Jamie Lee Curtis
Real name: Jamie Lee Curtis
Birthdate: November 22, 1958
Partner: Christopher Guest
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Jamie Lee Curtis (born November 22, 1958) is an American film actress and an author of children's books. Although she was initially known as a "scream queen" because of her starring roles in many horror films early in her career, Curtis has since compiled a body of work that covers many genres. She has received an Emmy Award nomination and two Golden Globe Awards. Her 1998 book, Today I Feel Silly, and Other Moods That Make My Day, made the best-seller list in The New York Times. She is married to actor Christopher Guest (Baron Haden-Guest) and, as the wife of a Baron, is titled Baroness Haden-Guest and therefore could be styled The Lady Haden-Guest, but she chooses to use neither the title nor the style when in the United States.
Curtis was born in Los Angeles, California, the child of well-known actors Tony Curtis and Janet Leigh. Her paternal grandparents were Jewish immigrants from Hungary. Curtis's parents divorced in 1962 and her mother then married Robert Brandt. Curtis has an older sister, Kelly Curtis, who is also an actress, and several half-siblings (all from her father's remarriage), Alexandra, Allegra, Ben, and Nicholas Curtis (who died in 1994 of a drug overdose). Curtis attended both Westlake School in Los Angeles and Beverly Hills High School, but graduated from Choate Rosemary Hall. Returning to California in 1976, Jamie attended the University of the Pacific in Stockton, California. Jamie considered majoring in social work, but left after a semester in order to pursue a life in acting.
Curtis' film debut was in the classic 1978 horror film Halloween, playing the role of Laurie Strode, the only teenage character in the film who is not killed. The film was a major success and was considered the highest grossing independent film of its time, earning status as a classic horror film. Curtis was subsequently cast in several horror films, garnering her the title of a "scream queen". It's been stated that the filmmakers had no clue who her parents were at the time they cast her.
Working with illustrator Laura Cornell, Curtis has written a number of critically-acclaimed children's books. These include:
- When I was Little: A Four-Year Old's Memoir Of Her Youth, published September 1993.
- Tell Me Again About The Night I was Born, published August 1996.
- Today I Feel Silly, and Other Moods That Make My Day, published September 1998, which was listed on the New York Times best-seller list for nine weeks.
- Where Do Balloons Go?: An Uplifting Mystery, published August 2000.
- I'm Gonna Like Me: Letting Off a Little Self-Esteem, published September 2002.
- It's Hard to Be Five: Learning How to Work My Control Panel, published September 2004.
- Is There Really A Human Race?, published September 2006.
Curtis married actor Christopher Guest on December 18, 1984, becoming Lady Haden-Guest when her husband inherited the Barony of Haden-Guest in 1996, upon the death of his father. The couple have two adopted children, Anne Haden Guest (born 1986) and Thomas Haden Guest (born 1996). Both children are entitled to use the honorific The Honourable before their names, because of a Royal Warrant dated 30 April 2004 that addressed the status of adopted children of peers. However, the Haden-Guest title will be inherited by Christopher Guest's heir presumptive, his younger brother, Nicholas, since a peer's adopted children do not have succession rights.