Wootton Talks Tinseltown Trailblazers: TONY CURTIS: Screen Legend to Painter
With a six-decade career spanning more than 100 films, Tony Curtis (1925–2010) was one of the great Hollywood stars emerging from the turbulent 1950s, who worked with the biggest directors of the day, including Stanley Kubrick, Stanley Kramer and Billy Wilder.
After debuting in frothy costume epics, Curtis made indelible impressions in films tackling serious subjects – such as Sweet Smell of Success (1957) and his Oscar-nominated turn opposite Sidney Poitier in The Defiant Ones (1959) – as well as classic comedies such as Some Like it Hot with Marilyn Monroe (1959) and Operation Petticoat with Cary Grant (1959). He also appeared in beloved 1970s TV series The Persuaders with Roger Moore.
While chronicling Curtis’s long life – which included overcoming childhood poverty and adult addictions; marrying six times and fathering six children (including actress Jamie Lee Curtis); and becoming a surrealist painter in later life – Wootton also recounts his own 2008 interview with Curtis.
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