Born on the 22nd November 1958 in 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 baby sitter imperilled by an unknown slasher in Halloween (1978).
After appearing in the film's sequel and in other horror films such as The Fog, and Prom Night,
she seemed in danger of being limited to blood-splattered horror films.
But Curtis avoided typecasting with a part as a prostitute, (and several well-publicized
nude scenes), in the comedy Trading Places. She made the transition from teen type to adult smoothly.
Curtis had a string of unsuccessful films after Trading Places, but she was usually worth
watching even when the films weren't. 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 big-budget
Arnold Schwarzenegger adventure True Lies (1994), Curtis delivered a sparkling performance, and
in 1997, she was reunited with the cast of A Fish Called Wanda for Fierce Creatures.
Unfortunately, the film was largely disappointing.
However, the following year, Curtis returned to her roots in Halloween: H2O. The slasher film was
much criticised, but 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 writing/directorial effort.
Married to actor Christopher Guest (Spinal Tap fame) since 1984, Curtis became a Baroness,
Lady Haden-Guest in 1996, when her husband inherited the Barony.