Jamie Lee Curtis was born in Santa Monica, California and grew up in and around Los Angeles, California.

Curtis doesn’t appear to be overtly religious. And if she is, it might not be something she’d want to talk about as she is quite defensive of her privacy and personal life.1 However, her late father–famous actor Tony Curtis–was Jewish2 and her mother was of Northern European, specifically Danish, descent3 and likely came from a Christian background.

CBS News reports that Curtis celebrates Hannukah,4 indicating that perhaps Curtis identifies more with her Jewish roots. However, she has also spoken on the absenteeism of her father and how they were not close:

There was no bond, not at all. Except for the fact that I inherited genetically a part of him.5

That being the case, it’s hard to imagine he passed on something as deep and meaningful as religious values. I’m afraid this is one of those instances where we have to leave the case open. Let us know in the comments if you’re privy to anything.

Democrat Dynasty

Curtis is (at least) a second-generation Democrat. You can see a video of both her parents at the 1960 Democratic National Convention. She’s carried the torch well so far, and evolved with the modern Democratic Party to become quite the liberal.

As of 2008, Curtis had made almost $57,000 in political donations, the lion’s share going to Democrats, and none going to Republicans.6 But the real dish comes out in her Twitter feed. For example, after Obama’s 2012 State of the Union speech, she tweeted (and I modified these a bit for clarity) “bravo obama” 15 times, maxing out the 140 character Twitter limit. The previous tweet in her feed–a response to the 2013 Sandy Hook shooting, similarly repeated “gun control assault weapons ban” to the Twitter limit.7

She’s been a gay rights advocate, even appearing in an anti-Prop 8 play with a slew of other high-profile Hollywood celebrities to protest the anti-gay marriage law.8

But what really delves deep into the socially-oriented mind of Jamie Lee Curtis is her blog for The Huffington Post. Here, she has carte blanche to discuss whatever topics she wishes–and she does. She’s got blogs about animal rights,9 the dangers and frustrations of a quickly-advancing technological society,10 and what appears to be advocacy for socialized control of workers’ income?11 You can tell this one’s got her finger on the pulse of America, though you might disagree with her interpretation of the results or her prescriptions for solutions. Nevertheless, she’s an intelligent, thoughtful, caring celebrity who truly cares for the welfare of humankind. She once said:

I’m not sure what fame is for if it isn’t to focus on charitable work.12

  1. Jamie Lee Curtis – Biography. IMDb. []
  2. Jamie Lee Curtis. Jew or Not Jew. []
  3. Jamie Lee Curtis. EthniCelebs. []
  4. Celebs Who Celebrate Hannukah. CBS Miami. []
  5. Jamie Lee Curtis – Biography. IMDb. []
  6. Jamie Lee Curtis’s Federal Campaign Contribution Report. Newsmeat. []
  7. Jamie Lee Curtis (curtisleejamie) on Twitter. Twitter. []
  8. George Clooney, Brad Pitt and more of Hollywood Perform Prop 8 Play ‘8’. The Hollywood Reporter. []
  9. An Open Letter to Gary Conklin and the Workers of the Conklin Dairy Farm. The Huffington Post. []
  10. Look Down, Go Down. The Huffington Post. []
  11. Fix the Income. The Huffington Post. []
  12. Jamie Lee Curtis – Biography. IMDb. []