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    Jamie Lee Curtis was born on November 22, 1958 in Santa Monica, California to her parents Janet Leigh and Tony Curtis. She has an older sister, Kelly, and several half-siblings: Alexandra, Allegra, Benjamin, and Nicholas. Jamie’s parents divorced in 1962 and later stated that her father wasn’t around and wasn’t interested in being a father. She attended Westlake School, where she was a cheerleader, and Beverly Hills High School before graduating from Chaote Rosemary Hall in Connecticut. In 1976, she attended the University of the Pacific, her mother’s alma mater, in Stockton, California to study law. She ended up dropping out after a semester to pursue an acting career after she was encouraged to audition for the role of teenage detective Nancy Drew.

    Jamie made her acting debut in an episode of Quincy M.E. in 1977 as the girl in the dressing room. She also appeared on an episode of The Hardy Boys/Nancy Drew Mysteries as Mary, then played the Waitress on Columbo. The same year, Jamie had her first recurring role as Lt. Barbara Duran on Operation Petticoat, a comedy about hijinks on the high seas on a U.S. submarine, also starring her father Tony. In 1978, she made her feature film debut as Laurie Strode in the horror film Halloween, which also became her breakout role. Jamie also appeared on Charlie’s Angels as Linda Frye and The Love Boat (alongside her mother) as Linda the same year. In 1979, she appeared as Jen Burton on Buck Rogers in the 25th Century.

    Jamie played Elizabeth Solley in the horror film The Fog in 1980, followed closely by Prom Night as Kimberly Hammond, and Alana in Terror Terrain. With the success of each movie, she became known as “The Scream Queen.” The next year, she voiced the uncredited role of the Narrator and Computer in the film Escape from New York, followed by the television movie She’s in the Army Now where she played Private Rita Jennings. Jamie played the role of Hitch in Road Games, a film about a truck driver who plays a cat-and-mouse game with a serial killer. She then reprised her role as Laurie Strode in Halloween II. Jamie would show off her acting chops in the dramatic television movie Death of a Centerfold: The Dorothy Stratten Story, where she played the Playboy model who died at the hands of her abusive and controlling husband.

    In 1982, she appeared in a pair of television movies Money on the Side as Michelle Jamison and Rachel Bartlett in Callahan. Jamie played Anna in Love Letters before showing off her comedic chops opposite Dan Aykroyd and Eddie Murphy in Trading Places as Ophelia. Next, she played Michelle ‘Mike’ Cody in Grandview, U.S.A., also starring C. Thomas Howell and Patrick Swayze. On December 18th, Jamie married actor, screenwriter, and composer Christopher Guest. In 1985, Jamie appeared in an episode of Tall Tales & Legends as Annie Oakley. She also starred in the film Perfect, opposite John Travolta, as Jessie. She would also appear in the music video for Jermaine Jackson’s (The Closest Thing To) Perfect that same year. In 1987, she filed a US patent application that was issued as Patent No. 4,753,647, which was a modification of a diaper with a moisture-proof pocket containing wipes that can be taken out and used with one hand. Jamie was a part of the short film Welcome Home and the television movie As Summers Die as Whitsey Loftin. Amazing Grace and Chuck and A Man in Love were released in 1987 before her films jumped back up at the box office with A Fish Called Wanda in 1988. She also played Lynn Taylor in Amazing Grace and Eugene that same year. Jamie co-authored the New York Times best-seller Today I Feel Silly, along with Other Moods That Make My Day.

    Jamie played the co-starring role of Hannah Miller on the television series Anything But Love that began in 1989 and spanning 56 episodes. During this time, she and her father helped finance the rebuilding of the Great Synagogue in Budapest, Hungary, after it suffered damage during World War II. In 1990, she played Megan Turner in Blue Steel and Grace in 1991’s Queen Logic. She would also play the part of Shelly DeVoto in My Girl, starring Dan Aykroyd and Anna Chlumsky. In 1992, she played Claire Cooper in Forever Young before the release of Mother’s Boys in 1993, where she played Judith Madigan. She released her first children’s book When I was Little: A Four-Year-Old’s Memoir of Her Youth, published by HarperCollins Children’s Books, that year as well. Jamie would return to play Shelly in 1994’s My Girl 2 and act opposite Arnold Scharzenegger in her Golden Globe winning performance as Helen Tasker in James Cameron’s True Lies. The next year, she portrayed Heidi Holland in the television movie The Heidi Chronicles. 1996 brought Jamie to Cleveland playing Sioux in an episode of The Drew Carey Show before the release of the family comedy House Arrest, where she played Janet Beindorf. After her father died in April 1996, her husband became the 5th Baron Haden-Guest, which made Jamie a baroness with the style The Right Honourable The Lady Haden-Guest. She and her husband would adopt their first child Annie, who was born in December of 1986, which led to her second children’s book Tell Me Again About The Night I Was Born. She would go on to play Willa Weston in the 1997 comedy Fierce Creatures, also starring Kevin Kline and John Cleese.

    Jamie appeared in the television movie Nicholas’ Gift as Maggie Green and the film Homegrown as Sierra Kahan before returning to horror in Halloween H20: 20 Years Later, which was made on her suggestion, as Laurie Strode and Keri Tate in 1998. The next year, she would play Kit Foster in Virus, also starring Donald Sutherland and William Baldwin. In 2000, Jamie was a part of the film Drowning Mona as Rona, also starring Bette Midler and Danny DeVito. She would also voice the character of Clara in an episode of “Pigs Next Door”. Jamie joined Pierce Brosnan and Geoffrey Rush in the dramatic thriller The Tailor of Panama, playing Louisa, then Elaine Bowen in Daddy and Them. Halloween: Resurrection was released in 2002, bringing Jamie back to her iconic character Laurie Strode once more. The next year, she would play Tess Coleman opposite Lindsay Lohan in the remake of the classic family comedy Freaky Friday. She earned a Grammy nomination in 2003 for Best Spoken Album for Children. In 2004, she would star alongside Tim Allen in the holiday comedy Christmas with the Kranks as his wife, Nora Krank. With the adoption of her second child Thomas, who was born in March 1996, she would write Is There Really a Human Race?.

    In 2007, Jamie lent her voice to the video game The Tuttles: Medcap Misadventures playing Barbara Tuttle. The next year, she would play Aunt Viv in the film Beverly Hills Chihuahua. 2010 brought Jamie together with friend Sigourney Weaver in the romantic comedy You Again as Gail, also starring Kristen Bell and Odette Annabelle. In 2011, she voiced the character Bev in The Little Engine That Could and Royoko Matsuzaki in From Up on Poppy Hill. The next year, Jamie played the role of Sandy Stier in the television movie 8 before being a part of five episodes of “NCIS” as Dr. Samantha Ryan. She would make her first appearance on the popular television show “New Girl” as Joan Dry as well. Jamie would reunite with Kristen Bell for the Veronica Mars movie playing Gayle Buckley. She would also play Evelyn Long in the television movie Only Human that same year. Jamie played Ms. Karen Lowry in Spare Parts before a role on the horror mystery television show Scream Queens as Dean Cathy Munsch in 2015. She would once again reprise her role as Laurie Strode in the 2018 film Halloween, a direct sequel to the 1978 original, then played Rachel in the thriller An Acceptable Loss. In 2019, she would play the part of Linda Drysdale in the Rian Johnson whodunnit Knives Out, which also starred Daniel Craig, Don Johnson and Chris Evans as part of its ensemble cast. UP

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    In 1990, Jamie Lee Curtis and her father Tony helped finance the rebuilding of the Great Synagogue in Budapest, Hungary, which had suffered damage during World War II. It’s the largest synagogue in Europe, and was originally built in 1859.

    In 2003, She was the guest of honour at the 11th annual gala and fundraiser for Women in Recovery. Based in Venice, California, it’s a non-profit organization that offers a live-in, twelve-step program of rehabilitation for women in need.

    Jamie Lee 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 that takes place every October. She has a leadership role for the Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles, and frequently partakes in charity fundraisers for the hospital. Her first and only horror movie convention appearance in 2012 took place solely to raise money for the hospital to build a new wing.

    During California’s 2008 general election, Curtis appeared in the “Yes on Prop 3” television advertisements, and advocated against Proposition 8, which would ban same-sex marriage in the state.

    In March 2012, she was featured with Martin Sheen and Brad Pitt in a performance of Dustin Lance Black’s play 8, which was a staged reenactment of the federal trial that overturned California’s Prop 8 ban on same-sex marriage. She portrayed Sandy Stier. The production was held at the Wilshire Ebell Theatre and broadcast on YouTube to raise money for the American Foundation for Equal Rights.

    In June 2016, the Human Rights Campaign released a video in tribute to the victims of the 2016 Pulse nightclub shooting in Orlando; in the video, Curtis and others told the stories of the people killed there. UP


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    • Jamie Lee Curtis is the only daughter of Tony Curtis and Janet Leigh, both of whom were actors.
    • The late Carrie Fisher once said that, with her upbringing of two well-known actors, the only other person she could relate to was Jamie Lee Curtis; Jamie Lee would later star alongside Fisher’s daughter Billie Lourd in Scream Queens.
    • Jamie Lee Curtis, producer John Carpenter, and writer/director Tony Lee Wallace have all said that, contrary to popular belief, she did not have an uncredited cameo as the Santa Mira announcer in Halloween III: Season of the Witch.
    • She has referenced the experience of working with her mother on Halloween H20: Twenty Years Later, which would ultimately be Janet Leigh’s final acting role, as one of her best memories.

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Jamie Lee Curtis was born on November 22, 1958 in Santa Monica, California to her parents Janet Leigh and Tony Curtis. She has an older sister, Kelly, and several half-siblings: Alexandra, Allegra, Benjamin, and Nicholas.

After making her acting debut in an episode of Quincy M.E. in 1977, she began her first recurring role as Lt. Barbara Duran on Operation Petticoat. In 1978, she made her feature film debut as Laurie Strode in the horror film Halloween, which also became her breakout role.

In the forty–four years since her feature film debut, Jamie Lee Curtis has established herself on screen as a scream queen, a comedic icon, a sex symbol and an action star. In 2018, her anticipated return to the Halloween franchise set box–office records that have yet to be beat. Off screen, her dedication to children's health and LGBT rights worldwide have made her one of the most philanthropic celebrities of our time.
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