Jamie Lee Curtis Biography
Born: November 22, 1958
Date of Birth: November 22, 1958
"I wouldn't have had a career without Halloween," says this Los Angeles, California native who was once known as the "scream queen" due to her work in horror films. The daughter of Tony Curtis and Janet Leigh, she began working in the '70s in such TV movies as Operation Petticoat, Murder at the World Series and then a TV series spin-off from one of her movies, Operation Petticoat which was pretty bad and didn't last long
She managed to pull herself out of the horror swamp and her career was given a tremendous boost after her excellent performance in A Fish Called Wanda.
Says Jamie: "I've never been particularly competitive about parts. I've never lobbied for one. I'm fairly sane about the way I get work. 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."
In 2004 she was nominated for a Golden Globe for her comedic turn as a mother who switches bodies with her teenage daughter in Freaky Friday (2003). Some of her other prominent credits include the holiday film Christmas with the Kranks(2004) where she starred opposite Tim Allen, and You Again(2010) where she played Kristen Bell's mother. She also had a reoccurring role in the comedy series New Girl and a main role as Dr. Cathy Munsch on the thriller show Scream Queens.
Most recently, Jamie returned to theaters and reprised her infamous role as Laurie Strode in the slasher film Halloween (2018). In this installment, Laurie and Michael face off one last time on Halloween night after the masked murderer escapes from his Sanitarium.
In addition to acting, Jamie has also written a number of children's books and runs a blog for The Huffington Post online publication. She has been married to director/actor Christopher Guest since 1984, whom she met after seeing his picture on a magazine cover and giving her phone number to his agent. The couple have two adopted children— Annie and Thomas. Curtis is also now Baroness, Lady Haden-Guest after her husband inherited a Barony in 1996. She received a Star on the Walk of Fame on September 3, 1998.
In 2010, she told AARP The Magazine that she would never have cosmetic surgery despite pressure in Hollywood to do so, saying that she would retire before it came to the point where she was no longer getting acting jobs.