It may seem like Jamie Lee Curtis was always destined for show business. After all, she came from an acting family. Both of her parents were acclaimed actors. Her father, Tony Curtis, starred in legendary films like The Defiant Ones and Some Like It Hot. Meanwhile, the actress’ mother, Janet Leigh had her own time in the spotlight, most notably as Marion Crane in Alfred Hitchcock’s 1960 film, Psycho.
Though her parents left huge shoes to fill in Hollywood, Curtis carved out a space for herself in the entertainment industry in all genres of film and television, but most memorably as one of the original scream queens. Take a look back at how the legendary actress has cemented herself as an icon of the horror genre.
1. A privileged upbringing
Jamie Lee Curtis was born on November 22, 1958, in Los Angeles, California. Though her parents were intricately involved in show business, the Golden Globe winner had no initial interest in following in their footsteps. By the time she was five years old, her parents had gone their sperate ways and the Prom Night actress just focused on growing up. She was a cheerleader at the all-girls Westlake School in Los Angeles and graduated from the prestigious Choate Rosemary Hall in Connecticut in 1976.
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