14 July 2024

Jamie Lee Curtis’ Greatest Roles

Forty years ago, a young Jamie Lee Curtis took on her first role in a low-budget horror film that propelled her to stardom. The daughter of Hollywood royalty Janet Leigh and Tony Curtis, Jamie has been an advocate for humanitarian and political causes throughout her life as well as starring in a string of box office hits.

Returning to the role that made her in this year’s HALLOWEEN, we take a look at some of Jamie Lee Curtis’ greatest performances.

Halloween (1978)

On Halloween night in 1963, six-year-old Michael Myers brutally stabs his 17-year-old sister to death. He was then institutionalised but after being locked away for 15 years he manages to escape, the night before Halloween. Now 21, Michael steals a car and returns to his hometown in Illinois, read to go on another killing spree. Jamie Lee Curtis plays Laurie Strode, a teenager who Michael stalks as she is babysitting. Michael goes on a killing spree killing a number of Laurie’s friends before attacking her, but Laurie manages to get away. The film was a huge hit and has since had several sequels and spin offs making it one of the most famous horror franchises of all time.

A Fish Called Wanda (1988)

A 1980’s smashing comedy following a British mobster, George Thomason, and his right-hand man, Ken Pile, planning a massive diamond heist. They hire a pair of arrogant Americans, a weapons expert, Otto West, and con-artist Wanda Gerschwitz played by Jamie Lee Curtis. When the job goes badly, Wanda uses her skills in seduction to pry information out of George’s stuffy lawyer, Archie Leach, and get her hands on the diamonds. Many double-crossings later, the team are at wits end and will stop at nothing for a piece of the loot. The film was nominated for 3 Academy Awards and is even rumoured to have made an audience member die from laughing too hard.

True Lies (1994)

To his friends, family and wife, Harry Tasker (Arnold Schwarzenegger) is a dull salesman, but in reality, he is a secret agent who travels the world tracking down nuclear missiles from Islamic jihadists. However, while on an important mission, Harry discovers that as a result of neglecting his wife, Helen (Jamie Lee Curtis), she has been contemplating an affair with a used-car salesman who claims that he is a spy. Harry must not only save the world but also save his marriage. Jamie Lee Curtis won a Golden Globe for her performance as Helen Tasker.

Freaky Friday (2003)

One night after receiving cryptic fortunes at a Chinese restaurant, a mother and daughter realized they have somehow switched bodies and are unable to find the reverse button. Taking the literal meaning of ‘walking in someone else’s shoes’ they both play pretend in each other’s lives until they find a solution. This hilarious remake starring Jamie Lee Curtis as Lindsay Lohan’s mom Tess Coleman is highly notarized amongst the millennial generation and one of Jamie Lee Curtis’ most ‘meme-ed’ performances.

Halloween (2018)

Set 40 years since the original, Laurie Strode is still suffering from PTSD from the attack from Michael Myers all those years ago. She has spent the whole of her adult life preparing herself and her growing daughter to fight and defend herself. On the night before Halloween, Michael is being transferred to another facility, much to the dismay of his doctor Dr. Ranbir Sartain, and manages to escape. But Laurie has been preparing for this her whole life, in fact she has been wanting this day to come so she can take her revenge on the evil boy who tried to kill her all those years ago.


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