March 16, 2023 · 11:45 am
Regular readers will understand the special pleasure my wife, Maggie, and I took in the Oscar awarded to Jamie Lee Curtis for best supporting actress.
We became close to her when she played Maggie in the television movie, Nicholas’ Gift, based on the shooting of our seven-year-old son, Nicholas, in a case of mistaken identity while we were with him and his sister, Eleanor, on a family holiday in Italy.
Jamie Lee Curtis shows her Oscar (Photo by L.A. Times)
The gift of submerging her own (strong) personality into that of the character she is playing — the same gift that earned her the Oscar — was evident from the moment we met. Her very first words to Maggie were, “I hope I won’t let you down.”
And so she worked her way in the movie in stages from the horrifying realization that Nicholas had been struck in the head by a bullet, through the profound grief of a mother losing her precious son to the graceful recognition that out of his death donating his organs could save the lives of some desperately sick people, whom at that moment no one else in the world could help.
It didn’t seem like acting at all but, instead, the reliving of a journey from despair to hope — a hope not just for Nicholas’ seven recipients but for the whole world.
Congratulations, dear lady.
By Reg Green
Nicholas’ Gift has been seen by more than 80 million people worldwide and can be rented online.
Note: This article first appeared in Colorado Boulevard magazine, Pasadena, California. Link: https://www.coloradoboulevard.net/jamie-lee-curtis-the-actress-who-was-my-wife/
January 15, 2022 · 3:54 am
Jamie Lee Curtis, who played my wife, Maggie, in an almost forgotten television movie about organ donation, once told me she was as proud of her performance in it as she was of anything else in her career. This week on her Instagram page she said the subject was “haunting, honoring and humbling.”
The movie is Nicholas’ Gift, a true story, and in it she plays the mother of our seven-year old son, Nicholas, whose organs and corneas we donated after he was shot in an attempted robbery during a family vacation in Italy in 1994. I don’t see how anyone could watch it and remain indifferent to organ donation.
The seven recipients two years after their transplant with the Greens and their three children. Left to right standing: Reg and Maggie Green; Andrea Mongiardo (heart); Francesco Mondello (cornea); Tino Motta (kidney); Anna Maria di Ceglie (kidney); Eleanor Green. Sitting: Laura Green, Maria Pia Pedala (liver), Domenica Galletta (cornea), Silvia Ciampi (pancreas cells), Martin Green. Photo included here by permission of Oggi magazine, Italy
Given that she has starred in a variety of blockbuster movies in the last forty years and amassed a string of awards — most recently the top Lifetime Achievement Award at the Venice Film Festival in September 2021 — her assessment is an extraordinary comment on a movie that is rarely-mentioned nowadays in the United States, although it has been seen by 100 million viewers worldwide.