Jamie Lee Curtis

Actor, Author, Director
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 ... Read more »
Born: 11/21/1958 in Los Angeles, California, USA

Filmography

Actor (110)

Scream Queens 2015 - 2016 (TV Show)

Actor

New Girl 2012, 2014 - 2015 (Tv Show)

Actor

Spare Parts 2015 (Movie)

Ms. Karen Lowry (Actor)

Veronica Mars 2014 (Movie)

Gayle Buckley (Actor)

From up on Poppy Hill 2013 (Movie)

(U.S. version) (Voice)

NCIS 2012 (Tv Show)

Actor

One Born Every Minute 2011 - 2012 (Tv Show)

Narrator

The Drew Carey Show 1995 - 1996, 2011 - 2012 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Tonight Show With Jay Leno 2012 (Tv Show)

Actor

Jamie Oliver's Food Revolution 2011 (Tv Show)

Actor

You Again 2010 (Movie)

Gail (Actor)

TV Land Awards 2009 2008 - 2009 (TV Show)

Actor

Beverly Hills Chihuahua 2008 (Movie)

Aunt Viv (Actor)

The 12th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards 2005 - 2006 (TV Show)

Actor

The 7th Annual Home for the Holidays 2005 - 2006 (TV Show)

Actor

Hollywood Home Movies 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

Actor

Christmas with the Kranks 2004 (Movie)

Nora Krank (Actor)

The 76th Annual Academy Awards 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

Freaky Friday 2003 (Movie)

Tess Coleman (Actor)

The 2003 Teen Choice Awards 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Actor

The 60th Annual Golden Globe Awards 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Actor

Halloween: Resurrection 2002 (Movie)

Laurie Strode (Actor)

A Home For the Holidays 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

AFI's 100 Years... 100 Thrills 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

All Kinds of Families 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Narrator

Intimate Portrait: Jamie Lee Curtis 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

Prism Awards 2001 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

The 15th Annual American Comedy Awards 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

The 58th Annual Golden Globe Awards 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

The Tailor of Panama 2001 (Movie)

Louisa Pendel (Actor)

Tony Curtis: Tony of the Movies 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

Daddy & Them 2000 (Movie)

Elaine Bowen (Actor)

Drowning Mona 2000 (Movie)

Rona (Actor)

The Martin Short Show 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

Hollywood Salutes Arnold Schwarzenegger 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

Inside LAX 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

Masters of Fantasy: John Carpenter 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

Storytime 1993 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

The 56th Annual Golden Globe Awards 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

Virus 1999 (Movie)

Kit Foster (Actor)

Halloween: H2O 1998 (Movie)

Laurie Strode/Keri Tate (Actor)

Homegrown 1998 (Movie)

Sierra Kahan (Actor)

The 1998 MTV Movie Awards 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

Fierce Creatures 1997 (Movie)

Willa Weston (Actor)

House Arrest 1996 (Movie)

Janet Beindorf (Actor)

Jamie Lee Curtis 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

The 17th Annual CableACE Awards 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

The 53rd Annual Golden Globe Awards 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

The Blockbuster Entertainment Awards 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

The 67th Annual Academy Awards 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

Making of "True Lies," The 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

Mother's Boys 1994 (Movie)

Jude (Actor)

My Girl 2 1994 (Movie)

Shelly Sultenfuss (Actor)

True Lies 1994 (Movie)

Helen Tasker (Actor)

A Spinal Tap Reunion 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

Anything But Love 1988 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

Forever Young 1992 (Movie)

Claire (Actor)

Living in America 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Actor

My Girl 1991 (Movie)

Shelly DeVoto (Actor)

Queens Logic 1991 (Movie)

Grace (Actor)

Stories From Growing Up 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Actor

ABC's Comedy Sneak Peek 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

Blue Steel 1990 (Movie)

Megan Turner (Actor)

Flix Special Edition 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

Starathon '90 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

The 41st Annual Emmy Awards 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

Superstars and Their Moms 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor

The Story of Hollywood 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor

A Fish Called Wanda 1988 (Movie)

Wanda (Actor)

Dominick and Eugene 1988 (Movie)

Jennifer Reston (Actor)

A Man in Love 1987 (Movie)

Susan Elliot (Actor)

Amazing Grace and Chuck 1987 (Movie)

Lynn Taylor (Actor)

Annie Oakley 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

Actor

Perfect 1985 (Movie)

Jessica Wilson (Actor)

Grandview, U.S.A. 1984 (Movie)

Michelle "Mike" Cody (Actor)

Love Letters 1984 (Movie)

Anna Winter (Actor)

The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai: Across the 8th Dimension 1984 (Movie)

Dr Sandra Banzai (Actor)

Callahan 1982 - 1983 (TV Show)

Actor

Trading Places 1983 (Movie)

Ophelia (Actor)

Halloween II 1981 (Movie)

Laurie Strode (Actor)

Road Games 1981 (Movie)

Pamela Rushworth-- (Actor)

The All-Star Salute to Mother's Day 1980 - 1981 (TV Show)

Actor

Prom Night 1980 (Movie)

Kim (Actor)

Terror Train 1980 (Movie)

Alana (Actor)

The Celebrity Football Classic 1979 - 1980 (TV Show)

Actor

The Fog 1980 (Movie)

Elizabeth Solley (Actor)

Circus of the Stars 1978 - 1979 (TV Show)

Actor

Halloween 1978 (Movie)

Laurie (Actor)

Operation Petticoat 1977 - 1978 (TV Show)

Actor

Operation Petticoat 1977 - 1978 (TV Show)

Actor

As Summers Die (TV Show)

Actor

Marlene Dietrich: Her Own Song (TV Show)

Narrator

Money on the Side (TV Show)

Actor

Nicholas' Gift (TV Show)

Actor

She's in the Army Now (TV Show)

Actor

The Heidi Chronicles (TV Show)

Actor

Biography

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 to receive career-best reviews starring opposite Lindsay Lohan in "Freaky Friday" (2003). 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.

Relationships

Robert Brandt

Step-Father
Married Janet Leigh 1962

Alexandra Curtis

Half-Sister
Born July 19, 1964 to Tony Curtis and Christine Kaufman

Kelly Curtis Actor

Sister
Born June 17, 1956

Nicholas Curtis Actor

Half-Brother
Born Dec. 31, 1970 to Tony and Leslie Curtis Died July 2, 1994 of a drug overdose

Allegra Curtis Actor

Half-Sister
Born July 11, 1966 to Tony Curtis and Christine Kaufman

Tony Curtis Actor

Father
Born June 3, 1925 Died Sept. 29, 1910

Christopher Guest Actor

Husband
Married Dec. 18, 1984 at Rob Reiner's home Co-founded Syzygy Industries

Thomas Guest

Son
Born March 1996; adopted with husband Christopher Guest

Annie Guest Actor

Daughter
Born Dec. 1986; adopted with husband Christopher Guest

Jake Gyllenhaal Actor

Godchild

Janet Leigh Actor

Mother
Born July 6, 1927 Died Oct. 3, 2004

J. Michael Riva Actor

Companion
Briefly engaged in 1980s No longer together

Rex Smith Actor

Companion
Reportedly dated No longer together

EDUCATION

University of the Pacific

Stockton , California
attended for a semester

Choate Rosemary Hall

Wallingford , Connecticut 1976

Milestones

2004

Starred opposite Tim Allen in the comedy "Christmas with the Kranks"

2003

Starred as the mother in the family feature "Freaky Friday"; earned a golden globe nomination for best actress in a musical or comedy

2002

Dropped by VoiceStream T-mobile phones and replaced by Catherine Zeta Jones

2002

Once again played Laurie Strode in "Halloween Resurrected"

2000

Named spokesperson for VoiceStream mobile phones; appeared in print and TV commercials

2000

Co-starred in the comedy "Drowning Mona"

1998

Received star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame (September)

1998

Again reprised her most famous role of Laurie in the sequel "Halloween H2O"

1996

Profiled for an installment of "Biography" on A&E

1996

Took a year off from performing to spend time with her daughter

1996

Did a guest shot on two episodes of ABC's "The Drew Carey Show" as Soux, a free-spirited hairdresser

1995

Starred as Heidi Holland in the TNT Screenworks presentation of Wendy Wasserstein's "The Heidi Chronicles"

1995

Co-starred opposite Arnold Schwarzenegger in James Cameron's "True Lies"; most high-profile role to date

1994

Reprised the role of Shelly, now married to Aykroyd's character, for "My Girl 2"

1993

Publishing debut with the children's book, "When I Was Little: A Four-Year Old's Memoir of Her Youth"

1992

Made TV directing debut with the episode "Call of the Mild" of the series, "Anything But Love" (episode aired January 8, 1992)

1991

Re-paired with Aykroyd for "My Girl"; played Shelly, a hippie hired to apply makeup to cadavers

1991

Co-hosted (along with Dennis Miller and Jerry Seinfeld) the 43rd annual Emmy Awards ceremony

1989

Unsuccessfully tried out for the title role of Wendy Wasserstein's "The Heidi Chronicles" on the NYC stage; lost role to Joan Allen (date approximate)

1983

Breakthrough feature comedy role, John Landis' "Trading Places" starring Eddie Murphy and Dan Aykroyd; first collaboration with Aykroyd; established her reputation as a screen sexpot

1981

Reprised role of Laurie Strode in "Halloween II"

1981

First TV-movie, "She's in the Army Now"

1981

First received top billing in a TV-movie, "Death of a Centerfold: The Dorothy Stratten Story"

1979

First TV variety special appearance, "Circus of the Stars"

1978

Film acting debut, John Carpenter's "Halloween"; her performance as Laurie Strode established her reputation as a 'Scream Queen'

1977

TV series debut as Lt. Barbara Duran in the ABC sitcom, "Operation Petticoat"

1976

Was considering majoring in drama in college but left after a semester, wanting to get practical experience right away; put under contract by Universal

1976

Returned to California

1975

Moved East with mother

Played Hannah Miller on the ABC sitcom, "Anything But Love," co-starring opposite Richard Lewis

Made TV debut with guest appearances on "Columbo", "The Love Boat" and "The Nancy Drew Mysteries"

Raised by mother in Los Angeles after parents' 1962 divorce

Bonus Trivia

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Named Woman of the Year (2000) by the Harvard Hasty Pudding Theatricals Club

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"A toughness has been left in her face, a hardness that is eerily at odds with her 'perfect' and intelligently revealed body. "Blue Steel" (90, Kathryn Bigelow) was the first film that hinted at her androgynous quality, and it was a picture too conscious of its own style, too devoid of human exploration. But this ambiguity accounts for the Curtis cult, and makes her hard to cast well. ..."But "Love Letters" (83, Amy Jones) was the best part she has ever had, as a young woman who has an affair with an older man as she begins to realize the secret her recently dead mother kept from her. "Love Letters" is a small gem, and Curtis made herself achingly naked and vulnerable for it. At the same time, there was a hint of limits or guards in her that did not want to put feelings on show. In her best performance so far, she seemed to be letting us see her distrust of acting."---David Thomson's entry on Curtis in "A Biographical Dictionary of Film" (Alfred A. Knopf, 1994).

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Curtis is the godchild of legendary mogul Lew Wasserman, Chairman Emeritus of Universal Pictures.

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She has written short stories under a pseudonym.

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Curtis has worked as a spokesperson for Equal sweetener, L'eggs pantyhose and Voicestream cellular phones.

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"Those unsettling, androgynous good looks atop that stacked body, the comically edgy vibe and the all-over-the-map career defy so many odds."---From "Please Refrain from Sucking" by Stephen Rebello, Movieline, April 1996.

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"I tell my agent, 'I don't want you calling a casting director, saying, so, what about Jamie Lee Curtis as the older sister? I mean, I know that as written she's black and 14, but Jamie could do it.' My position with my agent is, 'do not sell me. Just be a good sieve for what comes through. It embarrasses me and humiliates me to think that you're going around pitching me to people that don't get it'."---Jamie Lee Curtis quoted in Movieline, April 1996.

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"I'm fairly comfortable about the way work comes to me. When it stops coming, I will stop looking for it. I once believed, quite incorrectly, that something would change when I had success. Absolutely NOTHING changed, except that I got more famous. Your work as an actor will not change your life."---Curtis quoted in Movieline, April 1996.

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Curtis was elevated to the title of Lady Haden-Guest in 1996 when her husband, actor-director-screenwriter Christopher Guest, inherited the family title on the death of his father. Their children (both adopted, and one female) cannot inherit the title under England's Peerage Act.

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"I was raised in a sort of regular way. And you know what? Second-generation actors are the most ardent professionals. We show up earlier than anybody else, and we're the last ones to leave. That's kind of an unwritten credo ingrained in us, just how you're expected to be."---Curtis on being called 'movie-star royalty' as quoted to E! Online

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"I'm not sure where her energy comes from, but it's awe-inspiring. It's the kind of energy that can run a country or change the world."---Jamie's sister Kelly Curtis quoted to People, November 29, 2004.

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