Kelly Curtis is an American actress known for her roles in the films ‘Magic Sticks’ and ‘The Devil's Daughter’. She has also done several television movies and drama series, and has even contributed as an associate producer and technical advisor to various films. The elder child of actors Janet Leigh and Tony Curtis, and the sister of actress Jamie Lee Curtis, Kelly Curtis was introduced to the world of acting at a young age. Her first appearance on the big screen was as a young girl in the action adventure ‘The Vikings,’ alongside her parents. Later, she earned a business degree from Skidmore College, New York, and after working as a stockbroker for a brief period, she kicked off her professional acting career as a young adult. After a stint at the Lee Strasberg Theatre Institute, she landed roles in films as well as in television projects. The actress married producer/ playwright Scott Morfee in 1989.
Kelly Curtis began acting at Lee Strasberg Theatre Institute. In 1983, she appeared as Muffy in the comedy film ‘Trading Places’ and guest-starred in an episode of ‘The Renegades’. She made guest appearances in two episodes of the series ‘The Equalizer’ in 1986. Around this time, she also played Shirley in the comedy flick ‘Magic Sticks’ opposite George Kranz. In 1989, the actress featured as Whitley in the TV movie ‘Kojak: Ariana’. A year later, she did the TV film ‘Thanksgiving Day’.
She had a leading role in ‘The Devil's Daughter’, a horror film which released in 1991. The following year, Curtis served as an associate producer for the romantic comedy ‘Singles’. The film was a moderate box office success and grossed over $18 million on a budget of $9 million.
In 1993, Curtis got featured in the sci-fi drama series ‘Star Trek: Deep Space Nine’. Three years later, she became a regular cast member in the crime/action series ‘The Sentinel’. In the series, she starred as Lieutenant Carolyn Plummer opposite Garett Maggart, Richard Burgi and Bruce A. Young. The actress next made guest appearances in an episode each of ‘LateLine’ and ‘Judging Amy.’
In 2000, she worked as a technical advisor for ‘Almost Famous’, Cameron Crowe’s comedy drama film telling the story of a teenage journalist who writes for ‘Rolling Stone’ magazine. Curtis worked as an assistant on the films ‘Freaky Friday’, ‘Christmas with the Kranks’ and ‘You Again’ in the ensuing years. The last one was a moderate box office success and managed to earn $32 million against a budget of $20 million.
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Family & Personal Life
Kelly Curtis was born on June 17, 1956 in Santa Monica, California, to actors Tony Curtis and Janet Leigh. She has a sister, Jamie Lee Curtis, who is also an actress. She has three surviving half-siblings: Alexandra, Allegra and Benjamin. Her half-brother Nicholas died of a drug overdose in 1994.
Following the divorce of her parents in 1962, Curtis’ mother married Robert Brandt. In 1978, the actress earned a degree in business from Skidmore College, Saratoga Springs, New York. On September 14, 1989, she married playwright cum producer Scott Morfee.