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Overview (3)

Born in Los 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 (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.

Jamie Lee served as an honorary chairperson for the Building Resilience for Young Children Dealing with Trauma program held at the Shakespeare Theatre - Harman Center for the Arts in Washington, D.C. She was an inspiration for the youth that were celebrated. Curtis was also given an award from US Department of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius and National Endowment for the Arts Chairman Rocco Landesman for her work on behalf of children through her charities and children's books.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Barry Leger and Jessey Love-Wadkins

Spouse (1)

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

Trade Mark (5)

Her sexy legs
Athletic figure
Deep sultry voice
Her short hair
Early in her career, "final girl" roles

Trivia (45)

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 Lady Haden-Guest of Saling in the County of Essex, 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 (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) She was wrong.
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 McCall's magazine as one of the "10 Best Bodies in America" in 1985.
Her paternal grandparents, Emanuel Schwartz and Helen (Klein), were Hungarian Jewish immigrants. Her maternal grandfather, Frederick/Fred Robert Morrison, had English, Scots-Irish/Northern Irish, German, Swiss-German, and French ancestry, and her maternal grandmother, Helen Lita (Westergaard), was from a family of Danish immigrants.
Is one of 20 actresses who did not receive an Oscar nomination for their Best Actress in a Comedy/Musical Golden Globe-winning performance; hers being for True Lies (1994). The others, in chronological order, are: June Allyson for Too Young to Kiss (1951), Ethel Merman for Call Me Madam (1953), Jean Simmons for Guys and Dolls (1955), Taina Elg and Kay Kendall for Les Girls (1957), Marilyn Monroe for Some Like It Hot (1959), Rosalind Russell for A Majority of One (1961) and Gypsy (1962), Patty Duke for Me, Natalie (1969), Twiggy for The Boy Friend (1971), Raquel Welch for The Three Musketeers (1973), Barbra Streisand for A Star Is Born (1976), Bernadette Peters for Pennies from Heaven (1981), Kathleen Turner for Romancing the Stone (1984) and Prizzi's Honor (1985), Miranda Richardson for Enchanted April (1991), Nicole Kidman for To Die For (1995), Madonna for Evita (1996), Renée Zellweger for Nurse Betty (2000), Sally Hawkins for Happy-Go-Lucky (2008), and Amy Adams for Big Eyes (2014).
Curtis, along with her son, is an avid fan of the Warcraft series of video games, especially "World of Warcraft." She and her son often participate in gaming conventions, as well as performing cosplay (dressing in full costume as a character from the series, complete with makeup/prosthetics and props), including a memorable turnout as green-skinned orcs at the US premiere of the "Warcraft" movie.
Interviewed in 2016 by Tavis Smiley on his TV show, Tavis Smiley (2004), following the success on her authorship of the children's book, "This is Me".
Friends with Sigourney Weaver, and Tyra Banks.
She has played the same character (Laurie Strode) in films released in five different decades from the 1970s to the 2010s: Halloween (1978), Halloween II (1981), Halloween: H20 (1998), Halloween: Resurrection (2002) and Halloween (2018).
When she went to pick up her Tesla car with husband Christopher Guest, the technician instructed them to check out the air conditioning and audio controls, each of which maxed out at "11." Apparently Tesla CEO Elon Musk was a huge fan of the film This Is Spinal Tap (1984) and had the controls exclusively customized for the couple.
Appeared in two feature films with mother Janet Leigh - The Fog (1980) and Halloween: H20 (1998).
In the Married... with Children episode The Poker Game, Al Bundy votes her as having the perfect legs and breasts.
Was introduced to her future husband, Christopher Guest, by Halloween II (1981) co-star Leo Rossi through a mutual celebrity softball league.
Travels under the nom-de-plume "Rhoda Penmark," named after Patty McCormack's character in The Bad Seed (1956).
Survived a secret opioid addiction (1989-1999) that almost destroyed her life, during which time even husband Christopher Guest was totally oblivious to her plight. Not until she attended her first recovery meeting in 1999 did she reveal, for the first time, the details of her addiction to her husband and family. Jamie became addicted after being prescribed opiates after minor plastic surgery for her "puffy eyes".
For most of her life, she did not have a very good relationship with her father Tony Curtis. Despite their differences, she attended her father's funeral, on October 4, 2010, in Henderson, Nevada, and spoke at her father's funeral.

Personal Quotes (32)

"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 (1978), 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.
Halloween: Resurrection (2002) was a joke.
I wear my Halloween pin with great pride. I tried very hard through twenty two years now of making movies to always hold up Halloween and say 'you know, it was the best experience I'd ever had, it was by far up until True Lies the best part I ever had. I tried to point out the irony that in those exploitation movies I was intelligent, forthright, fought back against adversity, and was the lead in those movies for that role.
[on her first day of filming Halloween] I remember the first day we shot, I remember exactly what we shot and I remember going home thinking I was going to be fired. I just thought I sucked and that.... you know. And I remember being at home and my roommate said 'Jamie, the phone's for you, it's John Carpenter' and I thought 'Aw man, this is it'. And he called to say how happy he was with the day's work and I just thought that was great. It's never happened to me again.
We are no longer innocent. Particularly in America, 9/11 removed all of our innocence. Yes, there are still small towns and yes, there are still people within them babysitting and stuff, but I think innocence has been ultimately lost because the brutal reality of life came into our lives.
[on the lasting appeal of Michael Myers] I'm talking out my butt because the truth is, I don't know anything about why he endures. I'm just glad he does because he's my buddy. Me and my shadow. Where would I be without Michael Myers - you know what I'm saying? I'm grateful to him, for all of his badness.
[on Halloween H20: 20 Years Later] - When Halloween was, like, 19 years old, I remember calling John and Debra and we had lunch. I said to them, 'Guys, the movie's going to be 20-years-old next year, and we're all still doing the job 20 years later.' I said to them, 'Why don't we revisit it?' And there was a conversation, but then everybody was busy, and it turned out not to be what I wanted it to be. Initially, I wanted it to be with John directing, Debra producing. And that didn't happen, for myriad reasons. And John didn't write it, so then we had to hire a writer, and then Debra had something else. By the end of it, I was the only one involved with it.

Now, to this day, I regret that I didn't say to everyone, If Debra Hill's not the one producing this movie, I'm not doing it. But what ended up happening was, she wasn't part of it, John wasn't part of it, and I was still part of it, and it was a machine going down the road. I was excited about it, and, honestly, I was going to be paid well. I hadn't made any money on the Halloween franchise at all. I mean, really, in all of those years I hadn't really made any money. It just gave me a lot of fame. And now I was going to get a paycheck.

And I was excited about it, because I liked where we were going with [the film]. It was, in a weird way, a movie about post-traumatic stress then. The difference [from the new Halloween (2018)] was, it was someone who had run. So, she had fled from Haddonfield, she had changed her name, she had run as fast as she could in the other direction, and Michael Myers caught up with her. But, you see, she told no one, no one knew who she was, she was a new person in a new town. She had a child and her life was proceeding. And I liked that. By the way, I insisted she be an alcoholic, I insisted that she not be traumatized. And then, of course, there's a moment when she turns back. Because really the intent of that movie was to say, You really aren't alive if you're running for your life all the time. If you're running for your life your whole life, you're not alive. So, you're really dead. So, if you're dead, why not try to face the fear, and in the facing of the fear maybe you'll die, but if you don't die, maybe you'll finally live. And that was really the emotional intent of that movie.

If you see that movie, it's not a great movie, it's a good movie, and that emotional intent is in the movie. But it was never what I hoped it would be for all these reasons that ended up being things that were out of my control.
[on Halloween (2018)] I sold yogurt that makes you shit for 7 years. And it's really beautiful to be able to have done something that has some depth. It's been amazing.
[on what she believes happened to her character Laurie Strode after the events of Halloween (1978)] Now, there are a lot of people that spend their lives helping people through traumas, there are a lot of trauma centers, there are a lot of recovery centers for that. There was nothing in 1978. I believe Laurie Strode went to school November 1. I think she went to school with a bandage on her arm, maybe some stitches from the emergency room. I think her parents sent her back to school. Two days before, she was an intellectual honor student, heading off to be the valediction of her class, no doubt. She was going to get out of Haddonfield, she was going to go off and expand her mind. And two days later, she was a freak. Two days later, she walked down the hall and everyone was whispering. That's the trauma that violence does to people.

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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