Leigh Taylor-Young was born on 25th January, 1945 in Washington, District of Columbia, USA to a diplomat father and raised in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, the older sister of future actress Dey Young and writer/director Lance Young.
Biography and Career
She studied classical ballet and, following high school, attended Northwestern University where she initially majored in economics. She switched gears after developing an interest in theater and apprenticed as the youngest member of the distinguished Eaglesmere Summer Repertory Theatre.
Leigh eventually moved to New York with designs on a professional career and studied under acting guru Sanford Meisner at the Neighborhood Playhouse. Her major break came when she was cast in the already popular prime-time soap "Pey
ton Place" (1964).
Leigh's best known role came alongside Charlton Heston in the controversial Soylent Green (1973), although she was a bit overshadowed by the grisly topic material and the showy performances of co-stars Heston and Edward G. Robinson.
Following her divorce from O'Neal in 1973, Leigh made herself somewhat scarce while raising her young son. In 1978 she married agent/director Guy McElwaine, but that marriage would also end in divorce. In the 1980s she made a comeback of sorts as a mature--but still spicy--and taunting character actress.
She nabbed an Emmy award in 1994 for her vixenish supporting role on the acclaimed series drama "Picket Fences" (1992). In addition, she performed in several plays, in the US, England and Scotland, including "The Beckett Plays," "Knives" and "Sleeping Dogs." More recently she appeared in her writer/director brother's film Bliss (1997). These days Leigh plays a regular role on the daytime soap "Passions" (1999).
Birth Name : Leigh Young
Height : 5' 9" (1.75 m)
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