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Liane Alexandra Curtis (born July 11, 1965) is an American film and television actress and musician. She has garnered a cult following after starring in such B grade theater and video releases as Critters 2: The Main Course and Girlfriend from Hell as well as smaller roles in higher profile classics such as Sixteen Candles and her feature film debut Baby It's You directed by John Sayles.[1]

Liane Curtis
Born Liane Alexandra Curtis
(1965-07-11) July 11, 1965 (age 52)
New York City, New York, USA
Occupation Actress, producer, songwriter
Years active 1983–present
Spouse(s) Timothy J. Mackenzie
(m.1999-present; 3 children)
Children 3



Liane founded Vulcan A Productions in 2005, located in Los Angeles, to produce and distribute feature films, reality and scripted television. She also co-owned the production company (inactive as of 2010) with Kathy Messick which they formed in 2004 in Santa Monica, California. In 2006, she formed Mackenzie Group Entertainment, Inc., with her husband, Timothy J Mackenzie, a now suspended California corporation. The company had worked with USO San Diego as Special Event producers and also manage a few artists.

TV and filmographyEdit

Personal lifeEdit

Curtis was born in New York City. She attended the Rudolf Steiner School in New York City.

Parents Curtis' parents, Jack Curtis (1926–1970) and Paulette Rubinstein (maiden; born 1923) did many voices for the U.S. dubs of Japanese sci-fi films and TV series. Jack and Paulette got married December 31, 1964. Jack was a voice actor for characters that included Pops Racer and Inspector Detector for the Japanese anime series Speed Racer in 1967 as well as a director and producer of The Flesh Eaters in 1964. Paulette was an actress as well as screenwriter and songwriter and has performed with Eddie Albert in The Seven Year Itch (early 1950s) and with Julie Andrews in The Boy Friend (1954). Paulette was also known as Paulette Girard. From about 1951 about 1956, she was married to jazz accordionist Mat Mathews (1924–2009).

Other relatives and selected extended relatives

  • Curtis's paternal grandmother, Mabel Curtis (née Ford; 1888–1982), the third wife (of three) of her paternal grandfather, Jack Curtis (né Jacob Zinn; born 1880), was a popular tap dancer in a quartet of four sisters known then as The Four Fords
  • Curtis's father's first wife, Anna Chandler (1879–1957), was a widely known vaudeville actress and mezzo-soprano.
  • The half-sister of her father, Beatrice Curtis (1901–1963) was a film actress; Beatrice's second husband, Sammy White (né Samuel Kwait; 1894–1960), was a vaudeville actor and comedian; Sammy White's first wife was vaudeville actress Eva Puck (1892–1979); Eva's brother, Harry C. Puck (1891–1964) was also a vaudeville actor, and later, a music publisher, notably of Kalmar, Puck & Abrahams, Consolidated, Inc., New York
  • Dora Ford (1885–1978), a sister of her paternal grandmother, Mabel Curtis (née Ford; 1888–1982) — and one of The Four Fords — was the mother of magician Roy Benson (né Edward Emerson Ford McQuaid; 1914–1977), which makes him Liane's first cousin once removed ("from the same kinship generation"); Dora was also married to Gustav Schirmer from 1921 to 1929
  • Roy Benson (January 17, 1914 – December 6, 1977) Curtis's cousin, was a stage magician born in Courbevoie in France. Just like the rest of the family Benson was also an accomplished musician. He is credited for Special Effects, having created the monster for the film The Flesh Eaters (1964) [2] directed by Liane's father,[3] Jack Curtis. Benson was very respected among his peers.

Spouse Liane has been married to Timothy J. Mackenzie for eighteen years. She has three children. The youngest, Jacqueline (Jaq) MacKenzie (born 1999), who she had with Mackenzie, is a vocal artist. Jaq had been a contestant on American Idol's Season 14.


  1. ^ Who's Who in Hollywood (revised edition, Curtis is in Vol. 1 of 2), by David Ragan, Facts on File (1992); OCLC 423825688
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