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Tony Curtis’ funeral

Tuesday, October 5th, 2010

CELEBRITY DEATHS AND FUNERALS

Fans, Friends, Family Remember Tony Curtis

 

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The 85-year-old Oscar-nominated actor died Wednesday in Henderson, Nev.

 

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Celebrities, fans, friends and family members said goodbye Monday to Tony Curtis.

 

The public funeral service in Las Vegas included a film tribute to the actor’s diverse career, The crowd laughed as an animated Curtis appeared in a scene from the television series “The Flintstones” and sparred with actor Kirk Douglas in “Spartacus.”

 

Jamie Lee Curtis, Curtis’ daughter from his first marriage with actress Janet Leigh, was among family members who attended the service. Jamie Lee Curtis said he was “a little mashugana,” using the Yiddish word for crazy, but always full of life.

 

“All of us got something from him. I, of course, got his desperate need for attention,” she todl the crowd of about 400.

 

Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger recalled Tony Curtis as a generous mentor who encouraged his budding Hollywood career when others told him his foreign accent and name were too much of a hurdle.

 

“‘You are going to make it,'” Schwarzenegger recalled Tony Curtis telling him. “Don’t pay any attention to those guys. I heard the same thing when I came here.”

 

Schwarzenegger said Tony Curtis refused to feel old.

 

“I mean, who has the guts to take off their clothes at the age of 80?” Schwarzenegger said, referring to Tony Curtis posing naked for a Vanity Fair photo shoot in 2005.

 

Seven colorful paintings by Curtis stood on easels while a photo of the young, dark-haired actor was projected on a screen.

 

Curtis’ wife, Jill Curtis, eulogized her husband of 16 years. The hourlong funeral will be followed by burial and then a reception for 200 invited guests at the Luxor hotel-casino on the Las Vegas Strip.

 

Billionaire investor Kirk Kerkorian, actor Kirk Douglas and singer Phyllis McGuire are among seven honorary pallbearers.

 

The 85-year-old Oscar-nominated actor who starred in such films as “The Defiant Ones,” “Spartacus” and “Some Like It Hot” died Wednesday at his home in Henderson after suffering cardiac arrest.

 

Known for shifting from a pigeonholed pretty boy in the late 1940s and early 1950s to a serious actor, Curtis reshaped himself over decades of work and make himself impossible to typecast. The transformation was completed in 1957’s “Sweet Smell of Success,” in which he played a sleazy press agent who is manipulated by a ruthless newspaper columnist (Burt Lancaster).

 

In person, Kilroy said, Curtis loved giving friends and fans extra touches that made their face-to-face moments more memorable.

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Tony Curtis Obituary

Thursday, September 30th, 2010

OBITUARY

Actor Tony Curtis, star of ‘Some Like It Hot’ and ‘Sweet Smell of Success,’ dies at 85

 

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Curtis may be best known for his role in the Billy Wilder comedy ‘Hot,’ but he appeared in more than 100 films and was nominated for an Oscar for ‘The Defiant Ones.’

 

By Claudia Luther
Special to the Los Angeles Times
September 30, 2010

 

Tony Curtis, the dashingly handsome film star of the 1950s and ’60s best remembered for his hilarious turn in drag in Billy Wilder’s classic comedy “Some Like It Hot” and dramatic roles in “The Defiant Ones” and “Sweet Smell of Success,” died Wednesday night. He was 85.

 

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Tony Curtis’ Autobiography…

Friday, October 17th, 2008

Tony Curtis didn’t get no respect from Hollywood

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By Elizabeth Snead
Los Angeles Times

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Tony Curtis, 84, has written his autobiography, “American Prince,” in which he details his impoverished childhood, a physically abusive mother and cold father, his five marriages, alienation from his children, the deaths of his younger brother and his youngest son, the decline of his acting career, and his past cocaine and sex addictions.

 

25785477 Wow. It’s a miracle he had the time or energy to star in such classics as Some Like It Hot, The Outsider, Sweet Smell of Success, Spartacus and The Defiant Ones, which earned him an Oscar nomination for lead actor. 

 

But the veteran actor blames Hollywood for not giving him better roles. He says they gave him the lightweight roles and offered the meaty roles to actors such as Paul Newman and Marlon Brando.

 

He has some choice words for other actors too, calling Jerry Lewis “cruel,” Shelley Winters “very obnoxious” and Danny Kaye “a vicious man.”

 

Curtis also slams the actors union, accusing the members of not taking his acting abilities seriously.

 

He told USA Today: “I don’t feel like I got the movies I should’ve gotten. I felt I deserved more than that the industry had given me. I felt I should have been considered more, with a little more respect from the Screen Actors Guild and the Academy.”

 

Kinda sounds like he’s ready to star in a remake of Grumpy Old Men. Bitter, much, Tony?

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