 1954 and 1960, when she got married to Donald Harron, she was working for 20th Century-Fox and had leading roles in films such as On the Threshold of Space, Toward the Unknown, Violent Saturday and A Kiss Before Dying.
Her most recognizable role, at least for horror buffs is probably that of the decapitated Jan Compton, or “Jan in the pan”, whose head is kept alive by her husband turned mad scientist in The Brain That Wouldn’t Die.
- Virginia Leith, ‘The Brain That Wouldn’t Die’ Star, Dies at 94
- Fear and Desire actress Virginia Leith passes away
- Fear and Desire” actress Virginia Leith no more
- Virginia Leith, Female Lead in Stanley Kubrick’s First Film, Dies at 94
- Actress Virginia Leith — Known for On the Threshold of Space and Toward the Unknown — Dies at 94