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Semantic inaccuracy in re her alcoholism[edit]

The article states that she "was an alcoholic", however it is (afaik) universally accepted that since there is no cure for alcoholism "once an alcoholic, always an alcoholic". Therefore it would be better to say that she "is a successfully recovering alcoholic who has been sober for over XX years".

In fact she in her own words says "I know I'm an addict, and I know I'm an alcoholic" in this Reader's Digest interview which I believe makes a better reference than the Huffington Post article's more general content.

In any case, it is wonderful that she has made such a great recovery and become such a great actress, wife, mother, and activist. -- (talk) 20:12, 30 December 2009 (UTC)

As an alcoholic in recovery and in AA we refer to ourselves as "alcoholics" or "recovering alcoholics". However, one would have to present this to Ms. Curtis, and to use her preference. — Preceding unsigned comment added by Dfmoberg (talkcontribs) 07:36, 11 April 2011 (UTC)

Actually, it is not universally accepted that there is no cure because that would imply that the disease theory of alcoholism is itself universally accepted. I don't care about the semantic preference in this article I would just like to point out that using the term "universally xyz" should be done so carefully. While groups like AA and others may like to think that it is a disease and it is quite popular to say that it is, there is still controversy within the medical community. Remember: one negative in considering it a disease is that it diminishes personal responsibility. — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 03:24, 25 May 2012 (UTC)

Why is her weight on here?[edit]

Why is her weight on here? lol.. is she a boxer? Is that really relevant? Also, the AARP thing is just a recent news item, not encyclopedia material... i would think. I'll delete that sentence if nobody objects. Angelatomato (talk) 21:35, 7 April 2008 (UTC)

The Image[edit]

I can't get it to work the Jamieleecurtisstar and it is the PERFECT image for her.


As the wife of a baron, she is correctly referred to as 'Lady Haden-Guest', 'The Lady Haden-Guest', or 'The Rt Hon The Lady Haden-Guest'. (no first name is used). The place name 'of Saling, co. Essex' is not part of the title, it's just meant to clarify the place associated with the title. Not that I suspect she'd care, but Baroness, Lady Haden-Guest is redundant. Someone else

She is not a baroness, as the wives of English barons do not automatically become baronesses, unless they hold a barony in their own right. She does have the right to the courtesy title of "Lady", however. Mmyers1976 (talk)

Jamie Lee isn't a Baroness[edit]

Christopher Guest is not a peer/lord, his ancestor Christopher William Graham Guest, with who the title originated, was only a Life peer, and NOT a hereditary peer. As life peerages can't be inherited the title became extinct on 25 September 1984, when Christopher William Graham Guest died. As Christopher Guest is not a Baron, Jamie Lee is not a Baroness. Alanleonard (talk) 22:29, 27 June 2009 (UTC)

I am afraid you have your Baron Guests confused. Christopher Guest is the 5th Baron Haden-Guest of Saling, a hereditary peer and is not related to life peer and judge Baron Guest. Christopher's baronetcy originated with Leslie Haden-Guest, 1st Baron Haden-Guest and the current incumbent actually took his seat in the House of Lords for a short period of time until the major rehab of the House. A photograph of him and Baroness Guest (Jamie Lee Curtis) in their ermine robes at his maiden appearance was published in the British broadsheets at the time. 21st CENTURY GREENSTUFF 23:57, 27 June 2009 (UTC)
While you are right that the actor and mockumentary director Christopher Guest is indeed a baron, Jamie Lee Curtis is not a baroness, as wives of English barons are not called baronesses unless they hold baronies in their own right. She does, however, have thr right to the courtesy title of "Lady". [1] Mmyers1976 (talk) 13:22, 31 October 2010 (UTC)

Children's book author[edit]

It seems that J.L.C. is also known as an author of children's books. Try's . As I'm not much of an article writer, I won't even attempt to amend the article itself, but it should be done!! -- User:jnothman

Lady Haden-Guest[edit]

Please don't patronise me. Policy is to use "Baron" and "Baroness" for the lowest rank of non-Scottish Peers, because that's the legal term for the rank and the form that is found in legal names. You just need to look at any article on a male Life Peer — they are listed as "John Smith, Baron Such-and-Such", even though they're never called that in "conventional usage". Proteus (Talk)

Salary History[edit]

Is this section really needed, or even appropriate? How much somebody is paid doesn't sound like encyclopaedia material to me, and quite frankly, it is none of our business how much she was payed.

Salary history really does seem like encyclopaedia material. It would be great for research purposes to have a source of salaries for various actors and actresses for any number of reasons. I suppose a lot of the information for actors could be found on IMDB, but I don't see why it shouldn't be on Wikipedia as well. Khyth 19:59, 18 September 2007 (UTC)

I've removed the section for these reasons Lochok 23:24, 24 January 2006 (UTC)


As written, the article lede implies that Jamie Lee Haden-Guest is her legal name, but that Jamie Lee Curtis is what she is "universally known as". Is Haden-Guest actually her legal last name? I don't know about the UK, but in the US a woman must take active steps change her name upon marriage -- it doesn't just happen automatically. Which raises the question: if she hasn't changed her name, is she properly known as "Jamie Lee Curtis, Baroness Haden-Guest"? --Jfruh 23:21, 21 February 2006 (UTC)

Under UK rules she wouldn't be either — peerages replace surnames, so her legal name is "The Right Honourable Jamie Lee, Baroness Haden-Guest" as far as British law is concerned (the article should probably mention this). I can't comment on US law, as I know next to nothing about it. However, I'm almost certain we don't have a policy on what to do when legal names in different jurisdictions clash. As the title is British, however, it makes sense to use British conventions when using it as part of her name. Proteus (Talk) 00:17, 22 February 2006 (UTC)
I changed the lede to match this info. It would be nice to get some kind of confirmation on her actual legal name in the US. --Jfruh 21:27, 9 March 2006 (UTC)
Not to be nit-picky about the name, but I think that the title shouldn't be used as the very first name in the article unless we have some confirmation that she legally changed her name to same in the US. I know as you said that her name changed automatically under British law to reflect her husband's title, but since she's US citizen resident in the US most of the time, I think her name under US law should come first. Anyway, as you note she doesn't legally have a surname, yet her surname is listed as "Haden-Guest" in the edit you just made... --Jfruh 01:28, 17 April 2006 (UTC)
I definitely don't think that it is necessary to mention the title at the top as she never uses it:
"Nobody addresses me as Lady Guest anywhere except perhaps at the House of Lords. It's what they do there—and it's probably the only place in the world where anyone will address me in that manner even if I go, `Oh no, no, no, just call me Jamie.'"
As it is mentioned further down that is enough. Arniep 20:28, 18 April 2006 (UTC)
It is our policy to start articles with full legal names, regardless of what people use, so what she says is totally irrelevant (especially as she doesn't even appear to know what her title is, which is rather careless of her). See, for instance, Thomas Pakenham, Bertrand Russell and Colin Moynihan. Proteus (Talk) 23:09, 18 April 2006 (UTC)
But you haven't answered the question of whether it is her legal name in the country where she lives and was (I believe) married. The version we had a while back -- "Jamie Lee Curtis (born November 22, 1958), known under British law as The Right Honourable Jamie Lee, Baroness Haden-Guest" -- seems to me the best way around that question until it is answered definitively. --Jfruh 23:30, 18 April 2006 (UTC)
Proteus has an obsession with titles. It is just completely inappropriate to include this at the top of an article of a hollywood actress especially as she has said she is never addressed as that and never uses it. Arniep 01:14, 19 April 2006 (UTC)
I have an obsession with accuracy. If you have a problem with that, I suggest you find something else to do with your time, since Wikipedia clearly isn't for you. Proteus (Talk) 22:20, 19 April 2006 (UTC)
Unfortunately it's not what policy says the article should start with (and would be a completely unprecedented format). Proteus (Talk) 22:20, 19 April 2006 (UTC)
I guess my question for you, Proteus, is: Why should the law of a country where she does not live and of which she is not a citizen determine her legal name, or determine her "first citation" name in Wikipedia? I think this may be a case where different jurisdictions would consider her to have different legal names. What does policy have to say about that? --Jfruh 23:32, 19 April 2006 (UTC)
It doesn't consider it an issue — it simply says that people with titles have articles starting with them. Proteus (Talk) 16:05, 23 April 2006 (UTC)
Well, perhaps it should consider that an issue. I shall take it up over there then. --Jfruh 18:11, 23 April 2006 (UTC)
Just to point out, US citizens may not accept British titles. It is the law. By doing so, they relinquish their US citizenship. Barring evidence that Curtis has done so, the Baroness title is simply what the folks in the UK call her. Risker 05:42, 24 October 2006 (UTC)
Then I will point out that there is no such law in the U.S. What you refer to is called the Titles of Nobility Amendment, which was proposed by congress as an amendment to the U.S. Constitution. (in the early 1800's) Although being passed by the Senate and the House, requires ratification by two-thirds of the states to become effective law. (And has been passed by twelve states as of this time) It needs another 26 states before it could become law. Atom 06:44, 24 October 2006 (UTC)
Getting pretty far off-topic here, but the law may not be as clear cut as Atom claims. The U.S. Constitution does forbid federal and state government from granting titles of nobility, and also forbids certain persons from accepting such titles while holding office (Article 1 Sections 9 and 10). Also you may want to have a look at 8 USC 1448(b) and 8 CFR 337.1, requiring renunciation of such titles in order to be naturalized, and finally be aware that accepting such titles may indeed jeopardize your citizenship if acceptance involves taking an oath to a foreign state or its political subdivisions. Oh, and by the way constitutional amendments require ratification of three-fourths of the states, not two-thirds. 09:35, 12 May 2007 (UTC)
I believe it is two-thirds of the states to introduce an amendment, three-quarters (as you say) to ratify. As Jamie Lee Curtis is a citizen, and so has no need to naturalize, and as being british royalty requires no oath to a foreign state, the rest is trivial. Apparently it needs another 26 states to ratify and become effective law. My point, "US Citizens may accept British titles." Atom (talk) 04:24, 18 July 2008 (UTC)
Addressing her it would correctly be "Lady Haden-Guest". In introducing, "Lady Haden-Guest, Baroness of Saling". All titled people may "style" themselves as they desire (or as the Queen desires). As such, it would seem that Lady Haden-Guest prefers to be styled as "Jamie Lee Curtis". Atom 16:47, 24 October 2006 (UTC)

Peerage title in opening paragraph[edit]

From Wikipedia:Manual of Style (biographies):

While the article title should generally be the name by which the subject is most commonly known, the subject's full name should be given in the lead paragraph, if known. Many cultures have a tradition of not using the full name of a person in everyday reference, but the article should start with the complete version.

No-one would argue that the article should be at Jamie Lee Curtis, Baroness Haden-Guest as the title should be the most commonly used name. However, according to Wikipedia guidelines, the opening paragraph should include the complete version whether it's in everyday use or not. JRawle (Talk) 13:27, 24 April 2006 (UTC)

The full title should NOT be the first mentioned as she is rarely, if ever, referred to by the full title. The MOS guidance above does not require that it must be the first mentioned, only suggests that the title should be mentioned in the lede. olderwiser 13:45, 24 April 2006 (UTC)
...the article should start with the complete version, and to me, "start with" means it comes first. But I won't change it again and start an edit war (although I have made a slight change as "Jamie Lee" is not part of her "title"). JRawle (Talk) 14:01, 24 April 2006 (UTC)
I think your change is fine. I don't really know (or care all that much) what the official title is. There needs to be a element of common sense as well -- if a person is not commonly known by the title it seems rather peculiar to put forward that title in the first instance of the lede as if it were common. olderwiser 14:13, 24 April 2006 (UTC)

The current version seems fine to me. Proteus (Talk) 14:57, 24 April 2006 (UTC)

It should be 'Lady Haden-Guest' not Baroness. No-one except Wikipedia refers to the wife of a Baron as a Baroness, however "correct" it may be in absolute terms. We make ourselves look like idiots for saying so. David | Talk 22:34, 26 April 2006 (UTC)
So if I were to provide a counter-example to your claim, let's say Burke's calling the wife of the late Lord Soames "The Baroness Soames" [1], you'd stop doing this? Proteus (Talk) 22:56, 26 April 2006 (UTC)
I'll take that edit as a "no", then. Come on, you're not this ridiculous — the whole "backing up assertions" business works both ways, you know. I've provided a respectable source doing what you're saying is never done, so are you going to provide one saying that calling Barons' wives Baronesses should never be done, or am I to assume you're just going to ignore the talk page and revert until I get bored and go away? Proteus (Talk) 23:37, 26 April 2006 (UTC)

Vitucci grandfather[edit]

Someone added this claim, no doubt from the AION website (a website that lists actresses of Italian descent). They say that Tony Curtis' grandfather was an Italian named Vitucci, but it is quite explicitly stated here that his mother was a Helen Klein.[2] Does anyone have a reliable source for the Vitucci thing? Mad Jack 06:14, 27 June 2006 (UTC)

the source is an italian book, "La banalità del bene", where, in an interview, Tony Curtis says he had a grandparent called Vitucci.

Newer picture[edit]

I need a more recent picture for a wikinews article on Jamie Lee Curtis, but I don't get the image liscensing with actors and actresses. So can someone upload a fair use picture of her on Wikipedia, and then I'll upload it on Wikinews? Thanx. íslenskur fellibylur [[Special:Emailuser/Icelandic_Hurricane #12] (samtal) 15:23, 9 October 2006 (UTC)

Anon adding titles[edit]

I dont know what the rules/preferences are for noble titles so someone may want to clean up the matter that has been added by the anon in the intro. It probably makes more sense to be listed later in the article. JoshuaZ 18:39, 20 November 2006 (UTC)

MORE magazine[edit]

Jamie Lee as she really is -- no lights, no makeup, no retouching. Photo: MORE magazine/September 2002

Jamie Lee Curtis: True Thighs Jamie Lee Curtis wants you to know the difference between celebrity illusion and all-too-real life. [3]

Four years ago, Jamie Lee Curtis made magazine history by revealing her true body -- even a poochy midriff -- in More. Could she get any more real? She could. She does. Jamie Lee Curtis: On Growing Older & Wiser [4]

She is kind of famous, for her efforts to fight magazine-cover-beauty-fakery. Seems worth a mention in the article. - 11:30, 1 September 2007 (UTC)


Didn't Jamie Lee attend Miss Porters school in CT?


she needs a new picture!!!!!!this picture is decades old so please change it

Possible candidate for new picture?[edit]

I found this much more recent photo of Jamie Lee Curtis - - on Flickr. Would it be possible to contact the uploader to ask for permission to use it? David Rush (talk) 14:13, 13 June 2010 (UTC)

Yes, if you follow the steps in WP:Permissions, it should be quite possible. -Etoile (talk) 04:56, 1 October 2010 (UTC)

Edit request from Ravisaj, 3 May 2011[edit]

I just wanted to add additional detail as to the season and episode of Jamie Lee Curtis' appearance on the Quincy M.E. show. I just watched it. It is season 2, episode 4.

Here are websites that confirm this:,m.e.:visitorsinparadise_v434569/plotsummary,_M.E.%3A_Visitors_in_Paradise-V434569/ Ravisaj (talk) 05:55, 3 May 2011 (UTC)

DoneBility (talk) 15:56, 3 May 2011 (UTC)

Semi-protected edit request on 6 November 2014[edit]

In the second paragraph, I suggest that you add the fact that Jamie Lee Curtis is Tony Curtis' daughter. (talk) 03:41, 6 November 2014 (UTC)

Red question icon with gradient background.svg Not done: it's not clear what changes you want to be made. Please mention the specific changes in a "change X to Y" format. Biblioworm 04:37, 6 November 2014 (UTC)