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Jamie Lee Curtis

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Jamie Lee Curtis
Curtis in 2018
Born (1958-11-22) November 22, 1958 (age 65)
EducationChoate Rosemary Hall
  • Actress
  • producer
  • author
Years active1977–present
WorksFull list
AwardsFull list

Jamie Lee Curtis (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 (beginning with her first ever role as Laurie Strode in 1978's Halloween), Curtis has since appeared in a variety of different movie genres. Her role as Deirdre Beaubeirdre in the 2022 movie Everything Everywhere All at Once earned her an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress and a Screen Actors Guild Award. She has also received a Grammy Award nomination and two Golden Globe Awards.

Her 1998 book, Today I Feel Silly, and Other Moods That Make My Day, made The New York Times best-seller list. In the late 2010s, Curtis returned as Strode in the horror movie Halloween (2018) and its sequels Halloween Kills (2020) and Halloween Ends (2021). She also played Linda Drysdale in the mystery comedy movie Knives Out (2019) and is well known for her roles as Wanda Gershwitz in A Fish Called Wanda (1988) and Helen Tasker in True Lies (1994).

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, however, Curtis does not use this title, saying, "it has nothing to do with me".[4][5]

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
2018 Halloween Laurie Strode
2019 Knives Out Linda Drysdale
2021 Halloween Kills Laurie Strode
2022 Halloween Ends Laurie Strode
2022 Everything Everywhere All at Once Deirdre Beaubeirdra

References[change | change source]

  1. "Jamie Lee Curtis Interview: Starring as Herself: Embracing Reality". Reader's Digest. Archived from the original on 2007-10-13. Retrieved 2014-01-09.
  2. There/Hollywood, page 6, 1985, by Janet Leigh
  3. "TCM:Tony Curtis Bio". Turner Classic Movies. Retrieved 2014-01-09.
  4. Rowlands, Penelope (September 25, 2016). "Tour Jamie Lee Curtis and Christopher Guest's House in Los Angeles". Architectural Digest. Archived from the original on October 14, 2018. Retrieved October 13, 2018.
  5. "Jamie Lee Curtis Is Actually A Baroness—With A Really Hefty Net Worth". Yahoo! News. Archived from the original on October 13, 2022. Retrieved October 13, 2022.

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