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Tony Curtis

Tony Curtis;

-Date of Birth; 3 June 1925, The Bronx, New York, USA
-Birth Name; Bernard Schwartz
- Spouse;
Jill Vandenberg Curtis (6 November 1998 – present)
Lisa Deutsch (28 February 1993 – 1994) (divorced)
Andrea Savio (actress) (1984 – 1992) (divorced)
Leslie Allen (20 April 1968 – 1982) (divorced) 2 children
Christine Kaufmann (actress) (8 February 1963 – 1967) (divorced) 2 children
Janet Leigh (actress) (4 June 1951 – June 1962) (divorced) 2 children
-Father of Jamie Lee Curtis and Kelly Curtis (with Janet Leigh).
-Father of Allegra Curtis (with Christine Kaufmann).
-His son Nicholas died of seizures due to an overdose of heroin (2 July 1994).
-His wife Jill Vandenberg Curtis is 42 years his junior.
-Born to Emanuel Schwartz, a Hungarian tailor who emigrated to the United States, and his wife Helen, he grew up with two brothers, Julius and Robert.
-He has two adopted sons.

The passing of a film legend – Tony Curtis (1925-2010)


The late Tony Curtis acted in many films but the ones that stood out most in my mind and which have left a lasting impression in me are SPARTACUS (with Kirk Douglas), THE GREAT RACE (with Jack Lemmon) and THE DEFIANT ONES (with Sidney Poitier).
Actor Tony Curtis, star of “Some Like It Hot” and many other top Hollywood comedies, has died at the age of 85, US media reported Thursday, quoting his daughter Jamie Lee Curtis and his ex-wife, Christine Kaufmann.

Curtis died late Wednesday in Los Angeles after a serious illness, according to a German gossip magazine, Bunte, which quoted Kaufmann saying, “I am sadder than I realized I was going to be. It seems like an era is over.”

Actress Kaufmann was Curtis’ second wife, from 1963 to 1967, and they had two children. He married five times in all. His last wife, Jill Vandenberg, a horse-riding instructor, was at his deathbed.

News reports in summer said Curtis needed hospital treatment for asthma.

Curtis acted in more than 100 movies. He shot to world fame in “Some Like It Hot”, a 1959 comedy with Marilyn Monroe and Jack Lemmon and about two men on the run who disguise themselves as women.

Mostly Curtis played comic roles, but he also portrayed darker characters such as murderers and pirates. -

Married how many times?

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Robert Evans + 7 marriages, This famed Hollywood producer and documentary subject called it quits on yet another marriage in 2006. Robert Evans + Lady Victoria White O’Gara, Robert Evans + Ali MacGraw, Robert Evans + Phyllis George,

Larry Flynt + married five times, It seems the adult magazine impresario actually has a soft spot for romance. So much so that he’s proposed time and again. Larry Flynt + Elizabeth Berrios, Larry Flynt + opening new Hustler stores,

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Larry King + married 8 times to 7 women, The long-running TV talk-show host first got hitched when he was a teenager and has yet to get it right. Larry King Live, Larry King divorce 2010, Larry King married Alene Atkins twice, Shawn King + attempted suicide,

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Mickey Rooney + eight marriages, This Hollywood vet coined a now-famous quip about his inability to make a marriage stick. “I’m the only man who has amarriage license made out To Whom It May Concern.”, Mickey Rooney + court protection against step children,

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Paul McCartney +married 3 times, Former Beatle Paul McCartney married to Nancy Shevell for the third time on Sunday, tying the knot with New York heiress Nancy Shevell at the same London venue where he married his first wife.

Tony Curtis: 1925-2010

Over the years I’ve spent covering television I’ve only met a few genuine movie stars. One was Tony Curtis, who died Wednesday in Hollywood at 85.
First time I met the man was way back in 1986, on one of my first TCA press tours. Curtis was at the Century Plaza hotel in Beverly Hills, Calif., promoting his appearance in the TV-movie Mafia Princess. Susan Lucci was also in the shot-in-Ontario film, as was Chuck Shamata as “Fat Louie.”
I remember being surprised at the session at what seemed like a rather obvious white wig on top of Curtis’ noggin. It must take a ton of self esteem to get away with a hairpiece like that, I thought.
I also remember that Curtis was tremendously charming during the session, very positive and engaging. So much so that I went up to him afterwards, shook his hand and told him what a terrific impression he had made.
Many, many years later, summer of 2008. Curtis is back at press tour, this time the Beverly Hilton hotel, as a guest of Turner Classic Movies. The man had aged after a near fatal bout with pneumonia and while still alert and expressive was pretty much confined to a wheelchair. A large white cowboy hat has mercifully replaced the crazy Rip Taylor wig atop his now completely bald head. He no longer looked like Tony Curtis, movie star, but more like Bernie Schwartz, the Hungarian Jew who fought his way out of Brooklyn to become a Hollywood prince.
At his side, helping him navigate the party was his sixth wife Jill Vandenberg, a six foot blonde 42 years his junior and who involved the screen legend in his final years in her campaign to save abused horses.
I introduced myself to Curtis, told him I had a 16mm print of one of his more obscure films, ”Forty Pound of Trouble” and asked his memories of making that film.
Curtis spoke with the efficiency of someone who has escaped death and doesn’t want to waste time with small talk. He remembered his young co-star Suzanne Pleschette. “Cute kid. Married at the time though.” He remembered director Norman Jewison. “I gave him his start.” Her sort of remembered running around Disneyland in the film’s zany chase scene. “Walt himself gave us permission.”
(True, Jewison told me a few weeks ago when I ran into him at TIFF. But Universal had to pay the savvy studio chief for the pleasure of promoting his theme park. Jewison says Disney took a cheque for $50,000 before signing off on the deal.)
I was going to ask about Mafia Princess, but at this point I could tell I was just pissing Curtis off. He came ready with stories about Marilyn Monroe, Jack Lemmon and Some Like it Hot. If I wanted to know about some forgotten, 50 year old film, I was going to have to buy his autobiography.
Which I did, when “Hollywood Prince” came out that fall. Great read if you want to know the names of every actress Curtis had sex with.
My favourite memory of Curtis, however, was the last time I saw him, by chance, in Montreal. It was just a month after that TCM press tour party.
I’m in Montreal helping my daughter move into residence at university. It’s the week of the annual Montreal Film Festival and they’re showing “Some Like it Hot” outdoors on a giant screen by a downtown mall.

There’s a poster in the mall promoting Curtis’ appearance there the next day for the film fest. I return with my son Daniel, then 15, who has sat through countless screenings of “Forty Pounds of Trouble.” Curtis’ appearance the next day at the fest was sweet and touching–a real star turn. I wrote about it at the time in an earlier post, but here’s Curtis’ grand entrance:

About 50 or 60 people, press and citizens, mainly older folks, had gathered in front of the Festival platform where Curtis was to appear. As he emerged with a small party from an elevator, he came rolling up from behind and made a B-line to two older fans who had parked their wheelchairs at the back of the session. Curtis shook their hands, made a fuss over them, posed for photos and just generally bonded with his wheel buddies at the back. It was one of the most touching, classiest, sweetest acts I’ve ever witnessed in decades of chasing stars. It was a real mensch moment.

Curtis’ death comes the day before a TV milestone with a Curtis connection. Cartoon fans will recall his star turn as Stoney Curtis on The Flintstones, which launched in prime time 50 years ago today, Sept. 30, 1960. There was nothing in his autobiography about affairs with Wilma or Betty. He may have been saving that for a later book.

Hollywood Legend and Dachshund Lover Tony Curtis Passes

Kisses from Tony Curtis via his blog Tony Curtis, The Art of Hollywood
Our hearts go out to the friends and family of actor Tony Curtis, who died in his Las Vegas area home yesterday.  Mr. Curtis was 85.  In addition to his wife, Jill VandenBerg, Mr. Curtis is survived by Kelly Lee Curtis and actress Jamie Lee Curtis, his two daughters with Janet Leigh; Alexandra Curtis and Allegra Curtis, his two daughters with Christine Kaufmann; and a son, Benjamin Curtis, with Leslie Allen.
He is also survived by his lovable black and tan smooth Dachshund, ‘Bronx.’  Thanks for the memories Mr. Curtis.