American actress, producer and children’s author Jamie Lee Curtis (born November 22, 1958). She is widely recognized as a scream queen for her many roles in horror and slasher films and television shows, but she has also proven adept at playing comedic roles.
Curtis has been honored with numerous awards and nominations including the Oscar, the BAFTA, two Golden Globes, two Screen Actors Guild Awards and a Grammy. All the details you need to know about Jamie Lee Curtis’s legendary parents, who both had successful acting careers spanning five decades in Hollywood, are provided below.
Who is Jamie Lee Curtis’s Parents?
The Curtis lineage has always been known for its outstanding level of talent. Jamie Lee Curtis is the youngest daughter of Janet Leigh and Tony Curtis.
Even though both her mother Janet and father Tony have passed away (Janet in 2004 and Tony in 2010), their daughter frequently talks about them and maintains their heritage alive.
The star of “Everything, Everywhere, All at Once” who just won her first Oscar for Best Supporting Actress at the 2023 ceremony, has made a huge effect on the film industry and frequently cites her parents as sources of inspiration.
Jamie Lee has spoken publicly about the lessons she has learned from her parents’ failed 12-year marriage and the relief of knowing she was “born from love and not hate.”
In her Oscars-winning speech, Jamie Lee, who is married to Christopher Guest and has two adult children, paid gratitude to her parents who raised her from a young age. She wore her mother’s wedding ring to the SAG Awards 2023 in honor of them. She said:
“I wanted to bring them here tonight after winning the award for outstanding performance by a female actor in a supporting role”.
“I literally wouldn’t be here without them, just biologically wouldn’t be here without them and I am a product of this town, these people. I never would have been an actor, it was a total fluke I became an actor. And so, I don’t know, I just wanted to bring them here tonight.”
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Who is the Sibling of Jamie Lee Curtis?
Tony and Janet had two children, Kelly and Jamie Lee, during their marriage. One of their daughters, Kelly, was born in 1956, making her the oldest child in the family. Kelly followed in the footsteps of her parents and sister by pursuing a career in the acting industry.
She made her film debut in the 1958 adventure film The Vikings which also starred Tony and Janet with Kirk Douglas and Ernest Borgnine. Other films in which she appeared which are remembered include Magic Sticks and The Devil’s Daughter.
In February, Jamie Lee mentioned her sister and parents in her acceptance speech at the 2023 SAG Awards. She said:
“I’m wearing the wedding ring that my father gave my mother. They hated each other, by the way, by the end of it,” she said with a laugh. “But my sister Kelly and I were born from love. My father was from Hungary and my mother was from Denmark and they had nothing and they became these monstrous stars in this industry.”
Janet was Tony’s first wife and they tied the knot in 1951. (Janet was previously involved in two brief marriages as a teenager). When Tony and Janet finally split up after 12 years of marriage, it was a sad and bitter end to their love.
The actress posted a nostalgic black and white photo of her parents with a touching text in January 2022:
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They separated in 1962 and subsequently married other people. Tony had relationships with Marilyn Monroe and Natalie Wood before marrying German actress Christine Kaufmann in 1963. He tied the knot with Leslie Allen, with whom he had two boys before divorcing in 1982.
Tony and Andrea Savio got married in 1984 and later divorced in 1992. After marrying Lisa Deutsch in 1993, he and his wife separated the following year. Tony wed Jill Vandenberg, his sixth and final wife in 1998.
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