Jamie Lee Curtis, also known as Lady-Haden Guest, is an actress from America who headlined the films ‘
’, ‘A Fish called Wanda’ and ‘True Lies’. She has also acted in various television shows and is the author of several children’s books. She was born on 24th November 1958 in Los Angeles, to screen legends, Tony Curtis, and
. She was exposed to acting at a very early age, although she took some time to decide to become an actress. She was a cheerleader at the all-girls Westlake school in LA. She attended the prestigious Choate Rosemary Hall and graduated in 1976. Later she attended the University of the Pacific, and just after a semester she gave her first audition for the role of a teenage detective Nancy Drew. Although she wasn’t selected, she dropped out of school to pursue her acting career. Initially, she landed spots on shows such as Quincy M.E. and Columbo. She even got a role in the military comedy Operation Petticoat, based on a 1959 film starring her father. Her breakout role was with when she starred in the classic horror movie Halloween.
She followed it up with more roles in the horror genre in movies like Prom Queen, Fog, and Halloween II. This resulted in her being tagged as the “Scream Queen”. She played the titular character of a Playboy model who is murdered by her sadistic husband, in the television movie Centerfold: The Dorothy Stratten Story. Her role was highly appreciated. She further displayed her impeccable comic timing in the 1983 movie Trading Places. She portrayed the character of a soft-hearted prostitute, which took her career to greater heights. She played the lead role in a few movies like Love Letters and Grandview, the USA, for which she received favorable reviews but movies like Perfect bombed big time at the box office. In the late 1980’s she starred in the acclaimed comedy A Fish called Wanda. Later she played the lead role in the sitcom Anything but Love, for which she earned a Golden Globe Award in 1990. Her portrayal of a suburban housewife in the action-adventure movie True Lies garnered her a second Golden Globe victory.
She returned to the horror genre with two sequels of Halloween, at the turn of the century. She also starred in supporting roles in many movies after that. Post-2004, her appearances dwindled, and she became a spokesperson for Activia Yogurt for a long time. She did an occasional role in movies like Beverly Hills Chihuahua (2008) and
(2010) though. She had recurring roles on popular TV shows like NCIS and
and made her full-time return to the small screen with Scream Queens and also the drama “
”. She is also one of the few writers who has awed both critics and readers alike. Her first children’s book, When I Was Little: A Four-Year-Old’s Memoir of her Youth, was published in 1993. She wrote her second and third book after she adopted her two children, in 1996 and 2006 respectively. She also won a 2003 Grammy nomination in the Best Spoken Album for Children category for her recording of the children's books she has written. She also writes blogs for the Huffington Post and is a follower of World of Warcraft. She has enjoyed tremendous success as a children’s book author. In the 1980s, she was supposed to get married to J. Michael Riva, a production designer and also the grandson of extraordinarily famous Marlene Dietrich, but things didn’t work out further. She first saw Christopher Guest in an issue of the popular culture magazine, Rolling Stone. It was love at first sight for her and she instantly presented his agent with her phone number. Later they were married and they adopted two children together. She is the Godmother of highly talented actor Jake Gyllenhaal as well.
She was awarded a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 6600 Hollywood Boulevard in Hollywood, California on September 3, 1998. She was also a member of the jury at the Cannes Film Festival in 1992. She was named by Mcall's magazine as one of the "10 Best Bodies in America" in 1985 as well. She was an alcoholic and considers becoming sober as one of the greatest achievements in her life. Her philanthropic efforts have seen her advocate for children’s hospitals. She was also the guest of honor at the 11th annual gala and fundraiser for Women in Recovery in 2003. Currently, she is based in Santa Monica, California, and Ketchum, Idaho. Hers has been an incredibly successful career throughout, be it as an actress or as an author. As she says— “The more I like me, the less I want to pretend to be other people.”