Jennifer Jason Leigh is an American actress known for her works on the screen, as well as on stage, most notably The Hateful Eight, Georgia, Last Exit to Brooklyn, Mrs. Parker and the Vicious Circle, and Patrick Melrose. Jamie Lee Curtis, on the other hand, came to fame as Laurie Strode in the iconic horror flick Halloween (1978), establishing her as a scream queen. Find out what relationship exists between Jennifer Jason Leigh and Jamie Lee Curtis, are these two screen goddesses related?
Who Is Jennifer Jason Leigh?
Jennifer Jason Leigh is an anomaly in the acting world. She is a child actor turned 90s film-noir queen; veering from mainstream stardom into indie projects, and then into the Hollywood wilderness before roaring back in recent years. After many years on screen and stage, the actress still remains an enigma, a chameleon, who easily adapts to roles. She can do ethereal and gritty, ravishing and repellent, as well as fragile and fierce, all in one swipe.
Leigh worked primarily on the small screen in the 1970s before getting her breakthrough as Stacy Hamilton, a teenager who gets pregnant in the film Fast Times at Ridgemont High (1982). She has mostly portrayed fragile, bad girl, damaged or neurotic characters but has also been in romantic or comic roles.
Jason Leigh was Tralala, the doomed prostitute in the Last Exit to Brooklyn which won her many acclaims; then Hedy, a mentally ill woman who stalks her flatmate in Single White Female, introduced her to the largest mainstream audience yet; and then Daisy, the homicidal fugitive in Quentin Tarantino‘s western, The Hateful Eight, which brought her first Oscar nod, as well as a Golden Globe Award and BAFTA Award nominations.
Moreover, her impressive portrayal of an angry, drug-addicted rock singer, Sadie Leigh, living in the shadow of her successful older sister in Georgia (1995), earned her greatest acclaims and even surprised many such as Meryl Streep that she was not nominated for an Academy Award.
She clinched her first lead role in Mrs. Parker and the Vicious Circle (1994) as the writer and critic Dorothy Parker. That singular outing earned her a Golden Globe nomination, a National Society of Film Critics Award for Best Actress, Chicago Film Critics Association Award for Best Actress, as well as Fort Lauderdale Film Critics Best Actress Award. She co-wrote and co-directed a film with Alan Cumming titled The Anniversary Party (2001).
In 2015, following a wilderness period in her career after the birth of her son, Jennifer Jason Leigh voiced a key character, Lisa in Anomalisa, a stop-motion animation that won awards and broke hearts, the same year she starred in Tarantino’s western. She has been busy since then with roles in the Netflix comedy-drama series Atypical since 2017 and a recurring role in Twin Peaks. She was also cast in the drama miniseries, Patrick Melrose as Eleanor, alongside Benedict Cumberbatch as the titular character and Hugo Weaving as his father and her husband, David.
Jason Leigh has also had big-screen outings such as Lady Bird Johnson in LBJ, a scientist in Annihilation, an FBI agent in White Boy Rick, opposite Matthew McConaughey, and as Girder in the upcoming sci-fi thriller film Possessor.
On stage, Leigh made her Broadway debut in 1998 as Sally Bowles in Cabaret. Off-Broadway, she acted as Beverly Moss in Abigail’s Party (2005), earning a Drama Desk Award nomination for her performance.
Are Jennifer Jason Leigh and Jamie Lee Curtis Related?
Born Jennifer Leigh Morrow into a Jewish family, she is the second daughter of actor, Vic Morrow and actress and screenwriter, Barbara Turner. Her parents, both late, divorced when she was only 2. Vic died in a helicopter accident while filming the Twilight Zone: The Movie in 1982 while Barbara died of cancer in 2016. Her older sister, Carrie Ann Morrow died in December 2016 from drug abuse; she was credited as a technical advisor on the drama film, Georgia (1995), written by her mother and Leigh played a drug-addicted rocker overshadowed by a successful sister.
She has Russian ancestry from her father’s side and Austrian from her mother’s. Leigh also has a half-sister, Mina Badie from her mother’s second marriage to director Reza Badiyi. Mina is an actress and acted alongside Leigh in The Anniversary Party.
The Hateful Eight actress was born in 1962 in Hollywood California and celebrates her birth anniversary every 5th of February. In the early years of her career, she adopted the middle name, Jason in honor of a family friend, actor, Jason Robards, then, replaced her last name with her former middle name; Jennifer Jason Leigh.
Leigh tied the connubial knots on September 2, 2005, with indie film writer-director Noah Baumbach whom she met in 2001. Sadly, their marriage ended soon after the birth of their son, Rohmer Emmanuel (born on March 17, 2010). She filed for divorce in November 2010, citing irreconcilable differences and their union was officially dissolved in September 2013.
On the other hand, the Halloween actress, Jamie Lee Curtis is one of the two daughters born to actress Janet Leigh and actor Tony Curtis. She was born on November 22nd, 1958, in Santa Monica, California. Her older sister, Kelly Curtis is also an actress. The actress, author, and activist has Hungarian and Danish roots from her father’s side and German and Scots-Irish ancestry from her mother’s. She has been married to Christopher Guest since 1984 and they have two children.
From the above, it is clear that Jennifer Jason Leigh and Jamie Lee Curtis are not related.