Lively, entertaining reviews of, and essays on, old and newer films and everything relating to them, written by professional author William Schoell.

Thursday, May 20, 2010

FORGOTTEN BUT NOT GONE # 1 -- JAMIE LEE CURTIS


First in a series

Do you ever notice how some celebrities appear, have their fifteen minutes of fame, their moment in the sun, fade away [as inevitably happens with most celebrities] but just never disappear entirely, even though you want them to. The more sensible get jobs behind-the-scenes or in real estate; the rest just keep hanging on and on and on ad nauseam ... We all have our "favorites."

Jamie Lee Curtis is the daughter of Janet [Psycho] Leigh and Tony Curtis. Get it? "Jamie Lee" -- cute, huh?

Although she did some television before that, Curtis became well-known after she starred in the over-rated horror film Halloween. After that she did a number of mad slasher movies. She made a few more movies that got some minor attention [Dominick and Eugene] but most of her film credits weren't especially noteworthy. Her scenes were cut from Adventures of Buckeroo Banzai -- lucky gal! -- and now, when she does a film, it generally has a title such as Beverly Hills Chihuahua (2008). It's safe to say that being the daughter of two movie stars not only opened the door for Jamie -- who was blessed with neither great looks nor incredible acting talent -- it provided for her entire career.

When the film thing wound down, Curtis tried writing, and is now spokesperson for the woman's digestive supplement Activia. [What's next -- Depends?]

Curtis is only 52, so unfortunately she can't get social security, so we will have to watch her hawking products, attempting book projects [God no -- not an autobiography!], and everything else until she feels satisfied that being celebrated isn't such a big deal after all.

We wish her well.

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