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American Prince by Tony Curtis with Peter Golenbock - Excerpt

American Prince by Tony Curtis with Peter Golenbock - Excerpt

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He was the Golden Boy of the Golden Age. Dashing and debonair, Tony Curtis arrived on the scene in a blaze of bright lights and celluloid. His good looks, smooth charm, and natural talent earned him fame, women, and adulation–Elvis copied his look, and the Beatles put him on their Sgt. Pepper album cover. But the Hollywood life of his dreams brought both invincible highs and debilitating lows. Now, in his captivating, no-holds-barred autobiography, Tony Curtis shares the agony and ecstasy of a private life in the public eye.

Curtis revisits his immense body of work–including the classics Houdini, Spartacus, and Some Like It Hot–and regales readers with stories of his associations with Frank Sinatra, Laurence Olivier, and director Billy Wilder, as well as paramours Natalie Wood and Marilyn Monroe, among others. Written with humor and grace, American Prince is a testament to the power of living the life of one’s dreams.
He was the Golden Boy of the Golden Age. Dashing and debonair, Tony Curtis arrived on the scene in a blaze of bright lights and celluloid. His good looks, smooth charm, and natural talent earned him fame, women, and adulation–Elvis copied his look, and the Beatles put him on their Sgt. Pepper album cover. But the Hollywood life of his dreams brought both invincible highs and debilitating lows. Now, in his captivating, no-holds-barred autobiography, Tony Curtis shares the agony and ecstasy of a private life in the public eye.

Curtis revisits his immense body of work–including the classics Houdini, Spartacus, and Some Like It Hot–and regales readers with stories of his associations with Frank Sinatra, Laurence Olivier, and director Billy Wilder, as well as paramours Natalie Wood and Marilyn Monroe, among others. Written with humor and grace, American Prince is a testament to the power of living the life of one’s dreams.

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Publish date: Oct 6, 2009
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with Peter Golenbock
A M E R I C A N.P R I N C E.
a memoir
TONY
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CURTIS.
 
Copyright © 2008 by Tony CurtisTitle page photograph copyright © 1978 John Engstead/MPTV.net.All other photographs from the author’s collection unless otherwise noted.All rights reserved.Published in the United States by Three Rivers Press,an imprint of the Crown Publishing Group,a division of Random House, Inc., New York.www.crownpublishing.com
Three Rivers Press
and the Tugboat design are registeredtrademarks of Random House, Inc.Originally published in hardcover in the United States byHarmony Books, an imprint of the Crown Publishing Group,a division of Random House, Inc., New York, in 2008.Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication DataCurtis, Tony.American prince: a memoir / Tony Curtis.—1st ed.1. Curtis, Tony, 19252. Motion picture actors andactresses—United States—Biography. I. Title.PN2287.C698A3 2008791.43'028092—dc22[B]2008027526ISBN 978-0-307-40856-3Printed in the United States of America
 Design by Barbara Sturman
10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1First Paperback Edition
www.ThreeRiversPress.com 

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knahs_1 reviewed this
Rated 3/5
Curtis comes off as a conceited jerk.
maggie1944 reviewed this
Rated 4/5
A thorough autobiography with a normal amount of self justification and perhaps more than a normal amount of honesty. Mr. Curtis seems to have been very frank without being mean, or cruel. He is very open about his life as a "move star", husband to multiple women, absent father to six children and friend to savory and unsavory people. It certainly was not an admirable life however he seems to have lived it with joy and enthusiasm for the most part while also feeling the pain and sadness of being human and part of a dysfunctional family and industry.
danajean_1 reviewed this
Rated 3/5
Tony Curtis sits down with Golenbock to give us the inside story about his journey from the streets of New York to his rise to stardom. Although the layout of the book was a little disjointed and confusing, I tried not to get caught up in time line jumps. There are no real earth-shattering revelations; Curtis led a typical Hollywood life with the ups and downs we so often hear about in a star's career. I did enjoy all his personal stories, though, involving some of our great cultural icons of his heyday in the biz. Made me very nostalgic and took me back in time in my own personal life. Definitely a trip down that memory lane we so often hear about. Interesting.
cablejockey reviewed this
A look at Hollywood in the 50s and how a poor boy from Brooklyn makes it big. He had drive and dermination and the looks. We get to see his struggle, all the famous and soon to be famous people he meets, and his thoughts on all of it.He doesnt come across as a very nice person at times, but I guess that is what it takes be a "star".
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