The first modern era “scream queen” was the child of noted Hollywood-royalty actors Tony Curtis and Janet Leigh. Jamie Lee Curtis earned her initial fame for starring roles in horror films early in her career such as Halloween, The Fog (both directed by John Carpenter), and two slasher films, Prom Night and Terror Train; the latter films performed only moderately well at the box office. Curtis has since compiled a body of work that encompasses drama, comedy and family film genres. She has published best-selling children’s books as well.
Curtis had a similar function in all of her horror films, as the main character whose friends are brutally murdered, leaving her as practically the only protagonist to survive. Curtis later appeared in the sequels Halloween II, Halloween H20: 20 Years Later and Halloween: Resurrection, and she provided an uncredited voice role in Halloween III: Season of the Witch.
On the small screen, Curtis appeared as a guest star on the television series, Charlie’s Angels, Nancy Drew, The Love Boat and Buck Rogers in the 25th Century.
Jamie Lee Curtis left her horror image behind with 1983’s Trading Places, in which she appeared topless, and she showed even more “skin” in that same years, Love Letters. Curtis also achieved near cult status – while showcasing herself as a first rate comic actress in 1988’s A Fish Called Wanda and she won a Golden Globe award for her work in 1994's True Lies, which had a truly phenomenal striptease scene with co-star Arnold Schwarzenegger.