Friday, March 26, 2010

Nerd Girl of Note #55

Jamie Lee Curtis... Where do you start? She went from one of B-Movies' greatest Scream Queens in films like Prom Night and Halloween, to a series of comedies like Trading Places and A Fish Called Wanda to being the "yogurt that makes you poop" lady. Such a waste. [pun unintended]

To fit the proceedings though, she appeared in the episode "Unchained Woman" as Jen Burton (on Fancast, here).

I think it all went downhill for me with My Girl, a sappy, sentimental movie that was a bit of a change for her. Its popularity certainly cast her in a different light. Her only memorable nerd-friendly role after that was True Lies, where she played Helen Tasker, the oblivious wife of a top secret agent (Arnold Schwarzenegger). She is duped into playing spy to protect her husband's cover. Part of the role involved a striptease that many say she did to show she still had a great body, but she was only 36 at the time. Were the '90s that different?

Of course, the role that made her famous was in Halloween as Laurie Stroud, the "final girl" who lived to appear in the sequel. This led to Prom Night and The Fog.

A very big movie at the time was Perfect starring opposite John Travolta. This film was meant to highlight the aerobics fad of the day, and spent lots of time with JLC sweating and bouncing in skin tight lycra. I have never seen this, but am starting to think I should. ;-)









8 comments:

Cal's Canadian Cave of Coolness said...

Always delicious from the first moment I saw her. Even if she is now the lady who makes you poop better. I can relate to that. Everybody poops.

Wings said...

Always got a soft spot for Jamie Lee. Halloween is my favorite film, and part of that is her performance as Laurie Strode. And I give her big kudos for not ignoring her horror movie roots and starring in Halloween: H20. She knew the fans of the film would love to know what her Laurie was up to and see a rematch between her and Michael. Very cool.

Halloween: Resurrection? Eh, that film seems to be something she agreed to when signing the contract for the H20. It could have been more, but I digress.

She is a good actress, and should be in more stuff, in my opinion. More than yogurt ads, that's for sure!

Nathan said...

Hey, she was also in phone ads a few years ago! And even worse than that, Christmas with the Kranks.

Darius Whiteplume said...

@Cal - everybody hopes to :-)

@Wings - do still love the JLC. The wife thinks she looks a bit manish, but it might be a personal issue with her ;-)

@Nathan - I forgot the phone ads. They were drawing a lot of big people back then. They spent money like it was going out of style, which is part of why I was laid off in 2002 :-D

aironlater said...

There's something in me that still thinks that Jamie Lee is way too hot, even if she's peddling poop yogurt.

Darius Whiteplume said...

I still think Activia should sue for rights to use the name Go-Gurt. ;-)

Nathan said...

Well, regarding her being mannish, doesn't she have an extra chromosome or something? Her chest isn't mannish, though. {g}

Darius Whiteplume said...

I've never heard the chromosome thing. Hmm...

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