Actress and author Jamie Lee Curtis will receive the Lifetime Achievement Award at the 56th Annual International Cinematographers Guild (ICG, IATSE Local 600) Publicists Awards celebrating her prolific acting career spanning four decades and still going strong. The awards luncheon returns to the Beverly Hilton Hotel on Friday, February 22, 2019.
“We are thrilled to honor Jamie Lee Curtis, who has created a celebrated body of film and television work that spans many genres. Who wasn’t frightened by her Laurie Strode character in Halloween – and just as terrified in her reprise portrayal 40 years later? Her artistic talents have generated a legacy of characters that are embedded in our minds forever. We are honored to spotlight her varied and award-winning career,” said ICG National President Steven Poster, ASC.
Curtis has demonstrated her versatility as a film actress having performed in over 55 films. She has garnered numerous awards and acclaim for her work in blockbusters such as True Lies, winning a Golden Globe Award; Trading Places, earning a BAFTA for Best Supporting Actress; A Fish Called Wanda, receiving Best Actress nominations from BAFTA and the Golden Globes; and Disney’s Freaky Friday, winning a Golden Globe nomination. It was her starring role in Halloween that brought her to the attention of audiences worldwide. In 2018, Curtis revived that signature character in Jason Blum’s record-breaking version of Halloween, directed by David Gordon Green. Its opening weekend was the biggest debut ever, for any movie in any genre, to feature a female lead character over 55 years of age.
In 2015, Curtis returned to her horror roots, starring in two seasons of the Ryan Murphy-created TV series, Scream Queens for which she received a Golden Globe nomination. She also won both a Golden Globe and People’s Choice Award for her role in the acclaimed sitcom Anything but Love, was nominated for a Golden Globe for The Heidi Chronicles and was also nominated for an Emmy Award for her role in the CBS television movie Nicholas’ Gift.
Curtis is also a New York Times best-selling children’s book author of 13 books. Her latest book "Me, MySelfie & I: A Cautionary Tale" was released last September.
Curtis has a deep and active connection to many children’s charities. She has worked closely with the Starlight Children’s Foundation and Children Affected by AIDS Foundation and was a board member of Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles and CASA (Center for Addiction and Substance Abuse) at Columbia University. Curtis and her husband are longtime supporters of the ACLU, People for the American Way and the NRDC, among many other causes.
Curtis received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 1998. She is the daughter of legendary actors Janet Leigh and Tony Curtis. She has been married to actor/director Christopher Guest for 34 years and has two children.
Past recipients of the prestigious ICG Publicists Lifetime Achievement Award include Warren Beatty, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Clint Eastwood, Julie Andrews, Army Archerd, Sid Ganis, Harrison Ford, Peter Bart, Robert Zemeckis, Sylvester Stallone, Carol Burnett, Kirk Douglass, Jerry Lewis, Bob Newhart, Lily Tomlin and Betty White.
As previously announced, the publicists will honor Jon M. Chu with the Motion Picture Showman of the Year Award. Still to be announced is the Television Showman of the Year Award.
Awards chair this year is Tim Menke with Sheryl Main serving as co-chair. Final online balloting will be held Jan. 14–Feb. 4, 2019 and winners will be announced at the lunch ceremony on Friday, February 22.