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RIP Virginia Leith

Palm Springs, Calif.–Actress and model Virginia Leith, who starred in Stanley Kubrick’s first feature, as well as co-starring with Robert Wagner in “A Kiss Before Dying,” died at her home here on Nov. 4, following a brief illness. She was 94.

MSTies know her for perhaps her most famous role, that of Jan (-in-the-Pan) Compton in the movie in episode 513- THE BRAIN THAT WOULDN’T DIE.

The Hollywood Reporter has the story.

Thanks to Paul for the heads up.

12 Replies to “RIP Virginia Leith”

  1. Yeti of Great Danger
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    RIP to her friends and family. She’ll never be forgotten by MSTies.

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  2. bartcow
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    “Thanks to Paul for the heads up.”

    I see what you did there :)

    But seriously, I always thought she did a great job with what she was given (goofy premise, repetitive dialogue, only acting from the neck up). Certainly one of the most memorable characters in the MSTie lexicon.

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  3. InvaderPet
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    Did she ever see her MST3K episode?

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  4. skrag2112
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    RIP Jan.

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  5. jjk50
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    InvaderPet:
    Did she ever see her MST3K episode?

    I doubt she did because I read in a book about 50’s and 60’s Sci-Fi movies that she hated the part so much that when they wanted her to dub her lines after she became Jan in the pan she refused and it’s another actress’s voice you hear in those scenes.

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  6. jay
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    Lasting until 94 she must have taken good care of herself and/or had some good genes. Could she have been the inspiration for Nixon and all the other preserved heads featured in FUTURAMA? RIP

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  7. Scott Strong
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    That must have been a gruelling role sitting under a table and probably not having much mobility. She did a good job, I thought. A pretty girl that had a long run (94 years). Rest in peace.

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  8. InvaderPet
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    jjk50: I doubt she did because I read in a book about 50’s and 60’s Sci-Fi movies that she hated the part so much that when they wanted her to dub her lines after she became Jan in the pan she refused and it’s another actress’s voice you hear in those scenes.

    So THAT’S why her voice sounds inconsistent at times throughout that film.

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  9. Terry the Sensitive Knight
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    RIP Jan in the Pan. Truly one of the great ones. Such an iconic role.
    94 huh? I think it’s safe to say she lived a full life.

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  10. TorgosPizzaNJ
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    I hope her life was as happy as Jan’s was with her Jeffrey…she’s in Heaven now eating all the cheesecake she wants…

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  11. Professor Gunther
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    The secret to her long life? Neck juice, of course!

    RIP Jan in the Pan.

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  12. DiscoJer
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    This sort of thing has to be a complex legacy for actresses/actors. It’s really one of the more iconic characters in b movie history. But it’s kinda an icky movie.

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