Jamie Lee Curtis And Husband Christopher Guest Chalk Up Their 37-Year Marriage To Some Honest Advice


Ever since actress Jamie Lee Curtis made her film debut in the 1978 horror movie “Halloween,” she’s been a well-known leading lady in Hollywood. She’s also Hollywood royalty, with her parents Janet Leigh and Tony Curtis major stars from the Golden Age of Hollywood era. Jamie Lee’s career has seen her win a Golden Globe Award and a BAFTA, while she’s also been immortalized on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

But outside of her professional career, she’s also been lucky in her private life too. The actress is married to director Christopher Guest and together they have two adopted children, Annie and Ruby, who recently came out as transgender. Jamie Lee revealed this in the August/September issue of AARP Magazine, and she said that she’d first asked Ruby for permission.

The magazine further reported that Ruby plans to get married to her fiance in 2022, and Jamie Lee plans to officiate the wedding. Both of Jamie Lee’s children with Guest have eschewed Hollywood — Ruby works as a game designer, whereas Annie is a dance instructor.

Jamie Lee and Guest’s marriage is one for the ages — they’ve been married for over 35 years! They’ve proven they’re in it for the long haul, but in various interviews, Jamie Lee has opened up and admitted it isn’t always easy. In fact, she summed up how they make their marriage work in two words — “don’t leave.” It might sound unromantic but her honesty about how to keep a marriage going is simple and has clearly worked.

The couple’s romance started over three decades ago when a then-25-year-old Jamie Lee was flipping through Rolling Stone magazine and saw a photo of Guest, which she later wrote about in O Magazine. He was in a feature about his latest movie “This Is Spinal Tap,” and Jamie Lee pointed to his photo and told her friend that she would marry that man.

Well, unfortunately, it wasn’t so easy. The actress made the first move and called Guest’s agent and left her details, but heard nothing back. She told Hello! In 2021:

“I think it’s crucial to put yourself in the path of love. Look, I reached out to his agent. I left my number. He didn’t call me by the way.”

But soon after they ran into each other at a restaurant in LA and things picked up from there. Jamie Lee wrote in O Magazine:

“As I sat down at Hugo’s, I glanced up and found myself staring straight at Chris, three tables away. He waved to me as if to say, ‘I’m the guy you called.’ I waved back: ‘I’m the woman who called you.’ A few minutes later, he got up to leave. Standing 20 feet away, he shrugged his shoulders and put up his hand as if to say, ‘I’ll see ya.’ As he left, I looked down at my plate.”

Thankfully, Guest called her that time and they went on their first date a few days later. Within the next month, they fell in love and he proposed not long after. The couple was married on Dec. 18, 1984, just over four months after their first date. Clearly, they just knew they were right for each other. Fast forward 37 years later and the Hollywood couple has maintained a relationship among the ups and downs of stardom.

Jamie Lee’s fantastic advice on a long-lasting marriage was imparted during a Today interview in 2015 when she said:

“Don’t get divorced. It’s a fascinating thing. I could write a book on marriage called ‘Don’t Leave.’”

In another interview with Today, she spoke about how important it is to put oneself out there for love and to lean in when opportunities present themselves. She said:

“Our lives do hinge on a couple seconds that we don’t see coming and what we do in those seconds ultimately determines the rest of our lives.”

She mused, “So the truth of the matter is, life hinged for me on a couple seconds that I didn’t see coming.” In an interview with Good Housekeeping, the actress elaborated further on her words of advice:

“Don’t leave. There’s a recovery phrase that says, ‘Stay on the bus, the scenery will change.’ You think you’re having a bad week, but stay on the bus, because one of these days you’ll look out the window and it’ll be beautiful … I’m not a wild romantic. I’m a realist. I respect him. And I just don’t leave.”

Jamie Lee has spoken about being “opposites” to Guest and that they each have different interests, but ultimately their love for one another has gotten them through. She told AARP:

“That’s the long marriage. It’s the safety of knowing his car is in the garage, that I’m not alone, and that he’s here.”

The couple even lovingly has that Rolling Stone photograph hanging in their house, Guest told The Guardian, as an homage to their early days. Jamie Lee wrote in O Magazine:

“Chris and I have a wonderful, complicated, imperfect life. And a very real marriage. I’ll never know why I thought we’d understand each other when I saw his photograph. Hidden in that smirk, I think, was a little secret that only I knew.”

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