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Jamie Lee Haden-Guest (Curtis)

Birthplace: Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA, USA
Immediate Family:

Daughter of Tony Curtis and Janet Leigh
Wife of Christopher Haden-Guest, 5th Baron Haden-Guest
Mother of <private> Haden-Guest and <private> Haden-Guest
Sister of Kelly Curtis
Half sister of <private> Curtis; Allegra Camila Curtis; Nicholas B. Curtis and <private> Curtis (Schwartz)

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About Jamie Lee Curtis

Jamie Lee Curtis (born November 22, 1958) is an American actress. 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.

Early life

Curtis was born in Los Angeles, California, the child of actors Tony Curtis and Janet Leigh. Her paternal grandparents were Hungarian Jewish immigrants.[2][3] 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). [4] 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 career in acting.



Curtis's film debut was the 1978 horror Halloween, playing the role of Laurie Strode, the only central 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,[5] 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 and met with a negative reaction akin to Prom Night. Both films performed only moderately well at the box office.[6] 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".[7] Curtis later appeared in Halloween II, Halloween H20: 20 Years Later and Halloween: Resurrection, as well as giving an uncredited voice role in Halloween III: Season of the Witch.

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.

Spending Christmas with the Kranks, she convinced Reader's Digest "... that telling the truth is something she does all the time".[8]

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, co-starring opposite Piper Perabo as one of two live-action characters in the film.[9]


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. She appeared as nurse Lt. Duran in the short-lived television series of Operation Petticoat; based on the big-screen version which stars her real-life father. 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.

[edit]Children's books

Working with illustrator Laura Cornell, Curtis has written a number of critically-acclaimed children's books,[10] all published by HarperCollins 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.

Big Words for Little People, ISBN 9780061127595, 2008.

My Friend Jay, 2009, edition of one, presented to Jay Leno


In 1987, Curtis filed a US patent application that subsequently issued as 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.[11] Curtis has refused to allow her invention to be marketed until companies start selling biodegradable diapers.[12]

[edit]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 has two adopted children, Anne Haden Guest (born 1986) and Thomas Haden Guest (born 1996). In addition, Curtis is actor Jake Gyllenhaal's godmother.[13]

On her website, children's author Curtis tells her young readers that she "moonlights as an actor, photographer, and closet organizer."[14] 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 the annual host for the organization's Dream Halloween event in Los Angeles, launched every year in October.[15] [16]

Curtis appears on the cover of the May/June 2008 issue of AARP Magazine, sporting gray hair and in water up to her chest.[17]

During California's 2008 General Election, Jamie Lee Curtis appeared in the "YES on Prop 3" TV ads.[18]


Year Film Role Other notes

1978 Halloween Laurie Strode

1980 The Fog Elizabeth Solley

Prom Night Kim Hammond

Terror Train Alana Maxwell

1981 Roadgames Pamela 'Hitch' Rushworth

Halloween II Laurie Strode

1982 Halloween III: Season of the Witch Phone Operator voice only, uncredited

1983 Trading Places Ophelia BAFTA Award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role

1984 Love Letters Anna Winter

Terror in the Aisles archival footage

Grandview, U.S.A. Michelle 'Mike' Cody

1985 Perfect Jessie

Amazing Grace and Chuck Lynn Taylor

1987 A Man in Love

1988 Dominick and Eugene Jennifer Reston

A Fish Called Wanda Wanda Gershwitz Nominated - BAFTA Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role

Nominated - Golden Globe Award for Best Actress - Motion Picture Musical or Comedy

Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers Laurie Strode photo only, uncredited

1990 Blue Steel Megan Turner

1991 Queens Logic Grace

My Girl Shelly DeVoto

1992 Forever Young Claire Cooper

1994 My Girl 2 Shelly DeVoto Sultenfuss

1994 Mother's Boys Judith 'Jude' Madigan

1994 True Lies Helen Tasker Golden Globe Award for Best Actress - Motion Picture Musical or Comedy

Nominated - Screen Actors Guild Award - Best Supporting Actress

1996 House Arrest Janet Beindorf

1997 Fierce Creatures Willa Weston

1998 Halloween H20: 20 Years Later Laurie Strode/Keri Tate

Nicholas' Gift Maggie Green

1999 Virus Kelly Foster

2000 Drowning Mona Rona Mace

2001 The Tailor of Panama Louisa Pendel

2002 Halloween: Resurrection Laurie Strode

2003 Freaky Friday Tess Coleman Nominated - Golden Globe Award for Best Actress - Motion Picture Musical or Comedy

2004 Christmas with the Kranks Nora Krank

2005 The Kid & I Herself

2008 Beverly Hills Chihuahua Aunt Viv

2010 You Again


^ Jamie Lee Curtis at Huffington Post

^ Jamie Lee Curtis Interview: Starring as Herself: Embracing Reality | Movie Celebs | Reader's Digest

^ Every Inch a Star


^ "". Box Office Mojo gross tally. Retrieved on March 9 2006.

^ "". The Numbers Jamie Lee Curtis grosses. Retrieved on March 9 2006.

^ "". Roger Ebert review of "Terror Train". Retrieved on March 9 2006.

^ Reader's Digest November 2004, p. 82 (Large Print Edition)

^ Siegel, Tatiana (2007-06-29). "Curtis heads for Disney's 'Border'". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved on 2007-06-29.

^ Jamie Lee Curtis

^ Curtis; Jamie L. (Los Angeles, CA) (1987-02-20). "United States Patent: 4,753,647". United States Patent and Trademark Office. Retrieved on 2008-04-01. "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."

^ Johnny Acton (2005). The Ideas Companion: Crafty Copyrights, Tricky Trademarks and Peerless Patents (A Think Book). Robson Books. ISBN 1861058357.

^ Interview: Jake Gyllenhaal, crown prince of Tinseltown | Interviews | Film

^ Meet Jamie Lee Curtis




^ Imagine with Us: Yes on Prop 3, Children's Hospital Bond (website).

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Jamie Lee Curtis's Timeline

November 22, 1958
Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA, USA