Jamie Lee Curtis (born November 22, 1958) is an American actress, author, producer, director, and activist. She made her film acting debut in 1978 as Laurie Strode in John Carpenter's horror film Halloween. The film established her as a scream queen, and she appeared in a string of horror films, including The Fog, Prom Night, Terror Train (all 1980) and Roadgames (1981). She reprised the role of Laurie in the sequels Halloween II (1981), Halloween H20: 20 Years Later (1998), Halloween: Resurrection (2002), and Halloween (2018). Her filmography is largely characterized by low-budget films that succeed at the box office, with 8 of her lead-actress credits grossing over $100 million.