Jamie Lee Curtis says she was addicted to painkillers

In the upcoming issue of More magazine, actress Jamie Lee Curtis admits that she battled a prescription drug addiction nearly fifteen years ago. She says it started after she had some cosmetic surgery on her eyes and was given a prescription pain killer. Pretty soon she was taking the pills to get high and drinking heavily and combat the loneliness she felt.

The glamorous actress, who became Lady Haden-Guest when her husband inherited his title in 1996, initially hid her dependency from her family. ‘No one knew. Chris didn’t have a clue,’ she says.

The star, whose father was infamous for drug-taking, recalls how her sister Kelly was staying at her mansion while recovering from a broken bone and Jamie Lee began pilfering her pills. Finally, she wrote Kelly a heart-breaking letter which she never sent.
Still stunning: Jamie-Lee Curtis at the Academy 2004

Still stunning: Jamie Lee Curtis arriving at the Oscars in 2004

It said: ‘I’ve been harbouring a bad secret. I have found and taken many of your painkillers. I’ve betrayed you, and I know that you’re angry, and you have every right to be. I am lonely. I take them at night to ease the pain. I was so afraid to tell you.’

[From the Daily Mail]

According to Jamie Lee part of the problem was her low self-esteem that caused her to get plastic surgery in the first place. A camera man had told her she was getting bags under her eyes. And in Hollywood, that’s a big deal. She also claims she drank because she felt ugly to her husband and the world in general.

She has said: ‘I attempted various types of plastic surgery, minutely but enough to stave off this encroaching middle-aged body. And every time I did, something went wrong. I felt misshapen, just not natural any more. I think it was a big stimulator of my drug abuse.’

In the new interview, which apppears in More, a leading US women’s magazine, Jamie Lee says that as part of her recovery she decided to let her hair go grey and stopped wearing high heels. But she admits she has found it difficult striking the right balance.

For a time she ‘got so caught up in not caring about body image’ that she was becoming unfit. ‘So I made a change and lost some weight,’ she says.

[From the Daily Mail]

Larry King’s wife Shawn Southwick King is currently in rehab for a prescription painkiller addiction. Everyone has their own way of dealing with self-esteem issues and feeling unattractive. Certainly drugs and alcohol aren’t uncommon, along with over and under eating. It sounds like Jamie Lee has finally found a balance that works for her – something that can take a lifetime. She also remembers what she’s gone through, and says that she keeps the letter she wrote to her sister as a constant reminder.

Here’s Jamie Lee Curtis being honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on June 11th. Images thanks to WENN.

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  1. mollination says:

    I’m glad she said this. She is the perfect reminder that drug addiction can burden ANYONE. not just certain “types” of people. She is strong, smart, independent, and yet- even she fell prey to the comfort that numbness provides.

  2. northwesterly says:

    That was really honest of her to share that letter. Good on her for kicking the pills + the wieght. Her courage to be honest could help a lot of people, there’s so many on pills.

  3. devilgirl says:

    Addicted to painkillers, blah, blah, blah. What Hollywood actor/actress hasn’t been? This story is as old as Curtis looks.

  4. Anastasia says:

    Man, she’s just fucking awesome. I’ll kick anyone’s ass who says she’s not. LOL!

  5. anon69 says:

    I think Jamie Lee looks a lot better than the over botoxed and pulled too tight actresses out there and I’m pretty sure there are plenty of actors/actresses who haven’t been addicted to painkillers devilgirl-a little cranky today?

  6. neelyo says:

    Can we just assume that everyone in Hollywood has been addicted to some drug at least once in their careers and call it a day?

  7. Kevin says:

    UH-OH it’s on!!!! Anastasia and Devil girl! Steelcage match!!

  8. Kaiser/ Hippacrat says:

    Here’s what I don’t get… aren’t prescr. drugs hard to get for an extensive period of time? Shouldn’t they be difficult to get?

    Why don’t these people ever wallow and self-medicate with alcohol like the rest of us “fly-over states”? 🙂

  9. devilgirl says:

    Not cranky at all Anastasia. Thanks for asking. 😀

  10. mollination says:

    They are frighteningly easy to get

  11. daisy42465 says:

    I agree with anon69. I think she looks great. She’s 5 months older than I am. I also had a surgery or two. But I do color my hair, (can’t stand they grey) and can still run in my high heels!!

  12. A.J. says:

    I for one hope to look half as good as Jamie Lee Curtis when I’m her age. I still think she’s stunning.

  13. oxa says:

    she is 49 years old, has had plastic surgery and still looks like an old lady.

  14. vdantev says:

    Love Jaime Lee. Her daughter’s hot too.

  15. Leandra says:

    No line bi-focals

  16. Amy says:

    It’s amazing to me that someone who is widely regarded as a sex symbol feels ugly. Does she live in a bubble or what?

    We can’t watch a movie with her in it without my husband making boarish comments. In fact, I’m a little jealous of her.

  17. Trashaddict says:

    What a relief that she’s trying to set the example of being comfortable in your own skin. It’s a very difficult thing to do these days, especially when every magazine cover is air-brushed to minute perfection. I think one of the things that’s attractive about her is that she looks like herself, not some stamped-out Barbie clone.

  18. Nan says:

    That whole extra chromosome thing going on w/her makes her a special breed.

  19. xxzeon says:

    I cannot believe that people actually engage in a conversation about jamie lee curtis PERIOD. She’s old and so what, we all get that way. She should just stick to hawking her laxative yogurt…maybe next time everyone can discuss her bowel movements….or lack thereof

  20. Syko says:

    I really have a problem with so many snarky attitudes toward age. If you’re all lucky, you’ll be old some day too. And if you’re tremendously lucky, you’ll look as good as Jamie Lee.

  21. just me says:

    Some of you people are a bunch of azz holes! So what, she’s old and. That doesn’t mean people don’t give a crap about her as an actress or a person. I can’t wait for you people to get old so that people can treat and talk about you the way you have spoken about her.
    I’m not going to lie, I’m scared to get old, just thinking of being 30 gives me anxiety attacks.

    Jamie I’m glad you shared your story with the world, it was very brave of you. Your a beautiful woman with a great body. Live and enjoy your life:-)

  22. Lilian says:

    She’s freaking awesome!

  23. Mary Ann says:

    Ah, it’s fun in a mean way to read the nasty comments kids write about older people. You can bluster all you want, children, but age is coming for you– you can run, but you can’t hide. 😆

  24. nxghosting says:

    experience full and attractive character lady i know her she is very impressive painless when pain to me then i go near her for treatment