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“I Had A Very Good Role Model”: Jamie Lee Curtis Recalls How Her Mom Janet Leigh Taught Her Life Lessons About Generosity And Marriage

Date October 8, 2019 12:34

Jamie Lee Curtis is one of the few leading women in Hollywood that has managed to navigate through fame graciously and use her influence to make a change.

However, all of that wouldn't have happened without the presence of her mother, Janet Leigh, who set the standard for her in both her career and family life.

Jamie the save-the-marriage baby

By the time Jamie was born, her parents' marriage was already heading for doom. She recalled during an interview with More Magazine that she believed her birth would change things.

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She described herself as a save-the-marriage baby who was going to fix Tony Curtis and Janet Leigh's union. Unfortunately, she failed at that as her parents divorced after 11 years of marriage.

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Janet taught her life lessons about generosity and marriage

While many believed Janet only deposited her good looks and remarkable talent in Jamie's life. The truth was that offscreen, Leigh taught her daughter how to help others with her voice.

Speaking to Closer Weekly about her mother's legacy, the 60-year-old actress said:

"My mother was a great actress, but she was also a member of a wonderful organization here in LA called SHARE."

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Jamie explained that the organization is a children's foundation that comprises of a group of Hollywood moms who dedicate their time to put on a benefit show annually.

Watching her mother relentlessly give of herself taught Jamie how important it is to use your fame to give back to society. Generosity wasn't the only golden biggest Leigh deposited in her daughter's life.

Although Janet's marriage to Tony Curtis was a failure, the legendary actress picked herself up and found love again.
She was with Robert Brandt from 1962 until her demise in 2004. Looking at her mom's marriage, Jamie was able to pick some cues.

"My mother and stepfather were married for 43 years, so I had a very good role model for that."

This truth is evident in Jamie's marriage to Christopher Guest, which has lasted for 35 happy years.

She also learned from her father's mistakes

Jamie also picked a thing or two from her father's life. During an interview with PEOPLE, the 'Scream Queens' Star confessed that she never wants to act like her father.

"When I'm out in the world, I don't walk around like my father used to. He'd walk into a restaurant and preen and pose and say, 'Hello, you fine people. I'm Tony.'… That's not me."

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Rather than see her parents' shortcomings, Jamie decided to focus on being a better version of them, and that is a commendable act.