The Devil's Daughter
Daughter of prominent actors Tony Curtis and Janet Leigh and older sister of actress Jamie Lee Curtis, Kelly Curtis has not enjoyed an equal successful acting career like her parents and sister. She started acting in film at age 27 in the Oscar-nominated comedy feature starring her sister Jamie Lee, "Trading Places" (1983), and played her only film starring role to date, as the titular character, in the suspense horror "The Devil's Daughter" (1991).
Besides appearing in a number of small and independent films, the 5' 10" actress has appeared as a guest in such popular TV shows as "The Equalizer," "Hunter," "Silk Stalkings," "Star Trek: Deep Space Nine," "LateLine" and "Judging Amy." She was a regular during the first season (1996) of the UPN sci-fi/drama series "The Sentinel," playing Lt. Carolyn Plummer, the detective who married and later divorced from Richard Burgi's Jim Ellison.
Childhood and Family:
The eldest child of Oscar-nominated actors Tony Curtis and Janet Leigh (July 6, 1927 - October 3, 2004), Kelly Lee Curtis was born on June 17, 1956 in Santa Monica, California. Her parents was married for 11 years (1951-1962) before her father left her mother for then-17-year-old German actress Christine Kaufmann. He has since married several times, to Leslie Allen, Andrea Savio, and Lisa Deutsch. His present wife is Jill Vandenberg Curtis, who is 42 years his junior.
Meanwhile, Kelly's mother Janet, who was previously married to John Caryle and Stanley Reames, would later marry Robert Brandt until her death in 2004.
Kelly's younger sister is actress Jamie Lee Curtis (born November 22, 1958). Her stepsister is actress Allegra Curtis (born on July 12, 1966).
Despite being daughter of prominent actor parents, Kelly Curtis wouldn't start acting in film until age 27, in director John Landis' Academy Award-nominated 1983 comedy film starring Eddie Murphy, Dan Aykroyd and her sister Jamie Lee, "Trading Places." Four years later, she made her follow-up film appearances in the small films "Magic Sticks" and "Checkpoint" (both in 1987).
Curtis subsequently retreated to the small screen, guest starring in an episode of CBS action-adventure television series "The Equalizer," and NBC detective show "Hunter." She also appeared in the made-for-television movies "Kojak: Ariana" (1989), based on Selwyn Raab's book and stars Telly Savalas, "Thanksgiving Day" (1990), a refreshing comedy about a dysfunctional upper-income family around the named holiday, and "False Arrest" (1991), a fact-based drama starring Donna Mills. During this time, she only made one film, "La Setta" (1991; aka "The Devil's Daughter"), a suspense horror by director Michele Soavi in which she played the titular character.
The following years saw Curtis worked mostly on television, playing guest roles in an episode of CBS crime/action/drama "Silk Stalkings" and the syndicated sci-fi TV program "Star Trek: Deep Space Nine." After appearing in the adventure TV movie "Search and Rescue" (1994; starring Robert Conrad), she landed her first TV series regular role, as Lt. Carolyn Plummer, the detective who married and later divorced from Richard Burgi's Jim Ellison, on UPN sci-fi/drama series "The Sentinel." She stayed on the show during its first season run in 1996.
In 1998, Curtis could be seen in a 27-minute film titled "June" and starred in a comedic independent film called "Mixed Blessings." In the next year, she was spotted as a guest on NBC sitcom "LateLine" and CBS serial drama "Judging Amy." Since then, she has not made any additional acting job to add to her resume (as of 2007).