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Jamie Lee Curtis
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Jamie Lee Curtis,
Curtis in June 2010
November 22, 1958|
Santa Monica, California, U.S.
|Other names||The Scream Queen|
|Occupation||Actress, author, blogger|
Christopher Guest, 5th Baron Haden-Guest|
Tony Curtis (father)|
Janet Leigh (mother)
Jamie Lee Curtis, Lady Haden-Guest (born November 22, 1958) is an American actress and author. Although at the beginning of her career she was known as a "Scream queen" because of her roles in many horror movies, Curtis has since worked in a lot of different movie 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.
Curtis was born in Santa Monica, California. She is the daughter of actor Tony Curtis and actress Janet Leigh. Her paternal grandparents were Hungarian Jewish immigrants and two of her maternal great-grandparents were Danish. Curtis's parents divorced in 1962, after which her mother married Robert Brandt. Curtis has an older sister, Kelly Curtis, who is also an actress, and several half-siblings (all from her father's remarriages), Alexandra, Allegra, Ben, and Nicholas Curtis (who died in 1994 of a drug overdose). Curtis attended Westlake School (now Harvard-Westlake School) in Los Angeles and Beverly Hills High School, and graduated from Choate Rosemary Hall. Returning to California in 1976, she attended the University of the Pacific in Stockton, California. She considered majoring in social work, but quit after one semester to pursue an acting career.
She is married to actor Christopher Guest (Baron Haden-Guest) and, as the wife of a Baron, she has the title Baroness Haden-Guest and she could be called The Lady Haden-Guest, but she chooses not to use the title nor the style when in the United States.
- "Jamie Lee Curtis Interview: Starring as Herself: Embracing Reality". Reader's Digest. http://www.rd.com/content/jamie-lee-curtis-interview/1/. Retrieved 2014-01-09.
- There/Hollywood, page 6, 1985, by Janet Leigh
- "TCM:Tony Curtis Bio". Turner Classic Movies. http://www.tcm.com/tcmdb/participant.jsp?spid=848347. Retrieved 2014-01-09.
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