Calgary Herald

Curtis gets top award


Jamie Lee Curtis will receive a lifetime achievemen­t award at the Venice Internatio­nal Film Festival in September, where the latest instalment of the actress' Halloween movies will screen out of competitio­n, organizers said on Wednesday.

Curtis made her film debut in John Carpenter's 1978 horror flick Halloween, playing babysitter Laurie Strode, who faced off against deadly serial killer Michael Myers.

She has reprised the role several times since in the popular slasher film franchise.

“I am incredibly humbled to be honoured in this way ... Halloween — and my partnershi­p with Laurie Strode — launched and sustained my career, and to have these films evolve into a new franchise that is beloved by audiences around the world was, and remains, a gift,” Curtis said in a statement.

“Italian Cinema has always honoured and heralded the genre that gave me my career, so I couldn't be more proud and happy to accept this award ... on behalf of Laurie and all the courageous heroines of the world who stand tall in the face of seemingly insurmount­able obstacles and refuse to yield.”

The 62-year-old, also known for True Lies, Freaky Friday and Knives Out, will receive the Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievemen­t at the 78th edition of the festival before an out-of-competitio­n screening of Halloween Kills, scheduled for release in October.

“Jamie Lee Curtis belongs to that rarefied group of Hollywood actors who best reflect the qualities that are the very soul of the global film industry and its legacy,” festival director Alberto Barbera said.

The festival runs Sept. 1-11.

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