They hardly ever make headlines, but Jamie Lee Curtis and Christopher Guest are the most adorable low-key, long-term lovebirds. Keep reading for the details behind their hilarious meet-cute and their secrets for three decades of marriage.
In 1984, Jamie Lee saw a photo of Christopher in Rolling Stone and instantly knew they were meant to be. Considering that he was dressed up in character to promote the mockumentary This Is Spinal Tap, the story is even more amazing. She asked her agent to reach out to his people…and Christopher never returned the call. Ouch!
Luckily, the couple later bumped into each other at a restaurant. Their first date was in June, and by December, they were married.
You might already know that Jamie Lee is the daughter of Hollywood legends Tony Curtis and Janet Leigh. But did you know that Christopher Guest is an honest-to-goodness member of the British aristocracy? His title is officially Lord Haden-Guest, and Christopher actually sat in the House of Lords for a few years.
It’s hard to reconcile the dim-witted Nigel Tufnel from This Is Spinal Tap with the thoughtful, distinguished filmmaker who should (technically) be addressed as “His Lordship.”
Staying married for 34 years is an impressive achievement even outside the Hollywood fishbowl. Jamie Lee joked that the secret to a lasting marriage is “don’t get divorced,” but there’s more truth to that statement than meets the eye.
Jamie Lee explained that even though things are sometimes tough, the trick is to remain committed to the marriage. “Chris and I have a wonderful, complicated, imperfect life,” she told O Magazine in 2004.
And just last year, she expanded on that theme in an interview with Good Housekeeping: “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.”
Maybe the real secret is that the couple has their priorities straight. Jamie Lee shared this picture of her family at the premiere of the new Halloween movie with the caption: “The most important part of my work is the people I get to come home from that work to. My daughter, Annie, my son, Tom and my husband, Christopher offered me love and support last night and I am so lucky to call them mine.”
The couple has weathered a lot of challenges, including her 10-year addiction to prescription pills. It’s heartwarming to see Jamie Lee Curtis and Christopher Guest with their grown-up children looking so happy, isn’t it?