Jamie Lee Curtis in John Carpenter's Halloween. Curtis kicked off the popular archetype of the Final Girl in horror movies, who isn't totally feminine and is usually more cautious than other women in the film. This is in stark contrast to her mother, Janet Leigh's role in Psycho, in which her character is killed off in the film's first act.
Trading Places (1983) -- "A snobbish investor and a wily street con artist find their positions reversed as part of a bet by two callous millionaires" -- Dan Aykroyd and Eddie Murphy in a classic 80s movie (plus Jamie Lee Curtis as a hooker with a heart of gold) -- if you have not seen it, do so as soon as possible.
In 2008, Jamie confiding, "I think I have finally found what I hope beauty is, or at least, beauty as it applies to me." That beauty: comfortable self-acceptance. She told CBSNews in 2003, "To me, perfection is being happy with who you are. Look at me, I’m happy.”