SPOILER! Back in their younger days, Walter Matthau came out of a matinee on Broadway and was standing on the street outside in a crowd of blue-haired old ladies, when he noticed Tony Curtis jumping up and down on the other side of the street, yelling, "Hey, Waltah! Waltah!" Matthau looked at him, and Curtis yelled at the top of his lungs, "I just fudged Yvonne De Carlo!" Only, like Ralphie, he didn't say "fudge."
Tony Curtis's birth-name was actually Bernard Schwartz. As you can well-imagine he quickly changed his name to Curtis when he had firmly decided to pursue a career as a film actor.
Curtis's film career spanned for more than 4 decades.
When Curtis wrote this "American Prince" autobiography he was 82 years old. He died in 2010 (at the age of 85) from serious lung disease brought on by years of heavy cigarette smoking.
With a lofty title like "American Prince" attached to this autobiography - I guess that actor, Tony Curtis perceived himself as being some kind of Hollywood royalty... (Well, hey! - At least he didn't title this book "American King")
Born Bernard Schwartz in Manhattan, NY (1925) - Tony Curtis tells all in "American Prince".
Yep. All of his shortcomings - All of his highs - And, all of his lows are openly revealed here. And, all is colourfully punctuated with plenty of profanity in order to make his point more pointedly pointed.
This book also includes a 16-page photo gallery.
*Note* - In 2010 - Tony Curtis (85 at the time) died of cardiac arrest following a long battle with lung disease.
Tony Curtis is an assumed name. I just learned from the "Fizzy-Whizzy" commentator below that his name was Schwartz. Well, I am Hungarian and Tony Curtis was the son of Hungarian Jewish immigrants. He was a "prince" by his good looks. And he was deeply human, as I learned it from a TV interview I saw long ago with Tony. He was a real film star, his episodes with Roger Moor, titled something like: "The Two Meddlers," and his role in "The Boston Strangler" were great success. He had a funny movie with Marylin Monroe, titled: "Some Like It Hot."Tony in that TV interview said his parents were unhappy, disturbed immigrants in America and they treated him cruelly - he even shed a few tears on camera when saying this. He said his hobby was painting. He has one daughter, who was also a great movie star. OK, so, Tony Curtis may have been an American Prince by his talent and good looks, but he was a Hungarian Jew born to immigrant parents in America. He is a nice person, a film icon too.
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