Jamie Lee Curtis

Jamie Lee Curtis

Infobox Actor

imagesize = 220px
caption = Jamie Lee Curtis at the 1989 Emmy Awards
birthdate = birth date and age|mf=yes|1958|11|22
birthplace = Los Angeles, California
yearsactive = 1975 - present
spouse = Christopher Guest (1984-)
baftaawards = Best Actress in a Supporting Role
1983 "Trading Places"
goldenglobeawards = Best Actress - Musical or Comedy Series
1989 "Anything But Love"
Best Actress - Motion Picture Musical or Comedy
1994 "True Lies"
awards = Saturn Award for Best Actress
1994 "True Lies"
Walk of Fame - Motion Picture
6600 Hollywood Blvd

Jamie Lee Curtis (born November 22, 1958) is a two-time Golden Globe-winning, BAFTA-winning, and Emmy-nominated American film actress and author of children's books. Although she was initially known as a "scream queen" because of her starring roles in many horror films early in her career such as "Halloween", "The Fog", "Prom Night" and "Terror Train", Curtis has since compiled a body of work that covers many genres. Her 1998 book, "Today I Feel Silly, and Other Moods That Make My Day", made the best-seller list in "The New York Times". She is married to actor Christopher Guest (Lord Haden-Guest) and, as the wife of a lord, is titled Lady Haden-Guest, but she chooses not to use the title when in the United States. She is currently the spokeswoman for Activia. She is also a blogger for The Huffington Post online newspaper. [http://www.huffingtonpost.com/jamie-lee-curtis]

Early life

Curtis was born in Los Angeles, California, the child of well-known actors Tony Curtis and Janet Leigh. Her paternal grandparents were Jewish immigrants from Hungary. [ [http://www.rd.com/content/jamie-lee-curtis-interview/1/ Jamie Lee Curtis Interview: Starring as Herself: Embracing Reality | Movie Celebs | Reader's Digest ] ] [ [http://www.jewishjournal.com/old/tonycurtis.3.24.0.htm Every Inch a Star ] ] Curtis's parents divorced in 1962 and her mother then 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). Curtis attended both Westlake School in Los Angeles and Beverly Hills High School, but graduated from Choate Rosemary Hall. Returning to California in 1976, Jamie attended the University of the Pacific in Stockton, California. Jamie considered majoring in social work, but left after a semester in order to pursue a life in acting.



Curtis' film debut was in the classic 1978 horror film "Halloween", playing the role of Laurie Strode, the only teenage character in the film who is not killed. The film was a major success and was considered the highest grossing independent film of its time, earning status as a classic horror film. Curtis was subsequently cast in several horror films, garnering her the title of a "scream queen".

Her next film following "Halloween" was the horror film, "The Fog", which was directed by "Halloween" director John Carpenter. The film opened in February 1980 to mixed reviews but strong box office,cite web | title=http://www.boxofficemojo.com/ | work=Box Office Mojo gross tally | url=http://www.boxofficemojo.com/movies/?id=fog.htm | accessmonthday=March 9 | accessyear=2006] further cementing Curtis as a horror film starlet. Her next film, "Prom Night", was a low-budget Canadian slasher film released in July 1980. The film, for which she earned a Genie Award nomination for Best Performance by a Foreign Actress, was similar in style to "Halloween", yet received negative reviews which marked it as a disposable entry in the then active "slasher film" genre. That year, Curtis also starred in "Terror Train", which opened in October met with a negative reaction akin to "Prom Night". Both films performed only moderately well at the box office.cite web | title=http://www.the-numbers.com | work=The Numbers Jamie Lee Curtis grosses | url=http://www.the-numbers.com/people/JLCUR.html | accessmonthday=March 9 | accessyear=2006] Curtis had a similar function in both films - the main character whose friends are murdered, and is practically the only protagonist to survive. Film critic Roger Ebert, who had given negative reviews to all three of Curtis' 1980 films, said that Curtis "is to the current horror film glut what Christopher Lee was to the last one-or Boris Karloff was in the 1930s".cite web | title=http://rogerebert.suntimes.com | work=Roger Ebert review of "Terror Train" | url=http://rogerebert.suntimes.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/19801009/REVIEWS/10090301/1023 | accessmonthday=March 9 | accessyear=2006] Curtis later appeared in "Halloween II", ' and '.

Her role in 1983's "Trading Places" and 1984's "Love Letters" helped establish Curtis as a sex symbol, featuring her first on screen nude scenes, and leaving her horror queen image behind. 1988's "A Fish Called Wanda" achieved near cult status -- while showcasing her as a first rate comic actress. She won a Golden Globe for her work in 1994's "True Lies". Her recent successful film roles include Disney's "Freaky Friday" (2003), opposite Lindsay Lohan. The movie was filmed at Palisades High School in Pacific Palisades, California, near where Curtis and Guest make their home with their children. She was nominated for a Golden Globe Award for Best Actress - Motion Picture Musical or Comedy in this movie.

In October 2006, Curtis told "Access Hollywood" that she has closed the book on her acting career to focus on family. However, she has reportedly returned to acting after she was cast in June 2007 in Disney's live-action-animated film, Beverly Hills Chihuahua(Out now! in October 3,2008), co-starring opposite Piper Perabo as one of two live-action characters in the film. [cite news|last = Siegel|first = Tatiana|title = Curtis heads for Disney's 'Border'|url = http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/hr/content_display/film/news/e3ib2e03aed98ee114009c465a2852c6784|publisher = The Hollywood Reporter|date = 2007-06-29|accessdate = 2007-06-29]


Curtis made her TV debut in an episode of "Columbo", but her first starring role was opposite Richard Lewis in the situation comedy "Anything But Love". Her role as Hannah Miller received both a Golden Globe and People's Choice Award. She also earned a Golden Globe nomination for her work in TNT's adaptation of the Wendy Wasserstein play "The Heidi Chronicles". More recently, Curtis starred in the CBS television movie "Nicholas' Gift," for which she received an Emmy nomination. Curtis also appeared in the science fiction series, "Buck Rogers in the 25th Century", and an early episode of "The Drew Carey Show". Jamie Lee Curtis also appeared as a panelist on episodes of Match Game. Her Hair was long back then.

Children's books

Working with illustrator Laura Cornell, Curtis has written a number of critically-acclaimed children's books, [ [http://www.jamieleecurtisbooks.com/books.html Jamie Lee Curtis ] ] all published by HarperCollins [http://www.harpercollinschildrens.com/harperchildrens Children's Books] .
*"When I was Little: A Four-Year Old's Memoir Of Her Youth", 1993.
*"Tell Me Again About The Night I was Born", 1996.
* "Today I Feel Silly, and Other Moods That Make My Day", 1998; listed on the "New York Times" best-seller list for 9 weeks.
*"Where Do Balloons Go?: An Uplifting Mystery", 2000.
*" I'm Gonna Like Me: Letting Off a Little Self-Esteem", 2002.
*"It's Hard to Be Five: Learning How to Work My Control Panel", 2004.
*"Is There Really A Human Race?", 2006.
*"Words for Little People", 2008.


In 1987, Curtis filed US Patent No. 4,753,647. This is a modification of a diaper with a moisture proof pocket containing wipes that can be taken out and used with one hand. [cite web| url=http://patft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser?Sect1=PTO1&Sect2=HITOFF&d=PALL&p=1&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsrchnum.htm&r=1&f=G&l=50&s1=4753647.PN.| title=United States Patent: 4,753,647| author=Curtis; Jamie L. (Los Angeles, CA)| publisher=United States Patent and Trademark Office| date=1987-02-20| quote=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.| accessdate=2008-04-01] Curtis has refused to allow her invention to be marketed until companies start selling biodegradable diapers. [cite book| author=Johnny Acton| title=The Ideas Companion: Crafty Copyrights, Tricky Trademarks and Peerless Patents (A Think Book)| isbn=1861058357| publisher=Robson Books| date=2005]

Personal life

Curtis married actor Christopher Guest on December 18, 1984, becoming Lady Haden-Guest when her husband inherited the Barony of Haden-Guest in 1996, upon the death of his father. The couple have two adopted children, Anne Haden Guest (born 1986) and Thomas Haden Guest (born 1996). Both children are entitled to use the honorific "The Honourable" before their names, because of a Royal Warrant that addressed the status of adopted children of peers. However, the Haden-Guest title will be inherited by Christopher Guest's heir presumptive, his younger brother, Nicholas, since a peer's adopted children do not have succession rights. In addition, Curtis is actor Jake Gyllenhaal's godmother. [ [http://film.guardian.co.uk/interview/interviewpages/0,6737,1604325,00.html Interview: Jake Gyllenhaal, crown prince of Tinseltown | Interviews | guardian.co.uk Film ] ]

On her website, children's author Curtis tells her young readers that she "moonlights as an actor, photographer, and closet organizer." [ [http://www.jamieleecurtisbooks.com/meet_jamie.html Meet Jamie Lee Curtis] ] She takes time to support various philanthropic groups. Curtis was Guest of Honor at the 11th annual Gala and Fundraiser in 2003 for Women in Recovery, Inc., a Venice, California-based non-profit organization offering a live-in, twelve-step program of rehabilitation for women in need. Past Honorees of this organization include Sir Anthony Hopkins; the 2005 honoree was Angela Lansbury. Curtis is also involved in the work of the Children Affected by AIDS Foundation, serving as host for the organization's Dream Halloween event in Los Angeles in October 2007. Curtis appears on the cover of the May/June 2008 issue of "AARP Magazine," sporting gray hair and in water up to her chest.



External links

* [http://www.jamieleecurtisbooks.com Official website] for Jamie Lee Curtis & Laura Cornell books
*imdb name|id=0000130|name=Jamie Lee Curtis
* [http://www.moviehole.net/news/20041123_4590.html Jamie Lee Curtis interview]
*tvtome person|id=2764|name=Jamie Lee Curtis

NAME= Curtis, Jamie Lee
SHORT DESCRIPTION= Actress, author
DATE OF BIRTH= November 22, 1958
PLACE OF BIRTH= Los Angeles, California

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