A two-time Golden Globe winner for Best Actress (True Lies, 1995 and Anything but Love, 1990,TV) Jamie Lee Curtis established worldwide fame after portraying the funny character of Helen Tasker in True Lies, and Hannah Miller in Anything but Love. The role in True Lies also handed her an American Comedy award for Funniest Actress in a Motion Picture (Leading Role) in 1995. Additionally, Curtis was well remembered for her supporting role as prostitute Ophelia in the 1983 comedy Trading Places. Her spectacular performance won both a BAFTA and a British Academy award in 1984.
Perhaps the most remembered role associated with Curtis is that of tormented young Laurie Strode in John Carpenter's horror 1978 classic Halloween. The legacy of twisted psychotic Michael Myers still screams across televisions every Halloween and gave birth to an entire legend of sequels: Halloween II (1981), Halloween III: Season of the Witch (1982), Halloween H20: 20 Years Later (1998), and Halloween: Resurrection (2002).
Off screen, Curtis reportedly has bad taste in clothing and trouble with choosing colors, textures and styles, and often misses the mark.
She loves renting designer clothes to overcome the problem and rents because she prefers to return them once they are worn because she hates hoarding clothes.
Currently, Curtis spends time giving support to a variety of charitable groups. She was a guest at the 11th annual Gala and Fundraiser in 2003 for Women in Recovery, Inc, which is a non-profit organization that offers a live-in, 12-Step program for the rehabilitation of women.
Childhood and Family:
Daughter of actor legends Tony Curtis and Janet Leigh, Jamie Lee Curtis was born on November 22, 1958, in Los Angeles, California. Her mom and dad divorced when she was almost three. Due to the separation of her parents, Jamie Lee and sister Kelly Lee were raised by their mother, who remarried stockbroker Robert Brandt soon after the divorce.
During her teen years at Beverly Hills High School, Jamie had difficulty making friends because she felt the school was not appropriate for her. She also experienced difficulties living with her stepfather doe to his problems with drugs and alcohol. Jamie Lee eventually moved to Choate Rosemary Hall private school and graduated in 1976. She then continued her studies by attending the University of the Pacific in Stockton, California, but left after one semester to pursue a career in acting.
Jamie married actor Christopher Guest (born on February 5, 1948) on December 18, 1984. Shortly after their marriage, the couple established Syzygy Industries and adopted two children, Thomas Haden-Guest (born in 1996) and Annie Guest (born in December 1986).
After appearing in Columbo: The Bye-Bye Sky High I.Q. Murder Case (1977, TV), Jamie Lee Curtis drew attention from the TV sitcom Operation Petticoat (1977-1978, played Lt. Barbara Duran). Her big break came when Curtis, nicknamed the Scream Queen, was cast in several horror movies. She starred in John Carpenter's Halloween (1978, played Laurie Strode) and reprised her role in Halloween II (1981). She followed it up with films like The Fog (1980), Prom Night (1980), and Terror Train (1980).
In 1983, Curtis made a big transition to comedian when she received the supporting role of prostitute Ophelia in Trading Places (1983, starred Dan Aykroyd and Eddie Murphy). Curtis attracted Hollywood's attention when she appeared topless and showed off her fantastic body in a scene she often referrers to as the "Freeze Frame." Additionally, her outstanding performance handed her a BAFTA and British Academy award for Best Supporting Actress in 1984. Subsequent roles in Love Letters (1984) and Grandview, U.S.A. (1984) added to her popularity though her performance in the movie Perfect (1985) was a temporary slowdown.
A comedy named A Fish Called Wanda (1988) gave Curtis the opportunity to again show off her talent and she received a Golden Globe nomination the following year. Curtis' significant performances in the TV Series Anything But Love (1989, played Hannah Miller), rewarded Jamie with a Golden Globe for Best Actress in a Series (Musical or Comedy) in 1990.
At the beginning of the 1990s, Curtis had such wide screen projects as Blue Steel (1990), Queens Logic (1991), My Girl (1991), and Mother's Boys (1994). She also tried her hand in writing children's books and penned: When I Was Little: A Four-Year-Old's Memoir of Her Youth (1993) and Tell Me Again About the Night I Was Born (1996).
Curtis played the role of Helen Tasker in 1994's hilarious action hit True Lies (also starring Arnold Schwarzenegger). Due to her spectacular performance in the film, Curtis won her second Golden Globe for Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Comedy/Musical in 1995. In the same year, the role also handed her an American Comedy award for Funniest Actress in a Motion Picture (Leading Role). Regarded by some critics as her best work, True Lies boosted Curtis' career. She next played leading roles in the movies Virus (1999), Forever Young (1992, also starred Mel Gibson), My Girl 2 (1994), Fierce Creatures (1997), Halloween H20: 20 Years Later (1998) and Drowning Mona (2000).
In 2000, Curtis provided the voice of Clara in the television series Pigs Next Door and appeared as a host at the 5th Annual Prism Awards (2001). She was also seen starring with Oscar-winner Geoffrey Rush and Pierce Brosnan in the film The Tailor of Panama (2001) and had the supporting role of Elaine Bowen in Daddy and Them (2001). That same year, Curtis lent her voice to Queen Camilla in the video Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer & the Island of Misfit Toys. Curtis also had a cameo in Halloween: Resurrection (2002).
The following year, Curtis was seen in the family-oriented blockbuster Freaky Friday (2003, with Lindsay Lohan). Although Curtis said she would retire from making movies after Christmas with the Kranks (2004, played Nora Krank), Curtis is scheduled to appear in The Kid & I (2005).
- Hasty Pudding Theatricals: Woman of the Year, 2000.
- American Comedy: Funniest Actress in a Motion Picture (Leading Role), True Lies, 1995.
- Golden Globe: Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Comedy/Musical, True Lies, 1995.
- Golden Globe: Best Actress in a Series (Musical or Comedy), Anything but Love, 1990.
- BAFTA: Best Supporting Actress, Trading Places, 1984.
- British Academy: Best Actress Supporting, Trading Places, 1984.
- NATO: Star of Tomorrow, 1980.