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5 items from 2010

The Tony Curtis I knew, by director Nicolas Roeg

11 December 2010 4:04 PM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

The veteran film director recalls working with Tony Curtis, who died on 29 September, aged 85

I hate it when people talk about Tony Curtis and say: "His real name was Bernie Schwartz…" That was just the name that he was given at birth. It's not the person he lived his life with, and became.

After he came out of the navy (in which he served in submarines in the Pacific during the second world war) he was just 20. An atom bomb had dropped on a distant town and suddenly the war was over and he was back in New York, out of work, and any skills he had learned in the services were of no use to him. Like so many young people, even today, he needed time – "a gap year" – to figure out the gigantic changes that were taking place in the world. By chance, a couple of other ex-servicemen had applied, »

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Tony Curtis, 1925-2010

2 October 2010 4:04 PM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Philip French looks at the career of an actor who defied his detractors with several unforgettable performances

Universal was so pleased with City Across the River, its topical 1949 film about New York's juvenile delinquents, that it decided to end it with a tracking shot around the set so each member of its cast of newcomers could nod to the audience. But the only one to become a star was the 23-year-old Anthony (later Tony) Curtis, born to Jewish immigrants in the Bronx, whose name the studio had changed from Bernie Schwartz earlier that year. Back then no one would have predicted a career that would take him from an undistinguished decade as a glamorous pin-up through five years as a great movie actor followed by 40 years of mostly banal films in which he grew increasingly bloated and grotesque.

In those early movies Curtis worked in westerns, easterns, Arthurians, war movies, »

- Philip French

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Tony Curtis, the American Prince of Hollywood, is Dead at 85

30 September 2010 9:10 AM, PDT | | See recent news »

Chicago – Tony Curtis was the Prince of Hollywood, he was the original Fantastic Mr. Fox. He took his pretty boy good looks and carved a career that included the classic films “Some Like it Hot,” “Sweet Smell of Success” and “The Defiant Ones.” Tony Curtis died at his Las Vegas home yesterday at the age of 85.

I had the privilege of interviewing Tony Curtis twice for in the last couple of years. We spoke of his early days as an actor, his relationship with director Billy Wilder and the various ups and downs in his adventurous life. Between the outline of that life I will add some direct quotes given to me by the man.

Tony Curtis poses for on Dec. 3, 2009.

Photo credit: Joe Arce of Starstruck Foto for

Born Bernard Schwartz in the Bronx, New York, in 1925, Curtis grew up poor as the son of immigrant parents. »

- (Adam Fendelman)

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Tony Curtis obituary

30 September 2010 7:19 AM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Actor whose good looks and charm took him to the heights of Hollywood with films such as Some Like It Hot and The Defiant Ones

Born into a family of Hungarian Jews who had emigrated to the Us, Bernard Schwartz – the boy who became the actor Tony Curtis – could scarcely have dreamed of the wealth, fame and rollercoaster life that awaited him. Curtis, who has died aged 85, starred in several of the best films of the 1950s, including Sweet Smell of Success (1957), The Defiant Ones (1958) and Some Like It Hot (1959). He enjoyed a long career thanks to his toughness and resilience (despite insecurities that demanded years of therapy).

He grew up in the Bronx, New York, the eldest of three sons. As a child, he was ill-treated by his mother, Helen, and spent time in an orphanage. One of his brothers, Robert, was a schizophrenic and the other, Julius, was »

- Brian Baxter

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Interviews: 1980s Movie Stars at the Hollywood Celebrities Show

11 July 2010 11:10 PM, PDT | | See recent news »

Chicago – Get out the shoulder pads and parachute pants, as HollywoodChicago revisits the 1980s through interviews with four top stars of the era, as they made their appearance at the most recent Hollywood Celebrities & Memorabilia Show. Theresa Russell, Ernie Hudson, Barry Corbin and Ginger Lynn Allen were there.

HollywoodChicago talked with them all, and Hc ace photographer Joe Arce put them through their poses with his unique point of view.

The Hollywood Celebrities & Memorabilia Show is a twice-a-year event where attendees can meet and greet the stars, collect autographs and find cool collectibles at the memorabilia market.

Theresa Russell, “Black Widow” and “Insignificance

Theresa Russell made a significant debut as a film actor in “The Last Tycoon” [1976], and went on to make several memorable films with then husband and director Nicholas Roeg, including “Bad Timing” [1980], “Eureka” [1983] and the infamous cult film “Insignificance” [1985]. She recently played the wife of Thomas Haden Church »

- (Adam Fendelman)

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