February 6, 2012
Oscar memories When presenter Tony Curtis announced at the Oscar ceremony on April 14, 1969, that Ruth Gordon had won for her supporting role in "Rosemary's Baby," the 72-year-old Gordon displayed her trademark wit. "I can't tell you how encouraging a thing like this is," she quipped, to huge applause and laughter from the crowd. Gordon was no novice. She had been acting since 1915, primarily onstage. In the late 1930s, Gordon came to Hollywood, where she appeared in such films as 1940's "Abe Lincoln in Illinois.
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October 1, 2010 |
Tony Curtis was a strikingly handsome 23-year-old native New Yorker playing the lead in an off-Broadway production of "Golden Boy" in 1948 when he was spotted by a Universal Pictures talent scout. Sent west for a screen test, he signed a seven-year contract at $75 a week. "I got into movies so easy it was scary," Curtis told the Denver Post in 1996. The former Bernie Schwartz went on to become one of Hollywood's biggest stars of the 1950s and '60s, one whose early reputation as a "pretty boy" tended to blur recognition of his growth and range as an actor who starred in some of his era's landmark films.
April 22, 2010 |
Actor Danny Huston recalls the first time he saw "The Treasure of the Sierra Madre." "I remember projecting it literally on a wall in Ireland as I was growing up. It was how I said hello to my grandfather," he says. That grandfather was the great character actor Walter Huston, who died before his grandson was born, and the film was directed by his legendary father, John Huston. The 1948 morality tale about a trio of greedy gold prospectors, which also starred Humphrey Bogart, is one of the films that Huston and his sister, actress Anjelica Huston, will be presenting at the inaugural TCM Classic Film Festival, kicking off Thursday in Hollywood.
June 13, 2009
Re "An Ever-Hot Career," by Susan King, June 10: Some say that his best work is that of Josephine in "Some Like It Hot" with Jack Lemmon and Marilyn Monroe, but it seems like all the work of Tony Curtis is memorable in some fashion. From his character of the Great Leslie in "The Great Race" to true-life characters in such films as "The Great Impostor," "The Boston Strangler" and "Houdini," his performances never cease to entertain and amaze us. Bill Spitalnick Newport Beach
June 12, 2009
Tony Curtis: In an article in Wednesday's Calendar about actor Tony Curtis, the last name of escape artist Curtis Lovell II was misspelled as Love.
June 10, 2009 |
Tony Curtis, the 1950s matinee idol who developed into an acclaimed actor in such classics as "Some Like It Hot," "Sweet Smell of Success" and "The Defiant Ones," was in a reflective mood recently. "I'm just a lucky guy," said Curtis over the phone from his home in Las Vegas. "I am having such a wonderful life. " FOR THE RECORD: In a previous version of this article, the last name of escape artist Curtis Lovell II was misspelled as Love. Perhaps it was his birthday on June 3 that sparked this mellow feeling.