After being paid $8,000 for the lead role in the Halloween movie, Jamie Lee Curtis has a net worth of $60 Million. She was only 19 when she acted in the movie Halloween, and the overall budget for the said movie is only $300,000 and was filmed for 17 days. She made about $2,000/week for the movie; she did not make much money from the film because it was not stated in her contract that she would get to take a home percentage of ticket sales. She does not feel entitled to it because she does not own a piece of the said movie, and no one also gave her money from the earnings of the film. Even though the movie has had an enormous success and has become a phenomenal horror movie does not make her a single cent richer because not a single dollar was put into her pocket for it.

Jamie Lee Curtis was born on November 22, 1958, is a famous American actress and writer. She is the daughter of actress Janet Leigh and screen actor Tony Curtis. She was born in Santa Monica, California. It seems like it runs in the family since she and her sister, Kelly, became actresses. She was not initially into acting and was a cheerleader back in her high school Beverly Hills High School, and would even join cheerleading competitions. Later, she married Christopher Guest, and together they have adopted their children, Ruby and Annie. Guest is the 5th Baron Haden-Guest in the United Kingdom, and because of Curtis’ marriage to Guest, she is a baroness who was formally entitled to the title ‘Lady Haden-Guest’.

The Film That Established Jamie Lee Curtis As  Scream Queen

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Curtis made her acting debut in John Carpenter’s horror movie Halloween in 1978 as Laurie Strode. The role in this film established her as a scream queen and has since appeared in different horror films following Halloween. Some of her most notable roles are starring in Prom Night, The Fog, and Terror Train, which were all released in 1980. She also reprised her role of Laurie Strode in the film’s sequel Halloween II in the year 1981 and Halloween H20: 20 years later in the year 1998. The said movies are all independent films that grossed huge box office successes. Eight of these films have grossed over $100 million, where she was the lead actress.

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What Made Jamie Lee Curtis Successful In Hollywood

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Despite decades of successfully starring in different films, Jamie Lee Curtis has remained humble and kind to everyone. She has always tried to respect each and every co-worker she meets. With her success as a scream queen for having many horror films that earned millions in the box office, she still makes sure to set an example to have the right work ethic while filming because she believes that it is the key to the longevity of someone’s career. It might seem like she’s a fan of horror films, but it is the contrary; she does not watch horror movies herself and even understands this genre’s appeal to the viewers.

In 1983, she decided to try a different genre and took a role for John Landis’ Trading Places, a comedy film. She was awarded a BAFTA award for her role in the said film as best actress for her exemplary performance in the movie. She also starred in the 1985 movie Perfect where she was paired with John Travolta.

Jamie Lee Curtis’ Versatility As An Actress

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With these, she was able to show her versatility as an actress. However, in 2015, she was offered a role in the comedic horror series Scream Queens and has become and series regular since. The production people who handled Glee and American Horror Story are the ones Fox entrusted to handle Scream Queens as well. From the looks of it, Scream Queens is a mash-up of these two series.

Through the years, Jamie Lee Curtis said that she only earned little on her movies in the past despite taking lead roles. According to her, she only got paid $8,000 for her role in Halloween. However, because of numerous successful movies under her belt, she was able to successfully achieve a net worth of $60 million.

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