Jamie Lee Curtis

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The Right Honourable
Jamie Lee Curtis,
Lady Haden-Guest

Curtis in June 2010
Born November 22, 1958 (1958-11-22) (age 55)
Santa Monica, California, U.S.
Other names The Scream Queen
Occupation Actress, author, blogger
Years active 1977–present
Spouse Christopher Guest, 5th Baron Haden-Guest
(1984–present)
Children 2
Parents Tony Curtis (father)
Janet Leigh (mother)

Jamie Lee Curtis, Lady Haden-Guest (born November 22, 1958) is an American actress and author. Although at the beginning of her career she was known as a "Scream queen" because of her roles in many horror movies, Curtis has since worked in a lot of different movie genres. She has received an Emmy Award nomination and two Golden Globe Awards. Her 1998 book, Today I Feel Silly, and Other Moods That Make My Day, made the best-seller list in The New York Times.

Early life[change | change source]

Curtis was born in Santa Monica, California. She is the daughter of actor Tony Curtis and actress Janet Leigh. Her paternal grandparents were Hungarian Jewish immigrants[1] and two of her maternal great-grandparents were Danish.[2] Curtis's parents divorced in 1962, after which her mother married Robert Brandt. Curtis has an older sister, Kelly Curtis, who is also an actress, and several half-siblings (all from her father's remarriages), Alexandra, Allegra, Ben, and Nicholas Curtis (who died in 1994 of a drug overdose).[3] Curtis attended Westlake School (now Harvard-Westlake School) in Los Angeles and Beverly Hills High School, and graduated from Choate Rosemary Hall. Returning to California in 1976, she attended the University of the Pacific in Stockton, California. She considered majoring in social work, but quit after one semester to pursue an acting career.

Personal life[change | change source]

She is married to actor Christopher Guest (Baron Haden-Guest) and, as the wife of a Baron, she has the title Baroness Haden-Guest and she could be called The Lady Haden-Guest, but she chooses not to use the title nor the style when in the United States.

Movie[change | change source]

Year Title Role
1978 Halloween Laurie Strode
1980 The Fog Elizabeth Solley
1980 Prom Night Kim Hammond
1980 Terror Train Alana Maxwell
1981 Roadgames Pamela 'Hitch' Rushworth
1981 Halloween II Laurie Strode
1983 Trading Places Ophelia
1984 Love Letters Anna Winter
1984 Grandview, U.S.A. Michelle 'Mike' Cody
1985 Perfect Jessie
1985 Amazing Grace and Chuck Lynn Taylor
1988 Dominick and Eugene Jennifer Reston
1988 A Fish Called Wanda Wanda Gershwitz
1989 Blue Steel Megan Turner
1991 Queens Logic Grace
1991 My Girl Shelly DeVoto
1992 Forever Young Claire Cooper
1994 My Girl 2 Shelly DeVoto Sultenfuss
1994 Mother's Boys Judith 'Jude' Madigan
1994 True Lies Helen Tasker
1996 House Arrest Janet Beindorf
1997 Fierce Creatures Willa Weston
1998 Halloween H20: 20 Years Later Laurie Strode/Keri Tate
1999 Virus Kelly Foster
2000 Drowning Mona Rona Mace
2001 The Tailor of Panama Louisa Pendel
2002 Halloween: Resurrection Laurie Strode
2003 Freaky Friday Tess Coleman
2004 Christmas with the Kranks Nora Krank
2005 The Kid & I Herself

References[change | change source]

  1. "Jamie Lee Curtis Interview: Starring as Herself: Embracing Reality". Reader's Digest. http://www.rd.com/content/jamie-lee-curtis-interview/1/. Retrieved 2014-01-09.
  2. There/Hollywood, page 6, 1985, by Janet Leigh
  3. "TCM:Tony Curtis Bio". Turner Classic Movies. http://www.tcm.com/tcmdb/participant.jsp?spid=848347. Retrieved 2014-01-09.

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