Actress Jamie Lee Curtis will be honored with the Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement in September at the 78th Venice International Film Festival. The actress, who has starred in many big screen hits since her career launching part as Laurie Strode in John Carpenter's Halloween, and it doesn't appear that she is stopping anytime soon. As well as receiving the award, there will be a special screening of her latest bout against the never-dying Michael Myers, David Gordon Green's Halloween Kills, which is due in cinemas in October.
"I am incredibly humbled to be honored in this way by the Venice International Film Festival. It seems impossible to me that I've been in this industry long enough to be receiving 'Lifetime Achievement' recognition, and to have it happen now, with Halloween Kills, is particularly meaningful to me. 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. Italian cinema has always honored and heralded the genre that gave me my career, so I couldn't be more proud and happy to accept this award from the Venice International Film Festival 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 actress will receive the award at the ceremony on September 8, in the Sala Grande of the Palazzo del Cinema prior to the showing of the film, which is not being considered for any awards. The Golden Lion is one of the most prestigious honors that an actor can win and is presented by the board of the Venice Biennale to the actress on the back of a proposal put forward by festival director Alberto Barbera, who commented that 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."
He continued, "A direct descendant of America's film aristocracy - she is the daughter of two unforgettable stars, Tony Curtis and Janet Leigh - Jamie Lee Curtis is the natural embodiment of a star who knows how to play roles with versatility and amenability, all while infusing them with her peerless charisma and signature personality."
"All these qualities, combined with her work as an author of children's books and her commitment to her charitable work have cemented her status as an indelible and enduring global artist," he went on. "To date, her extraordinary four-decade career, which began with her dazzling debut in John Carpenter's 1978 horror classic Halloween, encompasses more than 40 feature films and reminds us that true talent, combined with intelligence, wit, endurance and sheer grit, are the hallmarks of this true and unforgettable star."
Curtis has many film credits to her name, spanning every genre imaginable from action movies such as Blue Steel and True Lies, comedy with Freaky Friday, Trading Places, and Knives Out, drama in My Girl, The Tailor of Panama, and Forever Young, and of course horror with the Halloween franchise. She has also appeared on TV in Scream Queens on FX and the sitcom Anything But Love. Away from the screen, she has also carved a successful career as a bestselling author of children's books including, This Is Me: A Story of Who We Are and Where We Came From, which was her 11th title released in 2016.