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Also Known As: Baroness Haden-Guest Of Saling Died:
Born: November 22, 1958 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Los Angeles, California, USA Profession: actor, author, director

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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...

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.

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Filmographyclose complete filmography

CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Veronica Mars (2014)
3.
 You Again (2010)
6.
 Christmas with the Kranks (2004) Nora Krank
7.
 Freaky Friday (2003) Tess Coleman
8.
 Halloween: Resurrection (2002) Laurie Strode
9.
 Tailor of Panama (2001) Louisa Pendel
10.
 Daddy and Them (2001) Elaine Bowen
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Milestones close milestones

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Raised by mother in Los Angeles after parents' 1962 divorce
1975:
Moved East with mother
1976:
Returned to California
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
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Made TV debut with guest appearances on "Columbo", "The Love Boat" and "The Nancy Drew Mysteries"
1977:
TV series debut as Lt. Barbara Duran in the ABC sitcom, "Operation Petticoat"
1978:
Film acting debut, John Carpenter's "Halloween"; her performance as Laurie Strode established her reputation as a 'Scream Queen'
1979:
First TV variety special appearance, "Circus of the Stars"
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"
1981:
Reprised role of Laurie Strode in "Halloween II"
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
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)
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Played Hannah Miller on the ABC sitcom, "Anything But Love," co-starring opposite Richard Lewis
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
1992:
Made TV directing debut with the episode "Call of the Mild" of the series, "Anything But Love" (episode aired January 8, 1992)
1993:
Publishing debut with the children's book, "When I Was Little: A Four-Year Old's Memoir of Her Youth"
1994:
Reprised the role of Shelly, now married to Aykroyd's character, for "My Girl 2"
1995:
Co-starred opposite Arnold Schwarzenegger in James Cameron's "True Lies"; most high-profile role to date
1995:
Starred as Heidi Holland in the TNT Screenworks presentation of Wendy Wasserstein's "The Heidi Chronicles"
1996:
Profiled for an installment of "Biography" on A&E
1996:
Did a guest shot on two episodes of ABC's "The Drew Carey Show" as Soux, a free-spirited hairdresser
1996:
Took a year off from performing to spend time with her daughter
1998:
Again reprised her most famous role of Laurie in the sequel "Halloween H2O"
1998:
Received star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame (September)
2000:
Co-starred in the comedy "Drowning Mona"
2000:
Named spokesperson for VoiceStream mobile phones; appeared in print and TV commercials
2002:
Once again played Laurie Strode in "Halloween Resurrected"
2002:
Dropped by VoiceStream T-mobile phones and replaced by Catherine Zeta Jones
2003:
Starred as the mother in the family feature "Freaky Friday"; earned a golden globe nomination for best actress in a musical or comedy
2004:
Starred opposite Tim Allen in the comedy "Christmas with the Kranks"
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Education

University of the Pacific: Stockton , California -
Choate Rosemary Hall: Wallingford , Connecticut - 1976

Notes

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

"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).

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

She has written short stories under a pseudonym.

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

"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.

"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.

"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.

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.

"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

"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.

Companions close complete companion listing

companion:
J Michael Riva. Production designer. Engaged; no longer together; grandson of Marlene Dietrich.
husband:
Christopher Guest. Actor, director, screenwriter. Married on December 18, 1984 at Rob Reiner's home; born on February 5, 1948; created company with Curtis after their marriage, Syzygy Industries; elevated to Lord Haden-Guest in 1996 upon the death of his father (their adopted children are not eligible to inherit the title).

Family close complete family listing

father:
Tony Curtis. Actor. Born on June 3, 1925; divorced from Janet Leigh in 1962; popular film star of the 1950s and 60s in films including "Houdini" (1953), "Sweet Smell of Success" (1957), "The Defiant Ones" (1958) and "The Boston Strangler" (1968).
mother:
Janet Leigh. Actor. Born on July 6, 1927; was divorced from Tony Curtis 1962; popular film star of the 1950s and 60s in films including "Houdini" (1953), "Touch of Evil" (1958), "Psycho" (1960) and "The Manchurian Candidate" (1962).
step-father:
Robert Brandt. Stockbroker. Married Janet Leigh in 1962.
sister:
Kelly Leigh Curtis. Actor. Born in June 1956; mother, Janet Leigh.
half-sister:
Alexandra Curtis. Daughter of Tony Curtis and actor Christine Kaufman.
half-sister:
Allegra Curtis. Daughter of Tony Curtis and actor Christine Kaufman.
half-brother:
Nicholas Curtis. Born c. 1971; son of Tony Curtis; died July 2, 1994 aged 23 of a drug overdose.
daughter:
Annie Guest. Born in December 1986; adopted.
son:
Thomas Haden Guest. Born in 1996; adopted.
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Bibliography close complete biography

"When I Was Little: A Four-Year Old's Memoir of Her Youth" HarperCollins
"Tell Me Again About the Night I Was Born" HarperCollins
"Today I Feel Silly & Other Moods That Make My Day"
"Where Do Balloons Go? An Uplifting Mystery"
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