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During the 1970s, she booked small parts in Columbo, Operation Petticoat, and Charlie’s Angels before getting cast as Laurie in Halloween. The franchise’s first film debuted on Oct. 25, 1978, and excelled at the box office. Although Halloween only took $30,000 to make, it earned $50 million worldwide, per Insider.
After her first significant role, Jamie went on to star in seven of the franchise’s 12 films as Laurie. Between the Halloween films, she explored other genres, taking roles in My Girl, Freaky Friday, and The Drew Carey Show.