Leigh Cabot is the secondary hero antagonist of the 1983 horror film Christine. The movie is based on a novel of the same name by Stephen King.
She is portrayed by model and actress Alexandra Paul.
Leigh has moved from Massachusetts to Rockbridge, California with her parents recently and has been at Rockbridge High School for only a few weeks. Despite this, she has already become the most popular girl in the school and both the High School stud Dennis Guilder and the unpopular and awkward Arnie Cunningham are vying for her attention. Her natural beauty might have something to do with this...
Leigh becomes the love interest of both Arnie Cunningham and Dennis Guilder.
It is a surprise to everyone when she decides to go out with Arnie. Arnie fixes up Christine over time, and the car becomes his obsession. He starts driving it everywhere and even gets Leigh Cabot to be his girlfriend, much to the dismay of Dennis.
Arnie becomes humorless and arrogant, but also assertive and cruel. Christine is destroyed by Buddy Repperton and his gang who want revenge for Buddy being expelled because Arnie told a teacher that Buddy threatened him with a switchblade.
After Christine's destruction, Arnie angrily blames Leigh for it and fights verbally and even physically with his parents.
Finally, Dennis carves Darnell's Tonight into her hood and waits at Darnell's that night inside a bulldozer.
Christine chases Leigh around the garage while Dennis tries to hotwire the bulldozer. Arnie is thrown from the car when Christine crashes, with a large glass shard sticking out of his stomach.
Arnie dies and Christine goes after them with a vengeance. He hotwires it and destroys Christine before she can rebuild herself. She is fed into a car crusher, which compacts Christine into a cube.
At the end, Dennis and Leigh look over the destroyed wreckage of Christine, as they hear that oldies music playing.
However, it is not Christine, only a boombox. Leigh says that she hates rock and roll as a piece of Christine's fender slowly begins to bend, indicating that she is still alive.
Leigh is an extremely beautiful high-school student with long brown hair and hazel eyes; she was considered the most beautiful girl in school. She is 178 cm tall and has a slender but fit build.
Leigh is more than eye-candy; she is resourceful, more than capable, steadfast, compassionate, reasonable and above all else intelligent.
Skills and Abilities
"Good, I hate rock 'n 'roll!"
- Alexandra and her identical twin sister Caroline bamboozled the film's director, John Carpenter, by having Caroline dress up as Leigh Cabot for a scene. No one one the set noticed the switch. Carpenter later recalled, "It was like Invasion of the Body Snatchers and Alexandra was a pod person."
- John Carpenter about Alexandra Paul: "Alexandra Paul was just beauitful. She impressed me so much. She came to read for us and she blew us away, She hadn't done an acting before, she was a model, but she had incredible innate quality that was just gorgeous, simply gorgeous. I just really fell in love with her, I thought she was great."
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