Jamie Lee Curtis


Birthday: Nov 22, 1958
Birthplace: Los Angeles, California
The daughter of film stars Tony Curtis and Janet Leigh, Jamie Lee Curtis launched her film career as a "scream queen." After a nondescript supporting role on the TV series Operation Petticoat, Curtis rose to cult stardom playing the straight-laced teenage babysitter imperiled by an unknown slasher in Halloween (1978). Upon appearing in the film's sequel and in such spookers as The Fog (1979) and Prom Night (1980), she seemed in danger of being limited to blood-splattered horror films. But Curtis wasn't about to be typed this early in the game: with a meaty secondary role as a prostitute -- featuring several well-publicized nude scenes -- in the big-budget comedy Trading Places (1983), she made the transition from imperiled teen type to knowing adult with nary a hitch. Curtis didn't exactly have a string of box-office smashes after Trading Places, but she was always worth watching even when the films weren't. And when the good parts did come along, notably her roles in A Fish Called Wanda (1988) and My Girl (1991), she proved she was an actress of range and stature and not just another "movie star's kid." Taking a potentially humiliating role as the unknowing wife of a secret agent in the megabucks Arnold Schwarzenegger adventure True Lies (1994), Curtis delivered a sparkling performance, emerging as the only truly likable character in a loud and misogynistic melodrama. In 1997, she was reunited with the cast of A Fish Called Wanda (Kevin Kline, John Cleese, and Michael Palin) for Fierce Creatures, another comedy farce in the same vein as Wanda. Unfortunately, the film was largely disappointing; but, the following year, Curtis rebounded with a return to familiar territory in Halloween: H2O. The slasher flick, although less than a critical favorite, proved to be popular with audiences. In 1999, Curtis again ventured into the big-budget realm with the action thriller Virus, and had a supporting role in Daddy and Them, Billy Bob Thornton's sophomore writing/directorial effort. She could then be seen in Drowning Mona, a black comedy in which she played a waitress caught up in an affair with the husband of her town's most infamous dead woman.The 2000s have brought Curtis several interesting opportunities, including a live performance at Paul McCartney's benefit for the controversial animal rights organization PETA in 2000, and a no-holds-barred photo shoot with More magazine in 2002 -- the then 44-year-old actress wanted to emphasize that even high-profile celebrities look "normal" without the help of a team of makeup artists and digital alterations. In 2001, Curtis starred alongside Oscar-winner Geoffrey Rush and James Bond front man Pierce Brosnan in the espionage thriller The Tailor of Panama, and returned for a cameo appearance in Halloween: Resurrection, which supposedly marked her final role in the Halloween franchise. Curtis would return to more family-oriented pictures in 2003's spirited Freaky Friday with Lindsay Lohan, which featured the forty-something actress playing a punky teen whose spirit had magically been transferred to her mother's body; the success of that film led to the curdled comedy of the critically drubbed Christmas With the Kranks. She acted in Beverly Hills Chihuahua and You Again, but became better known in later years as a spokeswoman for Activia yogurt.Married to actor Christopher Guest since 1984, Curtis became a Baroness, Lady Haden-Guest, when her husband inherited the Barony in 1996.

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Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

CREDIT
14% An Acceptable Loss Rachel Burke 2019
79% Halloween Executive Producer Laurie Strode 2018
88% 78/52: Hitchcock's Shower Scene Actor 2017
55% Spare Parts Principal 2015
79% Veronica Mars Gayle Buckley $2.7M 2014
No Score Yet Halloween 35th Anniversary Actor 2013
85% From Up On Poppy Hill Ryoko $0.7M 2013
No Score Yet Beauty CULTure Actor 2013
No Score Yet The Little Engine That Could Actor 2011
17% You Again Gail $25.7M 2010
No Score Yet Dirt! The Movie Narrator 2009
40% Beverly Hills Chihuahua Aunt Viv $94.5M 2008
95% Not Quite Hollywood: The Wild, Untold Story of Ozploitation! Actor 2008
No Score Yet Going to Pieces: The Rise and Fall of the Slasher Film Actor 2006
33% The Kid & I Herself 2005
No Score Yet John Carpenter: Fear Is Just the Beginning... The Man and His Movies Actor 2004
5% Christmas With the Kranks Nora Krank $73.8M 2004
87% Freaky Friday Tess Coleman $110.2M 2003
11% Halloween: Resurrection Laurie Strode $30.3M 2002
No Score Yet Marlene Dietrich: Her Own Song Narrator 2001
No Score Yet Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer and the Island of Misfit Toys Queen Camilla 2001
86% Daddy and Them Elaine Bowen 2001
77% The Tailor of Panama Louisa Pendel $13.2M 2001
67% The American Nightmare Actor 2001
29% Drowning Mona Rona 2000
No Score Yet Paul McCartney & Friends: The PETA Concert for Party Animals Actor 2000
10% Virus Kit Foster 1999
52% Halloween H20 Laurie Strode/Carrie Tate 1998
No Score Yet Nicholas' Gift Maggie Green 1998
35% Spice World Screenwriter 1998
44% Homegrown Sierra Kahan 1998
53% Fierce Creatures Willa Weston 1997
10% House Arrest Janet Beindorf 1996
27% My Girl 2 Shelly Sultenfuss 1996
No Score Yet Heidi Chronicles Heidi Holland 1995
71% True Lies Helen Tasker 1994
43% Mother's Boys Jude 1993
57% Forever Young Claire Cooper 1992
56% My Girl Shelly DeVoto 1991
38% Queens Logic Grace 1991
71% Blue Steel Megan Turner 1990
93% A Fish Called Wanda Wanda Gerschwitz 1988
80% Dominick and Eugene Jennifer Reston 1988
No Score Yet Un homme amoureux (A Man in Love) Susan Elliott 1987
29% Amazing Grace and Chuck Lynn Taylor 1987
No Score Yet As Summers Die Whitsey Loftin 1986
No Score Yet Film House Fever Actor 1986
19% Perfect Jessie 1985
71% The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Dr. Sandra Banzai 1984
No Score Yet Grandview U.S.A. Michelle "Mike" Cody 1984
57% Terror in the Aisles Actor 1984
No Score Yet Love Letters Anna 1984
86% Trading Places Ophelia 1983
No Score Yet Coming Soon Actor 1983
30% Halloween II Laurie Strode 1981
86% Escape from New York Narration and Computer Voice 1981
No Score Yet Road Games Hitch / Pamela 1981
No Score Yet She's in the Army Now Rita Jennings 1981
45% Prom Night Kim 1980
75% The Fog Elizabeth Solley 1980
33% Terror Train Alana 1980
95% Halloween Laurie Strode 1978

TV

CREDIT
No Score Yet Eli Roth's History of Horror
2018
Appearing
  • 2018
No Score Yet Jimmy Kimmel Live
2003
Guest
  • 2018
No Score Yet The Graham Norton Show
2007
Guest
  • 2018
No Score Yet The Late Late Show With James Corden
2015-2018
Guest
  • 2018
  • 2016
  • 2015
No Score Yet The View
1997
Guest
  • 2018
  • 2012
No Score Yet The Talk
2010
Guest
  • 2018
  • 2015
  • 2012
  • 2010
No Score Yet Harry
2016
Guest
  • 2016
No Score Yet Variety Studio: Actors on Actors
2015
Guest
  • 2016
75% Scream Queens
2015-2016
Dean Cathy Munsch Dean Munsch Director
  • 2016
  • 2015
  • 2010
No Score Yet The Chew
2011
Guest
  • 2015
94% New Girl
2011-2018
Joan Jane
  • 2015
  • 2014
  • 2012
No Score Yet The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills
2010
Appearing
  • 2014
No Score Yet NCIS
2003
Dr. Samantha Ryan Samantha Ryan
  • 2012
No Score Yet One Born Every Minute
2011-2012
Narrator
  • 2012
  • 2011
No Score Yet The Tonight Show With Jay Leno
1992-2014
Guest
  • 2012
  • 2010
  • 2007
  • 2004
  • 2003
  • 2002
  • 2000
No Score Yet Jamie Oliver's Food Revolution
2010-2011
Appearing
  • 2011
  • 2010
No Score Yet Independent Lens
1999
Narrator
  • 2010
No Score Yet The Drew Carey Show
1995-2004
  • 1996
No Score Yet Saturday Night Live
1975
Host Guest
  • 1984
  • 1980
33% Buck Rogers in the 25th Century
1979-1981
  • 1979
No Score Yet Charlie's Angels
1976-1981
  • 1978
No Score Yet Quincy, M.E.
1976-1983
Girl
  • 1977

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