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.
Dennis Guilder and his two friends Chuck and Bemis sit together at the Rockbridge High School library ogling the lovely Leigh Cabot who is studying, deep in thought. The three boys are enthralled by her beauty, but only Dennis has the courage to approach her. Ignoring his current girlfriend, Dennis asks Leigh for a date after the game. Leigh turns him down as she already has a date – the lucky boy being Dennis' friend Arnie. On the game day Dennis is seriously injured when getting distracted by Leigh and Arnie making out next to the field.
Leigh's and Arnie's relationship seems to be ok… but there is just one problem, Arnie's car a 1958 Plymouth Fury! Arnie calls the car affectionately Christine and spends more time with it than Leigh. And when he is not with Christine all he does is speak about her. Arnie is obsessed with Christine and his behavior and personality changes drastically. Leigh is not happy by this… it's almost like Arnie has been possessed. And of course Arnie is being manipulated by the evil spirit that inhabits Christine.
While Leigh and Arnie are on a date on a rainy evening at a drive-in movie, Christine's windshield wipers stop working. Arnie steps out to fix the problem leaving Leigh alone in the car. Suffering a food related mishap Leigh begins to choke on a hamburger but Christine locks the doors preventing anybody from helping her. The resourceful Leigh however manages to get out and receives help.
Following this and other strange 'incidents' Leigh breaks up with Arnie. Leigh and Dennis realize that there is something very wrong with the car and the only way to save Arnie is to destroy the vehicle. They set a trap for Christine at a garage; Dennis waits at the controls of a bulldozer, while Leigh stands ready to close the garage doors and cut off Christine's retreat once it enters.
Unfortunately Christine has been aware of the plan and has set up a trap itself. Christine crashes through the wall trying to kill Leigh, but only manages to kill Arnie. Dennis and Leigh attack Christine with the bulldozer but the demonic car keeps regenerating itself. Eventually Leigh and Dennis manage to inflict so much damage to the car that it is unable to repair itself. To end the threat for good, Leigh and Dennis crush Christine in a car crusher. Christine has been destroyed! …Or has it?
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
"God, 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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