Jamie Lee Curtis. biography
Daughter of actors Janet Leigh and Tony Curtis, Jamie Lee Curtis was born on November 22, 1958 in Santa Monica, California. She dropped out of college to follow in her parents' footsteps toward Hollywood and made her acting introduction in the TV series Operation Petticoat in 1977 before landing her break-through role in the classic horror film Halloween (1978).
Curtis continued to star in multiple horror flicks, including Terror Train (1980), The Fog (1980), and Halloween II (1981), ultimately resulting in the young actress being type-casted as the ultimate "Scream Queen." She was finally able to flaunt her acting skills in the comedy A Fish Called Wanda (1988) for which she earned a Golden Globe nomination, and quickly established herself as a serious actress after earning two Golden Globe Awards for her role in the TV series Anything But Love (1989-1992). Despite her critically performances, Curtis did not become a big star until she starred opposite Arnold Schwarzenegger in the action thriller True Lies (1994).
Between 1998 and 2002, Curtis returned to her horror roots and reprised her famous role in the Halloween sequels, Halloween H20 and Halloween: Resurrection. She then took supporting roles in the crime comedy Drowning Mona (2000) alongside Danny DeVito and Bette Midler, as well as the thriller Tailor of Panama (2001) before grabbing the attention of the younger viewers in the box office hit remake of Freaky Friday (2003) opposite rising star Lindsay Lohan.
Aside from her acting career, Curtis has gained a strong following of both readers and critics as a children's book author, stemming from the release of her debut book When I was Little: A Four-Year-Old's Memoir of Her Youth in 1993. She is also married to actor Christopher Guest and have two children together, both of which are adopted and the main inspiration behind her second book Tell Me Again About The Night I was Born (1996) and third book Is There Really a Human Race? (2006).
Most recently, Curtis has starred in a variety of projects, including the romance comedy You Again (2010) alongside Sigourney Weaver and Kristen Bell, the animated family film The Little Engine That Could (voice) in 2011, the TV series NCIS (2012) and the FOX hit sitcom New Girl (2012) as Zooey Deschanel's mother, Joan Day.