Jamie Lee Curtis: Scream Queen's Success Story

Date November 28, 2017

From all indications, it appears Jamie Lee Curtis can do it all.

The actress started her career playing characters in horror movies, and quickly went on to success in other genres such as comedy, and action, to name a few. She also made appearances in a wide range of TV series. Apparently, her versatility as an actress knows no bounds.

And with the new Halloween movie coming out next year (of course with her attached), at 58 years and 364 days old, Jamie Lee Curtis shows no signs of slowing down.


Childhood and Early Life

Jamie Lee Curtis was born in Santa Monica, California, on November 22, 1958, to screen legends, actor Tony Curtis and actress Janet Leigh. It would seem acting runs in the family as Jamie, and her older sister, Kelly, would go on to be actresses.

Jamie attended the all-girls' school, Westlake School (where she was a cheerleader) in Los Angeles, the Beverly Hills High School but would complete her graduation from Choate Rosemary Hall, Connecticut, in 1976.


She enrolled at the University of Pacific in Stockton, California, to take a major in social work, but later dropped out to pursue acting.

Career And Achievements

Curtis began her career in television doing single episodes in 'Columbo' (1977), 'The Hardy Boys/Nancy Drew Mysteries' (1977), and 'Charlie's Angels' (1978).

Her movie debut came in 1978 with the horror film, Halloween in which she played the role of Laurie Strode. The film would go on to be a major success, earning critical acclaim. Curtis would go on to star in 3 more horror movies and 2 sequels to Halloween, each of which was a success in its own right, and further cementing Curtis' status as the queen of the horror movie genre.


Her popularity in the horror movie genre earned her the name "Scream queen."

In 1983, Curtis shed her horror queen image by taking a role outside the horror movie genre in 'Trading Places', a comedy directed by John Landis. And she was rewarded with a BAFTA award as best supporting actress for her performance in the movie.

Curtis would go on to appear in more films across different genres that have gone on to critical acclaim, starring in 'Perfect' (1985) opposite John Travolta, 'True Lies' (1994) for which she received a Golden Globe award for Best Actress and even in the 1988 cult comedy, 'A Fish Called Wanda'.


And her versatility also extended to television as well, with Curtis starring in everything from crime dramas to live comedy shows over the course of her illustrious career.

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Personal Life And Trivia

In the 1980s, Curtis was engaged to J. Michael Riva, a Hollywood production designer, but went on to marry actor Christopher Guest.

She became known formally as Lady Haden-Guest following her husband’s inheritance of the Barony of Haden-Guest in 1996 after his father's death. The couple have two adopted children - a daughter, Annie (b. 1986) and a son, Thomas (b. 1996).


Jamie also has a wide range of interests (almost as versatile as her acting can be). She has written children books, many of which are bestsellers; Jamie is a supporter of many notable causes, she has confessed to being a fan of World of Warcraft and has attended ComicCon and BlizzCon.

In 1985, she was featured on a list of "10 Best Bodies of America" by McCall's magazine. Curtis has also insured her legs for a whopping $2 million. Yes, you read that right!

With a personal life almost as versatile as her acting career has been so far, it is clear that Jamie Lee Curtis actually does it all. And we can't wait to see more of her in the upcoming Halloween movie.

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