Jamie Lee Curtis on screams, laughter and kindness

The Academy Museum of Motion Pictures in Los Angeles is dwelling to the treasures of the movie world – and that is the place we met considered one of them.

“This is my hometown, right here, all of it,” stated Jamie Lee Curtis, overlooking Hollywood.

“This is where you grew up, this is where you raised your kids?” requested correspondent Tracy Smith.

“I did. I mean, it’s weird, and beautiful.”

And for Curtis, “weird” and “beautiful” may be simply the phrases to explain her life.

She’s identified for a very good leap scare, however in additional than 40 years within the business she’s additionally been the one who might maintain our consideration – and make us maintain our breath. And her finest work, she stated, is available in these moments when she will simply let free.

“When I’m free, I’m fantastic,” she stated. “It’s a weird job. But when I can be free, I am unstoppable in everything. It’s just who I am.”

“And when did you feel the freest?”

“Work-wise? I mean, Deirdre, I’m flying!”

And she actually does fly: on this year’s “Everything Everywhere All at Once,” her character, Deirdre Beaubeirdre, is an airborne assailant – and, in an alternate universe, she’s a good scarier villain: an IRS Auditor.

“Now, you may only see a pile of boring forms and numbers, but I see a story. With nothing but a stack of receipts, I can trace the ups and downs of your lives. And it does not look good. It does not … look … good.”

Jamie Lee Curtis as IRS agent Deirdre Beaubeirdre in “Everything Everywhere All at Once.” 


Curtis stated, “I know women like Deirdre Beaubeirdre. I think we all do. We all have had so many disappointments, so many opportunities that then break your heart. And I think that Deirdre’s heart has just been broken. I know her. And I love her.”

Critics cherished her, too. Oscar speak is already within the air. It’s the logical results of exhausting work, expertise, and perhaps good genes.

Her mom, Janet Leigh, famously scared us out of the bathe in “Psycho.” But she was additionally somebody who might maintain her personal in a scene with Frank Sinatra, in “The Manchurian Candidate.” And her dad, Tony Curtis, was a legend of his personal. 

The Curtis Kids
Janet Leigh and Tony Curtis with their daughters Jamie Lee, and Kelly Lee, in 1961.

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Jamie Lee was the second of their two daughters.

Smith requested, “You’ve called yourself the save-the-marriage baby?”

“Yeah, totally. Sure.”

“That didn’t save the marriage?”

“My parents divorced when I was three,” stated Curtis. “It was horrible. Horrible, horrible, horrible. I was also raised by my mom, who came from nothing and treated this industry, like, with big wide eyes. I don’t have big wide eyes about it. I understand the industry. But I have the same gratitude for it.”

“Are you in any way like your dad?”

“Oh, sure, sure, sure. He would love to walk into a big room, Hello, everyone. Hello, It’s Tony. Hello.   You know, he loved it. He loved the performance of Tony Curtis. And I’m caught in the middle.”

Actress Jamie Lee Curtis.

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And like each of her mother and father, Curtis went on to be a star, nevertheless it appears she was luckier in love than they have been. She stated she fell in love with actor/director Christopher Guest after seeing his photograph in {a magazine} in 1984. “I was with my friend Debra Hill, and I said to Debra, ‘Oh. Huh. I’m gonna marry that guy.’ And she said, ‘Who?’ I said, ‘That one right there. I’m gonna marry him.'” Long story quick, it truly occurred later that year.

She stated he can drop her to the ground with laughter, and so can her co-stars, not at all times a very good factor on a film set. Smith requested, “I read somewhere that you have a trick. How do you keep a straight face?”

“I’ve stepped on a thumbtack. I’ve put it my shoe. And if I’m standing there, I’ll just push my heel down on it. Because I have to. You have to distract your brain.”

“And it worked?”

“Oh, it works beautifully.”

Still, she’s finest identified for a critical function: Laurie Strode of the “Halloween” collection. She was 19 when she was first cast in John Carpenter’s horror traditional. And this year’s “Halloween Ends” is (reportedly) her closing bow. 

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To Curtis, the Laurie Strode function was greater than a component in a film; she stated it was a bridge to all the pieces she ever needed. “Every time I talk about it I cry. Because of what it’s given me.”

“What has it given you?”

“My entire life. My entire life is because of Laurie Strode. I don’t know what would’ve happened. I know I would’ve never found any success. And just the fact that people cared about her so much – powerful to have that. Incredible respect I have for it. And feel very honored by it, and proud.”

Curtis additionally runs a web-based business referred to as My Hand in Yours, promoting all the pieces from bronze sculptures of clasping fingers to hats handy sanitizer, with each cent going to learn Children’s Hospital Los Angeles. “My little company has almost raised a million dollars in two years,” she stated.

At this level in her life, a lot of it’s about giving again. She purchased the naming rights to one of many Academy Museum’s structural pillars and devoted to a few pillars of the trade: her mother and father.

“There she is,” she stated. “She’s right there. But see, what I like is, see, they just left it totally rough-hewn. But it’s cool!”

Janet Leigh and Tony Curtis, honored on a pillar on the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures. 

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And perhaps it is no shock that Jamie Lee Curtis, who’s confronted down loss of life over and over within the motion pictures, has a reasonably clear thought of what she’d like to go away behind.

Smith requested, “When you think about what your own legacy will be, what do you think?”

“I hope my legacy will be kindness,” Curtis stated, “that I get it, that life is hard. And I really feel like I’m aware that life is really hard for people. Maybe humor, a little humor would be good. Don’t take it so f***ing serious. You know, just, like, lighten it up a bit. But kindness. At the end of the day I hope it’s kindness.”

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Story produced by John D’Amelio. Editor: Lauren Barnello. 

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