first discovered Jamie's acting
career in non-horror films like
in 'My Girl', 'Perfect'
and 'True Lies'
but suddenly I was browsing
through my Movie Guide looking
and noticed that she was one of
the main stars of that film. So,
close to Halloween I rented the
film although I saw part 6 in
theatre's a couple weeks
beforehand (Call me kookie but it
was a hit and miss release and
wanted to check it out before it
went). I realised that this is
how she first started her acting
career. Not only that, she
starred in a handful of other
teen horror films afterwards
before breaking into the big time
motion pictures and was crowned
as the ultimate scream queen of
that decade along with Linda
became my all time favourite
scream queen as well as my all
time favourite actress and love
her work in both genre's horror
Curtis was born on November 22,
1958 in Los Angeles, California
(A place for big time movie &
TV stars) to the parents two
legendary actors Tony Curtis and
Janet Leigh. Four years after her
birth, her parents filed for a
the late 70's she decided to give
acting a shot follow her parents'
footsteps but had to tough it out
on her own. She had fears of
getting fired since she knew that
the acting business can get
nasty. She had acting gigs by
guesting in TV shows at Universal
Studios in Hollywood working in
Glen A. Larson Productions. Her
first gig was a walk on role in
an episode of the series 'Quincy'
and then a year later she won a
supporting guest role playing a
tough biker named Mary in the 'Nancy
Drew Mysteries' along
with Robert Englund. During that
same year she played a waitress
in a movie of the week titled 'Columbo:
The Bye-Bye Sky High I.Q. Murder
still guesting in TV shows like
in 'Charlie's Angels',
'The Love Boat'
and 'Buck Rogers in the
25th Century' as well as
being a semi-regular in the
Petticoat' as Lt.
Barbara Duran based on the 1959
movie that starred her father,
Tony Curtis, she finally got her
big break by starring in John
Carpenter's cult classic 'Halloween'
with Donald Pleasance which she
played an adopted teen named
Laurie Strode and was the
biological sister of a blood
thirsty killer named Michael
Myers who swears to make his
family members exctinct. At first
critics bomberd the film when it
hit the box office but the film
grew more and more to cult
viewers which led on to more work
in horror films for Jamie. She
starred in Carpenters next flick
called 'The Fog'
which also had the same people
who worked in the 'Halloween'
flick as well as two of the other
actors Nancy Loomis and Charles
Cyphers. Not only that, this was
the first film that her mother
Janet starred with her daughter
in which she too had a part in.
Jamie plays a travelling
hitchhiker named Elizabeth
Solley. She starts dating the guy
who picked her up one night while
he was driving home from work.
She thinks she's bad luck since
terrible things have happened
since. The film went to theatre's
in early 1980 and shortly after,
she returned to the slasher genre
in 'Prom Night'
which was shot in Canada and it
starred Leslie Neilson. In this
one she played a triplet sister
named Kim Hammond whom her
friends accidentally murdered her
sister during their childhood but
it was kept a secret until the
night of her prom. Before 1980
came to an end she played a
college student named Alana
Maxwell in 'Terror Train'
about a masked killer targets six
college kids responsible for a
prank gone wrong years earlier
and whom are currently throwing a
large New Year's Eve costume
party aboard a moving train.
Afterwards, she slowly moved on
to starring in non-horror b-films
and the TV-movie 'She's
in the Army Now' but
during this same year she did
reprise her role as Laurie Strode
in the first sequel to 'Halloween.'
Even if these horror films were
just a handful for her fans
crowned her as the most beloved
scream queen as well as
nicknaming her that name and was
featured in numerous horror film
compliations and even hosted on 'Saturday
Night Live' due to her
moved on to starring in numerous
big time motion pictures working
with top celebrities like Dany
Aykroyd and John Cleese in 'Trading
USA', 'A Fish
Called Wanda', 'Blue
Steel', 'My Girl',
'True Lies', 'The
Heidi Chronicles', 'House
Arrest' and 'Fierce
Creatures.' With all
this to her credit some viewers
forgot that she started out
acting in low budget horror films
which she said goodbye to.
she did return as Laurie Strode
for the third time in a direct
sequel to 'Halloween II'
in 'Halloween:H2O: Twenty
Years Later' only to
kill of Michael Myers in the end.
She focused on being a full time
Mom during this time period as
she adopted two kids and acted
part time working in films like 'Virus'
and 'Drowning Mona'
plus doing voice overs for
animated shows. She was asked to
have a cameo in 'Scream 3'
but she declined. Producers
decided to make another 'Halloween'
sequel titled 'Halloween:
Resurrection' and Jamie
agreed to return to it but only
to be killed off in the beginning
of the film. She got a paid
salary of $3,000,000 for her work
starred in family
films like 'Freaky Friday'
and 'Christmas with the
Kranks' but word has it that she
announced that she has retired
from film acting.
Yet now and then she has made appearances in other film work afterwards to present day like in '8', 'Veronica Mars' and 'Spare Parts' so she's not dead to her career on the big screen.
Television acting came useful to her as she did a stint on 'NCIS', many appearances on 'The New Girl' and is in a new series spoof by FOX titled 'Scream Queens' as the role of Dean Cathy Munsch as the story revolves on the twentieth anniversary of a 1995 sorority pledge which went wrong, a college campus is rattled by a series of murders.
has been married to actor
Christopher Guest since December
18, 1984 which she saw him on an
issue of a Rolling Stone magazine
and it was love at first sight
and a couple years back she won a
2003 Grammy nomination in the
Best Spoken Album for Children
category for her recording of the
children's books she has written.
She also admits that horror films
terrifies her and she prefers not
to watch them. This may be a
shock to you horror fanatics but
it's true. Even if Jamie doesn't
work anymore she will always be
remembered as a versatile actress
and will be rich for life.
1978 This is where Jamie got
her start after her roles in TV
shows and to a journey of a
scream queen and the first horror
movie I spotted her in as I saw
her in her more publicised films
that were non-horror. But I loved
her in this genre the best.
plays the biological sister of
the killer Michael Myers named
Laurie Strode as Michael escapes
from the mental hospital
discovering that he has a younger
sister who was adopted to another
She briefly spots him
watching her on Halloween day not
knowing who he is and gets
freaked by all this. Then she
babysits for her neighbors on
Halloween night. This is when
Michael moves in for the kill but
first he kills his partying
friends in the neighborhood as
Laurie goes accross the street to
where her friends are hanging out
as one of her stuck up friends is
supposed to be babysitting as
well and not having guests over.
She sees that the house is too
quiet and then Michael plans to
move in for the kill as he wants
to have all his family members
Jamie was great in her role
like she always does in any of
her shows. I loved her freaking
out and running away from Michael
as well as getting peeved by her
friend Annie who we all love to
She reprised her role in
the first sequel as well as in H20
(1998) (To kill off Michael in
the end) and Resurrection
(2002) (Only to get killed off in
This one was put
down by alot of critics but it
became a cult classic in the
years to follow plus it helped
John Carpenter become a big named
for his futite films.
Fog 1980 Ahh
yesss! This was like a
'Halloween' reunion as this piece
was also directed by John
Carpenter as well as by the same
makers and a couple of the same
cast members too. Jamie's Mom
came on board to co-star in this
film too as it was their first
mother daughter working together.
Although I liked 'Halloween' better, I like Jamie's character
better in this one as she plays a
traveller named Elizabeth Solley
who enjoys doing artwork. The guy
who picks her up is an older man
but they have a romance together
which was a bonus for Elizabeth
as they are two very nice people.
However, Liz thinks she's bad
luck as the guy's car windows
break and other bad stuff
But what is really
happening is a glowing fog is
hovering over their small town
leading to ghost of dead pirates
killing people away whenever the
fog covers over them so they are
on a chase from these ghouls.
This film was very creepy and it
inspired new makers to do a
remake. Jamie certainly screams
in this one in a few scenes.
Night 1980 Jamie now plays a triplet sister
to a brother and another sister
named Kim Hammond. She is amazing
in this disco teen slasher flick
and quite a good disco dancer too
even if the acting is very
outdated in it.
In the beginning
a bunch of children are playing a
game in an abandoned school and
the Hammond triplets are walking
Kim's sister checks out
their game and accidentally gets
killed. The kids keep it a secret
and years later Kim's mother
can't shake off her daughters
death still as they visit her
Kim is dating one of
the guy's who was responsible but
still he keeps it a secret and
Kim's father is the school
principal which is played by
They all get
prank phone calls before the
night of the prom by a mysterious
Kim will be nominated as
prom queen but a nasty prank
happens caused by the school
bully but the bully is beheaded
by the killer while he killed off
all of Kim's other friends who
were at the events as when they
One family member in
the Hammond vein hasn't overcome
the death of the triplet sister
of Kim's and Kim is in for a big
surprise to find out who is
killing these people.
The film is
very sad at the end of it but
Jamie was great with the fighting
battle with her and the killer as
well as the one who played her
boyfriend caught in this death
It sure is a memory when
there were disco dances, roller
skating and bellbottoms.
flick inspired many other
highschool slasher flicks during
the 80's like 'Graduation
Day' as well as the 90's
and 'I Know What You Did
Last Summer' If you
haven't checked Jamie in this
one go to your DVD/video rental
place and check it out now!
This one was probably as low
budget horror as you can get with
Curtis involved. Jamie plays a
graduating student at the Sigma
Phi named Alana Maxwell. For her
grad gift, her and her friends
are all taking a New Years Eve
cruise on a stream train as they
all wear their fraternity
costumes and play pranks on one
another. However, a masked killer
disguised as one of her
fraternity friends is also on
board too as there was a
fraternity prank that went wrong
3 years before and somehow she
was involved with the incident.
The killer seems to wait for her
Beforehand she enjoys
the disco dancing room and the
and running away from the killer
is very similar to her role as
Laurie Strode in 'Halloween'
so all you fans may love her to
death in this one.
An interesting 80's
New Years Eve slasher flick which
almost had similar elements to
other films like 'Hell
the events were in a train.
She's In the Army Now 1981 Jamie's next step after starring in horror films by co-starring in this TV-movie as the role of a sort of tomboyish character Pvt. Rita Jennings in this witty drama on a group of young women recruits in basic training for the army.
She does a good job in it as there's a memorable scene on her getting into a brawl with one of the other women there in which she shows great dynamic energy.
Also another moment when she tries to get it right by shooting a target and then her roomates drag her in for fun and turn on the shower at her which looked exciting.
More fun moments when they go to a dance club drinking with the men in basic training and dancing with them as she acts flirtatious as well as having troubles with the guy she's going out with along with a secret that caused him to get kicked out of the army as well as having her nearly kicked out but faces a punishment to staty in and graduate from this academy.
The story for sure shows the real hard times while being there as well as a situation with someone trying to take their life along with nasty girls doing something to one of the other girls.
It also shows nice teamwork and sticking together through the good and bad as well as forming a true friendship on helping others through tough times.
It's quite a good story as she worked with top celebrities such as Kathleen Quinlan and Melanie Griffith.
1981 Jamie was slowly
moving on to non-horror films by
having a good supporting role in
this one. She is a traveller in
this one too like she was in 'The
Fog' as the person who
picked her up named her Hitch. He
is an eccentric truck driver
(Played by Stacy Keach) as he
witnesses a murder along his way.
Him and Hitch tries to track him
down but Hitch is kidnapped by
appear in this film until halfway
through so it's a surprise
waiting for her appearance.
flick was made on a low budget
but it's a well done flick and
it's very mysterious.
be disappointed as you'll all
wonder what happened to Jamie's
character. Is she alive or
killed? Find out by renting this.
This film was a major
bore. It tries so hard to be a
good story but it lacks. It was
written and directed by Amy
Holden Jones who did the same for
the trashy T&A slasher film 'Slumber
Party Massacre' Although
her directing was better her
writing weasn't and it was made
on a similar budget as you can
tell but this is not a horror
film. Jamie plays the role of a
classical radio disc jockey named
Anna Winter who experiences her
mother death and reads the love
letters to a guy who was her
original father she never met and
her mother was only having an
affair with. Instead she marries
and alcholoic which Anna had to
encounter his abusive actions
while growing up.
has a steamy affair with one of
her fans which is a model
photographer and likes the idea.
Jamie is nude in it which may
shock you fans as you all
remember her usually not
performing nude in films. But
then she loves him too much
causing her to have an identity
The acting in this one
was good which saves this film
from bombing but even you Curtis
fans will probably agree with me
that this isn't one of her best
Trading Places 1983 Now she's moving on up to big budget films such as this one as it took a while to finally see her perform in this one which focuses a story on a rich snob investor Louis Winthorpe III (Dan Aykroyd) and a bum con artist Billy Ray Valentine (Eddie Murphy) find their positions reversed as part of a bet by two callous millionaires.
It at first looked incredibly dull till this reverse happens which looked mildly exciting seeing the change spotting Billy Ray living the luxiorious lifestyle and Louis being put through hell. Now Curtis appears during the middle of the story as a prostitute named Ophelia just getting out on bail and one of the people working at the investment makes a deal with her to come up to Louis and try to get it on with him while his girlfriend got him out of bail and leaves him as this is for sure a good psychological moment on losing everything.
She breezes through alot of the other scene's trying to help him get his career back on track only to pay her alot of money as this was impressive. Plus she does some nudity during a couple of scene's. Plus gets into a somewhat romantic moment with him too as this was impressive.
Then later on both Louis and Billy Ray join forces to put a stop to whoever set them up and she comes in for the help and disguising herself on an amtrak train during a new years eve celebration as someone foreign which was impressive to watch as well.
Later on she disappears when things get nitty gritty for the final moments but appears at the end of the film on a tropical island with Louis and the other winners in the flick. She does a great job as always delivering her lines very well and showing nice comedic timing. The film is okay but a little too long. However I remember the trailer for this on TV when it was playing at cinemas when I was a child.
Now this one was an improvement
as Jamie plays a tomboy named who
runs a car crash event and also
works in the tow truck business.
A graduating teen Tim
Person (C. Thomas Howell) has a
crush on her when he set his eyes
on her asking to get his car out
of a ditch. But an obnoxious tow
truck driver named Slam (Patrick
Swayze) also wants her. This
causes war for the two of them.
Tim always dreams of acting in a
rock video and her appearing with
him in it but she shows no
interest in him.
Later on they
form a relationship as Tim is
having troubles at home and
crashes at her house for the
night but gets busted by Slam
when he enters her trailer the
Jamie does perform
nude but is brief. This was a
great drama with a touch of
comedy in it and has a terrific
cast in it other than Jamie too.
This film was promising for her
moving out of the b-film
1985 This one nearly
damaged her career but she
survived. I was a John Travolta
fan. This was during Travolta's
has-been years as he plays a scum
bag tabloid reporter for Rolling
Stone magazine and meets up with
an aerobic instructor named Jesse
which is played by Jamie as he
wants to do a story on health
They start seeing one
another. He tries to destroy her
career for Rolling Stone incuding
interviewing their conversations
and their personal lives together
which enrages her.
apparently only ate one meal a
day for her part in this film and
worked out alot. She also
trained for several months before
All the scenes
that show her leading classes
were filmed first, with the
narrative and dramatic sequences
The last sequence
filmed was the closing credits
workout. She also filmed a music
video with Jermaine Jackson to
promote the movie.
This film was
supposed to be romantic but the
story was sad and sank
However, I loved it
when Jamie Lee Curtis insulted
Travolta's character for what he
did to her career on her health
club plus I loved Carly Simon's
cameo in it.
As Summers Die 1986 A very boring TV-Movie drama as Jamie plays a beautiful and healthy looking wealthy woman named Whitsey Loftin residing in a white mansion near a farm as she of course had an impressive beginning in her scene and being charming as well awhen she goes out with a lawyer in the movie Willie Croft (Scott Glenn) as their interactions looked well done. Plus we have Bette Davis who plays Jamie's Mom Hannah Loftin whom fdoes a solid job in her role and quite sharp too.
Willie tries to help an old black lady Elivira Backus (Beah Richards) keep their land that discovers oil on their property as a greedy residents the Patriarch's as they try to find a way on regaining that land and destroying
the deed and denying it ever existed.
Curtis's character tries to help out as much as she can during the court case and moments like that as she had the lead role in this one. The story is terribly slow and tiring as it seemed to also fall into a romantic film involving her and Scott Glenn. It takes place in around the 1940's in a southern part of the country as well as having good harmonica composing.
We also hear some strong profanity and racial remarks as I'm not sure if this was a made for cable flick due to all of this or before the movie started advised viewer discretion.
But you're not missing out much on this one if you haven't seen it yet.
Steel 1990 A
nicely done thriller of Jamie
playing a tough as nails rookie
cop named Megan Turner who
witnesses a robbery in a store
and kills the criminal before he
This causes alot of
controversy for her at the police
station almost jeapordising her
career. Also there is another
psychotic killer who saw this
scene in the store and takes the
criminals gun and goes on a
obsessed with Megan and Megan
starts dating this fellow not
realising that he too is a killer
when she is trying to uncover a
mystery after finding dead
Also she can't cope with
her family as her father abuses
her mother and wondering if she
should turn her father in.
story is filled with suspense and
made Jamie well respected by
viewers who saw it. You'll love
her role in it.
Girl 1991 This
was the first time I spotted
Jamie in a show which was this
one and loved it. It was a very
heartwarming tale taking place in
the early 70's. Her role is a
caring person named Shelley
DeVoto who has been hired by a
funeral parlour caretaker
Harry (Played by Dan Aykroyd) to
do make up for the dead bodies
during funreral events. She falls
in love with him and starts
living with him.
encounters his daughter named
Vada (Anna Chlumsky) who is very
imaginary in a happy way and
talks to her mother up in heaven
and hangs out with her best
friend named Thomas J. (Macaulay
Culkin) who is a boy younger than
her and is very eccentric and
allergic to many things.
Vada discovers that her dad is
seeing Shelley she doesn't adjust
to this as she hasn't gotten over
her mothers death trying to find
any way to break them up.
also encounters his mother who
has a few screws loose. This
makes life tough for Shelley to
adjust to but she tries to find
every way to make things the best
for all of them.
ending for this film was very
emotional. This one was followed
by a sequel as Jamie reprises her
role in it.
Boys 1994 Oooh
yesss! Jamie plays a psychopath
in this one which was very
different for her indeed. Jamie
plays a divorced mother named
Jude Madigan who left her husband
and kids 3 years ago for no
particular reason and returns to
visit her children with nasty
plans for all of them.
she tries to seem loving and
caring to her kids but to the
grown ups like her ex-husband and
his girlfriend she shows an evil
and dark side to her.
tries to poison her kids minds to
do evil deeds to their father's
girlfriend making out that she is
wicked and nasty and won't do
anything to stop this situation
until she is dead.
This was one
of Jamie's best perfromances of
all time and if you have seen
this you all will probably agree
When you see her in the
beginning you would really want
her but then in the end you'd
want her out of your life.
Lies 1994 This
was Jamie's best performance I
found and her best film role I
thought. It was hilarious with
lots of action.
She is a
businesswoman named Helen Tasker
with a loving husband Harry
(Arnold Schwartznegger) and a
Things seem to go well
but Harry thinks that she is
having an affair and gets his
friend to do a test in a dark
room without her seeing him or
knowing that he is behind all of
this. Jamie is hilarious when she
goes nuts and tries to use a
chair to smash the glass that
Arnold's character is behind.
is also funny at pretending to be
sexy for her next test to see if
her affair was real or not.
loved the stunts in this when she
goes on an adventure while being
This one was
considered to be her top film for
her acting career and all you
fans of her's will love it I
Nicholas' Gift 1998 A fact based TV Movie as she plays a mother with a family of two children on a vacation in Italy in which it looked nice and uplifting when she is happy spending time and going sightseeing.
Also in the story we spot locals who have a sick boy in a hospital and upset wondering if their child will make it in which this drew me in.
The story becomes disturbing when the american family are driving and nearly gunned down by bandits as well as finding out on what happened to their son Nicholas (Gene Wexler) in which Curtis does well acting emotional during these times as well as hearing more bad news on her son as well as having a nice discussion with her daughter Eleanor(Hallie Eisenberg) about why she is feeling down as this was well put into the story in which the performances looked nice and touching.
Also they donate Nicholas' organs to the sick child in which the family becomes famous there with reporters as well as being liked for helping another one in trouble.
Curtis does well crying when she attends her son's funeral as she really knew on how to portray this role incredibly well.
This was a very good story which should please the fans who enjoy her acting such as myself.
1999 Some of you
might've thought that after
Jamie's role in 'Halloween:
H20' was marking her
retirement from acting but don't
be upset shortly after, she
played the lead role in this one
named Kelly Foster, a tugboat
passenger along with Donald
Sutherland and William Baldwin
who take refuge from a storm in a
seemingly abandoned Russian
intelligence post. They find out
that a crew was killed off by
aliens as they were considered a
Kelly and her people are
cornered by them as whenever
someone turns into a victim they
are transformed into these killer
Once again Jamie wore her scream queen hat for this sci-fi-horror in which was well done as well as showing good special effects. The story was very complex but I loved her performance in this one as she knew on how to act tough as nails with her aggressions but the heroic type in the flick.
with the Kranks
2004 Close to a ripoff
of 'National Lampoon's
which has alot of slapstick and
tries so hard to be funny but it
The story centers around a
husband named Luther (Played by
Tim Allen) and a wife named Nora
(Played by Jamie Lee Curtis)
feeling lost that their daughter
is spending the Christmas
holidays without them going to
the Peace Corps in Peru so they
decide to skip Christmas and plan
to go away on a cruise. This
enrages their neighbors or people
that work with them as they
decide to save their money for it
than buying a tree, having a
party or putting up decorations
and so the battle begins as the
neighbors call them Scrooge as
well as trying to trespass on
their property by singing carols.
Suddenly their daughter calls
telling them that she will be
home for the holidays after all
with her fiancee and have 24
hours to set up all the
decorations and plan the party
which is a stress cycle for them.
Jamie Lee Curtis grows her hair
as she looked similar like she
did as Laurie Strode from
'Halloween' but she
isn't anything too special with
her performance in this film
which is a disappointment but yet
she proved she can outdo her
scream queen days.
She is not too realistic on being
emotional in the beginning of
this film when she is saying
goodbye to her onscreen daughter.
However she made me laugh a bit
when she screams when the
carolers are right at her window
singing and she tries to run and
hide in a basement with Tim
She shows good energy screaming
for joy after she finds out that
her onscreen daughter is
returning home for the holidays.
There is a hilarious moment when
she tries to race for a last
portion of canned ham and screams
while she is flying with her
shopping cart and crashing along
with trying to convince a
customer to buy their canned ham.
But, the thing that made me
really laugh was when she drops
the canned ham and it rolls along
the street as she tries to race
for it and she screams in terror
after a truck runs over it.
People also may get a kick out of
seeing a supporting role of Jake
Busey (Gary's son) playing a
dimwitted police officer or Dany
Aykroyd as an intrusinve
The story is very heartwarming
during the Christmas party with
Tim Allen showing good cheer as
well as great shots of the snowy
neighborhood with their outdoor
Christmas lights on.