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Laurie Strode (aka Laura Ann Myers being her biological name in the first films and Angel Myers in the 2009 reboot) is a fictional character in the Halloween horror film series, portrayed by actresses Jamie Lee Curtis and Scout Taylor-Compton. She appears in six of the present ten Halloween installments, first appearing in John Carpenter's original 1978 film. She is the primary female protagonist and heroine of the first, second, seventh, and eighth films in the series. She only appears at the beginning of Halloween: Resurrection, and does not appear in Halloween 3, 4, 5, or 6; Laurie exemplifies the final girl stock character. Jamie Lee Curtis portrayed the role in the original run of the series. Rob Zombie's 2007 remake of the original and its sequel features Scout Taylor-Compton in the role of Laurie.
Laurie Strode first appears in the original Halloween movie. The 17-year-old Laurie (Curtis) has plans to babysit Tommy Doyle (Brian Andrews) on Halloween night, 1978. However, throughout the day, she keeps seeing a mysterious masked man watching her wherever she goes; unbeknownst to her, this is Michael Myers (Nick Castle), an escaped mental patient who murdered his sister 15 years ago and has begun stalking her. As Laurie babysits Tommy, Myers kills her best friends, Annie (Nancy Loomis) and Lynda (P. J. Soles), in the house across the street. Growing concerned when they fail to call her, Laurie goes to investigate and sees their corpses laid out for her to find, before being attacked by Myers. Laurie defends herself by stabbing him with a knitting needle, a metal hanger, and his own knife, but nothing kills him. As he rises again and begins to strangle her, Laurie is saved by Dr. Sam Loomis (Donald Pleasence), who shoots Myers off the balcony. Halloween II picks up directly after the first movie, with Laurie Strode being taken to a hospital. Upon learning who attacked her, Laurie asks "Why me?" After being sedated, Laurie has a dream in which she visits an older boy in hospital. Waking up, she begins to roam the hallways of the hospital until coming face to face with Myers, who has been killing his way through the hospital staff in search of her. Meanwhile, Dr. Loomis is told that Michael is actually Laurie's biological brother; she was put up for adoption after the death of their parents, with the records sealed to protect the family. Concluding that Laurie is still in danger, Loomis rushes to the hospital and causes an explosion which engulfs himself and Myers, while Laurie escapes the blast. The traumatized Laurie is last seen being transferred to another hospital. In Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers, Laurie is said to have died prior to the film's events, with the role of protagonist taken up by her young daughter, Jamie Lloyd (Danielle Harris). A photograph of Jamie Lee Curtis as Laurie appears in a scene where Jamie remembers her mother. The character of Jamie would go on to reappear in two more Halloween sequels, while Laurie's cousin Kara (Marianne Hagan) and her family appear in Halloween: The Curse of Michael Myers.
Jamie Lee Curtis returns as Laurie Strode in Halloween H20: 20 Years Later, the seventh film in the series. This movie ignores the previous three sequels, and as such, the existence of the Jamie Lloyd character, who is not mentioned. Laurie is revealed to have faked her death in a car accident as a way of escaping her murderous brother, whose body was not found after Halloween II. She is now living under the name Keri Tate, and works as the headmistress of a California private school, where her teenage son John Tate (Josh Hartnett) is a student. Laurie, who by now has become an alcoholic, is still haunted by memories of her brother's rampage, and lives in fear that he may return. Although John dismisses her as paranoid, her fears become reality when Myers (Chris Durand) resurfaces on Halloween and murders John's friends. After getting her son to safety, Laurie decides to stop running and face her brother. She stops Michael, but unconvinced that he is truly dead, goes on to steal his body and decapitate him. In Halloween: Resurrection, it is revealed that the man Laurie killed was a paramedic with whom Myers (Brad Loree) had swapped clothes. The guilt-ridden Laurie is now an inmate at the Grace Anderson Sanitarium, where the nurses believe her to be catatonic. Instead, she is preparing for Myers' return, and when he does, she lures him on to the institution's rooftop. Although he falls into her trap, Laurie's fears of again killing the wrong person get the better of her, and Michael stabs her and drops her from the roof to her death when she moves in closer to remove his mask rather than just stabbing him straight away.
Laurie Strode (Scout Taylor-Compton) appears in Rob Zombie's Halloween remake. This movie establishes from the beginning that Laurie is Michael's baby sister, nicknamed "Boo," and the young Michael (Daeg Faerch) is shown to love her very much. When Michael is sent away for killing his older sister Judith (Hanna R. Hall), Laurie's mother is unable to cope and commits suicide. The infant Laurie is discovered by Sheriff Brackett (Brad Dourif), who omits her from the records for her own protection, and she is eventually adopted by the Strode family. The adult Michael (Tyler Mane) escapes and comes home in search of his sister, killing her adoptive parents and her friend Lynda (Kristina Klebe) before kidnapping her. Michael attempts to communicate with Laurie through a picture of them both as children, but she does not understand and attacks him. Laurie hides as Michael hunts her down in their old childhood home; when he finds her, she shoots him in the face with a gun she took from Dr. Loomis (Malcolm McDowell), after which she begins screaming hysterically as the scene fades to an old home video of young Michael and baby Laurie . In the 2009 sequel, Laurie has moved in with the Bracketts and attends therapy for her trauma regularly, though she suffers recurring nightmares related to Michael and his mother. Laurie discovers on Halloween from Dr. Loomis's book that she is Michael's sister Angel, and that Sheriff Brackett had a hand in her adoption. Distraught, she moves out of the Brackett house only to later find Annie Brackett (Danielle Harris) dead at Myers' hand. Laurie continually sees apparitions and Loomis reveals she suffers from the same illness as Myers. In the film's climax, she tells an impaled and bullet-riddled Myers that she loves him, before violently stabbing him and then putting on his mask. In the film's close, she is in a mental institute, where she sees further apparitions of her mother. In the director's cut of the film, Laurie instead attempts to kill an injured and unconscious Dr. Loomis after Michael is killed, and is shot down by the panicked police.
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