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[[caption-width-right:250:Watch out, [[Franchise/{{Halloween}} Michael]]. She's here to kick your ass.]]

Jamie Lee Curtis (born November 22, 1958) is an American actress.

The daughter of actors Creator/TonyCurtis and Janet Leigh, Curtis first rose to prominence in 1978 as ''the'' SlasherMovie FinalGirl in ''Film/{{Halloween|1978}}''. She then appeared in a string of horror movies in [[TheEighties the early '80s]] which cemented her the status as a scream queen.

Nowadays she is better known for her appearances in drama and comedy films, and appeared in a well-known series of commercials for Activia Yogurt. She is also a vocal advocate for women to embrace aging and to wear their wrinkles and gray hairs with pride.

She is married to British actor Creator/ChristopherGuest and through him she obtained the status of {{the Baroness}} Haden-Guest.

She has also written various children's books.
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!!Her filmography includes:

* ''Film/{{Halloween| 1978}}'' (1978) as Laurie Strode
* ''Film/TheFog'' (1980) as Elizabeth Solley
* ''Film/{{Prom Night|1980}}'' (1980) as Kim Hammond
* ''Film/TerrorTrain'' (1980) as Alana
* ''Film/EscapeFromNewYork'' (1981) as the narrator and the voice of a computer
* ''[[Film/HalloweenII1981 Halloween II]]'' (1981) as Laurie Strode
* ''Film/RoadGames'' (1981) as Hitch
* ''Film/HalloweenIIISeasonOfTheWitch'' (1982) as voice of the phone operator
* ''Film/TradingPlaces'' (1983) as Ophelia
* ''Film/TheAdventuresOfBuckarooBanzaiAcrossThe8thDimension'' (1984) as Sandra Banzai [[note]][[DeletedRole Her scenes were originally cut]], but they appear in the extended DVD release.[[/note]]
* ''Film/AmazingGraceAndChuck'' (1987) as Lynn Taylor
* ''Film/AFishCalledWanda'' (1988) as Wanda Gershwitz
* ''Film/BlueSteel'' (1989) as Megan Turner
* ''Film/QueensLogic'' (1991) as Grace
* ''Film/MyGirl'' (1991) as Shelly [=DeVoto=]
* ''Film/TrueLies'' (1994) as Helen Tasker
* ''Theatre/TheHeidiChronicles'' (1995) as Heidi Holland
* ''Film/HouseArrest'' (1996) as Janet Beindorf
* ''Film/FierceCreatures'' (1997) as Willa [[note]]The film is often touted to be a SpiritualSequel to ''A Fish Called Wanda''.[[/note]]
* ''Film/HalloweenH20TwentyYearsLater'' (1998) as Laurie Strode
* ''Film/{{Virus}}'' (1999) as Foster [[note]]Jamie's biggest [[OldShame shame to date]].[[/note]]
* ''RudolphTheRedNosedReindeer And The Island Of Misfit Toys'' (2001), as Queen Camilla
* ''Film/HalloweenResurrection'' (2002) as Laurie Strode
* ''Film/{{Freaky Friday| 2003}}'' (2003) as Tess Coleman
* ''Film/ChristmasWithTheKranks'' (2004) as Nora Krank
* ''Film/BeverlyHillsChihuahua'' (2008) as Viv
* ''Film/YouAgain'' (2010) as Gail
* ''Anime/FromUpOnPoppyHill'' (2011) as the voice of Ryoko
* ''Film/VeronicaMars'' (2014) as Gayle Buckley
* ''Series/{{Scream Queens|2015}}'' (2015) as Dean Munsch

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!Tropes
* ActionGirl: She would probably qualify as one in ''Film/TrueLies'' and ''Film/HalloweenH20TwentyYearsLater''.
* AttentionWhore: Describes herself as such, claiming her mother was not much of a diva and that she got her desire for attention from her father.
* AwesomeDearBoy: Her decision to come out of her horror retirement and reprise her role of Laurie Strode in 1998 was met with an overwhelmingly positive reception among fans.
* ContractualPurity: An odd example, given that her horror films were never aimed at the 'corruptible' market to begin with. But she had been typecast as the wholesome FinalGirl in all her horror movies (though her character in ''Film/TheFog'' does hop into bed with a man she's just met). So with ''Film/TradingPlaces'' when she played a prostitute who bared her breasts on-screen, and a few other sexpot roles, that broke her out of such purity.
* DeadpanSnarker: When asked at Comic-Con 2015 why this was her first time in attendance, she responded, "Iíve been selling yogurt that makes you shit for six years!"
* DisappearedDad: Referred to her father as someone she didn't expect to hear from on birthdays or Christmas and he was "like a ghost".
* DyeingForYourArt: Mostly averted, since she embraces going gray, but she did dye her hair red for her role in ''Film/{{Freaky Friday| 2003}}''.
* IronyAsSheIsCast: Jamie admits to not being a fan of horror films overall, and confesses that she scares easily. However, she does appreciate movies like ''Film/{{Psycho}}'' and ''[[Film/{{Halloween1978}} Halloween]]'' for their artistic merits, and is grateful for what they did for she and her mother's careers. Likewise she had been a cheerleader in high school and was more like Lynda in ''Halloween'' than the shy bookish Laurie.
* LyingCreator: The producers of ''Film/HalloweenResurrection'' sent out a lie about her asking to have a bigger role in the film because she liked the script so much - when in actuality she was forced to do the film by contract, and only did it so that she wouldn't have to appear in another.
* MsFanservice: While her roles in horror films were usually conservative, her later films were often the opposite. She's gotten naked a ''lot'', and she's played a porn star, a prostitute, and a stripper. In ''True Lies'', she even had an erotic dance scene.
* NonSingingVoice: She's not a singer, and did not do any of her own singing for the DirectToVideo ''Rudolph'' animated movie.
* OldShame: How she feels about ''Film/{{Virus}}'' and ''Film/HalloweenResurrection''. Likewise she disowned a ComingOfAgeStory called ''Grandview USA''.
* OneOfUs: Is a huge fan of ''VideoGame/StreetFighter'', and appeared at EVO 2015 wearing a Vega mask.
** Also a huge ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft'' geek and cosplayed as Orc for the premiere of ''Film/{{Warcraft}}''.
* PlatonicLifePartners: With Dan Aykroyd, who she called the best on-screen kisser she'd worked with. They played lovers in two movies.
* PlayingAgainstType: Her comedic turn in ''Film/TradingPlaces'' after five years of being typecast as a scream queen.
* SilverFox: She's now embraced aging naturally, and still looks fantastic because of it.
* StarMakingRole: Laurie Strode in ''Halloween''.
* TenMinuteRetirement: She has hinted at or even announced her retirement a few times, but continues to act in film and television. ''Film/ChristmasWithTheKranks'' in 2004 was supposed to be her final film, but she came back after a quick break with a supporting role in 2007 with ''Film/BeverlyHillsChihuahua''. She has also suggested ''Scream Queens'' might be her final project. Given her past history, it's unlikely this will be the case.
** She's also "retired" from horror and slasher films more than once. ''Film/HalloweenII1981'' was supposed to be her last hurrah as a scream queen, but she returned for ''Film/HalloweenH20TwentyYearsLater'' as a gift to the fans. She appeared in 2002's ''Film/HalloweenResurrection'' under contractual obligations. She then distanced herself from horror once again until 2015 with ''Scream Queens''.
* ThrowItIn: During her dance in ''True Lies'' she slips and falls, which was a genuine mistake. Arnold Schwarzenegger briefly jumps to see if she's alright. But they left it in, since the reaction would be in-character for both of them.
* TypeCasting: She was ''the'' go-to horror chick of the late '70s and early '80s, initially because her mother was a "scream queen" herself, for starring in ''Psycho.'' Even then, Jamie was known for playing virginal "good girls," and was usually the FinalGirl.
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