“Cheerleader” Jamie Lee Curtis has COVID-19 and will withdraw from awards events

Jamie Lee Curtis says she has COVID-19 and will miss several awards season appearances for “Everywhere, All At Once.” (Jordan Strauss/Invision/Associated Press)

Jamie Lee Curtis tested positive for COVID-19, shared her fate just days after visiting — and went viral in full

‘otherwise – at the 80th Golden Globe Awards.

The “Everywhere, All At Once” star, who became an instant meme when she lavishly celebrated her co-star Michelle Yeoh’s first Golden Globe during the ceremony, took to social media on Friday to reveal her positive diagnosis amid relentless Hollywood appearances at the awards show.

“F— COVID!” the “Knives Out” star wrote on Instagram. “Unfortunately, this head cheerleader will not be attending the weekend festivities at all, cheering on her friends and colleagues. Life on life’s terms.”

The 64-year-old scream queen shared a picture of several home testing kits, highlighting her gratitude for them nearly three years after the COVID-19 pandemic.

“I’m glad there’s all these home tests so I didn’t go to the @americanfilminstitute lunch and spread my germs. I was SO looking forward to going to the @bafta tea and @criticschoice as a nominee and part of a motley crew! I’m so proud of these people and looking forward to cheering them on through my TV. Stay safe out there folks,” she wrote.

Surpassing last summer’s surge, Los Angeles County’s number of coronavirus cases has risen, with the number of Covid-19 deaths reported weekly in the county reaching a season high this week, underscoring the continued risks of the disease.

L.A. County recorded 164 deaths from Covid-19 in the seven-day period ending Wednesday, surpassing the summer peak of 122 deaths in the week ending Aug. 6. This result was the worst in the last 10 months. (The weekly death toll fell slightly to 163 in the week ending Thursday.)

Curtis was nominated for supporting actress at the Golden Globes for her role in the universe-jumping “Everywhere at Once,” but “Black Panther: Wakanda Forever” star Angela Bassett won the award last Tuesday. Curtis walked the rain-soaked carpet at the Beverly Hilton in a black Safiyaa jumpsuit and lace Valentino cape and presented the award alongside “30 Rock” alumna Tracy Morgan.

She sat alongside a host of celebrities in the hotel’s packed International Ballroom for the rebooted awards ceremony and was caught on camera throwing her arms in the air when Yeoh received her award. The action clip was quickly immortalized on social networks.

“Once a cheerleader. ALWAYS a cheerleader. My Bae won a Golden Globe. Her first nomination and win,” she wrote on Instagram, later adding, “Pretty stunned that a moment of pure JOY on Tuesday night is now a T-shirt and movement in Thursday! Proud, humbled and EXCITED! Thank you @erin.gallag.her and all the best @michelleyeoh_official”

Curtis, the daughter of legendary actors Janet Leigh and Tony Curtis, has built a remarkable career since the age of 19, marked by her roles in the cult franchise “Halloween,” the action film “True Lies,” the heist comedy “A Fish Named Wanda” and the role-reversal comedies “Trading Places” and “Freaky Friday.” On TV, she starred in “Scream Queens,” “Anything But Love,” and “Operation Petticoat.”

Still, she was vetted by New York magazine in Vulture’s inevitable “nepo-babes” feature last month and took to Instagram to call herself the “OG Nepo Baby” and defend celebrity kids.

“There is not a day in my professional life that I am not reminded that I am the daughter of movie stars. The current conversation about unborn children is only designed to diminish, denigrate and hurt,” she wrote.

“For the record, for 44 years I’ve navigated the advantages of my connected and reflective fame, I don’t pretend there aren’t any who try to tell me I’m worthless on my own,” she continued. “It’s strange how we immediately make assumptions and snide remarks that someone who is associated with someone else who is famous in their field for their art somehow has no talent.

“I have come to realize that this is simply not true. … I have tried to bring integrity and professionalism, love, community and artistry to my work. I am not alone. There are many of us. Dedicated to our craft. Proud of our lineage. Strong in the belief of our the right to exist.”

Times writers Luke Money and Rong-Gong Lin II contributed to this report.

This story originally appeared in the Los Angeles Times.

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