March 8, 2011 |
EVEN IN DEATH, Tony Curtis was one of "The Defiant Ones. " The Hollywood legend, who died in September at 85, has dissed his five kids in his will. "Inside Edition" got a copy of Tony's last will and testament, and reported yesterday that in his final days, "Houdini" rewrote the will to make them disappear. Guess Jamie Lee will have to keep wolfing down Activia. The will, written five months before his death from cardiac arrest, lists his children's names with the statement: "I acknowledge the existence of my children . . . and have intentionally and with full knowledge chosen not to provide for them.
October 2, 2010 |
The cat's in the bag and the bag's in the river and Tony Curtis is dead at 85. No one is going to ever say he was a great actor, especially based on the dreck he did in the last half of his career, but sometimes you only need one great part to be fondly remembered. Curtis had two, since he was pretty fabulous in Billy Wilder's great sex comedy "Some Like It Hot. " But for this writer, the Curtis part that will always be the touchstone of his career was his role as the scheming press agent in "Sweet Smell of Success.
June 12, 1998 |
The Sweet Smell of Success (1957), a savory film about unsavory characters, offers this recipe for ambition tartare. Take one cunning New York press agent (Tony Curtis), grind him in the barracuda teeth of a legendary columnist (Burt Lancaster); serve raw. Frightening, funny and unusually resonant, the film was written by Clifford Odets and Ernest Lehman and directed, with electroshock intensity, by Alexander Mackendrick. Lancaster, clearly inspired by Walter Winchell, creates a pitiless character molded by pomp, piety and an unhealthy affection for his kid sister.
June 8, 1987 |
The Imperial Ballroom of the Sands Hotel & Casino had been turned into an art gallery Saturday night. It was obviously a special event. A "casino event," to be precise. Casino events are not unusual at the gambling properties in this town. They are carefully planned parties for an exclusive lot - the best of the players, the high rollers, those who receive the best treatment - which includes free transportation, accommodations, meals and entertainment. The top players are accustomed to casino events.
October 1, 2010 |
Tony Curtis enjoyed the life of a half-serious actor for so long, it came as a shock when he proved he could be a great one. Curtis died Wednesday, ending the journey that began when he was born Bernard Schwartz in the Bronx in 1925. He served in the Navy during World War II, attended drama school and then landed a bit part in an off-Broadway show. His good looks caught the attention of Universal, which signed him to a contract. He was paid $100 a week and placed in a variety of costumes - cowboys and cavalrymen, medieval princes and Ali Baba, of all people.
October 1, 2010 |
Tony Curtis, Bronx hoodlum, Hollywood pretty boy and actor of unexpected range in Sweet Smell of Success (1957), The Defiant Ones (1958), and Some Like It Hot (1959), died of cardiac arrest Wednesday at his home in Henderson, Nev. He was 85. Genetically blessed with onyx curls, lapis-blue eyes, plush lips, and a swagger that anticipated Elvis Presley, Mr. Curtis was recruited by Universal Studios in 1948 as a male starlet. In less than a decade, he was Tinseltown's crown prince, though he never became its king.
October 5, 2010 |
More than 400 relatives, friends, and fans honored Hollywood legend Tony Curtis , 85, Monday at a crammed Las Vegas funeral chapel. Curtis, who died Wednesday in his Nevada home, was eulogized by his sixth and final wife, Jill Curtis , and his daughter Jamie Lee Curtis , who teared up as she referred to him as full of life and "a little meshugana," the Yiddish word for crazy . "All of us got something from him. I, of course, got his desperate...
August 11, 2012
Veteran Hollywood publicist Dale Olson, 78, who represented such Hollywood legends as Marilyn Monroe, Gene Kelly, and Alfred Hitchcock, and such current A-listers as Clint Eastwood and Steven Spielberg, died Thursday at a Burbank, Calif., hospital after a long battle with cancer. He had continued working until recently. Perhaps Mr. Olson's most notable role was as the spokesman for Rock Hudson during the actor's widely publicized battle with AIDS in 1985. He is also credited with helping to launch the Rocky, Rambo, Superman, and Halloween film franchises.
September 6, 2011
The Eagles' flurry of free-agent signings at the end of the lockout garnered deserved attention. The Birds, however, have always been a player in free agency, just in a less compressed time period and with fewer big names. Here are the key free agents by year in Andy Reid's tenure as coach: 1999 David Akers Charles Johnson Sean Landeta Lonnie Palelei Doug Pederson Torrance Small 2000 Jon Runyan Mike Bartrum Carlos Emmons Paul Grasmanis Brian Mitchell 2001 N.D. Kalu James Thrash Josh PArry (R)
June 3, 1994 |
At one point in Dan Algrant's Naked In New York, a struggling playwright portrayed by Eric Stoltz finds himself at a summer house packed with literati. As Stoltz's character, Jake, scans the designer-architect room, registering with awe the company he finds himself in, names flash on the screen - Ariel Dorfman, Richard Price, Marsha Norman, Bruce Fierstein, William Styron - along with mini-resumes signifying their importance in the worlds of books and theater. It's an amusing commentary on the power of celebrity, as we watch this unproduced and uncertain young writer gawking and sulking, simultaneously fascinated and distressed by these cocktail-swilling luminaries.