Creator / Jamie Lee Curtis

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

The daughter of Tony Curtis and Janet Leigh, Curtis first rose to prominence in 1978 as the Slasher Movie Final Girl in Halloween (1978). She then appeared in a string of horror movies in 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 Christopher Guest and through him she obtained the status of the Baroness Haden-Guest.

She has also written various children's books.

Her filmography includes:


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  • Action Girl: She would probably qualify as one in True Lies and Halloween H20: Twenty Years Later.
  • Attention Whore: Describes herself as such, claiming her mother was not much of a diva and that she got her desire for attention from her father.
  • Awesome, Dear Boy: 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.
  • Contractual Purity: 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 Final Girl in all her horror movies (though her character in The Fog does hop into bed with a man she's just met). So with Trading Places when she played a prostitute who bared her breasts on-screen, and a few other sexpot roles, that broke her out of such purity.
  • Deadpan Snarker: 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!"
  • Disappeared Dad: Referred to her father as someone she didn't expect to hear from on birthdays or Christmas and he was "like a ghost".
  • Dyeing for Your Art: Mostly averted, since she embraces going gray, but she did dye her hair red for her role in Freaky Friday.
  • Irony as She Is Cast: Jamie admits to not being a fan of horror films overall, and confesses that she scares easily. However, she does appreciate movies like Psycho and 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.
  • Lying Creator: The producers of Halloween: Resurrection 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.
  • Ms. Fanservice: 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.
  • Non-Singing Voice: She's not a singer, and did not do any of her own singing for the Direct-to-Video Rudolph animated movie.
  • Old Shame: How she feels about Virus and Halloween: Resurrection. Likewise she disowned a Coming-of-Age Story called Grandview USA.
  • One of Us: Is a huge fan of Street Fighter, and appeared at EVO 2015 wearing a Vega mask.
  • Platonic Life Partners: With Dan Aykroyd, who she called the best on-screen kisser she'd worked with. They played lovers in two movies.
  • Playing Against Type: Her comedic turn in Trading Places after five years of being typecast as a scream queen.
  • Silver Fox: She's now embraced aging naturally, and still looks fantastic because of it.
  • Star-Making Role: Laurie Strode in Halloween.
  • 10-Minute Retirement: She has hinted at or even announced her retirement a few times, but continues to act in film and television. Christmas with the Kranks in 2004 was supposed to be her final film, but she came back after a quick break with a supporting role in 2007 with Beverly Hills Chihuahua. She has also suggested Scream Queens might be her final project. Given her past history, it's unlikely this will be the case.
  • Throw It In: 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.
  • Type Casting: 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 Final Girl.

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