Venice festival to honor Jamie Lee Curtis with lifetime achievement award

JAMIE Lee Curtis speaking at the 2018 San Diego Comic Con International, for “Halloween,” at the San Diego Convention Center in San Diego, California. — GAGE SKIDMORE/EN.WIKIPEDIA.ORG

LONDON —  Hollywood star Jamie Lee Curtis will receive a lifetime achievement award at the Venice International Film Festival in September, where the latest instalment of her Halloween movies will screen out of competition, organizers said on Wednesday.

Curtis made her film debut in John Carpenter’s 1978 horror flick Halloween, playing babysitter Laurie Strode, who faced off against deadly serial killer Michael Myers. She has reprised the role several times since in the popular slasher film franchise.

“I am incredibly humbled to be honored in this way … 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,” Ms. Curtis said in a statement.

The 62-year-old, also known for True Lies, Freaky Friday, and Knives Out, will receive the Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement at the 78th edition of the festival before an out-of-competition screening of Halloween Kills, scheduled for release in October.

This year’s festival runs from Sept. 1 to 11. — Reuters