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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.
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