Jamie Lee Curtis

Jamie Lee Curtis

Jamie Lee Curtis is an actress who has enjoyed a career that has spanned nearly thirty five years and has covered many genres in that time.

She is back on the big screen this week with her new comedy You Again, which sees her team up with Kristen Bell and Sigourney Weaver,

So to celebrate the release of the movie we take a look at some of the actresses best big screen performances.

Halloween (1978)

She made her silver scream debut in 1978 when she took on the role of Laurie Strode in Halloween, which was directed by John Carpenter.

The movie introduced us to Michael Myers for the very first time, a psychotic murderer institutionalised since childhood who escapes on a mindless rampage while his doctor chases him through the streets.

Despite a tiny advertising campaign, the movie relied on word of mouth, it was a huge box office hit and remains one of the most successful independent movies of all time.

As for Curtis she went on to star in the three eighties sequels before returning to the franchise in 1998 with Halloween H20: 20 Years Later.

Trading Places (1983)

With the Halloween movies under her belt Curtis has become known as a scream queen but she turned her hand to comedy in the early eighties with Trading Places, which saw her star alongside Eddie Murphy and Dan Aykroyd.

Directed by John Landis the movie follows a snobbish investor and a wily street con artist find their positions reversed as part of a bet by two callous millionaires.

Curtis took on the role of a prostitute in the film that was the third biggest grossing movie in America that year.

For her performance she picked up a Best Supporting Actress Bafta award and the movie went on to be nominated for a Best Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy Golden Globe Award, losing out to Yentl.

A Fish Called Wanda (1988)

It was comedy again in 1988 that brought her more success as she starred in the John Cleese penned movie A Fish Called Wanda.

She starred alongside Cleese, Kevin Kline and Michael Palin in a movie that was set in London and followed four very different people team up to commit armed robbery, then try to double cross each other for the loot.

The movie was a huge critical and commercial success and it went on to be nominated for directing and writing Oscars.

Curtis herself was nominated for a Best Actress Bafta, losing out to Maggie Smith for A Room with a View, and a BEst Actress in a Musical or Comedy Golden Globe, losing out to Melanie Griffith for Working Girl.

True Lies (1994)

The mid nineties saw her take on the action movie in one of her most famous roles as she teamed up with Hollywood hardman Arnold Schwarzenegger.

When a secret agent learns of his wife's extra-marital affair, he pursues her and uses his intelligence resources in a job he kept secret from her.

Directed by James Cameron the movie was a huge hit and went on to take in excess of $378 million at the global box office.

And after nominations in the past Curtis finally got her hands on a Golden Globe as she picked up Best Actress in a Musical or Comedy as well as an American Comedy Award for Funniest Actress and a Saturn Award - however she missed out on the Screen Actors Guild award.

Freaky Friday (2003)

Freaky Friday has been her most famous role in recent years as she starred in the movie alongside Lindsay Lohan in a big screen adaptation of the novel of the same name.

An overworked mother and her daughter do not get along. When they switch bodies, each is forced to adapt to the others life for one freaky Friday.

It was another hit for the actress as the film gained positive reviews before taking $360 million at the box office, easily making back its $20 million budget.

You Again is released 12th November.

FemaleFirst Helen Earnshaw

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