Jamie Lee Curtis: Star has COVID-19 and will bow out of awards events

Jamie Lee Curtis has COVID-19 and will bow out of awards events


A woman holds her black lace cape out behind her with both hands while posing on a gray carpet
Jamie Lee Curtis says she has COVID-19 and will miss several awards-season engagements for “Everything Everywhere All at Once.”
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Jamie Lee Curtis has tested positive for COVID-19, sharing her fate just days after attending at the 80th Golden Globes.

The Everything Everywhere All at Once star, who became an instant meme when she celebrated her co-star Michelle Yeoh‘s first Golden Globe win during the ceremony, took to social media Friday to reveal her positive diagnosis amid Hollywood’s unrelenting awards season engagements.

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

The 64-year-old scream queen shared image of several at-home testing kits, noting her gratitude for them nearly three years into the COVID-19 pandemic.

TORONTO, ONT., CAN -- SEPTEMBER 08, 2019-- Actor Jamie Lee Curtis, from the film "Knives Out," photographed in the L.A. Times Photo Studio at the Toronto International Film Festival, in Toronto, Ont., Canada on September 08, 2019. (Jay L. Clendenin / Los Angeles Times)

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

Exceeding last summer‘s surge, Los Angeles County has seen an uptick in coronavirus cases, and the number of COVID-19 deaths reported weekly in the county this week has hit the highest point of the season, underscoring the continued risks of the disease.

A woman in costume at a movie premiere

Curtis was nominated for the supporting actress in a motion picture Golden Globe for her role in the multiverse-hopping “Everything Everywhere All at Once,” but the prize ultimately went Tuesday to “Black Panther: Wakanda Forever” star Angela Bassett. Curtis walked the rain-soaked carpet at the Beverly Hilton in a black Safiyaa jumpsuit and lace Valentino cape and presented an award alongside “30 Rock” alum Tracy Morgan.

She was seated alongside many fellow celebrities in the hotel’s crowded International Ballroom for the rebooted award show and cameras caught her throwing her hands in the air with glee when Yeoh won her award. The action shot was quickly immortalized on social media.

“Once a cheerleader. ALWAYS a cheerleader. My Bae won a Golden Globe. Her first nomination and win,” she wrote on Instagramlater adding, “I am quite stunned that a moment of pure JOY on Tuesday night is now a T shirt and a movement on Thursday! Proud and humbled and EXCITED! Thanks @erin.gallag.her and all hail @michelleyeoh_official”