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Scream Queens' Jamie Lee Curtis Discusses What She Learned from Her Famous Parents

Originally posted 10/09/2015 11:00AM

Jamie Lee Curtis insists that she learned plenty from her parents – Hollywood legends Janet Leigh and Tony Curtis. And one of her most powerful lessons they inadvertently taught her was that she's not a big fan of the limelight that comes with being an actor.

"Public attention was very important to my parents," Curtis, who currently stars in Fox's new dark comedy Scream Queens, says in this week's issue of PEOPLE. "They required that attention all the way through the end of their lives. Given what their backgrounds were and how their rise to fame was so meteoric, that sort of thing was important to them.

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VIDEO: Jamie Lee Curtis Admits to Being an Easily Frightened Scream Queen | Jamie Lee Curtis

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Jamie Lee Curtis Admits to Being an Easily Frightened Scream Queen

Originally posted 10/07/2015 10:10PM

Sure, Jamie Lee Curtis is known as Hollywood's reigning Scream Queen, but that certainly doesn't mean her idea of a good time is curling up at night with a good slasher video.

In fact, Curtis – who currently stars in Fox's new dark comedy Scream Queens – admits that she's something of a scaredy-cat when it comes to being frightened.

"I scare easily," Curtis says in the current issue of PEOPLE. "In fact, that's what my tombstone should say: 'Scared Easily' ... I just can't watch thrillers or violence or anything with the possibility of ominousness. I'm too jumpy."

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Scream Queens Star Jamie Lee Curtis Opens Up About Aging in Hollywood

Scream Queens Star Jamie Lee Curtis Opens Up About Aging in Hollywood

Originally posted 10/07/2015 04:55PM

Jamie Lee Curtis made headlines back in 2002 when she famously posed in More in her underwear without makeup or airbrushing in a move to call attention to the way Hollywood treats older actresses.

More than a dozen years later, the 56-year-old actress – who currently stars in Fox's new dark comedy Scream Queens – is still as outspoken as ever when comes to the issue of ageism in her business.

"I think it's humiliating to see the media frenzy when somebody gets older and they don't look the way they used to look," Curtis says in the current issue of PEOPLE. "It's like dancing with the devil. I've danced with it for a long time, and it's been okay. But I don't want to be punished for the natural evolution of being human, and I will be if I stay in it too long."

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Did Jamie Lee Curtis Invent Instagram? Star Says She Had the Idea in 2008

Originally posted 09/23/2015 04:20PM

Jamie Lee Curtis is already a legendary actress, but can she add tech innovator to her long list of accomplishments?

The Scream Queens star says that she had the idea for Instagram a few years before its creators did.

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Emma Roberts Is the Ultimate Mean Girl in the Bloody, Funny Scream Queens

Originally posted 09/22/2015 08:00PM

Scream Queens, Ryan Murphy's new festival of blood, fun and cruelty, doesn't pitch its tent too far from his American Horror Story on FX, except that he's smart enough to have eliminated the churning psychosexual undercurrents that can make AHS so strangely unsettling. Queens will make you laugh and maybe squeak with surprise from time to time, whereas AHS is a good argument for providing trigger alerts for TV shows.

Scream Queens is like AHS taking a Mentos break.

The show is set on a college campus, which keeps it close to contemporary teen-slasher movies (and parodies of teen-slasher movies). If your memory goes back far enough and low enough, you may find yourself even thinking of the 1973 TV movie Satan's School for Girls – or, more recently, the 2000 remake with Shannen Doherty.

And Heathers.

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VIDEO: Jamie Lee Curtis Tearfully Reveals Why She's 'So Grateful' for Scream Queens

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Jamie Lee Curtis Tearfully Reveals Why She's 'So Grateful' for Scream Queens

Originally posted 09/22/2015 05:35PM

No matter how big a fan of Glee or American Horror Story you are, there's no way you're as excited to see Scream Queens hit the small screen as Jamie Lee Curtis.

"We've been working on the show for a long time, and today it's being born," Curtis told Kathie Lee Gifford and Hoda Kotb during an appearance on the fourth hour of Today on Tuesday.

She continued, choking up, "And I've got to tell you, if you don't think that I am so grateful at 56 years old to have this job at this moment in my life, when – as I've said – I've done advertising for people and I've done some really terrible movies and TV shows just to live my life.

"I just woke up this morning weeping at this moment in my life. At this moment for me," the actress revealed.

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FROM EW: Jamie Lee Curtis Recreates Mom Janet Leigh's Iconic Psycho Shower Scene for Scream Queens | Jamie Lee Curtis

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FROM EW: Jamie Lee Curtis Recreates Mom Janet Leigh's Iconic Psycho Shower Scene for Scream Queens

Originally posted 09/15/2015 04:45PM

Curtis tweeted a black-and-white photo and teased that the scene will appear in an upcoming "special ep" of Ryan Murphy's upcoming Fox series

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POLL: Which New Fall TV Show Excites You the You Most?

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POLL: Which New Fall TV Show Excites You the You Most?

Originally posted 09/02/2015 03:55PM

Forget back-to-school shopping and all things pumpkin spice, the real reason everyone's excited for fall is because it brings the return of all of our favorite TV shows – and the chance to develop new obsessions.

In the next few months it looks like TV schedules are going to be more packed than ever as tons of new comedies, dramas and even variety shows vie for DVR space. And even though we've only gotten the briefest of teases of what's heading to small screens, there are already a few shows whose premiere dates we've got marked down on our calendars. (Or, in the case of Neil Patrick Harris' variety show, set to record on every device we own.)

But which fall TV show are you giving a shot? Let's take a look at some of the potential contenders …

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Tom Hanks Made His Film Debut 35 Years Ago – in a Slasher Movie

Tom Hanks Made His Film Debut 35 Years Ago – in a Slasher Movie

Originally posted 08/26/2015 12:15PM

He's one of the most celebrated actors working today. Ask people what their favorite Tom Hanks movie is, and you'll probably get responses like Forrest Gump, Philadelphia or Saving Private Ryan. The odd horror movie nut, however, might offer a little-known film: He Knows You're Alone.

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Emma Roberts, Lea Michele Gush About 'Amazing' Scream Queens Costar Jamie Lee Curtis

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Emma Roberts, Lea Michele Gush About 'Amazing' Scream Queens Costar Jamie Lee Curtis

Originally posted 07/13/2015 01:05PM

In case you were wondering, Jamie Lee Curtis is a "dreamy" costar – at least if you ask the actresses of Scream Queens.

The 56-year-old actress was a generous den mother to the sorority sisters on the set of Ryan Murphy's highly anticipated horror-comedy set to premiere this fall on Fox.

"She's amazing," Emma Roberts told PEOPLE at the San Diego Comic-Con Scream Queens press room on Sunday. "She brought us gifts, all these little parasols, and she brought me some books."

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