Marli Renfro is an American former showgirl, model, Playboy cover girl and actress.
Unperturbed by working nude, Renfro was hired as the body double for the actress Janet Leigh in Alfred Hitchcock’s 1960 film Psycho. She was paid $500. The shower scene in Psycho is considered one of the most famous scenes in cinema history. It features more than 50 camera cuts in three minutes and took six days to film. Although nudity is implied in the rapid cuts, none is seen. Hitchcock and Leigh initially maintained that only Leigh appeared in the shower. Only later did Hitchcock acknowledge that when Leigh’s face is seen it is her, otherwise it is Renfro.
Renfro subsequently appeared in Francis Ford Coppola’s 1962 film Tonight for Sure.
Decades later, Renfro was interviewed and featured in 78/52, director Alexandre O. Philippe’s 2017 documentary film that examines Psycho and the shower scene.