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Tony Curtis: a true Hollywood star

1 October 2010 5:24 AM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

He was beautiful as a young slave in Spartacus, yet Curtis's greatest role was in Some Like It Hot, dressed as a woman and wooing Marilyn Monroe

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Tony Curtis, a tremendously witty and self-deprecating raconteur in his later years, used to tell a story about starting out in the movies. Playing the tiny role of "bellboy" in the 1949 Barbara Stanwyck film The Lady Gambles, he was in his bellhop costume, getting ready to come on for a rehearsal, when he saw the director picking his way towards him behind the set over the light cables. Curtis fluttered with excitement: what did he want? Give advice about the craft of acting? To discuss his motivation? His characterisation? To discuss a fascinating, subliminal frisson of erotic connection with Stanwyck? At last the director arrived, leant over and hissed: »

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