Tony Curtis: A Life in Pictures

by Anne Thompson
September 30, 2010 4:11 AM
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Thompson on Hollywood
To go at 85 is to have lived a long and--in the case of Bronx-born Bernard Schwartz--productive life. High points in Tony Curtis's career include Some Like it Hot (channeling Cary Grant, kissing Marilyn Monroe, and making a very pretty woman, clip below), defining the groveling press agent in The Sweet Smell of Success, turning on Laurence Olivier in Spartacus, and challenging Sidney Poitier in 1958's The Defiant Ones, earning his only Oscar nomination.

NPR ran a good story this morning, and People posts a photo gallery (more photos below). Honestly--while we tend to remember the gone-to-seed, paunchy aging version of the one-time Hollywood icon, remember: Curtis was not only one of the gorgeous ones, and part of the power couple with Janet Leigh that produced Jamie Lee Curtis, but a resourceful and versatile actor.

Thompson on Hollywood
Thompson on Hollywood
Thompson on Hollywood
Thompson on Hollywood
Here are obits from Variety and Dave Kehr in the NYT and run-in with Curtis.

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