I was popular because I was fun. I was insecure. We could do an entire twelve-hour miniseries on high school. It was a nightmare. What happened is I went to college and became a little sister at a frat. At Christmastime, I came home. A friend of mine from Beverly Hills had a tennis court behind her house. You could get work. So, during that month, I ended up auditioning a hundred times for things and not getting much.
Then I auditioned for a program which is no longer in existence, which was a contract system. When I read about that, I thought, God, she must have been the last person put under contract at Universal. I was virtually one of the last people. And they had probably twenty men and twenty women, they paid them weekly. You took acting classes. Did you have a sense of the craft that goes all the way back to the beginning?
I have learned that, whatever it is, there is no formula for anyone—there is no one way to do it. There have been times where I have felt less than, because other people seemed more articulate. Geoffrey and John are both intellectuals. Hilarity ensues when you have five Army nurses on a Navy submarine in the middle of war.
I was cast in the part that was opposite the part that my father had played in the movie. While we were shooting the movie, it got picked up as a TV series.
All of a sudden I became a regular on a half-hour comedy. Every week I would have one line. If I had two, that was a miracle. The show did not do well. And I was fired, along with eleven of the thirteen actors. I was devastated. I thought my life was over. I thought my career was over. I thought I would lose my contract.
I auditioned many, many, many times. And then it was between me and one other woman, whose name I know but I will never say publicly. Clearly, I had a leg up. Well, it is a by-product of trauma, by the way.
Painkillers, alcohol—it is the balm that heals people when they are so traumatized. Hurt people hurt people, hurt people seek relief. It was clearly going to play a part in that movie. Has that been fairly unexpected for you, to be a public representative for treatment and recovery? I was so terrified when I got sober from a ten-year run on Vicodin and alcohol.
I was terrified about being outed. I was terrified of the tabloids. I felt like that weakness was going to be exposed and then exploited. I would feel so embarrassed by that exposure of a secret, of a flaw of human frailty.
And then I was doing an interview for Redbook about a book for children that I had written. My teen-age daughter was sitting with me. We were at the table with the author, a really good journalist. I felt like it was important to talk about opiates. I recently did a cover story for Variety. It was in January of , and I got sober February 3, , because I read that article. He talked about where [the pills] were hidden in his house, and I thought, Oh, I hide mine in my cowboy boot, too.
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Once said that Dan Aykroyd was the best on-screen kisser she ever worked with. To tease her about this, during the production of A Fish Called Wanda , he had the call sheets refer to her as "Jamie Lee Schwartz. The company also took out an insurance policy for her legs. Aunt of Elizabeth Guest and Julia Guest. Was childhood friends with Eric Douglas. He once tried to kiss her while both were sitting in a tree. Curtis then pushed Eric out of the tree; he fell to the ground, which resulted in a hernia that had to be operated on.
She and Gigi Garner have known each other since they were both 2-years-old and both were cheerleaders in high school. Holds US patent Patent 4,, Curtis, along with her son, is an avid fan of the Warcraft series of video games, especially "World of Warcraft.
Friends with Sigourney Weaver , and Tyra Banks. She has played the same character Laurie Strode in films released in five different decades from the s to the s: Halloween , Halloween II , Halloween H 20 Years Later , Halloween: Resurrection and Halloween When she went to pick up her Tesla car with husband Christopher Guest , the technician instructed them to check out the air conditioning and audio controls, each of which maxed out at " In the Married Was introduced to her future husband, Christopher Guest, by Halloween II co-star Leo Rossi through a mutual celebrity softball league.
Survived a secret Vicodin addiction that almost destroyed her life, during which time even husband Christopher Guest was totally oblivious to her plight. Not until she attended her first recovery meeting in did she reveal, for the first time, the details of her addiction to her husband and family. Jamie became addicted after being prescribed opiates after minor plastic surgery for her "puffy eyes". For most of her life, she did not have a very good relationship with her father Tony Curtis.
Despite their differences, she attended her father's funeral, on October 4, , in Henderson, Nevada, and spoke at her father's funeral. I'm not sure where it's written that because you're in the public eye you are required to expose your private business, with anybody. It is nobody's business, and it's interesting because obviously in today's marketplace people don't abide by that.
There are no boundaries that people won't cross We're in a bit of a "Wild West" thing with media, and, I think, it's just kind of like no holds barred - the Internet. You know, there are no criteria on the Internet I've chosen a public life to express myself, not to tell what I do with my husband in bed, not to do, to talk about my parents and my family life. And I just think it's wrong, and obviously it's an insatiable appetite that people have for gossip and innuendo and things that are nobody's business.
And there's a term that they use in this called "legitimate public concern". What is legitimate public concern? If an elected official has an illness, that's legitimate public concern because they're our president or elected official. We, we, we need to know that they're healthy because we want them to live a long life and protect, you know, the Constitution And that's what I think.
I thought, while they're up and firm [her breasts], why not shoot them once or twice. When I did Sesame Street , Elmo was not the worldwide phenomenon he is now. Kevin Clash , the young man who did the voice for him, was a very sweet guy and I predicted Elmo's meteoric rise to fame way in advance.
I am a trendsetter without knowing it. Two years later the Elmo craze began, but I was ahead of the curve. When asked if she regretted making any films - Easy. There's a piece of shit called Virus which I made because another movie that I was supposed to do fell through. It was a bad choice and the movie is a piece of shit. The runner up is a movie called Grandview, U. I will never, ever see those films again.
They are laughable, ludicrous movies and I'm bad in them. They're nasty. In some circles, my Caesar salad is more famous than my body. My life is so filled that for me to accept acting work now means that I have to basically let somebody else do the job that I want to do, which is raise my children. It's not that I'm retired, it's just that I no longer accept acting work.
The more I like me, the less I want to pretend to be other people. Family Circle, In Style magazine, September I'm not an actor anymore. I really don't imagine I'll do that again. I'm just focused on my family and just can't imagine anything that's going to pull me away from them right now.
I don't expect to hear from him on my birthday or Christmas. I see him when I see him. He's like a ghost - on her father, Tony Curtis.