You could say the 80s were a huge decade for Jamie Lee Curtis, but I always believed the 90s had some definite Jamie Lee high points: My Girl, that awkward/sexy stripping scene from True Lies, showing up to the 1996 MTV Movie Awards in see-through bodycon snakeskin. Sadly, it turns out the 90s were kind of a low decade in her life, all due to a chronic opioid addiction.
59-year-old Jamie recently revealed during an interview with People that she was prescribed pain killers in 1989 after some minor cosmetic surgery on her “hereditary puffy eyes.” She got hooked immediately, and for the next ten years she schemed, plotted, and stole pills from friends and family to get her fix. Jamie says that for ten whole years, nobody knew she was addicted.
Jamie says the first person to discover she had a problem was her older sister Kelly, who found out in 1998, after Jamie stole pills from her. In 1999, she attended her first meeting to get clean, and told her husband Christopher Guest about her addiction on the same day. She says she’s been sober for 20 years, and that it was important for her to get off the pills, as addiction runs in her family. Her father, Tony Curtis, had issues with alcohol, coke, and heroin. Her younger brother Nicholas Curtis died of a heroin overdose in 1994.
I’d argue that one of Jamie Lee Curtis’ greatest accomplishments is the 1985 film Perfect, but she’d definitely disagree with me. For her, it’s her sobriety.
“I’m breaking the cycle that has basically destroyed the lives of generations in my family. Getting sober remains my single greatest accomplishment…bigger than my husband, bigger than both of my children and bigger than any work, success, failure. Anything.”
She adds that whenever she goes to meetings and someone brings up opioids, she often gets a lot of questions because, “I’m the opiate girl.”
Opioid addiction is no joke; it’s even taking out primetime TV characters. I’m glad Jamie Lee Curtis got help, because the world is way better with her in it. But I have to be honest – a Hollywood actress-slash-Baroness who will pocket whatever you’ve got in your medicine cabinet kind of sounds like a perfect character written by her husband, and played by either Jennifer Coolidge or Catherine O’Hara.