For about a 10-year period, in November and February between 1988 and 1998, famed movie actress Janet Leigh used to spend one night in the Alamo Inn Motel. It was called the Meadow Lane Motel at the time. But not many people knew that Miss Leigh, famous for her Oscar nominated role in Alfred Hitchcock’s 1960 thriller Psycho, and 1963’s Bye Bye Birdie with Dick Van Dyke, stayed at the motel.
Leigh said the famous shower scene in Psycho took 70 takes to complete. “My skin was so wrinkled. I was in the shower for seven days, but Alfred made sure the water was warm.”
As reported in a story in the Las Vegas Review Journal in 2005, Miss Leigh and her husband Robert Brandt, owned a home in Sun Valley, Idaho. Very often in November, they would drive up the freeway from Los Angeles to Las Vegas (where they had been married in 1962), make the turnoff on U.S. 93, and head toward Twin Falls, Idaho, then on to Sun Valley for a skiing vacation.
Coming from L.A. would get them to Alamo after dark, and they would many times stop for the night. They always took room #15, last one on the end, and farthest away from the highway. They could open the door and their two big dogs could run out and take care of their morning needs.”
A stop in Alamo was a good move for Mr. and Mrs. Brandt, who never wanted people to know who they were anyway. Paparazzi, if it existed in some form in those days, were not interested in coming to Alamo anyway. So the couple had a nice relaxing time.
If their schedules allowed for an extended vacation, in February, the Brandt’s would be back on the road, and back in room 15 at the Alamo Inn.
Janet Leigh passed away in 2004 at the age of 77, and is the mother of well-known actress Jamie Lee Curtis.