Well, here we are, my Little Monsters, it looks as if we’ve all managed to survive yet another Halloween. In fact it’s something that we all have in common with today’s wonderful Woman of Horror. Back in 1978, today’s lovely and talented lady survived an encounter with the “boogeyman” on Halloween night and lived to see another day. I’m speaking of course of the OG scream queen, Jamie Lee Curtis.
One could say that Jamie may have quite literally been born to be an actress, as she is the daughter of actress Janet Leigh and actor Tony Curtis. She may also have been somewhat predestined to hold the title as THE Scream Queen, as her own mother Janet played the ill fated Marion Crane, in what is regarded as the seminal film of the slasher sub genre of horror, Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho. So it may literally be in the blood.
Jamie is a California girl, having been born in Santa Monica and raised in Los Angeles, where she attended Westlake School and Beverly Hills High School, before later attending and ultimately graduating from Choate Rosemary Hall boarding school in Wallingford, CT. She would return to California to attend the University of the Pacific in Stockton, bit after a semester decided to leave school to pursue acting.
She would get her start in television, first appearing in episodes for such television series as Quincy, M.E, The Hardy Boys/Nancy Drew Mysteries , Columbo, Charlie’s Angels and The Love Boat. Jamie was also cast in a featured role (appearing in 23 of 33 episodes) on the TV series Operation Petticoat, inspired by the comedy film of the same name, which her father Tony starred in.
It’s with her big screen debut that Jamie would begin to build her reputation as an icon and legend in the horror genre. Her starring role as Laurie Strode in John Carpenter’s genre classic, Halloween, was the foundation upon which Jamie began to build a successful career as a horror actress and final girl. Between 1978 and 1982, Jamie would appear in five additional horror films which include title like The Fog, Prom Night, Terror Train, Roadgames, Halloween II, and would have a small uncredited voice role in Halloween III: Season of the Witch.
Her talent and versatility must not have bee in question as she was able to avoid type casting and find roles in other genres rather easily. In fact, for roughly 15 years, Jamie wouldn’t make another appearance in the horror genre. Rather, she would appear in such films as Trading Places, Amazing Grace and Chuck. Dominick and Eugene, A Fish Called Wanda, Blue Steel, Queens Logic, My Girl (1&2), Forever Young, Mother’s Boys, True Lies, Fierce Creatures. Jamie also continued to hone her comedy chops, starring opposite Richard Lewis in the four season run of the sitcom Anything But Love. It wasn’t until 1998’s Halloween H20: 20 Years Later, that Jamie would finally make her return to the genre, while also reprising her role as Laurie Strode. After that she had appeared in only two other genre films, the sci-fi/horror film Virus and Halloween:Resurrection, which she only did because of contractual obligation and also to ensure Laurie Strode would finally be killed off.
After Miss Strode was finally, definitely dead and gone, Jamie continued on with projects on the lighter side such as Freaky Friday, Christmas with the Kranks, Beverly Hills Chihuahua, You Again and Spare Parts. She would also have recurring roles on NCIS and New Girl, and more recently starred as “Dean Cathy Munsch” in the two season run of the fox horror/comedy series, Scream Queens.
Aside from her work on the big and small(er) screens, Jamie has also worked with illustrator Laura Cornell, to write a total of ten children’s books. Expanding upon her talent for writing, he has also spent time as a blogger for the Huffington Post.
Jamie is also known for lending her time to philanthropic and humanitarian efforts, and is not only a strong supporter of the LGBTQ community, but is also a vehemently outspoken proponent of equal rights. She is also a stalwart champion of causes that support children’s hospitals and advocacy groups.
One could say that Jamie is a true lady through and through, but what most people don’t know is that it’s also a nobility title that she holds. That’s right, Jamie’s title is actually Lady Haden-Guest. How did she come by this title? It came by way of her marriage of 32 years to actor Christopher Guest. For Jamie it was love at first sight, after she had seen a promotional picture of Guest from the mockumentary, This is Spinal Tap. It was at that moment she told herself she was going to marry him. Her people passed her phone number on to his people and five months later they were indeed married. Together, the couple have adopted two children, a daughter named Annie and a son named Thomas. Oh yeah, back to that whole nobility thing of which I spoke earlier. Back in 1996, her husband Christopher inherited the Barony of Haden-Guest upon the passing of his father Peter Albert Michael Haden-Guest the 4th Baron Haden-Guest, thus making Jamie the current Lady Haden-Guest.
Another little thing many might not have known, is that even Jamie likes to geek out on some World of Warcaft, and has accompanied her son to ComiCon and BlizzCon, while incognito (that’s in disguise to you and me, Rusty). However the only convention appearance she has ever made as a celebrity guest, was in Indianapolis at a special HorrorHound Weekend event back in November of 2012. It was billed as her first and last convention, but hopefully that wont be the case. Because if she can change her mind about returning as Laurie Strode, as she has for the upcoming 2018 Halloween film, then perhaps she will grace us horror fanatics with her presence at some conventions in the future.
Well my Little Monsters, I hope this glimpse into the life of Jamie Lee has been a welcome post Halloween treat. Should you wish to keep tabs on what film or television projects she has coming next, just check out her official IMDb page. For everything else Jamie, you can give her a follow over on her official Twitter, official Facebook or official Instagram accounts.
So in parting I leave you with these words from Lynyrd Skynyrd, “Tuesday’s gone, with the wind”, BUT it’s also the day after Halloween, SO Halloween candy is drastically reduced in price. So go grab it up while it lasts! How’s that for turning a frown upside down?