Jennifer Jason Leigh

Jennifer Jason Leigh had this all-American girl flair about her when she started her movie career in the ’80s. Born and raised in Hollywood, she was cast as a 15-year-old girl in “Fast Times at Ridgemont High” at the age of 20 because she had such youthful looks.

However, despite her connections in Hollywood and remaining active in movies and television all these years, Jennifer never quite achieved the highly-coveted A-lister status. Is it because she was embracing an edgier path as she got older or did her appearance have something to do with it?

Like most stars, plastic surgery rumors have also hounded Jennifer Leigh. Those who remember her from her earlier works have remarked about the big differences to her face in her most recent projects.

I’ve actually been watching her show, “Atypical” on Netflix, and I can easily see the odd changes to Jennifer’s face from season 1 and 2. To be honest, it’s a little distracting to see.

I suspect she had a face or browlift because her forehead looks way too smooth and her cheeks seem to have been scrunched down with botox injections. In fact, I think it left her with a permanent scowl as her smile looks a bit forced and fake.

Before & After Photos

Am I right to think that Jennifer Jason Leigh had some work done? She hardly looks like her old self anymore and these pics might tell if my suspicions are correct.

Did Jennifer Jason Leigh have facelift?

Jennifer Jason Leigh facelift before and after

I like Jennifer’s “before” photos because she appears to have a softer face and smile compared to her rigid look on the right. Her face seems stretched and her wide smile look unnatural to me. So, I suspect she had a facelift lift procedure done.

I definitely don’t see her face cheeks sagging…

Did she get botox fillers?

Jennifer Jason Leigh botox before and after

There’s quite a contrast between these before and after pictures. I think her cheeks and forehead look so smooth — polished even — in the photo on the right.

This tells me that she had cosmetic surgery and it’s probably botox fillers. Though, I’ve gotta admit she does look younger in the “after” picture because of her fuller cheeks.

Has Jennifer had a boob job?

Jennifer Jason Leigh boob job before and after

Jennifer has ample boobs even in her early ’20s so I don’t think she got a boob job. Her body was one of her biggest assets.

She didn’t any procedures to enlarge her breast size. If anything, she’ll probably want a reduction but it’s a good thing that she has embraced this part of her body. Who wouldn’t?

What about a nose job?

Jennifer Jason Leigh nose job before and after

Clear as day, the shape of Jennifer’s nose hasn’t changed at all based on these old and new photos. Despite changing and developing from childhood, to puberty, and to adulthood, Jennifer has the same nose shape and size. It’s all-natural.

Jennifer Jason Leigh: Then and Now

Let’s take a look at Jennifer’s transformation over the years and see how much she has changed even before she was famous.

Jennifer as a baby

Jennifer Jason Leigh as a baby
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Baby Jennifer Jason Leigh had chubby cheeks and a typical rounded baby face. She probably got a lot of pinches and squeezes because she looked so cute!

Jennifer as a teenager

Jennifer Jason Leigh as a teenager
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The actress has been working in Hollywood since she was nine years old and participated in acting workshops as a teenager. She looks totally like a California girl in this photo with her wavy brown shoulder-length hair and sun-kissed skin.

Jennifer in 1982

Jennifer Jason Leigh in 1982
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Her Hollywood launching via “Fast Times at Ridgemont High” was actually remarkable and the audience loved her bubbly, pretty face. She starred in this movie with Sean Penn, Phoebe Cates, Nicolas Cage, Eric Stoltz, Anthony Edwards and Forest Whitaker.

Jennifer in 1990

Jennifer Jason Leigh in 1990
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When Jennifer shifted her career trajectory to star in edgy films, she also went through a major transformation in her appearance. You can bet that she was trying to copy Marilyn Monroe with this look with her hair dyed to a light blonde and with that fake mole on her face. I think she pulled it off, especially with that curvaceous body.

Jennifer in 1995

Jennifer Jason Leigh in 1995

Jennifer lost a lot of weight while doing the movie “Georgia.” She looks great with her chic short hair. I think she resembles Emily Deschanel from “Bones” in this photo.

Jennifer in 2004

Jennifer Jason Leigh in 2004
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At the age of 42, Jennifer was still leading lady material. She starred opposite Christian Bale in “The Machinist.”  I think she has not yet done cosmetic surgery at this point because she looks so refreshing and natural in this photo.

Jennifer in 2012

Jennifer Jason Leigh in 2012

The signs of aging have become more obvious in Jennifer’s face. The skin around her eyes look deeper and there are more lines around her mouth and forehead. Still, I think she hasn’t gotten carried away with the botox treatments just yet.

Jennifer in 2019

Jennifer Jason Leigh in 2019
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Seven years later, Jennifer scored a third season renewal for her Netflix series “Atypical.” She also had another obvious change to her face. To me, her cheeks look a little plump and tight. There’s also something different about her eyes and the space between her forehead. I assume she had cosmetic enhancements in these areas, which went a touch overboard.

More Info about Jennifer Jason Leigh

Real Name: Jennifer Jason Leigh (born Jennifer Leigh Morrow)

Birthday: 5 February 1962

Star Sign: Aquarius

Birth Place: Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, United States

Nationality: American

Race / Ethnicity: Ashkenazi Jewish

Occupation: Actress, Film Producer, Voice Actor

Net Worth: $5 Million

Relationship: Single

Children: Rohmer Emmanuel Baumbach

Height: 1.6 m (5 ft 3 in)

Weight: 58 kg (128 lb)

Body Measurement: 34-23-34 Inches

Bra Size: 34B

Dress Size: 4 (US)

Shoe Size: 8 (US)

Natural Hair Color: Light Brown

Natural Eye Color: Brown


Jennifer Jason Leigh had so much potential while she was starting out in Hollywood. While I think she did not have drop dead gorgeous features then, she was still quite lovely and pleasant to look at on the big screen.

Despite her transformation over the years, I don’t think Jennifer had a beauty fixation.  Judging by her career choices and longevity in Hollywood, her beauty and looks weren’t her primary star power. She could definitely act and has an Oscar nomination to prove it.

It did surprise me and my contemporaries, however, when her face changed drastically as she got older. I can only conclude that she might have miscalculated how much botox or facial enhancements she should get or perhaps she needs to look for another plastic surgeon.


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