Laurie Strode is back! Jamie Lee Curtis returns to the role that made her a star in "Halloween Kills" — the 12th installment in the long-running "Halloween" franchise — which debuted in theaters and on Peacock on Oct. 15, 2021. In honor of the iconic scream queen's return to the big screen, Wonderwall.com is taking a look back at her life and career in pictures.
Keep reading to relive Jamie Lee's biggest moments caught on camera…
Jamie Lee Curtis is Hollywood royalty: She was born to actors Tony Curtis and Janet Leigh in Santa Monica, California, on Nov. 22, 1958, joining big sister Kelly.
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Jamie Lee Curtis's parents, Tony Curtis and Janet Leigh, divorced in 1962 when she was just a toddler. Her mother went on to marry Robert Brandt while her father went on to marry five more times. (He had four more children: Alexandra, Allegra, Benjamin and Nicholas.) Jamie is seen here on the right as a toddler with her parents and full-blood sister, Kelly.
Growing up, Jamie Lee Curtis attended some prestigious schools in the Los Angeles area including Westlake School (now known as Harvard-Westlake) and Beverly Hills High School. She then attended Choate Rosemary Hall, a college-preparatory boarding school in Greenwich, Connecticut. She's seen here as a teen in 1974, the year she turned 16.
An 18-year-old Jamie Lee Curtis attended the opening ceremony of the California Special Olympics Summer Games in Los Angeles on June 24, 1977. The previous year, she spent a semester studying at the University of the Pacific in Stockton, California, but she quickly dropped out and returned to L.A. to pursue her career as an actress.
Jamie Lee Curtis posed for a portrait in 1977 — the same year she made her acting debut on episodes of "Columbo," "The Hardy Boys/Nancy Drew Mysteries" and "Quincy M.E."
In 1977, Jamie Lee Curtis posed as her on-screen alter ego, Lt. Barbara Duran, in a promotional photo for "Operation Petticoat" — which marked her first big break. She left the short-lived ABC sitcom after its first season when her film career suddenly took off.
Jamie Lee Curtis made her feature film debut in 1978's "Halloween." She starred as babysitter Laurie Strode in the slasher flick, which was written and directed by master of horror John Carpenter. The film launched the young actress — who was a month shy of her 20th birthday when it debuted — to instant superstardom.
Next up, another horror flick: 1980's "The Fog." Jamie Lee Curtis reunited with "Halloween" writer-director John Carpenter for the supernatural horror film, which saw her sharing the screen with a very special co-star: her mother, iconic actress Janet Leigh. (Interestingly, their characters in the film were not related.)
Jamie Lee Curtis spent the next few years starring in various horror flicks and made-for-TV movies. Then in 1983, she scored a major breakthrough when she portrayed a prostitute named Ophelia alongside Eddie Murphy and Dan Aykroyd in "Trading Places." Critics were delighted with her performance in the iconic comedy, for which she won a BAFTA Award for best supporting actress the following year.
Jamie Lee Curtis beamed while clutching her award for best supporting actress for her performance as Ophelia in "Trading Places" during the 1984 BAFTAs.
Jamie Lee Curtis made jaws drop when she portrayed a fitness instructor struggling to trust a Rolling Stone reporter portrayed by John Travolta in the 1985 romantic drama "Perfect."
Jamie Lee Curtis had a very special plus-one at the premiere of "Perfect" in New York City on May 29, 1985 — her new husband, actor-filmmaker Christopher Guest. They tied the knot just five months earlier in December 1984. (The actress became a baroness once her husband's father, the 4th Baron Haden-Guest, passed away in 1996.)
Jamie Lee Curtis scored another big hit with the 1988 comedy "A Fish Called Wanda." She earned her first Golden Globe nomination — and another BAFTA Award nomination — for her work in the film.
Jamie Lee Curtis and four of her five siblings — Benjamin, Kelly, Nicholas and Allegra — joined dad Tony Curtis at a 1989 party in Beverly Hills celebrating his work as an artist. The iconic actor turned to art after struggling with drug and alcohol addiction. Sadly, Nicholas also developed addiction issues and died of a heroin overdose a few years later in 1994.
Jamie Lee Curtis made her big return to television with "Anything But Love" in 1989. She starred alongside Richard Lewis on the ABC sitcom for four seasons until 1992.
Jamie Lee Curtis scored a Golden Globe Award in 1990 for her work on "Anything But Love." She also picked up the People's Choice Award for favorite female performer in a new TV series that year.
Jamie Lee Curtis scored one of her biggest hits with 1991's "My Girl." She starred as Shelly, a makeup artist at a funeral parlor who befriends a young hypochondriac, Anna Chlumsky's Vada. The coming-of-age dramedy spawned a 1994 sequel, in which Jamie Lee also starred.
In 1993, Jamie Lee Curtis published her first children's book, "When I Was Little: A Four-Year Old's Memoir of Her Youth," which centers around a little girl reflecting on her childhood. The actress has released many more books for kids since then.
Jamie Lee Curtis starred opposite Arnold Schwarzenegger in 1994's "True Lies." James Cameron directed the action-comedy, which sees Jamie Lee portraying a legal secretary who discovers her husband is actually a skilled agent working for the U.S. government. It was a huge hit with critics and at the box office.
Jamie Lee Curtis picked up her second Golden Globe Award in 1995 for her work in the action-comedy "True Lies."
The 1995 premiere of the made-for-TV movie "The Heidi Chronicles" was a family affair for Jamie Lee Curtis, who was joined by mom Janet Leigh and daughter Annie, who was born in 1986 and adopted by the "Halloween" actress and husband Christopher Guest. (Jamie Lee scored yet another Golden Globe nomination for her work in the drama.)
A year after little Annie Guest made her red carpet debut at the premiere of "The Heidi Chronicles," the 10 year old joined mom Jamie Lee Curtis at the 1996 Golden Globes Awards. It marked the first of many award shows she would attend with her mother.
Jamie Lee Curtis's second book, "Tell Me Again About The Night I Was Born," debuted in 1996. The story is geared toward adopted children, focusing on the celebration that happens when a family adopts a baby — a subject near and dear to the actress's heart.
Jamie Lee Curtis was snapped carrying her new addition, daughter Ruby, at LAX Airport in Los Angeles on Sept. 10, 1996 — the same year the little one was adopted by the actress and husband Christopher Guest. Twenty-five years later, Jamie Lee revealed in a 2021 AARP The Magazine story that Ruby is transgender, explaining that she and Christopher "have watched in wonder and pride as our son became our daughter Ruby," adding that their second child, who works as a computer gaming editor, and her fiancé are planning to marry in 2022 "at a wedding that I will officiate."
Jamie Lee Curtis returned to the role of Laurie Strode for the first time in nearly two decades in 1998's "Halloween H20: 20 Years Later," the seventh installment in the "Halloween" franchise. (She portrayed Laurie in 1981's "Halloween II" and then had an uncredited voice role in 1982's "Halloween III: Season of the Witch" before taking a lengthy hiatus from the series.)
Jamie Lee Curtis received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in September 1998. She attended the ceremony with husband Christopher Guest, daughter Annie and mom Janet Leigh.
Also in 1998, Jamie Lee Curtis released her third children's book: "Today I Feel Silly, and Other Moods That Make My Day," which made the New York Times Best Sellers list.
Jamie Lee Curtis has been involved in many philanthropic efforts over the years. One of her passions is helping those afflicted with AIDS. In 1999, she deliver the opening speech at the annual AIDS Walk in Los Angeles and completed the fundraiser with daughter Annie Guest.
In 2000, Jamie Lee Curtis released her fourth book, "Where Do Balloons Go?" She's released several more since then.
Jamie Lee Curtis returned to the "Halloween" franchise in 2002's "Halloween: Resurrection." Critics loathed the horror flick, which failed to make an impression at the box office.
Jamie Lee Curtis scored another big hit in 2003 when she and Lindsay Lohan starred as a body-swapped mother-daughter duo in "Freaky Friday." The comedy, which charmed critics, earned more than $160 million at the box office, and Jamie Lee earned a Golden Globe nomination for her efforts.
Jamie Lee Curtis attended the mid-2003 premiere of "Freaky Friday" with her sister, Kelly, and their mom, actress Janet Leigh. It would be Janet's final public appearance — she died the following year after a lengthy battle with vasculitis. She was 77.
Jamie Lee Curtis's older daughter, Annie Guest, joined her at the 2004 Golden Globes when she was up for best actress in a motion picture musical or comedy for her performance in "Freaky Friday."
Icons unite! Jamie Lee Curtis and Sigourney Weaver shared the screen in 2010's "You Again," which failed to make an impression with critics or at the box office. Nonetheless, it delivered a truly unforgettable fashion moment when its two stars showed up on the red carpet in the same dress — a nod to their characters in the film.
Jamie Lee Curtis's father, actor Tony Curtis, died at 85 in September 2010. The actress attended and spoke at his funeral in Las Vegas on Oct. 4. During an appearance on "The Talk" later that month, she said of her father, "He did what he was supposed to do from a financial standpoint, which was honorable for him to do. But he was not an involved father and, therefore, I look at him much more from the perspective of being like all of you: a fan of him." Tony reportedly wrote Jamie and his other children out of his will, leaving the entirety of his estate to sixth wife Jill Vandenberg, who was 45 years his junior.
Jamie Lee Curtis paid homage to her origins as a Hollywood scream queen by starring on the first season of FOX's "Scream Queens" in 2015. She earned a Golden Globe nomination (her seventh) for her performance as Dean Cathy Munsch on the short-lived satirical slasher show.
In 2016, Annie Guest continued her tradition of accompanying mom Jamie Lee Curtis to the Golden Globe Awards. Jamie was up for best actress in a TV series comedy or musical for her work on "Scream Queens" that year.
Jamie Lee Curtis has never been one to shy away from causes she believes in, so following Donald Trump's election as president, she joined stars like Jane Fonda in downtown Los Angeles for the Women's March on Jan. 21, 2017. She even brought a sign that read "#WhatSheSaid" and gave a speech alongside fellow stars Kerry Washington and Laverne Cox.
Jamie Lee Curtis and her unofficial godson, close family friend Jake Gyllenhaal, embraced writer Jeff Bauman at a special screening of "Stronger" in Los Angeles on Sept. 21, 2017. Jake portrayed Jeff — who lost both legs in the 2013 Boston Marathon Bombing — in the biographical drama, which is based on Jeff's memoir of the same name. (Jamie Lee is friends with Jake's parents and has known him since he was a child. She revealed during a 2021 interview that he even spent part of the coronavirus pandemic living with her!)
She's back! Jamie Lee Curtis again returned to the role of Laurie Strode — this time following a hiatus of 16 years — in 2018's "Halloween," which was a huge hit with critics and at the box office.
Jamie Lee Curtis looked chic in an all-black ensemble at the Los Angeles premiere of "Halloween" on Oct. 17, 2018. The following week, she revealed in a People magazine cover story that she'd been hiding a bombshell about her health for decades: "I was ahead of the curve of the opiate epidemic," she said. "I had a 10-year run, stealing, conniving. No one knew. No one." Jamie explained that her addiction started in 1989 after she was prescribed opiates for the first time after minor plastic surgery "for my hereditary puffy eyes," she told People. She went on to steal pills from family members and friends until she finally took the first step toward seeking help in 1999 — attending a meeting for addicts and confessing her struggle to husband Christopher Guest. She continues to attend meetings to this day and has committed herself to helping others face their addictions too. "Getting sober remains my single greatest accomplishment… bigger than my husband, bigger than both of my children and bigger than any work, success, failure. Anything," Jamie told People.
Jamie Lee Curtis sure knows how to pick 'em! She scored yet another massive hit in 2019 when she starred in "Knives Out." (The all-star cast includes Daniel Craig, Ana de Armas, Don Johnson, Chris Evans, Christopher Plummer, Michael Shannon and Toni Collette.) Writer-director Rian Johnson scored an Oscar nomination for best original screenplay for the crime dramedy, which also earned three Golden Globe nominations including best musical or comedy film.
Jamie Lee Curtis honored her late mother, Janet Leigh, by dressing up as her character from "Psycho" at a special screening of "Halloween Kills" in Hollywood on Oct. 12, 2021.
The latest installment in the "Halloween" franchise, "Halloween Kills," arrives in theaters and on Peacock on Oct. 15, 2021. Jamie Lee Curtis's Laurie Strode is also set to star in a 2022 sequel, "Halloween Ends." (Unless, of course, the worst should happen…)