LONDON — Film star Tony Curtis says an addiction to heroin and cocaine took him to the depths of depravity but he kicked his habit after realizing he was losing his power to attract women.
In an interview published by the London-based Woman magazine, the 63-year-old actor said he had been taking drugs since he went into show business. Starting with sleeping pills, he had ended up hooked on cocaine and heroin.
"I lived through the depths of depravity," he said. "I became suspicious, paranoid, jealous, angry and devious. . . . Slowly I came to realize my very survival was threatened, that any woman I attracted might be nothing more than a prostitute," he said. "When my money was gone I'd be discarded like a dirty old shoe."