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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 Creator/JanetLeigh, 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 SpiritualSuccessor 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]]
* ''WesternAnimation/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 associated with her work:

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* 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 also suggested ''Scream Queens'' might be her final project, until she announced that she would be reprising her role of Laurie Strode once again for 2018's ''Halloween'' sequel.
** 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'', which directly followed ''H20'''s events, under contractual obligations. She then distanced herself from horror once again until 2015 with ''Scream Queens'', and later 2018's ''Halloween'' sequel.
* ActionGirl: She would probably qualify as one in ''Film/TrueLies'' and ''Film/HalloweenH20TwentyYearsLater''.
* ActorAllusion:
** A proxy example. ''Series/ScreamQueens2015'' recreates the shower scene from ''{{Film/Psycho}}'' - which her mother starred in.
** A straighter example in ''Film/ChristmasWithTheKranks''. The theme from ''Halloween'' plays briefly at one point.
** ''Film/AFishCalledWanda'' also recreates a scene from ''Halloween'' with a character popping up from behind her.
* AwesomeDearBoy: Her decision to come out of her horror retirement and reprise her role of Laurie Strode in 1998 was made as a gift to the ''Halloween'' fans.
* BillingDisplacement:
** In ''Film/TheFog'' she's billed second when she's arguably the least important of the leads. She's billed before Tom Atkins, who plays a more prominent role.
** In ''Film/HalloweenII1981'' she has prominent billing, yet only twenty-five minutes of screen time. The TV cut restores many of her scenes that were deleted.
* 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.
* {{Corpsing}}:
** Claims that she could only avoid this on ''Series/ScreamQueens2015'' by squeezing a thumbtack.
** Her burying her face in pillows during the ejaculation scene in ''Film/AFishCalledWanda'' was her trying not to ruin takes.
* DawsonCasting: She was twenty playing the seventeen-year-old Laurie Strode in ''{{Film/Halloween 1978}}''. And the second movie was filmed three years later but an ImmediateSequel.
* DyeingForYourArt:
** Mostly averted, since she embraces going gray, but she did dye her hair red for her role in ''Film/{{Freaky Friday| 2003}}''.
** Says she exercised every day for ''Film/TrueLies''.
* 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.
* LeslieNielsenSyndrome: She got her start as a horror movie FinalGirl but is far more likely to be seen in comedy these days.
* 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.
* MoneyDearBoy: She had this to say about ''Film/HalloweenH20TwentyYearsLater'': "H20 started out with best intentions, but it ended up being a money gig. The film had some good things in it. It talked about alcoholism and trauma, but I ended up really doing it for the paycheck."
* 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/WarCraft2016''.
** And a big ''Manga/OnePiece'' fan, having been introduced to it through her son.
* PlayingAgainstType:
** Her comedic turn in ''Film/TradingPlaces'' after five years of being typecast as a scream queen.
** In contrast to her quirky housewife characters in later years, ''Series/ScreamQueens2015'' casts her as a DirtyOldWoman who murders her husband.
* StarMakingRole: Laurie Strode in ''Film/{{Halloween|1978}}''.
* ThoseTwoActors: She and Dan Aykroyd play love interests in ''Film/TradingPlaces'' and the two ''Film/MyGirl'' films. They also play neighbours in ''Film/ChristmasWithTheKranks''.
* ThrowItIn:
** During her dance in ''Film/TrueLies'', her slipping and falling which was a genuine mistake. Creator/ArnoldSchwarzenegger briefly jumping off his chair was to genuinely see if she's alright. But they left it in, since the reaction would be in-character for both of them.
** She falls in the climax of ''Film/HalloweenII1981'' when the explosion happens. This was because the explosion was more than what the stunt team were expecting.
* 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 ''Film/{{Psycho}}.'' Even then, Jamie was known for playing virginal "good girls," and was usually the FinalGirl.
* WhatCouldHaveBeen:
** Auditioned to play Franchise/NancyDrew in Series/TheHardyBoysNancyDrewMysteries in 1976 before Pamela Sue Martin was cast. She later had a guest starring role in one episode.
** ''Film/PromNight1980'' was struggling to find funding and an actress called Eve Plumb was initially cast as Kim. Jamie expressed interest in starring, and was ultimately cast as the lead, and the film got the funding it needed.
** Helen was originally scripted to go nude for her striptease in ''Film/TrueLies'', but she ultimately just strips down to her underwear. The BlackBraAndPanties were apparently supplied by Jamie herself.
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