Hollywood actor Jamie Lee Curtis, who has received countless accolades throughout her acting career including Emmy and Golden Globe awards, paid tribute to John Lennon, who was killed in New York, on December 8, 1980.
Curtis posted a photo of herself, taken for ‘Saturday Night Live‘ she hosted, and expressed that even though she could not make sense of what means Lennon’s passing for the entire world, in her 20s, she knows now that how big a star Lennon was.
Alongside the photo, in which she appears with a fur coat, she wrote that the date Lennon was murdered by Mark David Chapman outside his apartment at the Dakota, was the first day of her hosting ‘SNL’. She continued:
“On Tuesday the offices were silent except for the sound of sobbing behind closed doors. We were supposed to be writing sketch comedy. Stupid parodies of my new, at 22, a burgeoning career in horror films. Instead, we were all facing true horror and sadness and shock.”
She continued by saying that the crew successfully made the show, in which the musical guest was James Brown, despite the devastating news. Stating that Brown invited the audience of the show to Strawberry Fields for an impromptu memorial, Curtis praised Brown by saying that he was a beautiful man of peace. Then added:
“At the time, given my age, I didn’t really appreciate John’s contributions or probably even James Brown’s. I probably would’ve preferred Culture Club or some ‘hot’ young artist.”
However now, when she is at the age of 62, the Hollywood star can see cristal clear that the contributions of both Lennon and Brown to her artistic perception. She concluded her words as follows:
“I am indebted and inspired by the artistry, legacy and indelible gestures and actions for peace by John Lennon and the spectacular contributions to the soul of the world by James Brown. Rest knowing people heard you both.”
See below to view Curtis’ post.