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Jamie Lee Curtis

Highest Rated:   100% Dominick and Eugene (1988)
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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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Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
94% 78/52
  • Actor
2017
54% Spare Parts
  • Principal
2015
79% Veronica Mars
  • Gayle Buckley
$2.7M 2014
No Score Yet Halloween 35th Anniversary
  • Actor
2013
83% 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
41% Beverly Hills Chihuahua
  • Aunt Viv
$94.5M 2008
94% 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
88% Freaky Friday
  • Tess Coleman
$110.2M 2003
12% 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
9% Virus
  • Kit Foster
1999
51% Halloween H2O
  • Laurie Strode/Carrie Tate
1998
No Score Yet Nicholas' Gift
  • Maggie Green
1998
36% Spice World
  • Screenwriter
1998
47% 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
72% True Lies
  • Helen Tasker
1994
43% Mother's Boys
  • Jude
1993
53% Forever Young
  • Claire Cooper
1992
50% My Girl
  • Shelly DeVoto
1991
38% Queens Logic
  • Grace
1991
71% Blue Steel
  • Megan Turner
1990
93% A Fish Called Wanda
  • Wanda Gerschwitz
1988
100% 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
31% 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
42% Prom Night
  • Kim
1980
36% Terror Train
  • Alana
1980
71% The Fog
  • Elizabeth Solley
1979
93% Halloween
  • Laurie Strode
1978

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
76% Scream Queens
2015
  • Dean Cathy Munsch Dean Munsch
  • 2016
  • 2015
No Score Yet The Late Late Show With James Corden
2015
  • Guest
  • 2016
  • 2015
No Score Yet The Chew
2011
  • Guest
  • 2015
93% New Girl
2011
  • Joan Jane
  • 2015
  • 2014
  • 2012
No Score Yet The Talk
2010
  • Guest
  • 2015
  • 2012
  • 2010
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 View
1997
  • Guest
  • 2012
  • 2011
No Score Yet The Tonight Show With Jay Leno
1992-2014
  • Guest
  • 2012
  • 2010
  • 2007
  • 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 Saturday Night Live
1975
  • Host
  • Guest
  • 1984
  • 1980

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