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Jamie Lee Curtis: Before & After Pics
More Magazine ^ | 8-21-2002 | Amy Wallace

Posted on 08/27/2002 7:28:19 AM PDT by SlickWillard

MORE magazine's True Thighs
By Amy Wallace

Jamie Lee Curtis wants you to know the difference between celebrity illusion and all-too-real life.


    Jamie Lee Curtis Before
Jamie Lee as she really is -- no
lights, no makeup, no retouching.
Photo: More magazine
September 2002
 

Jamie Lee Curtis wants to expose herself to you. It is, she says, the only way to make things right.

Look at her, traipsing around a whitewashed Los Angeles photo studio in nothing but a sports bra and tight spandex briefs. But don't let the swagger fool you: She knows she's taking a risk. The 43-year-old movie star has certainly showed more skin in the past than she's flashing right now. But in a very real way, she's never been more naked.

"There's a reality to the way I look without my clothes on," she says. "I don't have great thighs. I have very big breasts and a soft, fatty little tummy. And I've got back fat. People assume that I'm walking around in little spaghetti-strap dresses. It's insidious -- Glam Jamie, the Perfect Jamie, the great figure, blah, blah, blah. And I don't want the unsuspecting 40-year-old women of the world to think that I've got it going on. It's such a fraud. And I'm the one perpetuating it."

But not anymore. In an age when divas often use their clout to nix unflattering photos in magazines, Curtis has demanded the opposite: Glam Jamie will pose only if Real Jamie gets equal time. She even knows what this article should be titled. "True Thighs," she declares.

    Jamie Lee Curtis Before
A glam Jamie gets some help.
Photo: More magazine
September 2002
 

She knows that her body, held up as an icon of female perfection in movies such as, well, Perfect, has made some women think that they don't measure up. She knows how that feels -- not being good enough. The daughter of two members of Hollywood royalty, Janet Leigh and Tony Curtis, this actress has struggled with feelings of inadequacy all her life. In youth-obsessed Hollywood, where the dearth of good roles for women over 28 is a constant lament, it's a ballsy move to admit your age at all -- let alone revel in it. But Curtis is seeking something bigger than her next acting job. She wants to feel at peace with her flaws, her genes.

This is not the first time that Curtis' work has led her to make changes in her life. In 1999, after writing her third children's book, it occurred to her that, even as she was urging kids to pay attention to their feelings, she had difficulty expressing her own. The result: She quit drinking and ended a lengthy addiction to painkillers that she said began when she was recovering from plastic surgery. Yes, that's right: Curtis is a veteran of the nip-and-tuck.

"I've done it all," she says....

To read the complete article and learn everything you ever wanted to know about Jamie Lee Curtis, see the September issue of more magazine, which hits newsstands on August 27.


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1 posted on 08/27/2002 7:28:19 AM PDT by SlickWillard
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To: SlickWillard
She has Hillary cankles.
2 posted on 08/27/2002 7:29:59 AM PDT by Fred Mertz
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To: All
Anyone got some before and after pics of you know whom?
3 posted on 08/27/2002 7:30:44 AM PDT by SlickWillard
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To: SlickWillard
There's no doubt whatsoever that Jamie Lee is the only half-man, half-woman I'd jump in the sack with.
4 posted on 08/27/2002 7:33:12 AM PDT by jpl
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To: SlickWillard
Sometimes, no matter what you do, there aint no gettin' rid of the ugly.
5 posted on 08/27/2002 7:33:30 AM PDT by DancesWithTrout
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To: SlickWillard
Stand up straight you twit, stomach in chest out, head up,
feet together, hands relaxed thumbs aligned with your trouser seams! There, that looks better, only thing missing is a green uniform.
She would make a great WM.
6 posted on 08/27/2002 7:33:41 AM PDT by tet68
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To: SlickWillard
I say more power to her. It's about time somebody points out the phoniness of Hollyweird to its unsuspecting victims.
7 posted on 08/27/2002 7:33:46 AM PDT by EggsAckley
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To: SlickWillard
Damn....hope does some aerobics before they shoot True Lies II.
8 posted on 08/27/2002 7:33:59 AM PDT by gilor
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To: SlickWillard
I thought she was hot in the original Halloween back in 1978, and I think she's still pretty darn warm now.
9 posted on 08/27/2002 7:36:15 AM PDT by Lurking Libertarian
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To: SlickWillard
Not bad for a 43 year old melanin deprived person. A 3 week regimen of weight training (3 x week/ 45 minute session) and cardio exercise (3 x week/ 20 minute session) and she'd be in babe territory.
10 posted on 08/27/2002 7:36:17 AM PDT by freebilly
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To: SlickWillard
I think she's attractive. and her "flaws" and the way she accepts and handles them makes her more so.
11 posted on 08/27/2002 7:38:35 AM PDT by camle
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To: camle
Beautifully said!
12 posted on 08/27/2002 7:48:52 AM PDT by Auntie Mame
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To: Auntie Mame
thank you. she is an attractive woman, even if I don't care for the hair.

Her behavior shows some class noticably absent in many of those more glamorous.

if given the choice of all hollywood, I'd pick her for her honesty and integrity.
14 posted on 08/27/2002 8:10:00 AM PDT by camle
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To: tet68
Don't you mean B.A.M. ?
15 posted on 08/27/2002 8:21:49 AM PDT by hobbes1
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To: camle
You are so right......she looks great and moreover she likes the way she looks.

She's a great woman and BTW she wrote a great book for children, which I bought for my girl child who happens to be in her 20s and loved the book.

16 posted on 08/27/2002 8:47:45 AM PDT by OldFriend
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To: camle
"I think she's attractive. and her "flaws" and the way she accepts and handles them makes her more so."

Amen. It is pointless to continually hold people to an unrealistic standard of appearance.

17 posted on 08/27/2002 11:03:00 AM PDT by MissMillie
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To: SlickWillard
Hey Slick - How about a few Old Pics of Hillary when she was young? That ought to "brighten" your day!

BILL AND HILL WHEN YOUNG

BILL AND HILL STILL YOUNG

A MORE MATURE HILLARY

THE NEW HILLARY BOBBLEHEAD DOLL JUST OUT

18 posted on 08/27/2002 4:53:46 PM PDT by stlrocket
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To: SlickWillard
I just read that she had gained 20 lbs since True Lies (I).
19 posted on 08/27/2002 6:51:15 PM PDT by Sungirl
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To: SlickWillard
Why did you have to send me THERE!! I thought you were talkig about Ann Coulter.
20 posted on 08/27/2002 10:33:59 PM PDT by potlatch
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To: SlickWillard
I wanna see before and after pictures of Anne Archer.
21 posted on 08/28/2002 6:44:10 AM PDT by William McKinley
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To: Fred Mertz
She has Hillary cankles.

BAWAWAHAHAHA!

22 posted on 08/28/2002 3:26:57 PM PDT by Teacup
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To: SlickWillard
But not anymore. In an age when divas often use their clout to nix unflattering photos in magazines, Curtis has demanded the opposite: Glam Jamie will pose only if Real Jamie gets equal time.

Quite a few years ago now, there was a great spot shown often during kids' cartoons (I forget whether it was Saturday morning, or Nicholodeon, or what), which showed an average-looking young girl (about 13-14, maybe) looking wistfully at a magazine glamour photo she had clipped and taped to her mirror. She sighed and said to the model in the photo, "I'll never look like you..."

A voice from behind her said, "I wouldn't be too sure..." The girl turns around and sees a pleasant-but-not-stunning looking mid-20's woman speaking. "Who are you?", asks the girl. "I'm her", says the woman, pointing to the glamour photo.

The girl looks at the perfect creature in the photo, then at the ordinary woman, and says, "no way!".

Then in the course of the next 30 seconds, they show the woman being heavily made up, primped, hair styled, taped and squeezed, dressed in fancy clothes, carefully posed and lighted, photographed through a filter, and then the photo retouched to produce the artificially flawless glamour shot.

Then the woman says, "This is the real me -- that [pointing at the glamour photo].. just an illusion".

I thought it was a nice way to reassure kids (and adults too, for that matter) that no one actually looks as good as the magazine photos and movie scenes. No one should feel bad about looking "normal". Even the "stars" look pretty ordinary in person (or worse -- ever see some of the "without their makeup" candid celebrity photos?) I've also seen three Playboy centerfolds in person, and they were definitely *not* as jaw-dropping in real life as they were in their magazine photos. They looked surprisingly "girl next door", actually, and they wouldn't have turned heads walking down a street.

It's good to see JLC making the same point, and being so honest about it.

23 posted on 09/02/2002 12:21:08 PM PDT by Dan Day
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To: Dan Day
This is so true. I worked in the publicity dept. for a big Hollywood studio, and you should see some of the original photography and what it look like after retouching. Bravo to Jamie Lee!!
24 posted on 09/02/2002 9:09:46 PM PDT by X-Servative
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To: X-Servative
look = looked
25 posted on 09/02/2002 9:10:40 PM PDT by X-Servative
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