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Overview (3)

Date of Birth 22 November 1958Los Angeles, California, USA
Nicknames The Scream Queen
The Queen of Screams
The Body
Height 5' 7" (1.7 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Jamie Lee Curtis was born on November 22, 1958 in Los Angeles, California, the daughter of legendary actors Janet Leigh and Tony Curtis. She got her big break at acting in 1978 when she won the role of Laurie Strode in Halloween (1978). After that, she became famous for roles in movies like Trading Places (1983), Perfect (1985) and A Fish Called Wanda (1988). She starred in one of the biggest action films ever, True Lies (1994), for which she won a Golden Globe Award for her performance. Curtis also appeared on Buck Rogers in the 25th Century (1979), and starred in Death of a Centerfold: The Dorothy Stratten Story (1981) as the title role. Her first starring role was opposite Richard Lewis on the ABC situation comedy Anything But Love (1989). In 1998, she starred in Halloween H20: 20 Years Later (1998) in which she reprised her role that made her famous back in 1978.

Her paternal grandparents were Hungarian Jewish immigrants, while two of her maternal great-grandparents were Danish.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Barry Leger

Spouse (1)

Christopher Guest (18 December 1984 - present) (2 adopted children)

Trade Mark (3)

Her sexy legs
Athletic figure
Deep sultry voice

Trivia (33)

During the 1980s, she was engaged to Hollywood production designer J. Michael Riva, the grandson of screen legend Marlene Dietrich. Her godfather was MCA-Universal CEO Lew Wasserman.
Saw her future husband Christopher Guest in the issue of Rolling Stone magazine with Cyndi Lauper on the cover. Guest appeared in a promotional photo for the film This Is Spinal Tap (1984) in full costume and makeup as a rock star. She fell in love at first sight of the photo and gave her telephone number to his agent.
Adopted two children with Christopher Guest: Annie Guest (b. December 1986) and Thomas (b. March 1996).
Daughter of Tony Curtis and Janet Leigh
Became formally known as Baroness Haden-Guest of Saling in the County of Essex (or, less formally, Lady Haden-Guest), when her husband, Christopher, inherited the barony in 1996 on the death of his father.
Younger sister of actress Kelly Curtis. Older half-sister of Allegra Curtis, Alexandra Curtis and Nicholas Curtis.
Graduated from Choate Rosemary Hall private school in 1976.
It was on her suggestion that Halloween H20: 20 Years Later (1998) was made.
Her deleted scene from The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension (1984) is included on the MGM Special Edition DVD, 2001, as the "Alternate Opening".
Was asked to cameo in the sequel Scream 3 (2000), but declined.
Won a 2003 Grammy nomination in the Best Spoken Album for Children category for her recording of the children's books she has written.
Sister-in-law of Nicholas Guest and Pamela Guest.
Attended the University of the Pacific in Stockton, California.
When making reservations in exclusive London restaurants at short notice, she gives her name as Lady Haden-Guest, which apparently works better than Jamie Lee Curtis.
She told a German magazine that she will retire from making movies and that Christmas with the Kranks (2004) will be her last work as an actress. (November 2004)
Said in an interview on Good Entertainment, with Michael Medved (2001) that, ironically, horror films terrify her and she prefers not to watch them.
Was a member of the jury at the Cannes Film Festival in 1992.
Was one of the guests at Sandra Bullock's and Jesse James' wedding.
Godmother of Jake Gyllenhaal.
Ex-stepdaughter of Christine Kaufmann, Andrea Savio and Leslie Curtis. Stepdaughter of Jill Vandenberg Curtis.
Two of her earliest roles make reference to roles played by her father. She appeared on the television series Operation Petticoat (1977), based on the movie that had starred her father, Tony Curtis. While on hiatus from that show, she was cast in Halloween (1978), in which the detective "Sam Loomis" was named after a character from Psycho (1960), which had starred her mother, Janet Leigh. Also, her father imitated Cary Grant's voice for his role in Some Like It Hot (1959), and worked with Grant himself in Operation Petticoat (1959). Grant's birth name, Archie Leach, was used as the name for John Cleese's character in A Fish Called Wanda (1988).
Once said that Dan Aykroyd was the best on-screen kisser she ever worked with.
John Cleese found it amusing that her father, Tony Curtis's real name was Bernard Schwartz. To tease her about this, during the production of A Fish Called Wanda (1988), he had the call sheets refer to her as "Jamie Lee Schwartz.".
She was awarded a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 6600 Hollywood Boulevard in Hollywood, California on September 3, 1998.
Around the time True Lies (1994) was released, Jamie appeared in a series of commercials for L'Eggs Pantyhose. The company also took out an insurance policy for her legs.
Lives in Santa Monica, California and Ketchum, Idaho.
Was childhood friends with Eric Douglas. He once tried to kiss her while both were sitting in a tree. Curtis then pushed Eric out of the tree; he fell to the ground, which resulted in a hernia that had to be operated on.
Has her legs insured for $2 million.
She and Gigi Garner have known each other since they were both 2-years-old and both were cheerleaders in high school.
Holds US patent Patent #4,753,647. "A disposable infant garment which takes the form of a diaper including, on its outer side, a sealed, but openable, moisture-proof pocket which contains one or more clean-up wipers."
Was named by Mcall's magazine as one of the "10 Best Bodies in America" in 1985.
Her paternal grandparents were Hungarian Jewish immigrants. Her maternal grandfather had English, German, Northern Irish (Scots-Irish), and Swiss-German ancestry, while her maternal grandmother was from a family of Danish immigrants.

Personal Quotes (24)

"I believe people are entitled to a private life. I'm not sure where it's written that because you're in the public eye you are required to expose your private business, with anybody. It is nobody's business, and it's interesting because obviously in today's marketplace people don't abide by that. There are no boundaries that people won't cross... We're in a bit of a "Wild West" thing with media, and, I think, it's just kind of like no holds barred - the Internet. You know, there are no criteria on the Internet... I've chosen a public life to express myself, not to tell what I do with my husband in bed, not to do, to talk about my parents and my family life. And I just think it's wrong, and obviously it's an insatiable appetite that people have for gossip and innuendo and things that are nobody's business. And there's a term that they use in this called "legitimate public concern". What is legitimate public concern? If an elected official has an illness, that's legitimate public concern because they're our president or elected official. We, we, we need to know that they're healthy because we want them to live a long life and protect, you know, the Constitution... but in the marketplace, in the world, I don't believe it's anybody's concern. And that's what I think." --comments made on The View, September 19, 2000.
I thought, while they're up and firm [her breasts], why not shoot them once or twice. - on screen nudity.
I'm Laurie Strode's guardian angel.
When I did Sesame Street (1969), Elmo was not the worldwide phenomenon he is now. I understood Elmo was special, and I said that the only way I would do Sesame Street was with Elmo. Kevin Clash, the young man who did the voice for him, was a very sweet guy and I predicted Elmo's meteoric rise to fame way in advance. I am a trendsetter without knowing it. Two years later the Elmo craze began, but I was ahead of the curve.
When asked if she regretted making any films - Easy. There's a piece of shit called Virus (1999) which I made because another movie that I was supposed to do fell through. It was a bad choice and the movie is a piece of shit. The runner up is a movie called Grandview, U.S.A. (1984), which is this benign but still bad coming of age movie, which is just bad. I will never, ever see those films again. They are laughable, ludicrous movies and I'm bad in them. They're nasty.
Believe me, none of it works. - on cosmetic surgery.
In some circles, my Caesar salad is more famous than my body.
My life is so filled that for me to accept acting work now means that I have to basically let somebody else do the job that I want to do, which is raise my children. It's not that I'm retired, it's just that I no longer accept acting work.
The more I like me, the less I want to pretend to be other people.

Family Circle, 4-18-06.
About Madonna: "Holiday" came on the radio the other day and I remember where I was the first time I heard it: in West L.A. on my way to aerobics class. (In Style magazine, September 2006).
I'm not an actor anymore. I really don't imagine I'll do that again. I'm just focused on my family and just can't imagine anything that's going to pull me away from them right now.
I don't expect to hear from him on my birthday or Christmas. I see him when I see him. He's like a ghost - on her father, Tony Curtis.
[on Tony Curtis] Because I didn't really have a relationship with him, he couldn't let me down. I just happened to be one of the last people who hadn't been disappointed too many times. For years, I didn't know who Tony Curtis was as much as other people told me who he was.
[on Eddie Murphy] Despite all his success, Eddie acts like he's 22 years old. His life is cars and girls, girls and cars. More cars. More girls.
[on the death of Michael Jackson] The pain he suffered was from his birth, from his being and becoming the commodity that then made him the King of Pop, he was in the spotlight since childhood.
[on the paparazzi] It's part of my job, but it's one thing if you take a picture of me head to toe, it's another thing when they focus in on your nose or something and that's all they're shooting because they're doing a story about nose jobs. Then you go, 'why did I allow that to be a part of my life?'
[Speaking at the funeral of her father Tony Curtis] All of us got something from him. I, of course, got his desperate need for attention.
[on Tony Curtis] I'm proud to be his daughter.
[on her father Tony Curtis] He was not a father; he was not interested in being a father - and this is not a slam against him - he did what he had to do from a financial standpoint, which was honorable of him to do, but he wasn't an involved father. Therefore, I look at him much more from the perspective of being a fan of him. I was more of a fan of his work, of his spirit, of his joie de vivre (joy of living)... My mother was never a diva, my father was bigger than life, who lived in Vegas! There was no bond, not at all. Except for the fact that I inherited genetically a part of him.
For me, I just show up and do what I do. And for me it has to be real -- anything I do, I don't care what it is. On "Halloween", I can remember, John Carpenter's first and only real direction to me was, "I want people to believe this is a real person." All I care about is trying to make anything real -- and then because I'm brave I'll try anything.
I'm not sure what fame is for if it isn't to focus on charitable work.
Everything good in my life has happened when I wasn't expecting it.
[giving the commencement address to graduating students of New York Film Academy's Los Angeles campus on June 8, 2013] This isn't about a show. It's about truth and integrity and honesty and communication, bravery and risk, and adjectives that should make you get out bed in the morning, excited to be what it is you choose to be.
[on The Fog (1980)] I am surprised that it has such popularity because I just don't think it's that good a film.

Salary (4)

Halloween (1978) $8,000
Halloween II (1981) $100,000
Love Letters (1983) 25,000
Halloween: Resurrection (2002) $3,000,000

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