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Jamie Lee Curtis,
Lady Haden-Guest
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Curtis in June 2010
Born November 22, 1958 (1958-11-22) (age 61)
Other names The Scream Queen
Occupation Actress, author, blogger
Years active 1977–present
Spouse(s) Christopher Guest, 5th Baron Haden-Guest
(1984–present)
Children 2
Parent(s) Tony Curtis (father)
Janet Leigh (mother)
Family Kelly Curtis (sister)

Jamie Lee Curtis, Lady Haden-Guest (born November 22, 1958) is an American actress and author. Although at the beginning of her career she was known as a "Scream queen" because of her roles in many horror movies, Curtis has since worked in a lot of different movie genres. She has received an Emmy Award nomination and two Golden Globe Awards. Her 1998 book, Today I Feel Silly, and Other Moods That Make My Day, made the best-seller list in The New York Times.

Early life

Janet Leigh with Kelly and Jamie Lee Curtis
Janet Leigh with Kelly and Jamie Lee Curtis

Curtis was born in Santa Monica, California. She is the daughter of actor Tony Curtis and actress Janet Leigh. Her paternal grandparents were Hungarian Jewish immigrants and two of her maternal great-grandparents were Danish. Curtis's parents divorced in 1962, after which her mother married Robert Brandt. Curtis has an older sister, Kelly Curtis, who is also an actress.

Curtis attended Westlake School (now Harvard-Westlake School) in Los Angeles and Beverly Hills High School, and graduated from Choate Rosemary Hall. Returning to California in 1976, she attended the University of the Pacific in Stockton, California. She considered majoring in social work, but quit after one semester to pursue an acting career.

Career

Operation Petticoat television cast
Operation Petticoat television cast (Jamie can be seen back left)

Film

Curtis's film debut occurred in the 1978 horror film Halloween. The film was a major success and was considered the highest grossing independent film of its time,. Curtis was further cast in several horror films, giving her the title, "scream queen".

Television

Curtis made her television debut in an episode of Columbo, but her first starring TV role was opposite Richard Lewis in the situation comedy Anything But Love, which ran for four seasons from 1989 through 1992. Her performance as Hannah Miller received both a Golden Globe and People's Choice Award.

Children's books

Working with illustrator Laura Cornell, Curtis has written a number of children's books, all published by HarperCollins Children's Books.

  • When I Was Little: A Four-Year Old's Memoir of Her Youth, 1993.
  • Tell Me Again About The Night I was Born, 1996.
  • Today I Feel Silly, and Other Moods That Make My Day, 1998; listed on the New York Times best-seller list for 10 weeks.
  • Where Do Balloons Go?: An Uplifting Mystery, 2000.
  • I'm Gonna Like Me: Letting Off a Little Self-Esteem, 2002.
  • It's Hard to Be Five: Learning How to Work My Control Panel, 2004.
  • Is There Really a Human Race?, 2006.
  • Big Words for Little People, 2008.
  • My Friend Jay, 2009, edition of one, presented to Jay Leno
  • My Mommy Hung the Moon: A Love Story, 2010.

Personal life

Curtis married actor Christopher Guest on December 18, 1984, becoming The Lady Haden-Guest when her husband inherited the Barony of Haden-Guest in 1996, upon the death of his father. The couple have two adopted children. Curtis is actor Jake Gyllenhaal's godmother.

Movie

Year Title Role
1978 Halloween Laurie Strode
1980 The Fog Elizabeth Solley
1980 Prom Night Kim Hammond
1980 Terror Train Alana Maxwell
1981 Roadgames Pamela 'Hitch' Rushworth
1981 Halloween II Laurie Strode
1983 Trading Places Ophelia
1984 Love Letters Anna Winter
1984 Grandview, U.S.A. Michelle 'Mike' Cody
1985 Perfect Jessie
1985 Amazing Grace and Chuck Lynn Taylor
1988 Dominick and Eugene Jennifer Reston
1988 A Fish Called Wanda Wanda Gershwitz
1989 Blue Steel Megan Turner
1991 Queens Logic Grace
1991 My Girl Shelly DeVoto
1992 Forever Young Claire Cooper
1994 My Girl 2 Shelly DeVoto Sultenfuss
1994 Mother's Boys Judith 'Jude' Madigan
1994 True Lies Helen Tasker
1996 House Arrest Janet Beindorf
1997 Fierce Creatures Willa Weston
1998 Halloween H20: 20 Years Later Laurie Strode/Keri Tate
1999 Virus Kelly Foster
2000 Drowning Mona Rona Mace
2001 The Tailor of Panama Louisa Pendel
2002 Halloween: Resurrection Laurie Strode
2003 Freaky Friday Tess Coleman
2004 Christmas with the Kranks Nora Krank
2005 The Kid & I Herself

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