Life is not always what it seems- especially in Hollywood.
In PEOPLE’s most recent cover story, beloved actress, Jamie Lee Curtis, came forward with what her life in Hollywood has been about for the last 30 years. After cheerfully remembering her most iconic roles, Jamie revealed that living her life as an actress was far from perfect.
Jamie,59, has been a well-known name in the entertainment industry for decades. Before she ever had a moment on the big screen, her father, Tony Curtis, stared in the classic Marilyn Monroe feature, Some Like It Hot, while her mother landed significant roles in more than 85 movies. After Jamie decided to follow in her parent’s footsteps, it wasn’t long before she was met with her own success.
Jamie’s big break came in 1978 after appearing in the fall-time holiday favorite, Halloween. Over the next ten years, Jamie appeared in 24 films- all of which she was credited with significant success. After working for nearly 10 years straight, Jamie had cosmetic surgery to assist with her “puffy eyes.”
Jamie was prescribed painkillers during her recovery and what began as innocent cosmetic surgery landed Jamie in one of the most destructive scenarios of her life; after just one use of opioids, Jamie was hooked.
For the next 10 years, Jamie appeared to be living the “Hollywood Dream” as a successful actress but little did anyone know, she was entirely addicted to painkillers. In her recent interview with PEOPLE, Jamie confessed that she was “ahead of the curve of the opiate epidemic. I had a 10-year run, stealing, conniving. No one knew. No one.”
While most actresses are fighting for their dream roles, Jamie was fightingevery dayy to get her hands on painkillers. She confessed to PEOPLE that she “even stole pills from friends and family, including her older sister Kelly.”
Jamie’s sister, Kelly, finally discovered her secret addiction in 1998- more than 10 years after her surgery. Having battled with addiction for generations (Her father was addicted to alcohol, cocaine, and heroin and her brother died from a heroin overdose in 1994), Jamie know that she could no longer abuse her body and lie to her family. She finally came clean in 1998 about her addiction.
In her interview with PEOPLE, Jaime shared, “I’m breaking the cycle that has basically destroyed the lives of generations in my family,” Curtis says. “Getting sober remains my single greatest accomplishment… bigger than my husband, bigger than both of my children and bigger than any work, success, failure. Anything.”
Jamie has officially been sober for 20 years. Even after two decades of sobriety, she still attends addiction meetings and regularly communicates with other addicts. Please continue to pray for her continued sobriety- fighting addiction is a lifelong battle.