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Jennifer Jason Leigh Scores Role as Emily's Mother on 'Revenge'

By July 22, 2012

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Jennifer Jason LeighWhen ABC's hit series Revenge returns this fall, Emily Thorne (a.k.a. Amanda Clarke) is going to gain a mother...

When viewers got the jaw-dropping news that Emily's mother wasn't dead as she and presumably her father were led to believe, speculation over which 40-something leading lady would have a strong enough personality to take on the likes of Victoria Grayson began. After considering dozens of talented women, TV Line reports that Jennifer Jason Leigh has won the plum role.

From Fast Times at Ridgemont High and The Hudsucker Proxy to Single White Female and Road to Perdition, Leigh has proven time and time again that she has the ability to take on any type of character and make it memorable. The role of Emily's mother calls for a dangerous woman with "deep psychological issues." If you've seen Single White Female, you'll know that Leigh does a fine job of playing psychotic characters.

Season two of Revenge gets underway this fall when it moves to Sundays.

Photo: Michael Desmond/SHOWTIME

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