Jamie Lee Curtis

       
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Real Name: Jamie Lee Curtis
Birthday: November 22, 1958
Place of Birth: Los Angeles, CA
Education: University of the Pacific, Stockton CA (law, drama) 



This long-limbed, admired actress, the daughter of movie stars Tony Curtis and Janet Leigh, made her film debut starring as an academic suburban young teen stalked in John Carpenter's horror thriller, "Halloween" (1978).  Rightly so, Jamie Lee Curtis went on to star in a series of films of that genre such as "The Fog", "Prom Night" and "Terror Train". She reprised the role of Laurie Strode, an imaginative babysitter still having a very dreadful night in "Halloween II" (1981). 

Her only prior acting experience had been a few small roles on televisions "Columbo" and "Fantasy Island" and a supporting role as one of five nurses aboard a Navy submarine on the 1977-78 sitcom "Operation Petticoat". 


Jamie Lee Curtis eventually overcame her scream queen reputation beginning with a romantic role in "Love Letters" (1982) and as a good natured prostitute in John Landis' Eddie Murphy and  Dan Aykroyd film, "Trading Places" (1983). Next she appeared in the television movie "Death of a Centerfold: The Dorothy Stratten Story" (1981) about the brutal murder of a Playboy Magazine centerfold. Jamie Lee followed with the romantic drama "Perfect" (1985) with John Travolta, about a female aerobics instructor who meets a male reporter doing a story on health clubs, but it isn't love at first sight.

Curtis kept busy with "Amazing Grace and Chuck" (1987), and was cast as Ray Liotta's love interest in "Dominick and Eugene" (1988) before comedy turned her career around again with her sexy con women in "A Fish Called Wanda" (1988), set in London, about four very different people who team up to commit armed robbery, then try to double-cross each other for the money.  

In a drastic change of role, Jamie Lee showed a convincing and complicated action hero in Kathryn Bigelow's police film "Blue Steel" (1990). 

Moving back to her comfort level on television, Curtis had a sitcom partnership with Richard Lewis on, "Anything But Love" (1989-92). This rather sarcastic and phobic look at young love became a smash hit with viewers, especially females. The show never won great ratings but kept returning on ABC's lineup year after year. The show was cancelled and not picked up by the network in 1992.

Jamie Lee Curtis has appeared in television movies as well, including the pilots "She's In the Army Now" (1981) and "Callahan" (1982), the title role in "Annie Oakley" (1985), with Bette Davis in the Southern drama "As Summers Die" (1986) and the filmed version of Wendy Wasserstein's award winning comedy "The Heidi Chronicles" (1995). 

Curtis then played the young mother and loyal girlfriend roles in "My Girl" starring Dan Aykroyd, Macaulay Culkin and Anna Chlumsky, a cute film about when your Dad's an undertaker, your Mom's in heaven, and your Grandma's got a screw loose, it's good to have a friend who understands you. Even if he is a boy. Next was "Forever Young" (1992) with Mel Gibson, about a 1939 test pilot who asks his best friend to use him as a guinea pig for a cryogenics experiment. She then reunited with the "My Girl" team for the sequel "My Girl 2" (1994).

Her 1994 roles seemed to summarize her career to date with a role in "Mother's Boys" which mysteriously revisited her horror roles of the past, while James Cameron's "True Lies" gave her a funny role encompassing her scream queen, pin-up, comedienne and mother roles. 

Her next two comedies did not fare as well. Jamie Lee was an anal retentive mother put under "House Arrest" (1996) by her bitter young teen daughter, and then rejoined with her old "A Fish Called Wanda" friends for "Fierce Creatures" (1997) where zookeepers struggle to deal with the policies of changing directors. The following year, she was cast in "Virus", made a cameo appearance in "Homegrown" and "Halloween H2O", written by Kevin Williamson. Next up was the big-screen remake of Disney's body snatching comedy "Freaky Friday" (2003) where she played the middle-aged professional who switches bodies with her young daughter (Lindsay Lohan) and gains a newfound understanding of one another.The film proved extremely popular with family audiences and brought new attention to her career.

Jamie Lee Curtis was a true Hollywood star and everybody wanted her in their movies.

Jamie next worked with Tim Allen for the holiday comedy "Christmas with the Kranks" (2004) playing a couple whose planned vacation escape from the commerciality of Christmas is disrupted when a surprise last-minute visit from their college age daughter prompts them to scramble to create a special holiday. Then she appeared in the family comedy "The Kid & I" (2005) about a young teenager with cerebral palsy who dreams of starring in an action movie. When his father (Joe Mantegna) grants his wish for his 18th birthday, he experiences the reality a bit hard to manage. 


Curtis wrapped the year with the comedy "Beverly Hills Chihuahua" (2008) with Drew Barrymore, Salma Hayek and George Lopez, where while on vacation in Mexico, Chloe, a ritzy Beverly Hills Chihuahua, finds herself lost and in need of assistance in order to get back home. 

She is also devoted to her duties as an author of children's books. Since 1993, she has released five volumes filled with charming rhymes and wise words for kids. In 2010 Jamie Lee Curtis also became the spokesperson for "Activia" - a creamy, lowfat yogurt that not only tastes good, but helps regulate your digestive system. She has joked that she is now teased constantly about her "personal" habits and aging insides.

In 2010 Jamie Lee took a role in the comedy “You Again” starring Kristen Bell, Sigourney Weaver and Betty White that tells the story about when a young woman realizes her brother is about to marry the girl who bullied her in high school, and she sets out to expose the fiancée’s true colors.


Curtis then lent her voice to the animated children’s movie “The Little Engine that Could” that retold the classic children’s tale.

After a short break Jamie Lee decided to return to television with several appearances on the hit crime drama “NCIS”.

 

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