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Jamie Lee Curtis, Daughter of Hollywood Legend Tony Curtis, Says ‘Nepo Baby’ Debate Is Wrong, Designed Only to “Diminish, denigrate, hurt” Stars Like Her

Jamie Lee Curtis, Daughter of Hollywood Legend Tony Curtis, Says ‘Nepo Baby’ Debate Is Wrong, Designed Only to “Diminish, denigrate, hurt” Stars Like Her

Hollywood and the world have indeed seen their fair share of nepotism. Veteran and notable actors were often found with families previously working in the Hollywood industry and Jamie Lee Curtis is no exception.

The 64-year-old American actress, known for portraying iconic roles in various movies like Halloween and Knives Out was called a “nepo baby”. She was not amused by the usage of these words.

Jamie Lee Curtis was called a "nepo baby".
Jamie Lee Curtis was called a “nepo baby”.

Jamie Lee Curtis Replies To Calls Of Nepotism

Born to Janet Leigh and Tony Curtis, Jamie Lee Curtis had allegedly doors opening for her in Hollywood. Being born to famous actor parents, the Knives Out actress had her first role at the age of 19 in an episode of Quincy, M.E. back in 1977.

Jamie Lee Curtis has been in the industry for 44 years.
Jamie Lee Curtis has been in the industry for 44 years.

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The New York Magazine decided this year to roll out a list of various actors in Hollywood with previous lineages in the film industry. Calling them the term “nepo babies”, Jamie Lee Curtis was among the names present on that list. In a post on Instagram, the actress weighed in on the calls of nepotism and how even after 44 years, she was still reminded that she is the daughter of a movie star.


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“I’ve never understood, nor will I, what qualities got me hired that day, but since my first two lines on Quincy as a contract player at Universal Studios to this last spectacular creative year some 44 years later, there’s not a day in my professional life that goes by without my being reminded that I am the daughter of movie stars. The current conversation about nepo babies is just designed to try to diminish and denigrate and hurt.”

Jamie Lee Curtis, although did state that the “nepo babies” indeed may have had an advantage on the field yet she also felt that a constant annoying reminder and stereotyping of such actors wasn’t and isn’t necessary.

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Jamie Lee Curtis Admits To Having Advantages In Hollywood

Jamie Lee Curtis alongside Ana de Armas.
Jamie Lee Curtis alongside Ana de Armas.

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In the above-mentioned post, the True Lies actress continued about nepotism actors indeed having an advantage. Jamie Lee Curtis also further stated that the assumptions and snide remarks about an actor having famous parents would always end up in stereotypical thoughts that the actor would have no talent.

“It’s curious how we immediately make assumptions and snide remarks that someone related to someone else who is famous in their field for their art, would somehow have no talent whatsoever. I have come to learn that is simply not true. I have suited up and shown up for all different kinds of work with thousands of thousands of people and every day I’ve tried to bring integrity and professionalism and love and community and art to my work. I am not alone. There are many of us. Dedicated to our craft. Proud of our lineage. Strong in our belief in our right to exist.”

Jamie Lee Curtis’ latest installment Everything Everywhere All At Once was shown tremendous love and adoration throughout the world. Jamie Lee Curtis will star in the 2023 upcoming movie titled Haunted Mansion which is expected to release on 11th August 2023.

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Written by Visarg Acharya

Visarg Acharya joined FandomWire in 2022 as a Content Writer. Along with a penchant for writing, Visarg claims that words are the only true language made for him. Currently pursuing his B.Sc in Physics, the combination of Physics and Marvel make up for an interesting talk. Visarg Acharya has authored over 500 articles and reads books in his spare time along with an occasional series to accompany him.