Jamie Lee Curtis
As the daughter of two movie stars, the down-to-earth Jamie Lee Curtis not only managed to establish herself outside of their shadows, but to cast her own. Rising to fame as the "Scream Queen" of the late 1970s and early 1980s with "Halloween" (1978), "The Fog" (1980), "Prom Night" (1980), "Terror Train" (1980) and "Halloween II" (1981), Curtis ascended beyond her horror roots with a BAFTA Award-winning turn in "Trading Places" (1983) and with an aerobicized body beyond "Perfect" (1985). Her comic turn in "A Fish Called Wanda" (1988) solidified her adult stardom, and she moved memorably through the action thriller "Blue Steel" (1990), the sitcom "Anything But Love" (ABC, 1989-1992), the coming-of-age romantic comedy "My Girl" (1991), and her dazzling action/comedy turn in the Arnold Schwarzenegger smash "True Lies" (1994). Also famous for her marriage to Christopher Guest - and subsequent inherited English title - and for writing a string of best-selling children's books, Curtis still found time to revisit her roots with "Halloween H20: 20 Years Later" (1998) and a tongue-in-cheek role as an imperious college dean in Ryan Murphy's horror parody "Scream Queens" (Fox 2015- ). The two-time Golden Globe winner set herself apart from her peers with her freedom from vanity: happy to pose without makeup or retouching for a magazine, to discuss her struggles with addiction, or to allow her hair to go gray gracefully. A striking, fun-loving actress with memorable parts in a variety of genres, Jamie Lee Curtis may have inherited an acting legacy, but she proved to be a star very much of her own making.