By Tony Curtis, Peter Golenbock
"All my lifestyles I had one dream and that used to be to be within the movies."
He used to be the Golden Boy of the Golden Age. A prince of the silver monitor. speeding and debonair, Tony Curtis arrived at the scene in a blaze of vibrant lighting and celluloid. His attractiveness, soft allure, and average expertise earned him reputation, ladies, and adulation--Elvis copied his glance and the Beatles positioned him on their Sgt. Pepper album disguise. however the Hollywood lifetime of his desires introduced either invincible highs and debilitating lows. Now, in his pleasing, no-holds-barred autobiography, Tony Curtis stocks the pain and ecstasy of a personal existence within the public eye.
No easy tell-all, American Prince chronicles Hollywood in the course of its heyday. Curtis revisits his significant physique of work--including the unforgettable classics Houdini, Spartacus, and a few love it Hot--and regales readers with tales of his institutions with Frank Sinatra, Laurence Olivier, director Billy Wilder, and movie heavyweight Lew Wasserman, in addition to paramours Natalie wooden and Marilyn Monroe, between others.
As forthright as he's spell binding, Tony Curtis bargains intimate glimpses into his succession of failed marriages (and the person who has endured), his damaging drug habit, and his ardour as a painter. Written with humor and charm, American Prince is a testomony to the facility of dwelling the lifetime of one's goals.
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He seemed to live for my growing little junior career—he was so excited about having a son with some actual athletic talent. Maybe it had something to do with the fact that he’d been the twelfth man on the varsity basketball team at Catholic University. ) He worked very hard five days a week, but his real pleasure in life, it seemed, was coming to watch my weekend practice sessions at Port Washington. He’d just stand there with a huge smile on his face—he never seemed to get bored with watching me play tennis.
Maybe it had something to do with the fact that he’d been the twelfth man on the varsity basketball team at Catholic University. ) He worked very hard five days a week, but his real pleasure in life, it seemed, was coming to watch my weekend practice sessions at Port Washington. He’d just stand there with a huge smile on his face—he never seemed to get bored with watching me play tennis. ” But he didn’t seem to want to do anything else. I don’t think I ever wanted to quit entirely, but I remember telling my dad that I wasn’t enjoying it.
Maybe it’s lame of me (and maybe it’s part of what drives me), but I’ve never thought, at any level I’ve ever played, that my opponent was just better. ). But losing was the hardest thing to get used to. I was never very good at it. People always ask if I had a temper when I was a kid. There’s a famous story about Bjorn Borg: When he was nine or ten years old, he lost a point and threw his racket down, and his father wouldn’t let him play for six months. He never threw his racket again. Maybe that should’ve happened to me!
American Prince: A Memoir by Tony Curtis, Peter Golenbock