Oscar Nominated Actress Jennifer Jason Leigh to Visit CBS SUNDAY MORNING, 2/21

Oscar-nominated actress Jennifer Jason Leigh, best known for playing gritty, rough-around-the-edges characters, says she'd like to land roles that the youngest members of her family could experience, she tells Tracy Smith in an interview for CBS SUNDAY MORNING WITH CHARLES OSGOOD to be broadcast Sunday, Feb. 21. on the CBS Television Network.

"I would actually like to make a movie that my son could go see and that my nieces could go see," Leigh tells Smith.

Leigh earned an Oscar nomination for a playing a prisoner who is handcuffed to a bounty hunter played by Kurt Russell in the Quentin Tarantino film "The Hateful Eight." Leigh plays a tough character often punched by Russell's bounty hunter along the way. It's the latest in a string of edgy roles in her career, which included playing hookers in the films "Last Exit to Brooklyn" and "Miami Blues" and a crazed stalker in "Single White Female."

During the 80s and 90s, Leigh was a fixture on the big screen and was once called the "Meryl Streep of bimbos" in Entertainment Weekly. In recent years, her film work was few and far between. She took time off and had a little trouble getting back in, however she didn't think her acting career was over.

"I wouldn't say the end," Leigh tells Smith. "But just, like, my life was shifting and I was writing more. And I just remember one day actually - my brother in law - was like, 'You know, all it takes is a call from like, Quentin Tarantino for everything to turn around.'"

At the time, it seemed like a crazy idea. How many movies does Tarantino make and what would the chances be that there's a part for Leigh, but then he called.

"Yeah, it didn't seem like a reality that it was going to happen," Leigh says. "And then it happened."

Leigh also talks with Smith about her career, growing up in Hollywood and then New York and her outlook on the future.

CBS SUNDAY MORNING is broadcast Sundays (9:00-10:30 AM, ET) on the CBS Television Network. Rand Morrison is the executive producer.

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